NewFest, the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival, will upgrade to a new location for this year’s event, which opens with Screen Gems’ “D.E.B.S.” and closes with Sony Pictures Classics’ “Touch of Pink.”
Fest’s 16th annual edition will shift from its traditional home at Gotham’s downtown New School to Loews Cineplex Entertainment 34th Street, occupying three to four screens at the westside midtown venue.
Event will kick off June 3. Both “D.E.B.S.” and “Touch of Pink” preemed at Sundance.
Said fest director Basil Tsiokos, “This move will ensure an enhanced film experience while (raising) the profile of the festival to a new level.”
Centerpiece screenings include Rodney Evans’ Harlem Renaissance drama “Brother to Brother,” and the world premiere of cult comic Margaret Cho’s concert film “Revolution.”
NewFest this year will debut Filmmakers Forum, a three-day series of panels and discussions running June 5-7, involving the local film industry with visiting directors and producers.
This year’s fest will include four spotlight sections: Marriage, Israel, Region and Sex & Violence.
Titles focusing on marriage include Jim DeSeve’s docu feature “Tying the Knot,” Abigail Honor’s “Saints & Sinners” and Dutch helmer Jehoshua Rozenman’s “Late Wedding.” Israeli films include Ruthie Shatz and Adi Barash’s “Garden,” Shahar Rozen’s “Round Trip” and Eytan Fox’s “Walk on Water,” recently picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions.
Offering portraits of gay life outside of major urban centers, Region includes Tom Murray’s “Farm Family: In Search of Gay Life in Rural America” and Miles Christian Daniels’ “Dixie Queen.” Sharon Ferranti’s “Make a Wish” and Jorg Andreas’ “Locked Up” screen in Sex & Violence.
Full program and schedule for NewFest will be announced mid-May.