"For over one-hundred years, Woodstock has been a place of dreams and ideas for art, political philosophy and alternative lifestyles." Elmer Bernstein
Since its inception, the Woodstock Film Festival has explored and celebrated LGBTQ voices with an exciting slate of films, concerts and special guests like 2007 WFF Honorary Maverick Award Recipient Christine Vachon. In addition, the Hudson Valley Film Commission has worked closely with local productions including Ira Sachs' Keep the Light On and Transamerica by Duncan Tucker.
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2017 LGBTQ+ PROGRAMMING
Witty, heartening and full of honest sentiment and fresh dialog, The Bachelors explores how grief can sabotage our ability for compassion, while love has the power to drive healing
In this succinct, enchanting look at modern-day identity issues, writer-director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh's They tenderly follows fourteen-year-old J, who goes by the pronoun "they," during a crucial three-day time span. J lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago and is exploring their gender identity, all the while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition. Over a long weekend while their parents are away, J's sister Lauren and her Iranian friend/partner Araz arrive to take care of they.
Lori and Alana matched on Tinder and quickly became best friends and lovers. Soon after, Lori discovered that Alana, a bright and endearing young woman suffering from Lupus, was in kidney failure and facing an uncertain but abbreviated lifetime of nightly dialysis and a myriad of related health issues. When Lori learns she's the perfect kidney donor match, she doesn't hesitate to offer her healthy "bean." If the transplant succeeds, Alana's life expectancy could be doubled or tripled. But if it fails, Lori will go through risky surgery and lose a healthy organ in vain. Is it love, foolishness or the ultimate act of selflessness on Lori's part?
this is everything
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous portrays the intimate journey of Gigi Lazzarato, a fearless young woman who began life as Gregory Lazzarato, posting beauty and fashion videos to YouTube from his bedroom, only to later come out as a transgender female to an audience of millions. With never-before-seen personal footage, the film provides a raw and revealing look into a life that never compromises happiness, and spotlights a family's unwavering and unconditional love for a child.
To a More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor
Tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes — octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice: Upon the death of her spouse, Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples — and Edie's spouse was a woman. Deeply offended by this disregard for relationship, Edie decided to sue the United States government — and won.
OTHER FEATURES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
an ordinary family
A family reunion turns awkward when an estranged member unexpectedly arrives with his boyfriend.
ANY DAY NOW
In the late 1970s, a gay couple take in a mentally impaired teenager who had been abandoned, but the three have to fight a biased legal system to stay together once authorities learn of the unconventional group.
beautiful darling: the life and times of andy warhol superstar candy darling
A documentary on Candy Darling, The Life and Times of the Andy Warhol Superstar.
Growing up is difficult. But when you are a boy living in the body of a girl in rural North Carolina, life can be extremely complicated. Meet 17-year-old Spazz, exiled by her family, rejected by her ex, with no one to lean on for support. When Spazz falls in love again, she transitions to a gutsy trans young man.
EAT WITH ME
Love and food intersect in Eat With Me, where the quest to overcome loneliness reunites Emma and her estranged son, Elliot.
eyes wide open
A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community.
FAR FROM HEAVEN
In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world
A dying New Jersey police officer fights to transfer her pension to her domestic partner.
Jenn, a hot yoga instructor, and Matt, a gay comic-book writer, have been best friends since college and decide to fulfill a youthful promise by having a child together the old-fashioned way.
Grownups come to terms with what they can't have.
A HORSE IS NOT A METPHOR
A first-person account of surviving and thriving with cancer.
Limited Partnership is a love story spanning 40 years between two men who fought the system and never gave up.
the maiden and the princess
Precocious Emily kisses another girl, and the Grand High Council of Fairy Tale Rules and Standards tries to guide her down the "right" path. With help from Hammond, Emmy learns that she never has to apologize for being different.
An inexperienced priest convinces a family to declare its long-missing son dead. Shortly afterward the boy mysteriously returns, and the priest begins to question church doctrine on laws of the natural world.
Sex, drugs, diet tips. Girlfriends tell each other everything. But is there one topic that should stay off-limits?
QUEENS AND COWBOYS
Meet these extraordinary men and women who compete over a full season in the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA).
A transgender teenager searches for his voice as a musician, friend, son, and a man.
Right in the midst of important changes in her life, Bree Osborne (Felicity Huffman) learns that she fathered a son, Toby (Kevin Zegers), 17 years ago. Bailing him out of jail in New York, Bree poses as a Christian missionary
Prepare to be dazzled! "Thirsty" is the compelling story of Scott Townsend a.k.a., Thirsty Burlington, who caught the filmmaker's eye during Thirsty's striking performance as Cher. The film lays bare Scott's life growing up as a girl-boy in Cambridge public housing and eventually becoming a revered drag queen delighting club-goers with her spot on impersonation of Cher.
WERE THE WORLD MINE
A gay teen (Tanner Cohen) uses a love potion to turn close-minded townspeople into homosexuals, including the handsome jock with whom he is secretly in love.
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within is a 2010 independent American documentary film directed by Yony Leyser about William S. Burroughs, featuring previously unreleased footage and interviews with his friends and colleagues.