The eighth annual Damn These Heels! Film Festival will feature movies from seven countries and will offer documentary and narrative films. The festival is a gathering of some of the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-related films from around the world. From the audience participation film ala Rocky Horror Picture Show in All About Evil to the movie about a wheelchair-bound boy that want to play Jesus in a musical, Mangus!, the collection of films has something for everyone.
The festival will run June 17-19. Individual tickets are $5 and an all-access package can be purchased for $25. All screenings are shown at the historic Tower Theater at 900 S. 876 East, in Salt Lake City. For more information and tickets, go to DamnTheseHeels.org.
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.
Friday: 7 p.m.
WHO TOOK THE BOMP? LE TIGRE ON TOUR
Girl band Le Tigre is best known for its sociopolitical lyrics, electronic beats, and choreographed dance moves. Shot over the course of the band’s final tour, Who Took the Bomp? follows Kathleen, Johanna, and Jocelyn’s 10-year herstory of celebrating the legacy of feminism.
Friday: 9:30 p.m.
ALL ABOUT EVIL
This Utah premiere features Peaches Christ in a Rocky Horror Picture Show–style audience-participating, blood-soaked drag ball that has thrilled audiences across the country. In All About Evil, a mousy librarian discovers her inner serial killer as she works to save the family business — a failing movie house — by making a series of grisly shorts that turn out to be all too real.
Friday: 11:30 p.m.
ELVIS & MADONA
Elvis & Madona is a romantic comedy that deals with an unusual subject in a delicate and realistic way: a relationship between a young lesbian, Elvis, and a transvestite, Madona. Nevertheless, it is essentially a love story, proving that love transcends any boundaries.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.
After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time, he picks up Glen, but what’s expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.
Saturday: 1:30 p.m.
THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS
If you see only one documentary about lesbian, country-singing, comedian twins from New Zealand, make this the one! This exuberant film captures the joy the entertaining Topp twins bring to their performances and their daily lives.
Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and control her brother’s dangerous obsession.
Saturday: 7:00 p.m.
CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME
This quirky film charts the adventures of lesbian space aliens on the planet Earth and tells the story of the romance between Jane, a shy greeting-card-store employee, and Zoinx, the woman Jane does not realize is from outer space. Meanwhile, two government agents, or “Men in Black,” are closely tracking Jane and the aliens while harboring their own secrets.
Saturday: 9:00 p.m.
DIFFERENT FROM WHOM?
This slapstick comedy pairs a handsome gay politician with a conservative woman in a campaign for mayor. They work together, fight, and eventually have an affair that shakes their lives. But an alternative solution is at hand, and they grab it.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m.
August tells the story of two former lovers, Troy and Jonathan, who reunite after a long-ago painful breakup. A seemingly innocent rendezvous turns into an attempt to revive past passions. Only it’s not that simple.
Sunday: 3:00 p.m.
Mangus Spedgewick has had one dream his whole life… he wants to be Jesus — in his high school’s annual production of Jesus Christ Spectacular. Will he get to be their town’s first crippled Jesus?
Sunday: 5:15 p.m.
This documentary portrays the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Bergé, and the sale of their art collection following Yves’s death.
GUN HILL ROAD
An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Sunday: 9:30 p.m.