Outfest on the Road presented by Smith CollegeFriday, September 16 at 7:00 pm until Sunday, September 18 at 12:30 pm
The Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College and Outfest announce the first Outfest on the Road Film Festival that will run September 16-18. Outfest on the Road is an annual festival that brings Outfest’s award-winning documentaries, feature length films, and short film programs to Smith College for a weekend. Outfest on the Road offers the unique opportunity to enjoy cutting edge films that have screened at Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival and Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival as recent as this past summer, alongside queer film classics from the Outfest archive. Outfest on the Road, at Smith College, is the first festival to bring Outfest film programming to a collegiate community. At this year’s festival you can take in a beautiful film about queer love and disability, two fresh and exciting short film programs, an award winning documentary film about trans icon Miss Major, a one of a kind discussion with masterful independent filmmakers, and join in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Watermelon Woman. Ring in the new academic year with Outfest on the Road and this selection of cinematic gems that will screen at the Academy of Music in Northampton.
Outfest on the Road is made possible by the generous support of the Kixie Denison Fieldman ’53 endowment. This suppport enables The Program for the Study of Women and Gender to bring cultural programs that focus on gender and sexuality to Smith College.
The Full Schedule:
Friday, September 16th
Margarita with a Straw, followed by Q&A with Shonali Bose & producer Nilesh Maniyar
Saturday, September 17th
Outfest Documentary Shorts
11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Panel on filmmaking with Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Alex Juhasz, (The
Watermelon Woman); Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar (Margarita with a Straw) from
3:00-4:30 p.m. at Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College
The Watermelon Woman, followed by Q&A with Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner &
Sunday, September 18th
Major! (Outfest U.S. Documentary Audience Award)
Annalise Ophelian (Dir.)
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Synopsis of Films:
Margarita with a Straw (Dir.) Shonali Bose, 140 mins.
In this provocative love story, Laila (Kalki Koechlin), a middle class Indian teenager
born with cerebral palsy is determined to have a relationship. She’s a student,
crafting lyrics and electronic sounds for an indie band at her Delhi
University. Always seeking more freedom and new experiences, Laila wins a place
at New York University and leaves India with her mother (Revathy) for Manhattan.
There she meets a fiery activist, Khanum (Sayani Gupta), who challenges her beliefs
and sparks her creativity. For these two women, it’s the beginning of a beautiful love
Outfest Shorts, 99 mins.
This short film program is one of the signature short film programs of Outfest Los
Angeles known as Girls Shorts. This slate of films offer cinematic glimpses into lives
and loves of queer women. Being hip and queer in L.A. is hard enough – try looking
for love or a baby! This year’s girls’ shorts are whip-sharp and poignant, finding
humor in lez divorce; insemination via a partner’s brother; and the reality that, in
L.A., juice can replace sex. Girls’ shorts embody a fresh spirit, birthed from the L.A.
filmmaker base you know and love.
BRIX AND THE BITCH Dir: Nico Raineau, 10min. PARTNERS Dir: Joey Ally, 6min.
JO COOL Dir: Natalia Leite, 12min. SPUNKLE Dir: Lisa Donato, 13min.
WEDLOCKED Dir: Puppett, 12min. VIRGIN TERRITORY Dir: Emily Robinson, 15min.
ANGELINO HEIGHTS Dir: Molly Manning, 19min. VAMONOS Dir: Marvin Lemus,
Outfest Documentary Shorts, 78 mins.
The short documentaries included in this program bring together films that
screened at this year’s Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival as well as
Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. These seven short documentaries showcase
bold new voices of queer cinema in their exploration of the lives of queer people of
color who find a way to balance creative passion and family while embracing their
MADE OF SUGAR DIR: Kevin Rios, 6min. NEW QUEER SOUTH: INSTABABY Dir:
Rosie Haber (Smith alum), 7min. GONNA SIP THAT SIP, HIT THAT DIP: THE
EMERGING QUEER HIP-HOP MOVEMENT Dir: Willyum Beck & Chasson Gracie,
13min. GAYSIANS Dir: Vicky Du, 13 min. BROCKINGTON Dir: Sergio Ingato, Maggie
Sloan, & Mason Sklut, 8min. POSHIDA: HIDDEN LGBT PAKISTON, 30 min. LIBERTAD
Dir: Brenda Avila-Hanna, 9min.
The Watermelon Woman (Dir.) Cheryl Dunye , 90 mins.
Set in Philadelphia, The Watermelon Woman, is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye), a
twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae
Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930’s black film actress popularly known as “The
Watermelon Woman.” While uncovering the meaning of Fae Richards’ life, Cheryl
experiences a total upheaval in her personal life. Her love affair with Diana
(Guinever Turner, Go Fish) a beautiful white woman, and her interactions with the
gay and black communities are subject to the comic yet biting criticism of her best
friend Tamara (Valerie Walker). Meanwhile, each answer Cheryl discovers about
the Watermelon Woman evokes a flurry of new questions about herself and her
future. At the films conclusion, the Watermelon Woman is clearly a metaphor for
Cheryl’s search for identity, community, and love.
MAJOR! (Dir.) Annalise Ophelian, 91mins.
MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly
incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the
rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major is a veteran of the
Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an
elder, a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply “Mama” to many
in her community. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights
intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960’s to today. At the
center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who
have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons. MAJOR! is
more than just a biographical documentary: It’s an investigation into critical issues
of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a widespread and systematic civil
rights violation, as well as an historic portrait of diverse LGBT communities, told
with love and humor, and personalized through the lens of a vibrant and charismatic
woman. Through first-person narration and innovative visual storytelling, MAJOR!
seeks to create a living, breathing history of a community’s struggle and resilience,
as seen and experienced by those who lived it.
Show Date/ Time:
Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm until Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Doors at 6:30 pm
Free GENERAL ADMISSION
Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)
Online Tickets Not Available