2017 Films

Films from ClexaCon’s 2017 Film Festival

We are pleased to be working in association with NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film Festival, to present some of the best films from their latest festival!

Two Birds

2016

Vámonos

2016

Almost Adults

2017

Women Who Kill

2016

Shorts

August In The City

March 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In Attendance: Christie Conochalla, Lisa Marie Tedesco, Mandahla Rose

Drama
2017 | USA | 16 min

Director: Christie Conochalla
Writer: Lisa Marie Tedesco
Starring: Daniela Mastropietro, Mandahla Rose

Synopsis: When her college-age daughter comes out of the closet during the Thanksgiving break, August remembers the woman she loved and had to let go when she was younger.

Bawlin’

March 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In Attendance: Gloria Brenes, Gabrielle Christian

Comedy
2013 | USA | 12 min

Director: Gloria Brenes
Starring: Ash Lendzion, Gabrielle Christian

Synopsis: Bawlin’ is a short film co-written and directed by Gloria Brenes from a story by co-writer Nek Thomas about new parents struggling to get their baby to sleep through the night. Starring Ash Lendzion, Gabrielle Christian, and introducing Charles Sartor Cunha.

Bound

March 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In Attendance: Lindsay Walker, Rhiannon Wyn

Romance
2016 | UK | 10 min

Director: Lindsay Walker
Starring: Rhiannon Wyn

Synopsis: Some people are drawn into our lives to teach us our true capacity, when is the right time to let them go? Bound is a short film that shows the connections we make are infinite and ours souls will forever be intertwined.

Two Birds

March 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In Attendance: Caitlin Stickels

2016 | USA | 9 min

Director:
Caitlin Stickels
Starring: Kea Trevett, Charlotte Anoux

Synopsis: Ellie and Rose like each other. Like the fall in love, and go on dates, and sail across the ocean on a yacht and stare into the other eyes kind of like. The only problem is that they have never met, even though they both frequent the same coffee shop. The question is – who will make the first move?

Vámonos

March 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker

Drama
2016 | USA | 13 min

Director: Marvin Bryan Lemus
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Synopsis: Hope struggles with grief after Mac, her butch girlfriend, passes away and must must overcome homophobic hostilities from her dead girlfriend’s family in order to respectfully send Mac off into the afterlife in the way she would’ve wanted.

Feature Films

A Million Happy Nows

March 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In Attendance: Christa Morris

Drama
2016 | USA | 80 min

Director: Albert Alarr
Writer: Marisa Calin
Starring: Crystal Chappell, Jessica Leccia

“When tomorrow is a promise that can’t be kept, live for a happy now.”

Synopsis: When Emmy Winning soap actress and tour de force, Lainey Allen, can no longer keep the prospect of her early Onset Alzheimer’s a secret, the spiraling effect of the disease is challenged by her partner’s determination to live for the moment.

Best Feature
Desperado LGBT Film Festival (2017)

Almost Adults

March 5, 2017 @ 11:00 am
Room: Alice Walker
In attendance: Elise Bauman, Natasha Negovanlis

Comedy
2017 | CAN | 90 min

Director: Sarah Rotella
Starring: Natasha Negovanlis, Elise Bauman
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Synopsis: A platonic love story between two best friends, Cassie and Mackenzie, in their final year of college as they transition into adulthood. Mackenzie, recently out, embraces her sexuality and tries to catch up on everything she has missed during her teenage years, while Cassie ends a long term relationship with her boyfriend and discovers her life isn’t going as planned. Both struggle to keep their friendship together as they begin growing apart.

I Can’t Think Straight

March 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In attendance: Shamim SarifHanan Kattan

Drama, Romance
2008 | USA | 82 min

Director/Writer: Shamim Sarif
Starring: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth

Synopsis: In the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern society, Reema and Omar prepare for the marriage of their daughter Tala. But back at work in London, Tala encounters Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating Tala’s best friend Ali. Tala sees something unique in the artless, clumsy, sensitive Leyla who secretly works to become a writer. And Tala’s forthright challenges to Leyla’s beliefs begins a journey of self-awareness for Leyla. As the women fall in love, Tala’s own sense of duty and cultural restraint cause her to pull away from Leyla and fly back to Jordan where the preparations for an ostentatious wedding are well under way. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, the pressure mounts until Tala finally cracks and extricates herself. Back in London, Leyla is heartbroken but learns to break free of her own self-doubt and her mother’s expectations, ditching Ali and being honest with her parents about her sexuality. When Ali and Leyla’s feisty sister Zara help throw Tala and Leyla together again, Tala finds that her own preconceptions of what love can be is the final hurdle she must jump to win Leyla back.

Audience Award: Best Fiction Feature
Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2009)

Jury Award: Best Women’s Feature
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2009)

Nominated: Best Actress: Feature
Dallas Out Takes (2010)

Liberty’s Secret

March 4, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In attendance: Andy Kirshner

 

Comedy, Musical, Romance
2016 | USA | 98 min

Directors: Andy Kirshner, Debbie Williams
Starring: Jacléne Wilk, Cara AnnMarie

Synopsis: Liberty Smith is the perfect running mate. She’s American as apple pie, sings like an angel, and is the daughter of a prominent “family values” preacher – exactly what a floundering presidential campaign needs to energize its conservative base and rally the faithful. But when political novice Liberty falls for her (female) spin doctor, it’s a cable news catastrophe. Now Liberty must choose between the life she’s known, and the love she’s dreamed of. And all of America is watching!

Women Who Kill

March 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker

 

 

Comedy, Crime, Mystery
2016 | USA | 93 min

Director: Ingrid Jungermann
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Synopsis: Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean are locally famous true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. There’s a chance they may still have feelings for each other, but co-dependence takes a back seat when Morgan meets the mysterious Simone during her Food Coop shift. Blinded by infatuation, Morgan quickly signs up for the relationship, ignoring warnings from friends that her new love interest is practically a stranger.

When Jean shows Morgan proof that Simone may not be who she says she is, Morgan accuses Jean of trying to ruin the best thing that’s ever happened to her. But as she and Simone move into commitment territory, Morgan starts to notice red flags – maybe Jean was right and Simone isn’t as perfect as Morgan’s made her out to be.

Morgan and Jean investigate Simone as if she were a subject of their podcast, they uncover disturbing clues – a death at the Food Coop, a missing friend, a murder weapon – leading them to suspect her not only of mystery, but of murder. In the end, Morgan has to examine all the evidence in front of her: Is she just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship or is her life actually in danger?

Best Screenplay
Tribeca Film Festival (2016)

Best Screenplay
OutFest (2016)

Documentaries

Girl on Girl

March 4, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Room: Alice Walker

Documentary
2015 | USA | 111 min

Director: Jodi Savitz

Synopsis: Unlike any documentary film to date, Girl on Girl focuses its lens on the lives of feminine lesbians, and invites the audience to discover what life is like for women whose identity is incessantly trivialized and stigmatized, both outside of and within queer spaces. Girl on Girl challenges assumptions of what society imagines a lesbian to look like and, for the first time, addresses the issue of feminine lesbians feeling invisible even after coming out. The independently produced film features such ‘celesbian’ Lauren Bedford Russell (The Real L Word: Season 3), along with several other women from around the country, including New York, Florida, Utah, and North Carolina.

Web Series

Maybelle

March 3, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In attendance: Christin Baker, Bridget McManus

 

 

 

 

Drama
2015 | USA | 12 min

Director: Christin Baker
Starring: Bridget McManus, Frances Nichols

Synopsis: After the death of her mother, 35-year old Maybelle Garris must learn to live for herself, as a gay women in the south, who’s still in love with her best friend from High School.

Webfest Award: Best Director
Raindance Film Festival (2016)

Nominated: Webfest Award
(Best Actress, Best Ensemble)

Raindance Film Festival (2016)

Skirtchasers

March 3, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In attendance: Amanda Bearse, Stan Zimmerman, Elizabeth Keener

Comedy
2016 | USA | 5 min

Directors: Amanda Bearse, Stan Zimmerman
Starring: Elizabeth Keener, Barry Bostwick, Meredith Baxter

Synopsis: Robyn is freshly single after a break-up with her long time girlfriend the day before their wedding. As Robyn deals with mending her broken heart, she realizes her issues delve further than her issues with commitment; they go way back, to her father. After the split of her parents, her best-selling novelist father, remarried a much younger woman, and became a father again, abandoning Robyn.

Starting From Now Season 4

March 3, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In Attendance: Rosie Lourde (Actress, Producer Seasons 3-5)

 

 

Drama
2016 | AUS | 11 min

Director: Julie Kalceff

Synopsis: Starting From Now is a lesbian love quadrangle drama that explores the entangled, increasingly complicated lives of its four lesbian protagonists as they struggle to work out who they are, find a place where they belong, and maybe even find someone to love along the way.

Awards:

  • Over 30 million views
  • Viewed in over 230 countries
  • Seasons 4 and 5 sold to broadcast television
  • 27 festival screenings to date

Season 3

Best Web Series
She Web Fest, 2015

Best Supporting Actress – Sarah de Possesse
NYC WebFest, 2015

Best Actor (Female) – Sarah de Possesse
Indie Possible International Film Festival, 2016

Outstanding Writing in a Drama – Julie Kalceff
LAWebFest, 2016

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Drama
LA WebFest, 2016

Season 4

Audience Award – Best Narrative Feature
Mardi GrasFilm Festival, 2016

Best LGBT Web Series
Web Series Festival Global, 2016

Best Original Music Score – John Dunlop
Indie Possible International Film Festival, 2016

The Leslie

March 3, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Room: Alice Walker
In attendance: Kate Johnson, Diana Spieller

Comedy
2016 | USA | 7 min

Director: Kate Johnson
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Synopsis: Leslie Clark just came out and is ready to do something she’s never done before: Date Women. Aided by her well-meaning, but exceedingly misguided straight friends, Leslie attempts to navigate this new dating landscape. With each new misadventure, Leslie learns a little bit more about life, love, dating, Los Angeles, and what it means to be a woman who loves women.

The Leslie is a new queer, LGBTQ Web Series about dating, life, sex, Los Angeles, and what it means to be a woman who loves women.