The Three Queer Films Brigade Will Be Handling At 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Duck Butter queer female film The Orchard

Brigade will be handling three queer films at the upcoming 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. The titles include Duck Butter, Mapplethorpe, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The festival will start on April 18, 2018.

I’m all for onscreen queer representation, and I hope the titles mentioned below receive positive reception during 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. While major studios still aren’t releasing queer-centric movies, Love, Simon was a pleasant surprise, it’s good to see LGBTQIA+ indie cinema continuing to go strong.

Duck Butter

Directed by Miguel Arteta, who also co-wrote it with Alia Shawkat, Duck Butter stars Alia Shawkat, Laia Costa, Hong Chau, and Kate Berlant. It’ll also get a limited theatrical run followed by a digital release from The Orchard.

Here’s the official synopsis:

When Naima (Alia Shawkat) and Sergio (Laia Costa) meet at a club, they hit it off instantly, connecting over their disdain for the dishonesty they have experienced in their respective romantic relationships. High on their fast chemistry, the two women concoct a romantic experiment: They plan to spend the next 24 hours together, having sex on the hour. Above all, they commit to perfect honesty with each other, a theoretical remedy to the deceit they believe to be an element of modern relationships. But their relationship in a vacuum doesn’t go as planned, and soon the weight of their commitment begins to close in, threatening the ideals of the daylong experiment and their chances for a romantic future tomorrow.

The film’s 2018 Tribeca Film Festival World Premiere will be on Friday, April 20th at 8:30 pm (SVA THEATER 1).


This film has been written and directed by Ondi Timoner. It stars Matt Smith (Dr. Who, The Crown), Marianne Rendón, John Benjamin Hickey, Brandon Sklenar, McKinley Belcher III, and Mark Moses.

The official synopsis:

Robert Mapplethorpe’s portraits, images of calla lilies, and chronicles of New York City’s underground BDSM scene remain touchstones of 20th-century photography even now, nearly three decades after his death from complications of HIV/AIDS in 1989. Mapplethorpe revisits the titular photographer’s legacy, beginning at the moment just before he takes up residence in the Chelsea Hotel. There, Mapplethorpe begins to amass a portfolio of images—and, at the same time, to explore his formerly suppressed attraction to men. But Mapplethorpe’s relentless ambition—as he says in one early scene, “I can’t just be Mapplethorpe the photographer,” fancying himself a “modern Michelangelo”—threatens to tear apart the relationships he cherishes the most.

From the early ’70s until his untimely death at age 42, the film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality, his struggle for mainstream recognition, and, looming above it all, the specter of the emerging AIDS crisis. Featuring Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown) and Marianne Rendón, the biopic offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.

The World Premiere will be on Sunday, April 22nd at 9:00 pm (SVA 1).

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Forrest Goodheart Sasha Lane Chloe Grace Moretz - Miseducation of Cameron Post photo credit Jeong Park 2018 Tribeca Film Festival
Forrest Goodheart, Sasha Lane, and Chloe Grace Moretz – Miseducation of Cameron Post photo credit Jeong Park

Directed by Desiree Akhavan, who also co-wrote it with Cecilia Frugiuele, stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Jennifer Ehle, John Gallagher Jr., and Forrest Goodluck.

This film tackles the issue of conversion therapy and has received a positive response from critics.

The synopsis:

Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs—but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.

Writer/director Desiree Akhavan (APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) and co-writer Cecilia Frugiuele sensitively adapt Emily Danforth’s acclaimed eponymous coming-of-age novel and create a refreshingly original teen movie. Balancing out inherent drama with understated humor, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST looks at a teenage girl grappling with pain and loss, but at the same time, she is creating a family on her own terms and learning what it means to empower herself by having confidence in her own identity.

This film will premiere on Sunday, April 22nd at 8:00 pm (BMCC).

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

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