The 15th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival is almost amongst us. The famous festival is running from April 13 to 24 in New York City and you can count on several movies and events featuring queer themes and women.
We’ve put together a list of the films and talks we think will interest you most based on their queer themes and/or the queer women in them. Get your tickets now!
Films with Queer Women’s Themes
Infertility is tough on anyone trying to conceive and it doesn’t care about labels. haveababy follows patients of a Las Vegas fertility clinic that hosts a yearly YouTube competition that gives one patient access to free in vitro fertilization treatment. One of these hopefuls is a lesbian performer, but she’s one amongst hundreds. Director Amanda Micheli continues to document this emotional journey even after the competition closes. What’s captured is a lot of ups and downs, but some rewarding results as well.
This award-winning short is now a feature film premiering at Tribeca. AWOL follows Joey (Lola Kirke), a young woman looking for purpose in rural Pennsylvania. She seems to find it after visiting an Army recruiting office, but she’s thrown a curveball when she meets and falls for Rayna (Breeda Wool), a neglected housewife with some definite edge to her. As her feelings for Rayna grow, Joey’s grasp on what’s important lessens. Neither of the women could have anticipated where their journey together would take them.
The uber talented Ingrid Jungermann is hitting Tribeca with her feature debut, Women Who Kill. The out filmmaker plays Morgan in this comedy set in a queer (well, more so than usual) Brooklyn. Morgan and her ex, Jean (Ann Carr), co-host a pretty popular true crime podcast together. It works, and that’s probably because their relationship didn’t. But when Morgan gets involved with a beautiful stranger, Simone (Sheila Vand), paranoia and fear follow.
When Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Cassandra Rivera and Kristie Mayhugh were arrested in 1994, one newscaster called it “the modern version of the witchcraft trials.” Why? Because the “Satanic panic” popular in the American legal system in the ‘80s and ‘90s disproportionately targeted LGBT people and in 1994 it targeted four Latina lesbians in San Antonio. These women were convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls and given prison sentences that ranged from 15 to 37 years. Now more than 20 years later, they maintain their innocence and claim that homophobia and hysteria over cults were behind the accusations brought against them. Southwest of Salem details this all and more.