highlighted films: 

I AM MICHAEL
Thursday, July 23: Opening Night/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Directed by Justin Kelly; Starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts
I AM MICHAEL centers on controversial former gay rights activist turn anti-gay Christian minister Michael Glatze.
Justin Kelly and the I AM MICHAEL team will be the recipient of QFest’s inaugural Freedom of Vision award, for addressing a highly controversial subject with restraint, fairness, and compassion for all. Mr. Kelly will be in attendance to accept the award.
 
A TRIBUTE TO FINA TORRES
Friday, July 24: A Tribute to Fina Torres/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
QFest and Senorita Cinema will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to acclaimed Venezuelan director Fina Torres, whose career began in 1985 with ORIANA, winner of the Camera d’Or at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. Ten years after her auspicious debut, she directed 1995’s CELESTIAL CLOCKWORK, an international hit that led to her biggest and best known film, 2000’s English-language WOMAN ON TOP, starring Penelope Cruz.
After the award ceremony, QFest will present Ms. Torres’ newest film, LIZ IN SEPTEMBER, based on Jane Chambers’ play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, in which a strong willed woman resolves to face her imminent death without sentiment, only to find herself falling in love.

BOULEVARD
Friday, July 24: American Centerpiece/Rice Media Center
Directed by Dito Montiel; Starring Robin Williams, Kathy Baker, and Bob Odenkirk
Robin Williams delivers what many have hailed as his finest performance in a story about a deeply closeted married man who falls in love with a troubled gay street hustler.
 
NASTY BABY
Saturday, July 25: American Centerpiece/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Directed by Sebastian Silva; Starring Sebastian Silva and Kristen Wiig
Mr. Silva, an alumni of the MFAH’s Latin Wave series, directs this satirical tale about a gay couple and their best who is hoping to get pregnant by one of them before her biological clock stops ticking.
 
DEATH IN BUENOS AIRES
Saturday, July 25: International Centerpiece/Rice Media Center
Directed by Natalia Meta; Starring Demian Bichir, Chino Darín, and Monica Antonopulos
Set during the turbulent 80’s in Buenos Aires, Oscar nominated actor Demian Bichir plays Detecitve Chavez, an astute, grizzled detective investigating the murder of a prominent gay man. What appears to be a case of lover’s revenge soon takes an ominous turn when a mysterious young cadet who stirs uncertain feelings within Chavez takes an active part in the investigation.
 
TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL
Sunday, July 26: Documentary Centerpiece/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Directed by Jeffrey Schwartz; With Tab Hunter and John Waters
Jeffrey Schwartz returns to QFest with his latest documentary detailing the life and times of former Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter. Both Tab Hunter and Allan Glaser, the film’s producer and Tab’s real life partner will be attending the screening.
 
EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO
Sunday, July 26: Experimental Centerpiece/Rice Media Center
Directed by Peter Greenaway; Starring Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, and Lisa Owen
Best known for THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE, AND HER LOVER, Peter Greenaway retells the controversial story of iconic Russian director Sergei Eisenstein’s transformational trip to Mexico which led to his first homosexual love affair with a married professor.
 
TANGERINE
Monday, July 27: Closing Night/Rice Media Center
Directed by Sean Baker; Starring Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, and James Ransone
A sensation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival two trans working girls tear up Tinseltown in search of the pimp who did them wrong. Featuring native Houstonian and trans actress Mya Taylor in a starring role, TANGERINE proved this year’s biggest breakthrough for filmmaking, having been shot entirely on two iPhones.

Event Calendar

Wednesday, July 226:00pm 
Festival Preview and Pre-Party
DiverseWorks
Admission: FREE


I Am Michael

I Am Michael

Thursday, July 23 | 7:00pm 
Opening Night 
I Am Michael 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Admission: $10


Friday, July 24 | 7:00pm
Tribute to Fina Torres
Liz in September
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Admission: $10


Friday, July 24 | 7:30pm
Dramatic Centerpiece
Boulevard
Rice Cinema
Admission: $10


Naz & Maalik

Naz & Maalik

Friday, July 24 | 8:00pm 
Naz & Maalik
Houston Museum of African American Culture
Admission: $10


Tiger Orange

Tiger Orange

Friday, July 24 | 8:15pm 
Tiger Orange
FBar
Admission: FREE


Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival

Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival

Friday, July 24 | 8:30pm 
Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival
Brasil
Admission: FREE


Friday, July 24 | 10:00pm 
Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story
Rice Cinema
Admission: $10

Friday, July 24 | 10:30pm 
Voyage of the Rock Aliens
Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park
Admission: FREE


American Vagabond

American Vagabond

Saturday, July 25 | 2:00pm 
American Vagabond
Montrose Center
Admission: FREE


Celestial Clockwork

Celestial Clockwork

Saturday, July 25 | 2:15pm
A Tribute to Fina Torres
Celestial Clockwork
Rice Media Center
Admission: $10


Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning

Saturday, July 25 | 4:00pm
25th Anniversary
Paris is Burning
FotoFest
Admission: FREE


Power Erotic

Power Erotic

Saturday, July 25 | 4:00pm
Power Erotic
RIPCORD
Admission: FREE


Saturday, July 25 | 4:45pm 
Stand
Rice Cinema
Admission: $10


Saturday, July 25 | 6:00pm 
MEET THE FILMMAKERS: A Reception Hosted By FotoFest
FotoFest
Admission: FREE


Nasty Baby

Nasty Baby

Saturday, July 25 | 7:00pm 
American Centerpiece
Nasty Baby
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Admission: $10

Saturday, July 25 | 7:30pm 
International Centerpiece
Death in Buenos Aires
Rice Cinema
Admission: $10


Prison System 4614

Prison System 4614

Saturday, July 25 | 8:00pm 
Prison System 4614
Aurora Picture Show
Admission: $10


Saturday, July 25 | 8:30pm 
Summer
Brasil Cafe
Admission: FREE


54: Director’s Cut

54: Director’s Cut

Saturday, July 25 | 9:45pm 
54: Director’s Cut
Rice Cinema
Admission: $10


Sunday, July 26 | 2:00pm 
Grey Gardens
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Admission: $10


Woman on Top

Woman on Top

Sunday, July 26 | 2:15pm 
Tribute to Fina Torres
Woman on Top
Rice Cinema
Admission: $10


Game Face

Game Face

Sunday, July 26 | 3:00pm 
Game Face
14 Pews
Admission: $10

S&M Sally

S&M Sally

Sunday, July 26 | 4:00pm 
S&M Sally
RIPCORD
Admission: FREE


Sunday, July 26 | 4:30pm 
Jess & James
Rice Cinema
Admission: $10


Sunday, July 26 | 5:00pm 
Documentary Centerpiece
Tab Hunter Confidential
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Admission: $10


Sunday, July 26 | 7:00pm 
Experimental Centerpiece
Eisenstein in Guanajuato
Rice Cinema
Admission: $10


Bizarre

Bizarre

Sunday, July 26 | 8:30pm 
Bizarre
Brasil Cafe
Admission: FREE


Sunday, July 26 | 9:15pm 
Everlasting Love
Rice Cinema
Admission: $10


Monday, July 27 | 7:00pm 
Closing Night
Tangerine
Rice Cinema
Admission: $10

Buy Your QPass All Access: includes all screenings except opening night

Limited Quantities. Available For Purchase Online Through Monday, July 20. Any remaining QPasses will be made available for purchase July 22 during the QFest Launch Party. QPasses may be picked up during the QFest Launch Party, during Opening Night starting at 6PM at the QFest Information Table, and at Rice Media Center beginning Friday, July 24 at 6PM.

 A QPass does not guarantee admission as seating is on a space available basis. All QPass holders are urged to arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to showtime to better insure seating availability. QPasses will not be accepted for admission to Opening Night.


Venue Locations and Details

Alamo Drafthouse—Vintage Park
114 Vintage Park Blvd/Bldg H, Ste J
Houston, TX 77070
832.559.5959
General Admission: Free

Aurora Picture Show
2442 Bartlett
Houston, TX 77098
713.868.2101
General Admission: $10
Aurora Members: Free

Brasil Cafe
2604 Dunlavy
Houston, TX 77006
713.528.1993
General Admission: Free

DiverseWorks
4102 Fannin, Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77004
(Entrance on Cleburne between Fannin and Main)
713.223.8346
General Admission: Free

FBar
202 Tuam/Houston, TX 77006
713.522.3227
General Admission: Free

FotoFest
2000 Edwards St/Building C, Suite 2
Houston, TX 77007
713.223.5522
General Admission: Free

Houston Museum of African American Culture
4807 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004
713.526.1015
General Admission: $10

Montrose Center
401 Branard
Houston, TX 77006
713.529.0037
General Admission: Free

Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Brown Auditorium/Caroline Weiss Law Building/1001 Bissonnet/Houston, TX 77005
713.639.7300
General Admission: $10

Rice Cinema
Rice Media Center/University Blvd at Stockton Dr, Entrance 8
Houston, TX 77005
713.348.4853
General Admission: $10

RIPCORD
715 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006
713.521.2792
General Admission: Free

 
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MISSION STATEMENT

QFest is dedicated to promoting the arts as a powerful tool for communication and cooperation among diverse communities by presenting programs by, about, and of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community.


QFest is a sponsored project of The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), a 501c3 dedicated to promoting the creation and appreciation of film, video, and new media as art forms of a multicultural community.


ABOUT QFEST

The story of QFest begins in 1996, when a group of maverick arts organizations collaborated and created The First Annual Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, better known as The HGLFF. Inaugurated by Loris Bradley of DiverseWorks, Liz Empleton of Rice Cinema, Sarah Gish of Landmark Theatres, and Marian Luntz of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The HGLFF would soon grow to include Steve Buck of The Angelika Film Center and Andrea Grover of The Aurora Picture Show. In its early years as a multi-venue annual event, The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) served as the festival’s non-profit fiscal sponsor. The first co-presidents of the HGLFF were Gudrun Klein and Andrew Edmonson, followed by Margaret Zigman and Ernie Manouse. In 2005, Margaret Zigman became the festival’s President.

In 2006, the festival’s tenth anniversary, under then-Board President Sixto Wagan, Rob Arcos, formerly of Landmark Theatres, was named Festival Director and Kristian Salinas was named Program Director. Now charged with creating its own program, the festival condensed its previous two week run into a five-day weekend. In 2007, led by new Executive Director Kristian Salinas, The HGLFF’s 11th year launched with a new name – QFest.

Entering its 19th year, QFest returns to its roots, once again engaging The Southwest Alternate Media Project as its Fiscal Sponsor. Sharing philosophies and missions, SWAMP and QFest mutually benefit one another through their partnership, and as a result, positively impact the cultural landscape of the Greater Houston Area.


QFest Staff

Kristian Salinas | Artistic Director
Kristian’s involvement with QFest dates back to 1996, when he served on the Festival’s first Advisory Committee. An RTF graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Kristian has worked nearly every facet within the arts and entertainment industry. Perhaps best-remembered to Houstonians as the Artistic Director of the venerable Rice Cinema, where he staged one of the first completist Charlotte Rampling retrospectives, Kristian has also worked for MFAH Films, Landmark Theatres, Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), Reinhart Marketing, and The Angelika Film Center. Having spent almost eight years in Los Angeles, Kristian was the Senior Programmer at Outfest 2003: The 21st Annual Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He also enjoyed a successful freelance career as a copywriter, publicist, online marketing specialist, and festival-programming consultant. Kristian most recently served as the Executive Director of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA), where he worked on behalf of artists and arts organizations throughout the State of Texas, and as the Associate Director of SWAMP.

Stephanie Saint Sanchez
Festival Administrator

Raised in Beaumont, corrupted in Houston…Stephanie Saint Sanchez is a “by any means necessary” media artist, movie maker, and instigator. As founder of La Chicana Laundry Pictures she has made over 25 award winning, genre-bending shorts. She also started the Senorita Cinema Film Festival, the only all Latina Film Festival in Texas. She is a recipient of both The Southwest Alternate Media Project’s (SWAMP) Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship and Lawndale Artist Studio Program, and created and directed the official 2013 and 2014 QFest trailers, with plans for 2015. Look for her alter ego DJ ESteff to be spinning them fun fun records at various QFest events throughout the festival.

 

QFest

Mail: ℅ SWAMP
P.O. Box 1489
Houston, TX 77251

Email: qfesthouston@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QFestHouston

Kristian Salinas | Artistic Director 


Kristian Salinas | Artistic Director 

Stephanie Saint Sanchez | Festival Administrator 


Stephanie Saint Sanchez | Festival Administrator 

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