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July Calendar on Revry
Thursday, July 1, 2021 – International Joke Day
Margaret Cho: PsyCHO – Comedian Margaret Cho performs in front of a live audience in this provocative and hilarious comedy special event, tackling off-limits issues from Boko Haram to female empowerment with her razor sharp insight and wit.
Todd Glass: Talks about Stuff – In this caustic comedy special, veteran stand-up quipster Todd Glass makes audiences howl with his take on some of society’s unspoken “rules,” from complimenting kids to giving directions.
Gina Yashere: Laughing to America – Filmed live in San Francisco, CA, UK’s premier black female comedian, Gina Yashere, has come to America! Her unique take on being a cultural insider and outsider never fails to raise the roof as she gives us her take on the news gripping the nation.
Friday, July 2, 2021 – Summer Titles
Gay Camp – In a world where most of the population is gay, children who exhibit “straight” tendencies are sent to camps in order to convert them back to their natural homosexual lifestyle. Drawing upon real documentaries about straight-conversion therapy such as “Jesus Camp”, this “promotional video” is a biting satire of conversion camps, if only the roles were reversed.
The Summer House – After many years away, Greg returns to his family’s secluded vacation house with his boyfriend only to be tormented by the ghost of his homophobic father.
Light in the Water – Light in the Water chronicles the birth and life of West Hollywood Aquatics, the first openly gay masters swim team. From the team’s founding to train for the inaugural Gay Olympic Games in 1982, through AIDS epidemic, to the wedding of two members after marriage equality passed, the team is another lens through which to study LGBTQ history in America. Through archival footage and intimate interviews with members of the team, some of whom are record setting swimmers, Light in the Water celebrates athletes that happen to be gay. Constantly returning to the theme of water, the movie examines how both joy and sorrow strengthened the team in ways that neither could do alone.
New Beijing New Marriage – Located south of Tian’anmen Square and among the century-old old architecture, Qianmen bears silent witness to the history of the Beijing city. Originally a Western holiday, Valentine’s Day has become a huge day for many Chinese young people. For the tens of millions of gays and lesbians in China who do not have rights to make their voices heard, what do the place and the day mean to them? Before the Beijing Olympics, Qianmen Street was renovated into a popular shopping and tourist spot. On February 14, 2009, Valentine’s Day, a gay couple and a lesbian couple chose to have their wedding photos taken on the Qianmen Street. It was a beautiful Spring Day in Beijing. People who witnessed the event include local residents and tourists from all over the country. Would they understand what was going on? Did the branded ‘New Beijing’ also bring about ‘new concepts’ about love and marriages? The event has attracted wide media coverage and public attention. It is an important milestone in the history of China’s LGBT movement.
Sunday, July 4, 2021 – Independence Day
TransMilitary – The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson, & Jamie Coughlin, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance once again.
America in Transition – America In Transition brings you intimate trans stories you won’t hear anywhere else. Step into the real-life stories of a veteran-turned-activist, a woman living with HIV healing from trauma, and a model navigating family life in this Revry Original series.
The LGBTQ Presidential Forum – The LGBTQ Presidential Forum presented by The Advocate, The Gazette, GLAAD and One Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Author Marianne Williams, former Rep. Joe Sestak, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro hear directly from LGBTQ voters and address the issues impacting their lives.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 – International Kissing Day
Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls – Erin, a spunky 12 year old, is on a mission to woo the coolest girl in school, but will it put a strain on her friendship with her BFF, Liz?
Friday, July 9, 2021
The Hanging Garden – A well-adjusted gay man returns to his hometown from the city to face the painful and abusive past he thought he had left behind.
The Origin of AIDS – The story of how a series of Polio vaccinations in the Congo may have led to the AIDS epidemic.
45 Days Away From You – In a fiction film with documentary characters, Rafael waits 45 days for a lover that never returns. Broken hearted, he departs for three different destinations to share the lives of friends who, for distinct reasons, decided to move abroad and leave their personal world behind: Julia in London, Fábio in Coimbra and Mayara in Buenos Aires.
The Remains – In this relatively isolated house – always crowded with friends, lovers, music, laughter, where the parties happen for no particular reason, the frustrations and repressed desires of a young middle class couple finally reach the point of eruption. Bárbara and Luiz seem to have finally got rid of the vague artistic ambitions they cherished at the age of twenty. Attached to jobs they hate, exhausted by the demands imposed by an increasingly expensive and chaotic city, the couple finds occasional comfort by visiting the mountain property of Yuri, a wealthy friend of the couple. Both Barbara and Luiz will eventually be forced to deal with the repressed passion they feel for their long-time friend, as well as the personal frustrations they have been ignoring for years. Times that return, bodies that meet, vices that remain.
Your Bones & Your Eyes – João, a middle-class filmmaker, goes through a series of encounters with people such as Irene, his long term friend, Álvaro, his boyfriend, Matias, a young man he sees in the subway and ends up having sex with, amongst other known and unknown faces. Those encounters affect him and reveal, little by little, a play of times that mixes real life and creativity, present and memory.
Afuera – The story of a Latina struggling to thrive at the intersection of her transgender and immigrant identities. When Jennifer starts working in the sex trade to survive, her boyfriend gives her an ultimatum with unintended consequences.
Count on Me – A glamorous drag queen sits alone in a small semi-lit changing room. The show is about to start. Her shiny dress, scathing jokes, and radiant smile are the perfect alter-ego, the ultimate disguise. But underneath the heavy make-up, her eyes tell a different story.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 – Emmy Nominations
Kumu Hina – Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s Hawai’i. Kumu Hina tells the inspiring story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher, or kumu, who brings to life Hawai‘i’s traditional embrace of mahu – those who embody both male and female spirit. Produced by Emmy-winning directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson in association with ITVS and Pacifc Islanders in Communications, the film traces Hina’s evolution from Collin Wong, a timid high school boy, to her present position as a married woman and cultural director of a school in one of Honolulu’s grittier neighborhoods. When Ho‘onani, a charismatic 6th grade girl, asks to join the school’s all-male hula troupe, Kumu Hina gives her the opportunity to express her inner male spirit. As teacher and student prepare for a climactic end-of-year public performance, they meet many obstacles, but hold fast to the idea that being true to oneself matters most.
Dropping the Soap – 2017 Emmy Winner, Jane Lynch, Best Actress in Web Series/Comedy. It’s about to get real for the cast and crew of the long running (awful) soap opera “Collided Lives” when new Executive Producer Olivia Vanderstein arrives to shake things up.
Louie Anderson: Big Baby Boomer – Veteran funny man Louie Anderson returns to the stage in this hilarious one hour stand up comedy special. Louie takes an unconventional and jovial look at his bad habits, pesky family members, and aging body.
Wednesday June 14, 2021 – International Non-Binary People’s Day
Our Future – Yu, a high school girl, struggles with gender identity disorder. Contrary to her female dress, she has sensed since childhood that she is male. However, as she contemplates her future, she begins to seize her own path. A coming-of-age film about struggling with the discrepancy between one’s heart and the perspectives of those around them.
Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You – Rusty Tidenberg, drag-racing aficionado, shocked friends and family by coming out as trans. Followed for 8 years by filmmaker Harrod Blank (son of Les Blank), Rusty guides us through the aftermath of her transition. Interwoven with lively tales of gender non-conforming individuals on the art-car circuit, Blank’s film is a sensitive and unpredictable love letter to people who fight to be unapologetically themselves.
Friday, July 24, 2021 – National Day of the Cowboy
Queens & Cowboys – Roping and riding across North America, the International Gay Rodeo Association’s courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals. Along the way, they’ll bust every stereotype in the book. The film tells the story of five members of the IGRA. From Wade Earp, a descendant of cowboy legend Wyatt Earp and one of the best competitors on the circuit, to Char Duran, a female bull rider who’s never won a buckle but seems determined to die trying, “QUEENS & COWBOYS” weaves the stories of its protagonists over the course of an entire rabble-rousing year. An unprecedented look at the strength it takes to be gay in the rural west, this film explores the many struggles threatening the IGRA and the gay community at large, how far society has come on the subject of gay equality, and how far we still have to go.
Saturday, July 24, 2021 – Half Christmas / Christmas in July
A Raunchy Christmas Story – Dave seems doomed to a lonely life of eating ramen noodles alone on Friday nights forever, but Christmas magic is afoot. And no Russian spies, disgruntled bosses, or horny bakery scientists can defeat the Yuletide spirit. Dave will find love or else!
Awkward Holiday – The Holidays are a time when many families get together to share in the spirit of joy and cheer. Just not this one. Who knew financial disasters, imploding relationships and blow-ups could be so funny?
Christmas Queens – Join drag royalty Alaska, Ginger, Ivy, Jiggly, Katya, Manila, Phi Phi and Sharon in this exclusive holiday special, featuring lush live performances from sold-out concerts in Los Angeles and London. Plus never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and special appearances by Michelle Visage and Jackie Beat. Oh and by the way – it’s a sing along! Follow the bouncy balls and you can join the queens on stage in this one of a kind spectacular. No Christmas tree, no shade!
Flocker – Love, family, and flock collide on a small Texas Christmas tree farm as Emmett and Seth navigate an unclear attraction to one another while avoiding the watchful eye of Mrs. Thibideaux, who just happens to be Seth’s mother and Emmett’s boss.
Red Lodge – Waiting for a train, Jordan impulsively proposes marriage to Dave. It’s accepted, but rather abruptly, rejected. The partners of two years never have time to discuss their relationship upon arriving at Jordan’s wacky Aunt Vanity’s house. Tensions build at the most inopportune time — Christmas, the “hap-happiest season of all.”
The Worst Christmas Special Ever – Naughty, but maybe also nice! “Completely inappropriate” is the only way to describe this celebration of the holiday beloved the world over. Featuring nudity, violence, and offensive language! Watch it, or go to hell! Definitely naughty!
Al Rescate – On Christmas Eve on a small farm, a chicken, a pig, and a goat escape becoming dinner, and befriend a rare Blue Iguana. When their friend gets kidnapped by a ruthless hunter, they set out on a rescue mission more risky and dangerous than ever.
Sunday, July 25, 2021 – National Parent’s Day
Papa Rainbow – “Papa Rainbow” features six Chinese fathers who talk openly and freely about their experiences with their LGBT children. Speaking out against discrimination and stigma, they redefine what it means to protect a household. They fully embrace their kids for who they are, and become pioneer activists fighting for an equal and diverse society.
Mama Rainbow – For Chinese parents, finding out that their kid is gay usually presents a major tragedy, with many utterly unable to accept their children’s sexuality. During recent years however, a fresh rainbow wind has been blowing over the Chinese mainland: a pioneer generation of Chinese parents have been stepping up and speaking out on their love for their gay kids. “Mama Rainbow” features 6 mothers from all over China, who talk openly and freely about their experiences with their homosexual children. With their love, they are giving a whole new definition to Chinese-style family bonds.
My Transgender Summer Camp – Features exclusive access to an American camp for transgender adolescents and their parents. The film My Transgender Summer Camp explores the difficult next steps faced by a group of ordinary girls who were born boys. As well as summer fun, they must face huge dilemmas including whether or not to begin hormone blockers to halt male puberty.
Fauk my Life – The day before Amy leaves for college, her parents prepare a going away dinner. Invited are Amy’s best friend, Kaitline, and her boyfriend, Thomas. While at the local basketball court for one last time before they head off, Amy confides in Kaitline and after dinner, Thomas approaches Amy’s parents regarding their future. As the day of emotions comes to an end and her departure time grows nearer, Amy is left with a couple of surprises from both Kaitline and Thomas.
Friday, July 30, 2021 – International Day of Friendship
A Very Sordid Wedding – Seventeen years after family matriarch Peggy tripped over G.W.’s wooden legs in Sordid Lives, same-sex marriage equality has barreled into Winters, Texas and not everyone is ready to accept it. An anniversary memorial service is being planned in honor of Peggy at the bar while the Southside Baptist Church plans an “Anti-Equality” rally to protest the abomination of gay marriage and work to defend their religious freedom. The beloved cast of colorful characters are all on a collision course for shenanigans and fireworks on the big night. Along the way a bisexual serial killer shows up, a drag queen country medley is performed and a beauty-salon-versus-the-bigots battle turns getting your hair done into the front lines of the equality battle. Friendships are tested and families are reunited as fear and bigotry are confronted with acceptance and understanding on the way to a surprise wedding with (almost) everyone in attendance.
Almost Adults – 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.
Death to Prom – Two best friends make the best of going to high school by dreaming up fashion magazine photo shoots. When a shy soccer player with a soft spot for poetry leads to competing invitations to the prom, their high-fashion drama could destroy their friendship… along with the entire prom.
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