COLORS is group of 13 short films that touch on the drama, dreams, and joy of the queer experience. This the first of two unique screenings. The film festival is a rare opportunity to see queer stories created by queer film makers. Films in the 6 p.m. screening are suitable for most audiences. Films chosen for the 8 p.m. screening are a bit more revealing.
TCA General Ticket page:
COLORS Program tickets: 6 pm
SUNDOWN TOWN Program tickets: 8 pm
Festival pass tickets available on each Program page.
Everyone Has My Jacket
Men in Blue : 12 Stories
Felt Right Then, Feels Right Now
Don’t Let Go
EVERYONE HAS MY JACKET
Queer Biography Animation
“One of us has to change‚” takes a whole other meaning in this short animation about fashion, gender dysphoria and acceptance as we follow a singular protagonist narrating an internal struggle when a brown corduroy jacket makes its way into his closet.
MEN IN BLUE : 12 STORIES
Mapping of what it is to be a man today, through portraits of 12 men, of all genders and from all backgrounds. Facing Francisco, each protagonist strips off in front of his camera and speak about themselves in a documentary format, animated in rotoscope with more than 500 blue ballpoint pen drawings.
Sofia, a girl evades her complex family reality in social networks.
Together with “La Jisus” her favorite influencer will be transported to a musical world full of glitter and glamour.
What happens if in a normal tram two teenagers decide to fall in love?
Xavier is a Menorquín teenager that doesn’t feel comfortable at home. When a Catalan tourist visits the island, he will try to solve his problems by exploring his sexuality, to grow up in the natural space of Sa Mesquida beach.
Bea and Jorge met that same night and would never think that they would end up going to bed together. Social pressures and their own special way of understanding relationships will make this a somewhat uncomfortable sexual encounter… or maybe not?
FELT RIGHT THEN, FEELS RIGHT NOW
Felt Right Then, Feels Right Now depicts the childhood memory of Blyth trying on his father’s boxers at age eight, before leaving for Brownies still wearing them under his uniform. This memory is one of many that have contributed to Blyth understanding that his gender identity did not align with the sex he was assigned at birth, leading to the artist coming out as transgender at eighteen. The artist intends for this to be the first of many animations in a series titled Defining Moments of a Trans Experience, which will portray Blyth’s experiences pre and post transitioning from female to male that contribute to his continued understanding of the fluidity of gender.
The animation consists of 728 unique cels, shot at a rate of 24 frames per second. It was hand-drawn using fine-liners and coloring pencils, using a live-action video for reference of the artist’s eight-year-old sister trying on a similar pair of boxers to that which he remembers. The audio accompanying the animation is from the live-action reference and features the voices of Blyth’s parents, bringing a personal reality to the animation of this intimate moment.
DON’T LET GO
When Sam and Reggie get engaged, their future seems bright–until a terrible car accident leaves Reggie in a coma. And Sam must confront Reggie’s homophobic mother to fight for a place at her hospital bedside before it’s too late.
SIMON : “I want to be a girl, mommy.” Alma freezes. She doesn’t know how to react: from now on, her 8-year-old son wants to dress up like a fairy to go to school. She asks for help from her neighbors. Soon the whole building is debating on Simon’s choice for gender orientation.
Obliged by her mother, Elsa must go to her grandmother to make her a touchy revelation, which will upset her.
Queer Music Video
Nick Saanto and their dancers go to a strange Queer Museum. People of the LGBTQIA+ community are locked-up in rooms where visitors can look, scrutinize, and judge them. Nick releases them one-by-one and gives them the freedom they’ve always deserved.