Virtual Female Gaze & LGBTQ+


Virtual Event
December 15, 2020 6:00 pm Get Tickets

Bowery Film Festival is proud to screen the following selections:

  • But Mom! it’s the end of the world

    Directed by Ella Sahlman & Kyle Kallman
    But Mom! it's the end of the world

    It’s the end of the world and this teenager doesn't want to spend her last day at a family dinner, she wants to make out before the nuclear apocalypse.

  • LIMP

    Directed by Sean Leviashvili & Stephen Riscica

    LIMP follows Sean, a young gay man with cerebral palsy as he navigates dating with a disability in New York City. After meeting a man he believes is a perfect match, he decides to lie about his disability, saying he sprained his ankle at the gym. This white lie leads to series of events and missteps that make Sean examine the way he presents himself and his condition to the world.

  • I Am

    Directed by Laura Arten
    I AM

    A documentary series that explores the life and work of queer artists who paved the way for gender equality movement by daring to be themselves fully.

  • Garden DayZe

    Directed by Evie Hammer
    Garden Dayze

    Garden DayZe is a short film that explores the relationship that develops between the daughter of a gay man and his young lover in the face of unexpected tragedy. Having received a call that her father has been in an accident, Esme returns home to not only find changes to the house where she grew up, and where her other father passed away, but Jack - a new, young love in it. Set in one location, we follow Esme and Jack, thrown together, navigating their exhaustion between long hospital days, waiting for calls from doctors, struggling to understand their place and significance in the home and life of the man they both love and are terrified of losing.


    Directed by Tanya Taylor

    Nighttime in Kingston Jamaica. Dancing. Drinking. Murder? On a secluded Kingston beach, our protagonist, WINSTON unpacks his true feelings and explores the ultimate betrayal, while denying his sexuality. WINSTON’s year long undercover relationship has been discovered by his life-long friends. A victim of his community and his socialization, he can only be what he knows. In an attempt to save face and prevent himself and his children from being a community target, he goes along with his friends and ends his relationship … … permanently.

  • Gay Boys And The Bridges Who Love Them

    Directed by Seth Moore & Cole Smothers
    Gay Boys and The Bridges

    Based on the raw poetry of Sam Sax, Gay Boys And The Bridges Who Love Them is an expressionistic short that combines dance, design, and spoken word to paint a jaggedly beautiful meditation on suicide.

  • Eat The Rainbow

    Directed by Brian Benson
    Eat The Rainbow

    EAT THE RAINBOW is a musical fable about an odd yet kind person named Bayani with blue skin who moves into a conservative suburban neighborhood and disrupts the otherwise comfortable sameness. Bayani doesn’t look or act like anyone else in the neighborhood which causes fear and panic and eventually a demand for Bayani to leave. Cousin Wonderlette, who only sees kindness in others, befriends Bayani and together they take on the aggressive neighborhood mob led by capitalistic realtor and neighborhood bully Lobelia Gerber.

  • Lo: The New Adventures of Ultimate Man’s Ex-Girlfriend

    Directed by Meri Haitkin
    Lo- The New Adventures of Ultimate Man's Ex-Girlfriend

    Lo, a brilliant investigative reporter, and woman-in-her-thirties ends her relationship in an attempt to refocus on and revitalize her career. But this proves to be impossible because her ex-boyfriend is Ultimate Man, America's favorite superhero.

  • A Girl From a Box

    Directed by Alxis Ratkevich & Chloe Taylor
    A Girl From A Box

    Charlie is a dispirited bachelor on a losing streak whose only friends are his overbearing Catholic mother, Wendy the webcam girl, and Bill his pet fish. After countless rejections in the dating world, he stumbles upon a website selling companion robots. Intrigued by the idea of finally finding his perfect mate, Charlie designs his companion to meet all his specifications. Initially, the technologically advanced “April” fulfills all of Charlie's desires, but the honeymoon fades quickly when April's artificial intelligence allows her to evolve into a real woman. Feminism is awoken in April as she reads voraciously, makes new friends, and enrolls in a University. Soon April's lust for life begins to surpass Charlie and his lack of ambition. He finds himself lonely again and waiting on dinner with a sink full of dirty dishes. He begins to wonder if “perfectly designed love” is really so perfect.

  • Talking To Strangers

    Directed by Lucy Rosenthal
    Talking To Strangers

    A filmmaker revisits her complicated personal history with a popular webcamming site.

  • The Comedown

    Directed by Bettina Bilger
    The Comedown

    Falling in love backwards.

  • The Tampon

    Directed by Erica Ortiz
    The Tampon

    Following a night of heavy drinking, an art student comes face to face with the complexities of consent in her college sorority through her art.

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Award Winners

Bowery Best Short Doc Best Episodic Summer 2018 Bowery Best Experimental Film Bowery Best Animation Bowery Best Documentary Best Feature Film Bowery Film Festival Best Animation Spring 2019 Bowery Film Festival Best Episodic Spring 2019 Best Music Video Summer 2018 Bowery Film Festival Best Documentary Spring 2019 Bowery Best Short Film Best Short Film Summer 2018 Best Short Film Best Documentary Laurels Bowery Best Music Video Bowery Film Festival Best Music Video Spring 2019 Best Experimental Fall 2019 Best Short Film Fall 2019 Bowery Film Festival Laurels Music Video Best Animation Bowery Film Festival Episodic Laurels Best Animation Bowery Film Festival Best Short Film Fall 2018 Best Music Video Fall 2019 Best Short Film Best Experimental Film Bowery Film Festival Best Music Video Fall 2018 Best Documentary Fall 2019 Best Music Video Bowery Film Festival Best Episodic Fall 2018 Best Episodic Fall 2019 Bowery Film Festival Best Feature Film Spring 2019 Best Documentary Best Feature Film Bowery Film Festival Best Experimental Film Spring 2019 Best Original Series Bowery Film Festival Laurels Best Feature Film Best Feature Film Fall 2019 Best Experimental Film Bowery Film Festival Laurels Bowery Film Festival Best Short Film Spring 2019 Best Episodic or TV Pilot