Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Non-Profit Spotlight: NewFest

As New York City's premier LGBT film organization, NewFest empowers, educates, entertains, and provokes the culturally rich and diverse communities of the greater metropolitan region. Through the annual film festival and year-round programming, NewFest showcases international, US, and local film, video, and other media, fostering a greater sense of awareness and community among LGBT and LGBT-friendly audiences.


Thursday October 19 - Tuesday October 24
NewFest will be celebrating its 29th annual New York LGBT Film Festival from October 19th – 24th, 2017. The six-day festival will feature over 100 films, panels, and parties that reflect the LGBT experience.

To receive exclusive benefits and discounts for NewFest 2017 and all year-round events, become a member today.

Opening Night Film & Party

Thursday October 19 @ 7:00 pm
333 West 23rd Street ● New York, NY 10011 

New York Premiere
Dir: Anthony & Alex, US, 2017, 84 mins

A mesmerizingly expressive portrait of a fiercely individual New York counterculture icon, SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP candidly captures the titular “Queen of the Night” and patron saint of LGBTQ inclusion and advocacy with a commanding voice and sharp wit, much like its subject. More than just a tribute to the “Queen of the Night” and staunch LGBTQ advocate, this dynamic debut from directing duo Anthony&Alex captures the essence of Bartsch’s everyday balance between compassion and control. Featuring superstars and LGBTQ nightlife luminaries RuPaul, Simon Doonan, Michael Musto, and Amanda Lepore, this dazzling documentary homecoming for a living icon who has unapologetically been a champion for all things New York and queer.

The Opening Night screening will be followed by a talkback with Anthony&Alex and Susanne Bartsch, and moderated by Michael Musto.

Closing Night Film & Party
Tuesday October 24 @ 8:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
260 West 23rd Street ● New York, NY 10011

New York City Premiere
Dir: Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell, US, 2016, 91 mins

Following a NYC to LA cross country move that ends in a breakup, singer-songwriter Becks (Lena Hall, a Tony Winner for Hedwig and the Angry Inch) returns to her Midwestern hometown, reluctantly moving back in with her mom. The time-warp sensation of being back in her childhood home is interrupted by an unexpected whirlwind affair with self-proclaimed “lonely housewife” Elyse (tenderly played with exceeding warmth by Mena Suvari) who finds inspired new life through the guitar lessons and generous spirit Becks provides. This electrifyingly effusive film from co-directors Daniel Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh features strong supporting turns by Dan Fogler, Christine Lahti, and Mena Suvari. But it’s Lena Hall, who contributed original songs to the film and delivers a beautifully assured, live-in performance that makes BECKS really sing.

The screening will be followed by a special live acoustic performance by Tony Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Lena Hall, the star of BECKS.

In addition to New York’s LGBT Film Festival, NewFest produces monthly screenings at The LGBT Community Center, youth filmmaking and empowerment programs, a multi-borough outdoor screening series and more.

To help in creating and supporting of year-round programs like the ones listed below. Click on the links for more information and how to donate, sponsor or volunteer:

Written by Ingrid Galvez,

Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,

Organizational Development Consultant, 

Strategic Remedy Group

Strategic Remedy Group is a certified LGBTBE focused on cultivating collaborative communities to propel business success.

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