Seems like all the fun is happening in Park City, Utah right now, where Sundance Film Festival is in full swing. Started in 1978, it’s the largest film festival and showcase for independent films in the US. It’s also a great place to check out films from LGBTQ creators and stories with a lesbian, bisexual, or queer focus. This year, Lizzie (starring Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny) and The Miseducation of Cameron Post (starring Chloë Grace Moretz) are generating a lot of buzz. However, we’re still a ways off from seeing this year’s docket of films, so what’s a cinefile to do? How about check out these five former Sundance features in the meantime.
The Summer of Sangailé (2015)
This little gem of a movie is out of Lithuania and is about a shy young woman named Sangailé who dreams of being pilot. When she meets the vivacious Auste and the two women begin a relationship, Sangailé begins to break through her shell.
This film by out filmmaker Dee Rees took home the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance. Pariah is the story of Alike, a lesbian teenager who is coming into her own. She struggles to gain acceptance from her mother who objects to both her butch appearance and her sexuality.
The Runaways (2010)
This biopic tells the story of the all-girl rock band, The Runaways. The film focuses on front-woman Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, played by out actress Kristen Stewart, and their complicated friendship.
Appropriate Behavior (2014)
Written, directed, and starring out bisexual actress Desiree Akhaven, Appropriate Behavior follows Akhaven’s bisexual character, Shirin, as she tries to move on from a devastating break-up with her girlfriend. Along the way, she works to find herself and finally come out to her family.
This movie by out filmmaker Stacie Passon was loosely inspired by her own concussion. In the film, a married lesbian mother of two suffers a concussion and finds her herself turning away from her domestic life and relationship, and seeking excitement through becoming a prostitute catering exclusively to women.