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Newfest Returns In Person & Virtually

By Charlotte Robinson, September 24, 2021

The 33rd hybrid edition of the New York LGBTQ film festival NewFest will take place Oct. 15th to 26th in New York City theaters & virtually on the festival’s on-demand platform. The lineup includes 130 films & episodic series from 31 countries. There are 30 narrative features, 14 docs & 11 shorts program screenings. David Hatkoff, NewFest Executive Director stated, “This year’s festival is all about connection. The LGBTQ+ community thrives on connecting to one another & having spent most of the past 18 months apart, we are hungry for experiences that remind us we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. We believe queer film provides an opportunity to connect in a unique & celebratory way. This year‘s program highlights that everyone in our community has a story to tell & shows just how meaningful it is when we really listen to, learn from & spend time with each other. There’s nothing like a room full of queer people. We are thrilled to offer more than 50 in-person screenings & events throughout NYC, while still maintaining a virtual streaming element that will be available throughout the United States. Whether at the theater or at home, everyone will be able to experience these incredible films in the way that feels most comfortable for them.” NewFest will kick off with the East Coast premiere of “Mayor Pete” about Pete Buttigieg's run for president in 2020 & closing night film will be “Flee” Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s film about Amin Nawabi’s journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. There will also be anniversary screenings of “Madonna: Truth or Dare” & “Pariah” & the world premiere of the 4K restoration of John Cameron Mitchell’s “Shortbus.” For More Info & Tix…

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