December Film Festival features New Trans Cinema

December 10-11 will screen new trans cinema from around the
First in a series of quarterly film festivals will include a night of features, a night of shorts, and a panel discussion

Pride Films and Plays today announced the first in a series of quarterly film festivals that will screen LGBTQ+ features and shorts from filmmakers all over the world. Each quarter’s festival will highlight different members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The first quarterly festival will be held over three days in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, Tuesday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The
theme of this first quarterly festival is “New Trans Cinema.” It will open on Tuesday, December 10 with a screening of two features: TRANSFINITE, an American sci-fi omnibus feature film composed of seven standalone magical realistic short stories; and FIREFLIES, the story of a female-identifying cis male and his Lesbian sister in a remote village in northeast India. The Wednesday program of six shorts
includes films from the US, France, Ecuador, and Greece. Talkbacks will be held each night following the film screenings.

Nicholas Swatz is the Festival curator. Swatz says, “ My goal within the film industry is to create and protect spaces for marginalized communities to tell their stories. It is not enough to just make these films, however, if they don’t go anywhere and aren’t seen by anyone. In the Pride Films and Plays Quarterly Film Festival, as we highlight different members of the LGBTQ+ community, we will celebrate diversity in front of and behind the camera.”

Pride Films and Plays

Features Program: Tuesday, December 10 – 7:30 pm
TRANSFINITE (USA, Dir. Neelu Bhuman) – a sci-fi omnibus feature film composed of seven standalone magical realistic short stories where supernatural trans and queer people from various cultures use their powers to protect, love, teach, fight and thrive.
FIREFLIES (India, Dir. Prakash Deka)
Jahnu lives in a remote village by the banks of the river Brahmmaputra in Assam of rural India. The villagers mock him for the femininity that he proudly wears on his body. Jahnu dreams of getting an operation and becoming a woman. Jahnu’s sister 'Jumu', who has decided to never come out as a queer woman to protect her parent's reputation in the village, worries that Jahnu might also have to live a painful life like her, although both the siblings have never spoken about their struggles aloud.

Shorts Program : Wednesday, December 11 – 7:30 pm
STALLS (USA, Dir. Joao Dallstella)
Jonathan goes to the restroom in the middle of an opera performance. He has a very specific mission. He takes off his marriage ring and opens the secret golden glory hole hidden inside one of the stalls. Now, he waits for someone to come in so he can be on his knees. His heart accelerates as each new guy comes into the restroom. Finally, after taping his feet in what looks like a tap-dancing sequence he is able to
find another man willing to give him what he wants.
Chinese-American cook Amy Chang wants to move to L.A. with her girlfriend Megan, yet is held back
by unfinished business with her late grandma.
ZAKAQUITO (France, Ecuador; Dir. Zakaria Kajiou)
Zak travels to Quito to meet transgender activist Christine Rougemont and the transgender community
of Ecuador.
THESE THEMS – Ep. 1 (USA, Dir. Jett Garrison)
A queer comedy series that dives head-first into the NYC lesbian/GNC scene. We follow four main
characters: a newly-out lesbian looking to make up for lost time, a non-binary dog walker turned queer
educator, a trans man who passes as cis and likes it that way, and a gay best friend looking for love.
KEEMA & HER PACK (USA, Produced by Tectonic, and Mutual Rescue)
The brutality of child abuse, poverty, racism and homophobia made it difficult for a young woman to
open her heart—until a chance encounter with a dog changed the trajectory of her life.
LOVE ME (Greece, Dir. Antonis Samourakis)A sex worker deals with shadows of the past.
Tickets are $10 per evening or $25 for a three-day Festival Pass and are on sale now at or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.

Winter 2019 Edition – New Trans Cinema
December 10 and11, 2019
$10 per night
The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago
Tickets available by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222 or online at
Winter 2019 installment of a quarterly film festival dedicated to exploring the lives of segments of the
LGBTQ+ community. The Winter installment is titled “New Trans Cinema” and includes two nights of
screenings, on December 10 and 11. The December 10 screening includes the feature films
TRANSFINITE and FIREFLIES, and the December 11 screening will include six short films from the
US, France, Ecuador, and Greece. Talkbacks will be held each night following the film screenings.

Pride Films and Plays changes lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to
Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. The company
produces a four-play season of full productions, shoots one short film each year, and continues our
famed play developmental projects. PFP is the principal tenant in Pride Arts Center.
Pride Arts Center, in its own right, produces events complementing the PFP vision, including dance,
cabaret, film, and more. Events can be one-night or limited run productions or feature national treasures
like Charles Busch. PAC occupies The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway, which has 85 seats, and The
Buena, which has 50 seats at 4147 N Broadway.

For more information, visit or call 773-857-0222.

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