As part of Queens Rising’s celebration of arts and culture, the Queens World Film Festival will be putting on a viewing of seven short films celebrating pride at Flushing Town Hall on June 26. A Q&A session will follow the airing of the LGBTQIA+ short films.
The seven films scheduled to be shown include “Break Up” by AJ Mattioli, “Without Say” by Neha Gautam, “Better Man” by Amelia Mathews, “Marguerite” by Marianne Farley, “Dress Code” by Melanie Notinger, “Couple of Guys” by Debra Markowitz and “Stonewall: The Making of a Monument” by Cheryl Furjanic. The lengths of the films range from as short as six minutes to as long as 22 minutes.
“Marguerite” was nominated for best short film at the 2019 Academy Awards. The 20-minute film follows a diabetic woman in her 70s being cared for by a home nurse. The elderly woman’s unfulfilled desires have put a tender burden on her.
“Without Say” attempts to take the audience to the brink of commitment yet leaves them wondering what might have been. “Break Up” is a Queer musical with a transgender cast and involves getting over breakups.
According to Queens World Film Festival, the creation of this screening celebrating pride was made thanks in large part to funding from former New York City Council members Daniel Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer, the Department of Youth and Community Development and the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program. They also credited Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their support.
Doors are scheduled to open for the event at 4 p.m. The screenings are set to begin at 4:30 p.m., and the Q&A session starts at approximately 6:10 p.m.