Prizm News / October 8, 2018 / By Prizm News


This year’s festival brings 17 features and shorts to the Neon theater this coming weekend.

By Prizm News

Dayton’s annual LGBT Film Festival is a fall tradition and a draw for film lovers throughout the Midwest.

Over 13 years, the festival has brought close to 200 features and shorts to town. It’s scheduled this year for Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Neon, 130 E. 5th St., Dayton, 45402.

Festival passes are $60 and available at Single-screening tickets are $9 and available online or at the theater.

If you attend the opening-night film, “Miseducation of Cameron Post,” you’re invited to an opening-night party at 9:30 p.m. at the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, 24 N. Jefferson St., 45402.

Here’s the entire festival lineup:

‘Miseducation of Cameron Post’
Friday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.

Cameron is sent to a gay “conversion therapy” center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. In the face of intolerance and denial, she meets a group of fellow sinners.

Together, they form an unlikely family and fight to survive.

Short: ‘Pop Rox
Seventeen-year-old Jesse musters the courage to tell her best friend that she’s in love with her.


Top Drawer Shorts

Saturday, October 13, 1 p.m.

‘Something About Alex’
Teenaged Alex finds a true and supportive friend in Hendrik, his sister’s boyfriend.


‘Men Don’t Whisper’
After being emasculated at a sales conference, a gay couple sets out to do the most masculine thing they can think of: sleep with women.


‘Sweet and Sour’
Wei believes that his traditional Chinese mom will have a hard time accepting his boyfriend.


A closeted med student risks being outed to her family on the same night as a horrific event.


Against his mother’s wishes, a teenager from Colombia loves being part of carnival dancing group.


Lea and Court, a happily married lesbian couple, return to Lea’s hometown with their 3-year-old son to attend a funeral.



Saturday, October 13, 3:15 p.m.

Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (the largest transgender employer in the country). This documentary chronicles the lives of four people defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own.

(Watch the ‘Transmilitary’ trailer here.)

Short: ‘The Toothmans’
Quietly nestled in rural McConnellsburg, Pa., a relatively normal family faces challenges when their daughter comes out as transgender.


‘Wild Nights With Emily’
Saturday, October 13, 7 p.m.

This comical look at the life of Emily Dickinson (starring the incomparable Molly Shannon) runs counter to the notion that Dickinson was a lonely spinster. Instead, we get a brighter picture of a spirited woman who was forced to hide her love affair.

Short: ‘Untitled Short Film About White People’
In an effort to rid herself of guilt for gentrifying the neighborhood, a WASPy young woman aggressively attempts to befriend the Indian woman who works at the bodega on her block.


Saturday, October 13, 9:30 p.m.

An exploration of the artist’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, where he began photographing his newly found circle of artists and musicians, socialites, film stars and members of the S&M underground. Matt Smith (“The Crown”) offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.

(Watch a scene from “Mapplethorpe” here.)

Short: “Set Me As a Seal Upon Thine Heart”
A sauna encounter between a young man and an older man becomes an unexpected lesson about love.


‘Dear Fredy’
Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m.

Fredy Hirsch was a proud openly gay Jew who fled Germany to the Czech Republic, which also was conquered by the Nazis. When he arrived in Auschwitz, he persuaded Josef Mengele to set up a daycare center for children and youth and granted some 600 children their final moments of happiness.

‘Every Act of Life’
Sunday, October 14, 3 p.m.

A documentary look at world-renowned playwright Terrence McNally’s pioneering five-decade career in the theater, focusing on the struggle for LGBTQ rights and his pursuit of love and inspiration at every age.

(Watch Terrence McNally discuss his life and “Every Act of Life here.)


Sunday, October 14, 5:30 p.m.

A stunningly gorgeous coming-of-age film about Segundo, a 14-year-old Peruvian boy who idolizes his father and his beautiful artistic endeavors. Upon discovering his father’s secret, Segundo’s world is rattled, and he struggles to come to grips with his role in this highly patriarchal community.