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7 LGBT Films To See At Tribeca (Plus Interviews With All Their Filmmakers)

By /bent | /Bent April 16, 2014 at 10:55AM

This year's Tribeca Film Festival has an impressive amount of LGBT-related programming...
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This year's Tribeca Film Festival has an impressive amount of LGBT-related programming, including the New York premiere of Ira  Sachs' absolutely lovely "Love Is Strange," which we already covered quite a bit out of Sundance. 

The film follows Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina), an aging gay couple who -- after finally getting the chance to tie the knot after 39 years together -- run into serious financial troubles when George is fired from his job at a Catholic private school when word gets out about his nuptials. This evolves into a nuanced, beautiful portrait of not only their love but the love of the many friends and family members around them, with Lithgow and Molina providing the centerpiece of an impressive ensemble (that includes Marisa Tomei and Cheyenne Jackson).  

"Love is Strange" is probably the LGBT film to see at Tribeca -- which kicks off today -- if you haven't caught it yet, and you can read our interview with the film's lead actors here. But there's also a bunch of LGBT films that have yet be discovered at the festival, and the folks over at Indiewire interviewed the filmmakers behind many of them:

"A Brony Tale"  It's not everyday that one sees grown men worshipping a children's show, but director Brent Hodge proves the shocking commonality of such a phenomenon as he documents the seemingly inexplicable fascination of a group of adult males with the cartoon "My Little Pony." Particular admiration is bestowed on Ashleigh Ball, who voiced one of the beloved characters and won the hearts of this growing subculture known as 'the bronies.' Read Indiewire's interview with the filmmaker here.

"Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank"  Congressman Barney Frank was best known for his significant status as the first openly gay U.S. Congressman, but he was also known for his quick wit and sharp tongue. Infusing his political influence with his own unique personality, directors Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler's documentary "Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank" manage to get some insight into the complexities behind this politically groundbreaking man. Read Indiewire's interview with the filmmaker here.

"Dior & I"  Christian Dior may no longer be alive, but there's no doubt that his spirit lives on in the fashion community. The unmatched talent and intense pressure of his company have led it to become a pillar in the industry, most aptly and vividly captured in Frederic Tcheng's documentary "Dior and I." Though time was limited in following the lives of designers and seamstresses, the speedy proceedings of Dior ultimately made for quite an experience -- and quite a film.  Read Indiewire's interview with the filmmaker here.

"An Honest Liar" Documentaries are prone to exposing surprising truths, which makes Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein's film "An Honest Liar" all the more complex given the nature of its subject: the art of deception. Measom and Weinstein chronicle the life of famed magician James "The Amazing" Randi (who came out at the age of 81) and his attempt to expose the numerous frauds who use their tricks to con people out of money, which ultimately proves to be quite the trick itself. Read Indiewire's interview with the filmmaker here.

"Life Partners" Political inequality has long been an issue of protest among the LGBT community, but writer/director Susanna Fogel admits that progress has certainly been made in recent years. Her recent film "Life Partners," which tackles the relationship between a gay woman and a straight woman whose friendship is tested when a man comes into the picture, aims to allude to the ever-turning wheel of social development. Read Indiewire's interview with the filmmaker here.

"Mala Mala" The transgender community is becoming more prominent in both society and film, with their humanity being exposed in ways never seen before. This is particularly true in the case of directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, who documented the Puerto Rican trans community in his documentary "Mala Mala" while witnessing and experiencing the extreme highs and lows of their lives. Read Indiewire's interview with the filmmaker here.

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