Up Close & Personal

These shorts profile a diverse group of inspiring, bold, and incredibly brave LGBTQ people and their personal stories. One Year Lease documents the travails of tenants enduring a yearlong sentence with Rita their cat-loving landlady. Andrew, a man with cerebral palsy and an indomitable spirit, reflects on his first sexual encounter in Bedding Andrew. Three performers—a Korean American drag queen, a Chinese opera singer who plays male roles, and a mime—talk about their relationship to art in the docu-narrative Glow. A young black artist looks at his choices and how they might impact the rest of his life in Give Him Something Red. In May 1988, girlfriends Claudia Brenner and Rebecca Wight were attacked while hiking the Appalachian Trail. Years later, Claudia returns to the trail In the Hollow. Elise is a gorgeously shot short about a young black transgirl and the challenges she faces on a daily basis. In Tomgirl we meet Jake, a gender non-conforming 7-year-old with incredibly supportive parents who let their child be the amazing person they are, not who gender-normative society would like them to be.

— Kevin Schaub

Co-presented by:
San Francisco DocFest

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