Ain’t no party like a Doc/Fest LGBT party!
Sheffield Doc/Fest 16 proudly presents six documentaries from and about the LGBT community with a World premiere, 2 EU premieres, 3 UK premieres and a nominee for the Youth Jury Award in this year’s programme, plus the world’s most social android Bina48, which was co-developed by Martine Rothblatt, the high-profile US transgender CEO, in the image of her wife Bina Aspen. With additional LGBT interest in Talks and Sessions, a performance from dancer Storyboard P, who’s been described by the New Yorker as “the Basquiat of street dancing” and the New York Times as “an extraordinary mover”, and the Voguing, Strike a Pose Party, with Vogue performers from the renowned House of Lady Di, London based Vogue House, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 looks set to be a truly celebratory year of LGBT culture and ideas.
The 160 strong Doc/Fest Film Programme, curated by Claire Aguilar, includes:
Storyboard P, a stranger in Sweden directed by Matthew D’Arcy
Youth Jury Award / World premiere / Sweden / 2016 / 52 min
Storyboard P glides smoothly through the snow, carving shapes with his slender limbs. Though he has been sleeping rough in Stockholm for a while now, he is still flush with self-belief. “My vision takes it to an art level,” the Brooklyn native asserts. Will the talented dancer finally get his break? Director Matt D’Arcy chronicles Storyboard’s early steps towards international stardom.
Special Event: Live Performance from Storyboard P
Following the world premiere screening of Storyboard P, a stranger in Sweden on Sat 11 Jun the man himself will take to the stage to perform his own inimitable genre of street dance: flex.
Kiki directed by Sara Jordenö
UK premiere / United States, Sweden / 2016 / 94 min
For New York’s LBGT people of colour, Kiki dance clubs provide a safe haven. Part of New York’s voguing ballroom scene, it offers family and friendship to those who have often have neither. This vibrant film, which won the Teddy award at Berlinale, journeys beyond the glitz and the glamour into difficulties that Kiki devotees face – and are determined to overcome.
Strike a Pose directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan
UK premiere / Belgium, Netherlands / 2016 / 83 min
Madonna’s “Blond Ambition” tour was accompanied by the controversial documentary “Truth or Dare”. Perhaps to the majesty’s chagrin, the breakout stars were her seven backup dancers, six of whom were gay. After having lived through the LGBT sea change of the 1990s, where are they now? Strike a Pose brings the legendary crew back together for the first time in over 20 years.
Special Event: Vogue, Strike a Pose Party!
To celebrate the vogueing theme at this year’s Doc/Fest the Saturday night party
‘Vogue, Strike a Pose!’, will include Vogue performers from the renowned House of Lady Di, London based Vogue House plus an accompanying DJ. These incredible performers have graced the global stage and travel extensively to judge Kiki Balls. Alongside competitions, they host monthly open sessions where they welcome both experienced ‘voguers’ and newcomers to the scene and encourage freedom of expression, respect and love of voguing. So, if you didn’t come to party, don’t bother knocking on the door!
Out Run directed by S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons
EU premiere / United States / 2016 / 75 min
Despite their visibility, the Filipino transgender community faces a harsh climate of trans phobia in the heavily Catholic and conservative country. But change is in the air. Outrun follows three charismatic transgender women in their grassroots efforts to win seats for Ladlad candidates – the world’s first LGBT political party. Can they convince the voters that they have a role to play in society outside of hairstylists, entertainers and sex workers?
Uncle Howard directed by Aaron Brookner
UK premiere / United Kingdom, United States / 2016 / 96 min
Known for his documentary about the Beat poet William S. Burroughs, Howard Brookner was an emerging director who died of AIDS in 1989. While restoring his oeuvre, Brookner’s filmmaker nephew Aaron uncovers a vast archive located in Burrough’s “bunker” apartment. He elicits the help of his uncle’s colleague Jim Jarmusch to recount the story of a young man immersed in the gritty glamour of New York City.
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four directed by Deborah S. Esquenazi
EU premiere / United States / 2015 / 89 min
Open lesbians in a homophobic Texas, the “San Antonio Four” were found guilty of gang raping two little girls in an era of satanic ritual abuse accusations and bunk science. Deborah S. Esquenazi’s extraordinarily intimate film follows them as they continue to fight for justice; movingly the four women never allow the shocking treatment they have endured to sour their friendships or faith.
Alternate Realities Summit:
The Alternate Realities Summit on Sunday 12 June presents a day of intriguing panels and playful presentations from the leading voices in interactive factual storytelling and virtual reality and brings together experts from documentary film and broadcast, theatre, journalism, engineering and neuroscience. The opening keynote speech will be given be given for the first time ever by an android: Bina48 who was co-developed by Martine Rothblatt, the high-profile US transgender CEO, in the image of her wife Bina Aspen. The concept of intelligent machines is no longer science fiction, it is a reality – but whose values and lifestyles are influencing the design of this new species? Join Ramona Pringle, Director of the Love, War + Robots project, in conversation with Bina48, as they discuss love, war and identity. Followed by Q&A with Bruce Duncan, Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation.
Talks and Sessions:
Doc/Fest and ITV are thrilled to welcome an Absolutely Fabulous legend to this year’s Festival: Joanna Lumley OBE. Her documentary work has included epic journeys to discover diverse cultures and continents and intimate portraits of pop icons. This will be a rare opportunity to hear her discuss her experiences on films as well her future documentary work. This event will be British Sign Language interpreted.
Ground control to Major Tom: feast your eyes and ears as the BFI’s sell-out music video show, BUG, returns to Sheffield Doc/Fest for a Bowie musical extravaganza. Hosted by the brilliant comedian Adam Buxton, this is Adam’s love letter to the Thin White Duke, originally put together to coincide with the V&A’s ‘David Bowie is Making a Scene’ and Buxton’s own BBC6 music documentary on the legendary pop star. Adam Buxton Presents a BUG Special: David Bowie promises to bring you out of your City Hall seats and up to the starman waiting in the sky.
Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square supported by Wellcome Trust:
About Last Night… daily review including Kiki
Join Charlie Phillips of The Guardian in conversation with Twiggy Pucci Garcon, co-writer and protagonist of Kiki
Part of a series of free-of-charge conversations and creative exchanges inspired by extraordinary talent, ground-breaking films and interactive and virtual reality storytelling.