LGBTQ+ Media Presenter NewFest Announces Queer Film Selections for 35th Anniversary

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NewFest has announced its opening, closing, and New York Centerpiece selections for its 35th anniversary edition.

NewFest, the leading queer Film and Media organization presenting the New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival annually, will open with the biopic ‘Rustin’ starring Colman Domingo. It is directed by the DGA award and five-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe.

It will close with Andrew Haigh’s ghostly gay romance ‘All of Us Strangers’ starring Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Claire Foy, and Jamie Bell.

The festival’s executive director David Hatkoff and director of programming Nick McCarthy have also announced that this year’s New York Centerpiece screening will be the world premiere of the Billy Porter-narrated documentary ‘Queen of New York’ from Emmy-nominated director Emma Fidel.

‘Rustin’ follows Bayard Rustin’s life story which takes place during the civil rights movement when Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington, all while wrestling with the open secret of his sexuality and the public scrutiny he dealt with.

The official description from Searchlight Pictures goes: “One night in his near-empty tower block in contemporary London, Adam (Scott) has a chance encounter with his mysterious neighbor Harry (Mescal) that punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. As Adam and Harry get closer, Adam is pulled back to his childhood home where it appears his long-dead parents (Foy and Bell) are both living and look the same age as the day they died thirty years before.”

‘Queen of New York’ follows activist drag queen Marti Cummings and their historic 2021 city council campaign to represent New York’s 7th District which is considered as one of the most contested council races in recent years.

NewFest’s 35th anniversary is set to feature over 130 premiere films which will be announced in the coming week. The festival will run from Oct. 12 to 22.

 

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