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Film Festival Darlings

These gems premiered at some of the fanciest film festivals around. Lucky for you, we've collected them so you can watch in your comfiest sweatpants at home.

Montréal World Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, +2 MORE

2015 Feature Drama, LGBTQ

Journey deep into the free-spirited, drug-fueled, queer paradise of contemporary Berlin. A struggling American writer meets a Russian immigrant escort, and introduces him to his world. As they venture through Berlin's layered history and unique subculture, their relationship takes new form.

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"I found the overall package more interesting as a moment in life, a coming-of-age tale set within a backdrop of Gregg Araki and Candy Darling name drops, in-between drugs and über-Eurotrash club performances. It's a polarizing slice of a new subculture, about those who can afford to find themselves abroad—and live inside mise-en-scene that seems like the project of an entire arts school. The movie is too vibrant to be overlooked, even if some viewers might walk away from (or out of) it with their brain matter in their hands."

www.RogerEbert.com

Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, +1 MORE

2012 Short Adventure, Drama

Two boys on a Independence Day mission: get their hands on illegal fireworks to impress girls in their LA neighborhood.

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Tribeca Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, +8 MORE

2015 Feature Comedy

Take a road trip with Farah and her friends (and, you know, John Kerry) with this fresh coming-of-age tale.

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"Incisive portrait of a politically divided America."

The Hollywood Reporter

Palm Springs International ShortFest, SOUL celebrate:connect , +4 MORE

2017 Short Drama, Family

While singing to a live audience, Viv shines. But off stage, a concerning health issue forces her to return home and confront deep-seated family issues.

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Seattle International Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, +4 MORE

2015 Feature Drama

A middle-aged woman, wheelchair-bound for the last two years, invites her three best friends over for a long birthday weekend in this drama about marriage, friendship, betrayal and survival.

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"The performances have the lived-in feel that comes from most likely engaging actors in a project’s development process, with relationships not spelled out more than necessary. Despite all apparent haste, budgetary restrictions and bare-bones crew, tech/design elements are solid."

Variety

Denver Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, +13 MORE

2016 Short Drama, LGBTQ

Fearing he may have contracted HIV after the condom breaks during sex with a stranger, a young gay Asian American unexpectedly befriends the condom company's customer service rep over the phone as he waits for his HIV test results.

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Slamdance, Sarasota Film Festival, +2 MORE

2013 Feature Documentary

A rare and essential glimpse into six brave lives trapped in the turbulent waters of Pakistan today. Each face the questions in front of them: the government, the impact of Western policy, the role of Islam and the uncertainty of what will emerge.

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"A thoughtful portrait into the lives of some of this troubled country’s citizens, who despite their differences of class and ideology, share a longing for a better way of life."

Filmmaker Magazine

SXSW, San Diego Asian Film Festival, +2 MORE

2017 Short Documentary, Musical

Three female Japanese musicians travel to Berklee College of Music in Boston to learn jazz and form a unique band all their own.

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Toronto International Film Fest , Whistler Film Fest, +4 MORE

2013 Feature Comedy, Drama, Romance, LGBTQ

An acting teacher trying to light a spark under his students. (No, this is not a furry movie...not that there's anything wrong with that.)

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"The reigning queen of lo-fi Canadian cinema has upped her game without abandoning any of her characteristic whimsy."

NOW Magazine

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia, +14 MORE

2017 Short Family, LGBTQ

When Tara and her household maid are caught together at a dinner party, Tara must suddenly redefine who she really is according to society. Starring Priyanka Bose (of the Oscar Nominated film Lion), it explores the realities of being a closeted lesbian in contemporary India.

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BFI FLARE London LGBT Film Festival, Translations Seattle Transgender Film Festival, +25 MORE

2016 Short Drama, LGBTQ

A transgender guy faces difficult life circumstances long after a breakup as he tries to find new ways to express old and familiar feelings.

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