LGBTQ+ Shorts

LGBTQ+ Shorts

20 Episodes

Stories of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and the simple but radical, often dangerous act of just existing as a queer person are on display in these empathetic and innovative shorts, which reflect the wide spectrum of experiences that make up the LGBTQ+ rainbow.

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LGBTQ+ Shorts
  • Audience

    Episode 1

    Directed by Barbara Hammer • 1982 • United States

    An incredible document of the LGBT film scene in the early 1980s (as well as artist Barbara Hammer’s off-the-charts charisma), AUDIENCE finds Hammer working in a more straightforward documentary mode than usual. Hammer interviews her largely lesb...

  • The Salt Mines

    Episode 2

    Directed by Carlos Aparicio and Susana Aikin • 1990 • United States

    Released the same year as PARIS IS BURNING, Susana Aikin and Carlos Aparicio’s THE SALT MINES focuses on three homeless Lantinx trans women living in a parking lot of old garbage trucks on Manhattan’s West Side. Aikin and Aparic...

  • Transeltown

    Episode 3

    Directed by Myra Paci • 1992 • United States
    Starring Myra Paci, Carter Burwell, Dina Emerson

    Dante transported to Times Square: a morbid and tender love story begins when a lonely girl drags home the naked body of a comatose, genital-less blonde woman.

  • The Transformation

    Episode 4

    Directed by Carlos Aparicio and Susana Aikin • 1995 • United States

    In THE TRANSFORMATION, Susana Aiken and Carlos Aparicio find one of the most engaging subjects of their previous documentary THE SALT MINES living as a man in Texas, forced to transition back by an evangelical missionary that of...

  • Social Butterfly

    Episode 5

    Directed by Lauren Wolkstein • 2013 • France
    Starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Camille Claris, Ulysse Grosjean

    A thirty-year-old American woman crashes a teenage party in the South of France, leading the guests to wonder who she is and what she is doing there.

  • Blood Below the Skin

    Episode 6

    Directed by Jennifer Reeder • 2015 • Canada
    Starring Kelsey Ashby-Middleton, Morgan S. Reesh, Marissa Castillo

    Countdown to prom night is actually countdown to irreversible change for three girls. While two of them fall in love with each other against all expectations, the third is forced to mot...

  • 100 Boyfriends Mixtape

    Episode 7

    Directed by Brontez Purnell • 2016 • United States

    In Brontez Purnell’s “video mixtape,” unlikely antihero DeShawn—an HIV-positive Black gay man haunted by the ghosts of 100 men—relates his philosophy of the world to an unknown caller on his landline while magically shrink-fitting a new pair of ...

  • Call Your Father

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jordan Firstman • 2016 • United States
    Starring Craig Chester, Jordan Firstman

    Usually a reserved guy, Greg struggles to keep up with young, unpredictable Josh on their first date. But as things heat up and spiral out of control, the two men must confront the generational divide that...

  • Reluctantly Queer

    Episode 9

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2016 • Ghana
    Starring Kwame Edwin Otu

    This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettled life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his queer identity amid the increased tensions incited by Ghana’s anti-LGBT politics. ...

  • Walk for Me

    Episode 10

    Directed by Elegance Bratton • 2016 • United States
    Starring Aaliyah King, Yolonda Ross, Brenda Holder

    A teenager explores her transgender identity through voguing and ball culture—but is her mom ready to accept her for who she is?

  • The Colour of His Hair

    Episode 11

    Directed by Sam Ashby • 2017 • United Kingdom

    Based on an unrealized film script written in 1964 for The Homosexual Law Reform Society, a British organization that campaigned for the decriminalization of homosexual relations between men, THE COLOUR OF HIS HAIR merges drama and documentary into a...

  • Flores
    27:54
    Episode 12

    Flores

    Episode 12

    Directed by Jorge Jácome • 2017 • Portugal
    Starring André Andrade, Gabriel Desplanque, Jorge Jácome

    Drenched in lysergic lavender, this sci-fi pseudo-documentary is both a dreamy vision of ecological apocalypse and a tender queer love story set on an island in the Azores overrun by endlessly pro...

  • Wren Boys

    Episode 13

    Directed by Harry Lighton • 2017 • United Kingdom
    Starring Lalor Roddy, Diarmuid Noyes, Fionn Walton

    The holidays take a surprising turn when an Irish priest accompanies his volatile nephew on a visit to his incarcerated boyfriend.

  • The Red Tree

    Episode 14

    Directed by Paul Rowley • 2018 • Italy
    Starring Leo Gullotta

    This haunting, lyrical documentary recounts the long untold story of gay men who were imprisoned on a remote island by Mussolini’s Fascist regime in the 1930s.

  • Would You Look At Her

    Episode 15

    Directed by Goran Stolevski • 2018 • Republic of Macedonia
    Starring Sara Klimoska, Igor Angelov, Antonija Belazelkoska

    A teenage tomboy challenges the patriarchal code of her conservative Macedonian town when she dares to take part in a religious ritual traditionally reserved for men in this emp...

  • T
    13:50
    Episode 16

    T

    Episode 16

    Directed by Keisha Rae Witherspoon • 2019 • United States
    Starring Koko Zauditu-Selassie, Kherby Jean, Jesus Mitchell

    A film crew follows three grieving participants in Miami’s annual T Ball, where folks assemble to model RIP T-shirts and innovative costumes designed in honor of their dead.

  • Dirty
    10:59
    Episode 17

    Dirty

    Episode 17

    Directed by Matthew Puccini • 2020 • United States
    Starring Morgan Sullivan, Manny Dunn

    High school boyfriends Marco and Graham cut class for a romantic rendezvous in bed—but things don’t go quite as planned in this tender, emotionally raw snapshot of two queer teenagers navigating intimacy toge...

  • Dustin
    20:15
    Episode 18

    Dustin

    Episode 18

    Directed by Naïla Guiguet • 2020 • France
    Starring Dustin Muchuvitz, Félix Maritaud, Raya Martigny

    In an abandoned warehouse, a crowd—including a young transgender woman and her boyfriend—dances as one to techno music. As the night wears on, collective hysteria morphs into sweet melancholy, and ...

  • Polygraph

    Episode 19

    Directed by Samira Saraya • 2020 • Israel
    Starring Samira Saraya, Hadas Yaron, Fidaa Zidan

    Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse living in Tel Aviv, finds out that her lover, an intelligence officer in the Israeli army, has been reporting on their relationship. Their affair is further strained b...

  • What Is a Woman?

    Episode 20

    Directed by Marin Håskjold • 2020 • Norway
    Starring Mina Alette Høvik, Eva Johansson, Louise Löwenberg

    A discussion occurs in a women’s locker room when someone asks a transgender woman to leave. Tackling complex issues head-on in a frank, naturalistic style, Norwegian director Marin Håskjold ex...