BSAF 2018: Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival – Day Three

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! As we told you a couple weeks back, spring is the busiest season for film festivals in Metro Boston.

So…lets get started kiddies! Boston Springs A Fethival 2018 is officially underway, and we’ll have info for all the various festivals and their schedules every day, so be sure to keep your browser turned to for all the latest info!

Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival kicks into high gear for the weekend with  lots of great choices at each of its usual venues. The hardest part is going to be making the choice of which films you want to see…they all sound utterly awesome!

Things kick off at 1 PM with a schedule of short films at each of the various festival locations.

The Trans Shorts program includes the shorts Different, She, In My Mother’s Closet, Calamity, Familia?, The Real Thing, Umbrella, and Pre-drink. The screening takes place at the Alfond Auditorium at the Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston; you can purchase tickets here! The films are co-presented by Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)

Over at Arts/Emerson Paramount at Downtown Crossing, also at 1 PM, is the Latinx Shorts program, including the shorts The Good Friend, Juan Gabriel Is Dead, It’s Not Your Fault, Platypus, Muxes, and Amagas With Benefits. You can purchase tickets for this collection of shorts here!  This group is co-presented by LatinX Pride , The Theatre Offensive  , &  Boston Latino International Film Festival .

At the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, again at 1 PM, a group of Coming Of Age Shorts are in order. This screening includes the shorts Wild Beasts, Hopelessly, Different, Pop Rox, Bo And Mei, Femme, Violet And June, Dakota, Scheideweg, and Louder Than Words. Tickets are available here!

Finally, at 3 PM, also at the Brattle Theatre, a group of Experimental Shorts will be onscreen. Included in this set are the shorts Odysseus and the Oceanic Feeling, Feelin’ Myself, Mary Magdalene, from this side of space to the other side of the signal, The Somnambulist, Out Back Behind The Shrubs,  and The Green Wardrobe. Just because I have to, I will point out that the one title is supposed to be all lower case…heh heh…Tickets are available here!

Now, if you’re not completely shorted out (see what I did there…ooo, i’m DYIN’!) the full features (and one more shorts program) kick in at various times and locations, so here we go, click on the title for ticket info: descriptions from the Wicked Queer festival website:

Paternal Rights, Museum of Fine Arts, 3:30 PM: Special guest Jules Rosskam in attendance; co-presented by Boston Jewish Film Festival

Paternal Rites is a first-person essay film that examines the secret underbelly of a contemporary Jewish American family as they grapple with the aftereffects of physical and sexual abuse on their present-day lives.

Suzanne Bartsch: On Top, Arts/Emerson Paramount Center, 4 PM

A feature documentary exploring NYC culture through the influence of nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch.

Abu, Brattle Theater, 5:00 PM – co-presented by South Asian Arts Council , Queer Muslims of Boston

Arshad always knew he was different. Soon after emigrating from Pakistan to Canada with his family, Arshad realized he was gay. Merging clips from Bollywood films, animation, and home movies that capture awkward teen phases as well as significant life revelations, Arshad narrates his own cathartic journey, alongside his entire family’s

1985, Brattle Theater, 7 PM – co-presented by The History Project , The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide

A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

Women’s Shorts,  Arts/Emerson Paramount Center, 7 PM; co-presented by Cambridge Women’s Center , Boston Dyke March , Mad Femme Pride

Includes the shorts Life After, The Two Of Us, an (un)natural birth, Marguerite, The Girl In The Green Dress, Softcore, Apart From Everything

Berlin Drifters, Brattle Theater, 9:30 PM; special guest Koichi Imaizumi in attendance; co-presented by Boston Underground Film Festival , Hump Festival

Koichi is a Japanese man living alone in Berlin. He has no job and hardly any friends. One night Koichi meets Ryota at a bar which is also a sex club. Ryota came to Berlin to visit a German guy whom he had “met” on a dating app.

Porcupine Lake, Arts/Emerson Paramount Center, 9:30 PM

During a hot and hazy summertime in northern Ontario, 13-year-old Bea wants a best friend more than anything else, but when she meets boisterous Kate, she gets more than she imagined. A story of bravery, small-town summer love, and the secret world of girls.


DAMN! You couldn’t ask for more – what a great lineup today! And a couple of the features also have a short prior to the main film. For complete information on the festival and it’s upcoming offerings, be sure to visit the official website at  We have attended selections at this festival several times over the past several years, and every film we’ve seen there has been a true gem; Wicked Queer always finds the best programming possible!

Look for more great films to spread throughout the festival – we’ll have the complete line-up for Sunday tomorrow morning!

Running through April 8, you can catch screenings at various locations around the Hub, including the MFA, the Arts/Emerson Paramount Theater, both in Boston, and at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. And we’ll have daily schedule and ticket info right here. Be sure to stay informed by keeping your browser on eCinemaBoston for complete schedule and ticket info! And don’t forget, Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival will be part of our sister podcast Subject:CINEMA‘s massive BSAF coverage throughout the month of May, and also in our huge BSAF SuperGuide PDF online magazine, also coming in mid-May!