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NewFest Celebrates 25 Years of LGBT Film in New York City (CLIPS)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood September 10, 2013 at 11:47AM

This year marks the 25th anniversary of NewFest, New York's LGBT film festival, and the second year the fest has partnered with L.A.'s Outfest and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Below, you can check out a trailer of clips from films featured at NewFest 2013, available for the first time on the web here at TOH!
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Scott Marlowe and Matthew Risch in "Test," the closing night film of NewFest 2013.
Scott Marlowe and Matthew Risch in "Test," the closing night film of NewFest 2013.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of NewFest, New York's LGBT film festival, and the second year the fest has partnered with L.A.'s Outfest and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

"Concussion"
"Concussion"

NewFest, which kicked off last September 6 and runs through September 11, features 44 films from across the globe, all focused on exploring the modern LGBT experience.

Sundance fave "Concussion" opened the festival with a pre-screening reception and a post-film Q&A with producer Rose Troche and burgeoning director Stacie Passon. The film stars Robin Weigert as a suburban housewife who undergoes a journey of sexual exploration (and perhaps exploitation) after taking a baseball to the head.

Multi-hyphenate James Franco is heavily featured in the festival's slate, with New York premieres of two films on which he collaborated: Travis Mathews's "Interior. Leather Bar." and Christina Voros's "Kink."

International entries for this year's NewFest include "Free Fall," first-time German director Stephen Lacant's drama about a love affair between a policeman and his training partner, and Gilette Leung's Chinese romance "Love Me Not."

This Wednesday, NewFest will close with the New York premiere of Chris Mason Johnson's "Test," a multiple-award winner at Outfest about a modern dancer living, working and loving in San Francisco at the outset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Below, you can check out a trailer of clips from films featured at NewFest 2013, available for the first time on the web here at TOH!

This article is related to: NewFest, Film Society at Lincoln Center, Festivals, New York, Gay cinema, James Franco, Concussion, Interior. Leather Bar., kink, Test, Video


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.