NewFest said Thursday that the upcoming HBO Sissydocumentary film about the life of the Oscar-winner Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, will be the opening film of the New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival. The festival, which also announced its full line-up, kicks off on October 13th.
Laurent Bouzereau’s “Mama’s Boy” explores Black’s childhood roots, homosexual identity and close relationship with his mother, who overcame childhood polio, abusive marriages and Mormon dogma to become Black’s emotional rock and ultimately the inspiration for his activism.
The film will have its world premiere at 7:00 pm at the SVA Theater in Manhattan. HBO also revealed today that it will debut on HBO and HBO Max on October 18 as part of LGBTQ History Month.
The festival, which will once again be presented as a hybrid edition through the NewFest online platform, also revealed that Laura Poitras’ documentary All the beauty and bloodshedwhich just won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, will close the festival on October 25th.
This year’s full list includes festival photos such as Harry Style’s photo of Emma Corrin. My policemanTodd Flaherty Chrissy JudyLucas Dont Close, animation from Netflix Wendell and Wild and elegans brotherton Inspection.
Bratton will also receive this year’s Breakthrough Queer Visionary Award after the screening of the film. A24 will release the film in theaters on November 18th..
A total of 22 narrative, 15 documentary, 4 retrospective, 8 serial and 11 short films. In-person premieres will take place in Manhattan at the SVA Theater and the LGBT Center, as well as in Brooklyn at the Nitehawk Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Special events include a preview of the second season opening episode of the multi-Emmy-winning HBO series. White Lotus.