Films will screen at Film Society
NewFest, Gotham’s long-running LGBT film festival, will partner with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to present the opening and closing films of the 23rd annual fest.Addition of NewFest to the Film Society campus at Lincoln Center comes soon after the opening of the society’s new Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center, which boosts the org’s programming possibilities with two new screening rooms. “We Were Here,” David Weissman’s doc about AIDS in San Francisco in the early 1980s, opens the fest following the pic’s world preem earlier this year at Sundance. Another Sundance alum, Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Bronx-set family drama “Gun Hill Road,” closes the fest, with both screenings to be held at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater. The seven-day fest will show films at venues around New York. The SVA Theater in Chelsea is lined up to screen both the fest’s centerpiece doc offering — Beverly Kopf’s Chely Wright doc “Wish Me Away” — and the narrative-film centerpiece, “Weekend,” Andrew Haigh’s story of a one-night stand with long-term consequences. Full lineup for NewFest, set to include some 50 features and 50 shorts, has not yet been announced. Fest is skedded to run July 21-28.