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Queer Shorts Film Program

Guest Curated by Indie Boots Film Festival

At Gay Film Weekend 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012. 5:00pm
Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre
3656 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Films are not rated. Children must be accompanied by a guardian.

Gay Film Weekend 2012 features a Queer Shorts Film Program and filmmaker Q&A, guest curated by Indie Boots Film Festival. From award-winning festival favorites to brand new Chicago premieres, this 90 minute glimpse into the world of LGBTQ cinema has something for everyone, with comedy and drama, animation and documentary, traditional storytelling and experimental, funded projects and micro-budget, and even a musical. The Queer Shorts Film Program caps a weekend of panels and staged readings of the finalists in the 2012 Great Gay Screenplay Contest, a contest for screenplays with LGBT characters, history, or themes.

Films Include:

Listing does not reflect running order. All films are not rated. The program runs approximately 92 minutes.


  • 2012 Indie Boots Audience Award Honorable Mention
  • Comedy . 17 Minutes . Trailer
  • Director: Dara Sklar . Producers: Lex Sloan, Amy Anner, Amanda Vigil, Dara Sklar
  • Featuring: Tali Petschek, Meredith Slater, Amanda Vigil, Andy MacLennan, Alaia Zeno, Alexa Inkles, Kato Schasiepen, Ariana Zeno
  • Fluid is hilariously breaking the tea/coffee binary! In this playful satire on strictly enforced identities, androgynous Angie's transgressive coffee drinking threatens not only her friendships, but also her position on the tea-drinkers-only "Ice Teasers" flag football team.


  • Musical Comedy . 11 Minutes . Trailer
  • Director: Maria Bock . Writers: Lars Jacobsen, Maria Bock . Producer: Tomas Evjen
  • Featuring: Frank Kjosas, Marit Adeleide Andreassen, Randolf Walderhaug, Ole Giaever
  • A lively musical with meticulous choreography and beautiful scenery about a young man's infectious quest to be himself and love whomever he wants... even a skallamann!

Tuesday Night Make-Out

  • Comedy . 14 Minutes . Trailer
  • Directors: Richard Paro with Segment Direction by Richard Paro, Cyra K. Polizzi, Breahan Eve Pautsch, Katie Jones
  • Featuring: Amy Crater, Cyra K. Polizzi, Ashley Bagot, Breahan Eve Pautsch, Brittainy Boyer, Crystal Hartford, Elizabeth Finley, Jessica Dexter, Kate Gerston, Kristi Parker-Barnhart, Laura Elleseg, Matthew Isler, Richard Paro, Anita Nicole Brown, Chad Ryan, Chakira Lane, Colleen Dilts, Edward Fraim, Emily Jusino, Jaaron Drew, Jessica Jane Childs, Kate Brown, Kevin Gladish, Michael Baylon, Naomi Finkelstein, Riebana Sachs, Rocco Renda, Vincent Soto, Brad Potts, Cassandra Schiano, Megan Skord, Rachel Brownjohn, Spenser Davis, Travis Barnhart, Victoria Montalbano.
  • An experiment in highly collaborative micro-budget filmmaking, TNMO follows Vi, Catherine, and a city full of people pulled in different directions. Throughout an afternoon of odd encounters and public transportation, Vi and Catherine just want to make it home for a coveted evening together, despite work, family obligations, a friend's election party, and the neighborhood's diversions.


  • Action . 6 Minutes
  • Director: Roland Wiryawan
  • In this short film, made in the style of martial arts movies, our protagonist Lee is no ordinary warrior, but not just because of her gender identity.

Reverse Cowgirl

  • Comedy . 8 Minutes
  • Director: April Faith Hirschman
  • Featuring: Kristina Ford, Adriel Moriah, Tim Wegman
  • Sometimes a birthday request turns into more than you bargain for...


  • 2012 Indie Boots Audience Award Winner
  • Drama . 5 Minutes
  • Director: Alex Bohs
  • Featuring: Emily Deering, Chloe Howcroft, Melody Snyder
  • Half uses live action, animation and post-production techniques to introduce us to two women unknowingly sharing one story.


  • Animation . 3 Minutes
  • Director: Elisha Lim . Writer: Coco Riot . Producers: Elisha Lim and Coco Riot
  • Eight year old Coco thinks that "marimacho" is a name, like Mari Luz or Mari Nieve. It's actually a homophobic insult - but nothing can diminish the magic of first passing as a boy.


  • Comedy . 15 Minutes
  • Director: Pierre Stefanos / Producers: Wendy Shear & Pierre Stefanos
  • Featuring: Paul Caiola, Bret Shuford, Tom Gualtieri, Kevin Duda, Nikki Ghisel
  • Bedfellows follows the adventure of 20-something Bobby as he returns to the bar where his heart was first broken. Upon meeting and spending the night with an attractive stranger, Bobby dreams about what a relationship with him could be like. The dream takes us on a thirty-year journey of ups-and-downs in life and love. But what will happen when Bobby wakes up to reality in the morning?

Last Kiss

  • Experimental Documentary . 1 Minute
  • Director: Charles Lum
  • Last Kiss questions the meaning of a plaque on a historic monument that reads "Respect the memory of Oscar Wilde and do not deface this tomb."

Heartland Transport

  • Documentary . 7 Minutes
  • Director: Cody Stokes
  • Heartland Transport is a short documentary following Ed Reggi and Scott Emanuel as they chartered a bus to take couples from St. Louis, Missouri to Iowa City, Iowa to obtain marriage licenses, immediately after the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously upheld the ruling holding that there was no governmental interest in denying citizens marriage licenses based on their sexual orientation.

Make A Mate

  • Animation . 3 Minutes
  • Director: Jennifer Jordan Day
  • A lonely woman finds a magical shop where she can craft an ideal mate.

both/and - Trailer

  • Video Play Trailer . 2 Minutes
  • Director: J. Paul Preseault / Writer: Jamil Khoury
  • Featuring: Clayton Stamper, Khurram Mozaffar, David Chrzanowski, Melissa Kong, Joel Gross
  • The trailer for both/and, a semi-autobiographical video play critiquing "either/or" activism through the character of Jamil as he explores the inflated tensions between American and Arab, Arab American and gay, for profit and not for profit, and assorted other "disputed territories."