Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life directed by Tomer Heymann
Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life directed by Tomer Heymann

Damn These Heels, the longest running LGBTQ Film Festival in the Mountain West, will run July 12 to 14, 2019 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Utah.

This year, Damn These Heels is introducing a Guest Programmer, Jordan Blok, a trans non-binary writer based in SLC who covers popular science, LGBTQ culture, issues, and trans health, to curate select films that have influenced them. They also have a deep, enduring love of lesbian revenge thrillers. A new Guest Programmer will be chosen annually to showcase the depth and variety of LGBTQ cultural voices in Utah.

Patrick Hubley, Programming Director for Utah Film Center, said, “At the heart of Damn These Heels is both an appreciation for our inclusive community and a powerful expression of individuality. We invite audiences to come share in this meaningful cinematic celebration and explore this year’s lineup of complex, original, and thought-provoking stories that will stay with you long after the film is over.”1

The films selected to screen in the 2019 Damn These Heels LGBTQ Festival are:

Adam
Directed by Rhys Ernst
95 min | 2019 | USA

Missteps of a cis man pretending to be a trans man for the sake of dating. Follow him through queer Brooklyn.
Cast: Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Margaret QualleyOfficial Selection: 2019 Sundance Film Festival

An Almost Ordinary Summer (Croce e delizia)
Directed by Simone Godano
101 min | 2019 | Italy | Presented in Italian with English subtitles

Two families don’t realize they’re being brought together for a wedding for their respective patriarchs.
Cast: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Alessandro Gassmann, Jasmine Trinca
Official Selection: 2019 Seattle International Film Festival

Bit
Directed by Brad Michael Elmor
94 min | 2019 | USA

Laurel, a teenage transgender girl, moves to LA and falls in with a gang of intersectional feminist vampires.
Cast: Nicole Maines, M.C. Gainey, Diana Hopper
Official Selection: 2019 Frameline

Changing the Game
Changing the Game – Mack Beggs wrestling for the Texas girls State Championship. Photographer: Turner Jumonville

Changing the Game
Directed by Michael Barnett
88 min | 2019 | USA

Three trans high school athletes fight for acceptance in their sports while embracing their authentic selves.
Official Selection: 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, 2019 Frameline

Fabulous
Directed by Audrey Jean-Baptiste
47 min | 2019 | French Guiana | Presented in French with English subtitles

Lasseindra Ninja, an international performer, brings vogue to French Guiana, her home country. Through her workshop we witness the dance culture’s impact on this marginalized queer community.
Official Selection: 2019 Frameline

For They Know Not What They Do
Directed by Daniel Karslake
91 min | 2019 | USA

The director of For The Bible Tells Me So explores four American families as they face sexuality, identity, and the undeniable connection of the personal and political.
Official Selection: 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, 2019 Frameline

GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH. The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir joined forces with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for the tour.
GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH. The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir joined forces with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus for the tour.

Gay Chorus Deep South
Directed by David Charles Rodrigues
100 min | 2019 | USA

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the deep south, confronting intolerance with fine music.
Winner: Audience Award-2019 Tribeca Film Festival

Gracefully
Directed by Arash Eshaghi
60 min | 2019 | Iran | Presented in Persian with English subtitles

A contemplative portrait of a rural qenderqueer drag queen, banned from performance after the 1970 Iranian Revolution. World Premiere.

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)
Directed by Chan-wook Park
145 min | 2016 | South Korea | Presented in Korean and Japanese with English subtitles

A handmaiden to a Japanese heiress is plotting to defraud her until their relationship becomes more complex.
Cast: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho
Winner: Best Film Not in the English Language-2018 BAFTA
Selected by the 2019 Damn These Heels Guest Programmer, Jordan Blok

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life
Directed by Tomer Heymann
106 min | 2018 | Israel/Germany | Presented in English and Hebrew with English subtitles

A rare and intimate story of one of the world’s most successful gay porn stars. A look at porn and escorting in a way that redefines family and cultural norms.
Winner: Best Israeli Documentary-2018 Jerusalem Film Festival

Ma Vie en Rose
Directed by Alain Berliner
88 min | 1997 | Belgium/France | Presented in French with English subtitles

Ludovic is an innocent seven-year-old child who provokes horror in her community when she dresses in girls clothes and insists she’s a girl.
Cast: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey
Winner: Best Foreign Language Film-1998 Golden Globes
Selected by the 2019 Damn These Heels Guest Programmer, Jordan Blok

A Night at Switch n’ Play
Directed by Cody Stickels
72 min | 2019 | USA

“Switch n’ Play” hosts experimental burlesque dancers, drag kings, and
traditional drag queens in one venue.
Official Selection: 2019 Inside Out Toronto

No Box For Me. An Intersex Story
Directed by Floriane Devigne
58 min | 2018 | France | Presented in French with English subtitles

A lyrical film that questions gender and reflects on the way intersex people seek to reclaim their bodies.
Official Selection: 2019 BFI Flare, 2019 Frameline

Olivia
Directed by Jacqueline Audry
96 min | 1952 | France | Presented in French with English subtitles

Known as a “landmark of lesbian representation,” the film works in charged moments to explore unrequited love between a headmistress, her colleagues, and a pupil. Newly Restored.
Cast: Edwige Feuillère, Simone Simon, Marie-Claire Olivia
Nominated: Best Actress-1953 BAFTA

Retablo
Directed by Alvaro Delgado Aparicio
95 min | 2017 | Peru | Presented in Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles

14 year old Segundo, a story-box maker, observes his father in a situation that shatters his whole world.
Cast: Magaly Solier, Amiel Cayo, Junior Bejar
Official Selection: 2018 Berlin Film Festival, 2018 Seattle International Film Festival

Shorts Program 1
Directed by Various

A collection of short documentaries that focus on trans experiences and the contribution of women in the LGBTQ+ community.

Shorts Program 2
Directed by Various

A largely dramatic/comedic shorts program focusing on a variety of awkward, funny, and quiet perspectives on gender and identity. See the work of some of the best emerging LGBTQ filmmakers and get to know their worlds.

Sister Aimee
Directed by Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann
97 min | 2019 | USA

A famous evangelist of the 20’s mysteriously disappears with her lover at the height of her stardom.
Cast: Julie White, Michael Mosley, Amy Hargreaves
Official Selection: 2019 Sundance Film Festival, 2019 Sarasota Film Festival

Socrates
Directed by Alexandre Moratto
70 min | 2018 | Brazil | Presented in Portuguese with English subtitles

Teenage Socrates faces isolation for his sexuality on the margins of São Paulo following his mother’s death.
Cast: Christian Malheiros, Tales Ordakji, Caio Martinez Pacheco
Winner: Someone to Watch- 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Jury Prize for Best Feature-2019 OUTShine Film Festival

Unsettled
Directed by Tom Shepard
81 min | 2019 | USA

The story of four LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East as they flee persecution to seek better and safer lives in the U.S.
Official Selection: 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival

Wounded By the Wind (Las Heridas del Viento)
Directed by Juan Carlos Rubio
75 min | 2017 | Spain | Presented in Spanish with English subtitles

Finding his deceased father’s love letter to another man, David seeks out his father’s lover for the truth.
Cast: Daniel Muriel, Kiti Mánver
Official Selection: 2018 Seville European Film Festival

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