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QFest 2019

Now in its 23nd year, QFest is a local LGBTQ film festival that has been bringing together Houston cinephiles. Every July, the film festival shows a variety of narrative films, shorts and documentaries at venues all over the city. The festival closes its multi-day celebration with an awards ceremony and reception. 

This can’t-miss event allows Houstonians to experience queer cinema from around the world. QFest’s mission is to highlight diverse voices, showcase international talent, and embrace the full LGBTQA+ community through the art of film. 

Grab your popcorn, or favorite theater candy, and settle in for a riveting weekend of the best in current queer cinema!

QFest 2019 is held July 24-31. Below is a list of films and venues.

Opening Night

Opening Night: Paris is Burning

Dir: Jennie Livingston | 1990 | 71 min | USA
Wednesday, July 24th | 7:30pm | Rice Cinema | $15
Afterparty presented by Spectrum South

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Special Presentation

Special Presentation: Cassandro, the Exotico! 
Houston Premiere - CASSANDRO IN ATTENDANCE!
Dir: Marie Losier | 2018 | 73 min | France | English

Thursday, July 25th | 7:00pm | MFAH  | $10

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End of a Century

End of a Century
Dir: Lucio Castro | 2019 | 84 min | Argentina | Spanish

Thursday, July 25th | 9:30pm | Edwards Marq’E 23 | $10

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Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl

Competition: Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl
Dir: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu | 2018 | 70 min | Romania | Romanian 

Friday, July 26th | 7:00pm | Rice Cinema | $10

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Tongues Untied

Revival: Tongues Untied
30th Anniversary Screening!

Dir: Marlon Riggs | 1989 | 55 min | USA | English

Friday, July 26th | 7:00pm | MFAH | $10

Followed by a Post-Film Panel Discussion

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Secret Music

Dir: Daniel Beliavsky | 2018 | 80 min | USA | English

Friday, July 26th | 8:45pm | MFAH | $10

Followed by a Q&A by director Daniel Beliavsky!

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Sweet Nothings My Lovers Told Me

Lies and Other Sweet Nothings My Lovers Told Me: Narrative Shorts 1
Dir: Various | 2017-19 | 90 min

Friday, July 26th | 9:30pm | Brasil | $10

Followed by a Q&A with Peter Franco and Performance by Space Kiddettes!

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Never Tear Us Apart

Competition: Fisting: Never Tear Us Apart
Dir: Whammy Alcazaren | 2019 | 85 min | Phillipines | English

Friday, July 26th | 11:00pm | Rice Cinema | $10

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Cinema Poverté

Cinema Poverté: a collection of rarely seen music videos, shorts, & works in progress, made with little to no money by Jonathan Caouette
Dir: Jonathan Caouette | Various | 143 min | USA | English

Saturday, July 27th | 2:00pm | Rice Cinema | $10

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Stonewall 50

Stonewall 50: Before Stonewall
Dir: Greta Schiller & Robert Rosenberg | 1984 | 87 min | USA | English

Saturday, July 27th | 5:00pm | MFAH | $10

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Competition

Competition: Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life
Dir: Tomer Heymann | 2018 | 106 min | Israel, Germany | Hebrew, English with English Subtitles

Saturday, July 27th | 5:00pm | Rice Cinema | $10

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Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini

Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini
Texas Premiere
Dir: Abel Ferrara | 2014 | 84 min | France | English

Saturday, July 27th | 7:00pm | MFAH | $10

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Frame Change

Frame Change: Experimental Shorts
Dir: Various | 2017-19 | 75 min 

Saturday, July 27th | 7:00pm | Aurora Picture Show | $10

Post-screening Q&A with Emilý Æyer and Kalil Haddad

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Men's own stories

Men’s Own Stories 
Guest Programmed by Bill Arning
Dir: Various | Various | 90 min 

Saturday, July 27th | 9:00pm | Aurora Picture Show | $10

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Tales from the Passenger Seat

Tales from the Passenger Seat
Dir: Various | Various | 105 min

Saturday, July 27th | 9:30pm | Brasil | $10

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Until Porn Do Us Part…

Competition: Until Porn Do Us Part…
Dir: Jorge Pelicano | 2018 | 90min | Portugal | Portuguese 

Saturday, July 27th | 11:00pm | Rice Cinema | $10

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Khejdi

Competition: Khejdi
Dir: Rohit Dwivedi | 2018 | 92 min | India | Hindi

Sunday, July 28th | 2:00pm | Rice Cinema | $10
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Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Shorts
Dir: Various | Various | 80 min

Sunday, July 28th | 3:00pm | Mystic Lyon | $10
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Tribute to Jonathan Couette

Tribute to Jonathan Couette: Tarnation
With Jonathan Caouette in attendance
Dir: Jonathan Couette | 2004 | 88 min | USA | English

Sunday, July 28th | 5:00pm | Rice Cinema | $10
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Revival

Revival: Angel
35mm Print
Dir: Robert Vincent O’Neill | 1984 | 94 min | USA | English

Sunday, July 28th | 7:30pm | Rice Cinema | $10
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NSFW

*NSFW: Sexy Shorts
Dir: Various | Various | 75 min 

Sunday, July 28th | 9:30pm | Brasil | $10
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Being Impossible

Competition: Being Impossible
Dir: Patricia Ortega | 2018 | 86 min | Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela | Spanish

Monday, July 29th | 7:00pm | Rice Cinema | $10
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A Bigger Splash

A Bigger Splash
Dir: Jack Hazan | 1973 | 106 min | UK | English

Monday, July 29th | 8:00pm | Edwards Marq’E 23 | $10
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Fornacis

Competition: Fornacis
Dir: Aurélia Mengin | 2018 | 83 min | France | French

Monday, July 29th | 9:30pm | Rice Cinema | $10
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Portraits of the Rainbow

Competition: Portraits of the Rainbow
Dir: Ayumi Nakagawa | 2018 | 79 min | Japan | Japanese

Tuesday, July 30th | 6:30pm | Holocaust Museum | $10
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Celebration

Celebration
Dir: Olivier Meyrou | 2008 | 73 min | France | French

Tuesday, July 30th | 8:00pm | Edwards Marq’E 23 | $10

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Closing Night

Closing Night: Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You
Houston Premiere - with Director Harrod Blank and Subject Rusty Tidenberg in Attendance
Dir: Harrod Blank | 2019 | 93 min | USA | English

Wednesday, July 31st | 7:00pm | MFAH | $10

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