Newfest Shorts: Sexual Healing
Run Time: 78 min. Format: DCP
We’re taking you for a ride on the wild side with SEXUAL HEALING — a kinky shorts program about queer sex, labor, love, and activism.
Watch as the characters across this group of films overcome trauma in the bedroom, repeal regressive laws in the courtroom, and explore different forms of closeness in a variety of settings. An ode to queer bodies and how they communicate with one another, these shorts celebrate the many ways we can grow through intimacy and care — best enjoyed with a special someone and an open mind!
STATE OF MIND
Dir. Donald C. Shorter Jr., USA, 4 min
BDSM as a pathway to spiritual transformation.
AN AVOCADO PIT
Dir. Ary Zara, Portugal, 20 min
Larissa, a trans woman and Cláudio, a cis man, meet one night in the streets of Lisbon.
BIGGER ON THE INSIDE
Dir. Angelo Madsen Minax, USA, 12 min
A trans man contemplates life and love from his cabin.
Dir. Kait Schuster, USA, 11 min
A couple process sexual trauma through role play.
Dir. April Maxey, USA, 13 min
Unable to move on from a breakup, Gabriela impulsively drops into an old job.
CANS CAN’T STAND
Dir. Matt Nadel, Megan Plotka, USA, 19 min
A group of Black trans women in New Orleans fight to repeal Louisiana’s Crime Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) law.