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The 2018 Art in Equality Film Festival

We are excited to feature the Equality Film Festival as part of our Art in Equality Con entertainment!  Independent film with topics relating to LGBTQ themes, racial issues, bullying and handicap life are all great ways to create a discussion about this major subjects, while also enjoying the art of film. 

2018 Official Film Selections

Check out the 2018 Official Film Selections Below!  To see our film festival schedule, scroll down the page past films.

THE SCHOOL OF HONK

The School of Honk is an open community brass band that promotes joy and inclusivity through weekly gatherings and parades around Somerville and Cambridge.

 

QUIET DENIAL

An African-American woman deals with degrading remarks and insults while auditioning to study classical piano with a world-renowned concert pianist.

 

A CIRCLE OF DIAMONDS

An original song inspired by and featuring marriage activist Edie Windsor. Edie witnesses a musical scene where two young women reenact Thea’s proposal to her in the 1960’s - when marriage between 2 women was not an option. A celebration of the enduring power of love!

 

SHAYNA

"Shayna" is a film about true beauty shining through in unexpected places.

 

CHOOSE LOVE

When two people love each other it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Clint must choose between his love for John or a woman.

SWIPE RIGHT

The only thing that Liv wants in life is to be herself and live happily ever after with a beautiful woman. While her mother won't accept Liv's love interests and is stuck on finding her the perfect man, Liv's best friend Jason is out to find her the perfect girl until an unexpected blind date beats him to it.

HEAVEN'S RAGE

Heaven's Rage is based on the novel of the same name by author Leslie Tate. Leslie Tate's memoir is by turns an elegy for a lost childhood, a tribute to the power of literature and a demand for the right to identity in world that turns too easily on those who differ from the conventional. 
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Theatre On Wax's short film is a visionary reinterpretation of the autobiography as pure cinema. At times dreamlike and otherworldly and at others beautiful yet elegiac.

CELEBRATE ELLEEN!

Trapped in the wrong body, Eileen wants to finally start living her life as a girl tomorrow. But today her best friend Ella throws a good-bye party for Eileen's old self Leon. The party turns into desaster when no one shows up. The two friends decide to confront the guests who didn't show and dive into an absurd odyssey thru town that changes everything.

THE HOLY RE-WRITE

On the verge of another birthday, Jesus finally gets his wish to return to Earth and feel useful again. But things aren't quite as they seem and with a little help from his friends and a kind stranger, Jesus learns to put faith back into humanity.

WRITING MY OWN HAPPY ENDING 

The Durham VOICE is a community newspaper in Durham, North Carolina. It is written by area college students and the teenagers featured in this film. The paper is written for a part of Durham known for its high crime rates and poverty. Writing My Own Happy Ending tells the story of the paper and its teenage writers during a trip the students took to Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks. There, they visited an island newspaper and worked on stories in an environment that was a polar opposite from home. This cultural exchange between mostly African American kids from the city and white adults on a tiny island is more than a "fish out of water" story. Instead, it's about how a group of teenagers uplifted their community through writing. But the moral of this story is more than that. The moral is a question these teens have for adults...

AWAY 

Suicide Prevention Awareness: Short film aimed at helping Veterans who struggle with suicidal thoughts. 

For those who carry their burdens in silence, there is hope

REVEALED 

REVEALED is a short film about gender stereotypes and expected roles in relationships. This film was workshopped with students of Espanola High School and Laps In Judgement Studios, and funded by the Rainbow District School Board and Downtown Indie Cinema.

GENDER TWISTER 

Gender Twister is a satirical commentary on society's rigid gender rules.

INTRINSIC MORAL EVIL 

Intrinsic Moral Evil seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the three dancers play with the viewer’s perception and expectations. The layered story gradually develops; revealing its last secrets just before the end credits start. Inviting the audience to make its own interpretation.

EXPIRATION DATE 

A poetic story about searching for an unexpired romance, a mélange of sexy fantasy and innocent love.

MUTE 

MUTE is based on a remarkable true story about a deaf teenager who plays High School football.

Jeffrey, a deaf youth struggling to win his father's approval finds purpose in life through football, regardless of the consequences.

INVISIBLE 

Anthony Spencer is dealing with grief from the death of his brother. A simple mistake changes his entire world.

SAWUBONA 

Mbali, a charming and adventurous 7 year-old South African, defies the norm by making a new friend; thus sparking a journey of transformation.

SHE

"She" follows Tanesh Nutall, a 50-year old black transgender woman from Rahway, New Jersey. In February 2016, Tanesh was confronted by a city employee for using a women's restroom in Downtown San Francisco. Throughout the film, Tanesh seeks justice and make amends with family members that were not accepting of her sexuality. Not only does "She" discuss queer people in urban spaces but one's ability to accept themselves despite the odds against them.

THE 3RD TRY

"The 3rd Try" is a LGBTQ drama short film.

Log Line: An emotionally unstable lesbian couple tries to find solace after experiencing a traumatic loss.

Recently discharged from the hospital, a distressed Lorie is still at a loss for words. Ryan, the pillar of their relationship, brings down her defenses in an attempt to console her. With Lorie on the brink of a complete breakdown, Ryan finally realizes that she too feels helpless. The two agree to embrace this hardship in hopes of moving forward.

G.E.M.

Where does a bicycle shop fit within feminism? A look into a weekly initiative created to allow people of marginalized genders to comfortably participate in bike shop culture.

2018 Film Schedule

09:00AM DOORS OPEN

10:00AM FILM BLOCK A 150M

  • G.E.M. 7M
  • REVEALED 4M
  • HEAVEN'S RAGE 14M
  • INTRINSIC MORAL EVIL 11M
  • MUTE 17M
  • CELEBRATE EILEEN! 25M
  • WRITING MY OWN HAPPY ENDING 75M

12:30PM INTERMISSION 15M

12:45PM FILM BLOCK B 150M

  • SHAYNA 4M
  • SWIPE RIGHT 25M
  • QUIET DENIAL 15M
  • THE HOLY RE-WRITE 8M
  • A CIRCLE OF DIAMONDS 4M
  • EXPIRATION DATE 4M
  • AWAY 2M
  • GENDER TWISTER 2M
  • FILM REMOVED BY FILMMAKER REQUEST 87M

03:15PM INTERMISSION 15M

03:30PM FILM BLOCK C 60M

  • CHOOSE LOVE 9M
  • SHE 15M
  • THE SCHOOL OF HONK 12M
  • SAWUBONA 10M
  • INVISIBLE 9M
  • THE 3RD TRY 5M

04:30PM FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED

  • 2ND RUNNER UP
  • 1ST RUNNER UP
  • BEST FILM

05:00PM END OF FILM FESTIVAL

Are you a filmmaker with a film that fits our event?  If so, we would love to have you submit your film for consideration!  Simply click on the link to the right to submit with FilmFreeway!

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