‘Art’ opens gay film fest

27 features, 21 docus on bill

Lisa Cholodenko’s “High Art” will open the 10th annual New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival at 8 p.m. tonight at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium.

An October Films release, “High Art” stars Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell and Patricia Clarkson. Produced by Dolly Hall, Jeff Levy-Hinte and Susan Stover, it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

A total of 27 dramatic features, 21 documentaries and 118 shorts will unspool at the New York Lesbian and Gay fest, which runs through June 14.

Teens come out

A presentation of the New Festival, the gay and lesbian fest will close with the world premiere of David Moreton’s “Edge of Seventeen” starring newcomers Chris Stafford and Tina Holmes as two teenagers coming out in the summer of 1984.

Also making their world preem are Jennifer Montgomery’s “Troika,” which follows a journalist’s encounters with a Russian nationalist and with her lesbian lover, and Jose Torrealba’s “Got to be There,” a provocative look at gay circuit parties.

Other highlights include:

  • the Gotham debut of Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s “Party Monster,” a biopic about clubland murderer Michael Alig;

  • the U.S. theatrical premiere of Herbert Wise’s “Breaking the Code,” the screen adaptation of Hugh Whitemore’s play about a homosexual who cracked the German Enigma Code during World War II;

  • and the New York premiere of Tanya Wexler’s “Finding North,” the story of a road trip by a Brooklyn bank teller looking for her Prince Charming and a suicidal gay man.

Foreign films prevalent

Nearly half of the the features in the New York Gay and Lesbian festival are from outside the U.S. They include works from countries such as the Philippines, India, Mali, Guinea, Japan, Korea, Germany, France and China.

In addition to the Tishman Auditorium, the New York Lesbian and Gay fest will screen at the Joseph Papp Public Theater and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.