Current Schedule

May
26
Tue
THE TALES OF HOFFMANN
May 26 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

(UK, 1952) Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Based on the opera by Jacques Offenbach, and the stories of E.T.A. Hoffman. Cast: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Robert Helpmann, Ludmilla Tchérina, Léonide Massine, Ann Ayars, Frederick Ashton.

Cinestudio presents a new Ultra High Definiton 4K restoration of The Tales of Hoffman, created from the original 3-strip Technicolor negative! Michael Powell’s vision of ‘composed film’ combines dance, music and image to create one unforgettable cinematic experience. The director of The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom and Black Narcissus brings to the screen Jacques Offenbach’s opera, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Thomas Beecham, with singers Robert Rounseville and Ann Ayars. Adapting the opera into a ballet allowed Powell to cast the incomparable Moira Shearer, and Robert Helpmann, Ludmilla Tchérina, and Léonide Massine. Rounseville plays Hoffman, who dreams of three past loves while drinking in a tavern: a doll (Shearer), a Venetian courtesan (Tchérina), and a soprano stranded on a Greek isle (Ann Ayars). 128 min.

This revelatory 4K restoration (containing previously unseen footage) unleashes feverish colors straight from the candy box … a decadent world of surreal, sensual delights – Robin Baker, London Film Festival..”

May
27
Wed
THE TALES OF HOFFMANN
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

(UK, 1952) Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Based on the opera by Jacques Offenbach, and the stories of E.T.A. Hoffman. Cast: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Robert Helpmann, Ludmilla Tchérina, Léonide Massine, Ann Ayars, Frederick Ashton.

Cinestudio presents a new Ultra High Definiton 4K restoration of The Tales of Hoffman, created from the original 3-strip Technicolor negative! Michael Powell’s vision of ‘composed film’ combines dance, music and image to create one unforgettable cinematic experience. The director of The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom and Black Narcissus brings to the screen Jacques Offenbach’s opera, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Thomas Beecham, with singers Robert Rounseville and Ann Ayars. Adapting the opera into a ballet allowed Powell to cast the incomparable Moira Shearer, and Robert Helpmann, Ludmilla Tchérina, and Léonide Massine. Rounseville plays Hoffman, who dreams of three past loves while drinking in a tavern: a doll (Shearer), a Venetian courtesan (Tchérina), and a soprano stranded on a Greek isle (Ann Ayars). 128 min.

This revelatory 4K restoration (containing previously unseen footage) unleashes feverish colors straight from the candy box … a decadent world of surreal, sensual delights – Robin Baker, London Film Festival..”

May
28
Thu
THE TALES OF HOFFMANN
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

(UK, 1952) Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Based on the opera by Jacques Offenbach, and the stories of E.T.A. Hoffman. Cast: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Robert Helpmann, Ludmilla Tchérina, Léonide Massine, Ann Ayars, Frederick Ashton.

Cinestudio presents a new Ultra High Definiton 4K restoration of The Tales of Hoffman, created from the original 3-strip Technicolor negative! Michael Powell’s vision of ‘composed film’ combines dance, music and image to create one unforgettable cinematic experience. The director of The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom and Black Narcissus brings to the screen Jacques Offenbach’s opera, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Thomas Beecham, with singers Robert Rounseville and Ann Ayars. Adapting the opera into a ballet allowed Powell to cast the incomparable Moira Shearer, and Robert Helpmann, Ludmilla Tchérina, and Léonide Massine. Rounseville plays Hoffman, who dreams of three past loves while drinking in a tavern: a doll (Shearer), a Venetian courtesan (Tchérina), and a soprano stranded on a Greek isle (Ann Ayars). 128 min.

This revelatory 4K restoration (containing previously unseen footage) unleashes feverish colors straight from the candy box … a decadent world of surreal, sensual delights – Robin Baker, London Film Festival..”

May
29
Fri
BOULEVARD – The 28th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Director: Dito Montiel
Details: 2014, USA, 88 min
In his last unreleased dramatic role, Robin Williams gives a gripping performance as a 60-year old man who reaches a crossroads in life when he befriends a hot young male escort. Will this friendship give the man the strength to finally seek the happiness missing in his life? Co-starring Emmy Award winning actress Kathy Baker (Picket Fences, Boston Public) and introducing rising star Roberto Aguire.
Robin Williams and Roberto Aguire in Boulevard

Screenwriter Douglas Soesbe will be in attendance.

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The Shorts preceding the feature are:
Bald Guy
Bald Guy (Skallamann)
Directed by Maria Bock, 2011, Norway, 12 min, in Norwegian with English subititles
A fun and whimsical musical film about being who you are and loving whoever you want.
Prints
Prints (Huellas)
Directed by Jose Manuel Silvestre, 2013, Spain, 3 min
An animated story of a boy who is looking for his own identity in a society that is still struggling to accept those who are different.
Surprise
Surprise
Directed by Leslie Bumgarner, 2014, USA, 9 min
A family confession takes a different turn. A mother and son struggle with the daunting task of being completely honest with one another when an urgent matter takes center stage.

An intermission follows the shorts.

Opening Night Gala follows the feature film.

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2015 — Out Film CT – Connecticut’s LGBT Film Festival — PO BOX 231191 Hartford, CT 06123 — Tel. 860-586.1136

May
30
Sat
20 LIES, 4 PARENTS AND A LITTLE EGG – The 28th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
May 30 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Director: Hanro Smitsman
Details: 2013, Netherlands, 78 min, in Dutch with English subtitles
A film about lively adolescents, infantile parents and their incompetence. Although Sjors and Bert are a couple, Sjors never mentioned that he has a 15-year-old son, Dylan. When they’re abruptly introduced to Dylan after he’s evicted by his mother and her girlfriend, everything changes. From that moment on, Sjors’ and Bert’s lives are turned upside down.
20 Lies, 4 Parents and a Little Egg

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The Shorts preceding the feature are:
The Disgustings
The Disgustings
Directed by Jordan Firstman, 2013, USA, 12 min
Two horrible people who happen to be best friends go about their day together.
For Francis
For Francis
Directed by Angelique Letizia, 2014, USA, 15 min
Francis is a seven year old boy who loves dresses. When his teacher gives Francis a handmade dress, his father Matt becomes enraged. Fearing the worst, Matt is forced to face his own fears and to choose between protecting his son from an intolerant world, or allowing the boy to live truthfully.

No intermission

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2015 — Out Film CT – Connecticut’s LGBT Film Festival — PO BOX 231191 Hartford, CT 06123 — Tel. 860-586.1136

WHILE YOU WEREN’T LOOKING – The 28th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
May 30 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Director: Catherine Stewart
Details: 2015, South Africa, 75 min, In English, Xhosa, and Afrikaans with English subtitles
The changing landscape of post-Apartheid South African politics and lifestyles is portrayed through two queer relationships: a successful real estate developer Dez, her wife Terri and their bohemian college-age daughter Asanda. As the plot thickens, Terri begins to wonder if Dez is being faithful. Both are taken by surprise when suddenly Asanda starts dating a gender non-confirming Tommy Boy from the Soweto ghettos.
While You Weren’t Looking

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Preceded by the short:
Code Academy
Code Academy
Directed by Nisha Ganatra, 2014, USA, 16 min
Futuristic tech adventures await two classmates, who unbeknownst to the other, are sharing in a fantasy romance. Following the rules just isn’t part of the plan!

No intermission

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2015 — Out Film CT – Connecticut’s LGBT Film Festival — PO BOX 231191 Hartford, CT 06123 — Tel. 860-586.1136

VELOCIRAPTOR – The 28th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
May 30 @ 9:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Director: Chucho Quintero
Details: 2014, Mexico, 94 min, in Spanish with English subtitles
It’s the end of the world. Or so they think. Two best friends, one gay and one straight, walk around the mostly abandoned city, discussing matters of unrequited love, the pain that cauterizes open wounds, and… sex. The strength of their unbreakable friendship will help them test the limits of trust and loyalty, but how far will Diego go in order to save Alex from himself? How far would you go on the last day of planet Earth?
Velociraptor

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Preceded by the short:
You're Cute For A Black GuyYou’re Cute for a Black Guy
Directed by Cameron Johnson, 2015, USA, 8 min
A first-person examination of racism and micro aggression in interracial relationships from the perspective of gay black men.

No intermission

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2015 — Out Film CT – Connecticut’s LGBT Film Festival — PO BOX 231191 Hartford, CT 06123 — Tel. 860-586.1136

May
31
Sun
LIZ IN SEPTEMBER – The 28th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Director: Fina Torres
Details: 2014, Venezuela, 93 min, in Spanish with English subtitles
Every year, Liz, a hardcore party girl and womanizer, celebrates her birthday with her friends at a Caribbean beach retreat. This year is different. She is sick but hates pity, so she hides her terminal illness. When a stranger’s car breaks down suddenly in the nearby village, Liz comes to the rescue. But neither woman can realize how abruptly their lives are about to change as Liz deals with illness and her ingenue closes the door on a marriage broken by the loss of a child.
Liz In September

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The Shorts preceding the feature are:
Sandrine
Sandrine
Directed by Nicolas Greinacher, 2014, Switzerland, 11 min, in Swiss German with English subtitles
When Sandrine’s friend tells her about a strange dream she recently had and then gives her a kiss, Sandrine reacts offended and walks away. But despite trying to distract herself from her friend’s dream and the kiss, it doesn’t work. Images and words won’t leave her head. Sandrine has no other choice than to deal with them, deal with her own feelings and with her personal identity.
Naked
Naked (Desnudos)
Directed by Jose Antonio Cortés Amunárriz
2013, Spain, 11 min, in Spanish with English subtitles
A message from his boyfriend makes Javier and his family reconsider the relationships between them.
An Afternoon
An Afternoon
Directed by Søren Green, 2014, Denmark, 8 min, in Danish with English subtitles
Mathias has decided that today is the day, that he’ll let Frederik know, he is in love with him. But when the time comes, is he ready to make the first move?

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2015 — Out Film CT – Connecticut’s LGBT Film Festival — PO BOX 231191 Hartford, CT 06123 — Tel. 860-586.1136

LADY VALOR: THE KRISTEN BECK STORY – The 28th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
May 31 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Directors: Mark Herzon & Sandrine Orabona
Details: 2014, USA, 84 min
Christopher Beck is a former U.S. Navy SEAL who embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. In 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise. The American ideals she protected while at war are now given a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.

Kristin Beck will be in attendance.

Kristen Beck

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The Shorts preceding the feature are:
Coming Out
Coming Out (North American Premiere)
Directed by Gina Wenzel, 2014, Germany, 9 min, in German with English subtitles
The perfect (sushi) dinner gone wrong. A satirical family drama about the coming out of a young girl to her family, where nothing goes as planned.
Chance
Chance (U.S. Premiere)
Directed by Jake Graf, 2014, UK, 16 min
A chance encounter in the park with Amir, a handsome, dark stranger who by chance comes to Trevor’s rescue jarringly reawakens him, and forces both men to once again start to live.
Captive
Captive
Directed by Michael Noonan, 2012, Australia, 6 min
A confused older gentleman receives a disturbing leaflet in the mail and realizes that his name, his home — and the one he calls ‘soulmate’ — are not what they appear to be!

An intermission follows the shorts.

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2015 — Out Film CT – Connecticut’s LGBT Film Festival — PO BOX 231191 Hartford, CT 06123 — Tel. 860-586.1136

Jun
1
Mon
MEN’S SHORTS NIGHT – The 28th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Men's Shorts Night

You’ve asked, and now we’ve done it! Out Film CT is putting all of our absolutely sexiest male shorts on one night, for your eyes only! This is the program for all of you and your short attention span friends – so spread the word…

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The Best Friend

Directed by Allan Deberton, 2013, Brazil, 17 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles
Lucas and Felipe spend their first day of vacation together trading jokes and hanging out. But beneath this apparent normality, Lucas’ heart is burning on fire.

Barrio Boy

Directed by Dennis Shinners, 2014, USA, 8 min
A closeted Latino barber secretly falls in love with a handsome Irish stranger over the course of a haircut during a hot and sweaty summer afternoon in a macho Brooklyn hood.

Homophobia

Directed by Gregor Schmidinger, 2014, Austria, 23 min, in German with English subtitles
An adolescent boy, who serves the Austrian Military Forces, experiences homosexual feelings towards one of his comrades. It’s their last night at the Austrian-Hungarian border, socially isolated and armed with loaded weapons.

The Next Stop (World Premiere)

Directed by Andy Biscontini, 2015, USA, 17 min
A forty-something Brooklyn man rebounds from a long-term relationship with a closeted man by hooking up with a 23-year-old rugby player he meets on a sex app.

Writer/Producer Parrish Hurley will be in attendance.

-Intermission-

Sex Date

Directed by John Sobrack, 2014, USA, 15 min
A man pursued by the law finds more than refuge from the streets, when he is mistaken for another man’s online hook up.

The Age of Insecurity: Bed Buds

Directed by Adriano Valentini, 2014, Canada, 6 min
After a night out, two buds talk where they’re most comfortable – in bed!

You. Me. Bathroom. Sex. Now.

Directed by Francisco Lupini Basagoiti, 2015, USA/Spain/Venezuela, 17 min, in Spanish with English subtitles
How to achieve a quick hookup even if you don’t speak the same language! These insider secrets are shared – who knows how you can put these skills to use in your own local pub?

Seven Drinks (U.S. Premiere)

Directed by Madison Thomas & Kevin Gabel, 2014, Canada, 14 min
In this romantic drama, Mitch and Bobby meet for coffee one afternoon and quickly fall for each other. But fast forward, and you’re taken on a journey spanning years, exploring how they come into their own identities and struggle with challenges to their relationship and future happiness.

Director/Writer/Producer/Actor Kevin Gable will be in attendance.

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