Films / Programs

Showcase Programs

Showcases are gems that are handpicked by our programmers from the hundreds of outstanding films at this year's Festival.

The Battle of amfAR

68M

Academy Award–winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (HOWL, The Celluloid Closet, Paragraph 175) return with yet another stellar documentary, this time focusing on Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim, who founded amfAR in 1985.

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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

USA, 2012, 83M

The great gay Renaissance man—poet, filmmaker, sexual liberator—of SF counterculture, who believed in “ecstasy for everyone,” is celebrated in this doc that traces his artistic explorations and romantic romps.

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C.O.G.

USA, 2013, 88M

In this darkly comic film based on a well-known David Sedaris short story, a naive Yale graduate travels to Oregon to work as an apple picker; there, his journey of self-discovery takes a series of bizarre turns.

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The Happy Sad

USA, 2013, 87M

Two young couples in New York—one black and gay, one white and heterosexual—find themselves intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity and redefine monogamy.

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He's Way More Famous Than You

USA, 2013, 98M

With the Sanddunes Screenwriting contest ten days out and her film career unraveling around her, Squid and the Whale actress Halley Fieffer must make peace with her awkward, dirty-mouthed self amidst a pageant of Hollywood’s “who’s who” actors (Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Stiller, and Natasha Lyonne).

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The New Black

USA, 2013, 80M

The New Black is a refreshing and much-needed inside look at African American activists, citizens and clergy seeking to change attitudes toward LGBT rights within their communities and churches.

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Reaching for the Moon

Brazil, 2013, 118M

Based on the novel Strange and Common Place Flowers, poet Elizabeth Bishop’s tormented love affair with Brazilian Lota de Macedo Soares gets the lavish big-screen treatment it deserves in this compelling account of their gloriously romantic, yet messy relationship.

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Taiwan, 2013, 104M

Sweet, introverted Weichung is a closeted gay man with a wife, a son and a new lover in this charming romantic comedy about love, family and sexuality—and the conflict many Asian gay men experience trying to reconcile all three.

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