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.
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.
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.
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.