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The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival, known as NewFest, on Monday unveiled its film and event lineup for its 19th edition, including 32 New York premieres, 23 U.S. premieres, eight world premieres and some programming innovations.

The festival is set to run May 31-June 10, with centerpiece features including "A Four Letter Word," from director Casper Andreas, and "Itty Bitty Titty Committee," from director Jamie Babbit, organizers said.

"Since the festival began almost two decades ago, sales and attendance have continued to grow from year to year," artistic director Basil Tsiokos said.

Added administrative director Kerry Weldon, "We're expecting another spike in sales, especially with the great lineup we have in store."

The festival grouped several of this year's movies into four focus areas: Family Dynamics, Religion, Then & Now and Voices From the Front.

This year's edition also will feature special events like a NewFest LateNight series, which will showcase "sexy and/or campy films," organizers said.

Also scheduled are eight panels, a staged screenplay reading of writer-director Todd Stephen's upcoming sequel, "Another Gay Movie 2: Gays Gone Wild," and a presentation of "Schwarzwald: The Movie You Dance To" at a dance club.

NewFest previously announced the New York premiere of the AIDS-centered reinterpretation of Oscar Wilde's "The aPicture of Dorian Gray," by director Duncan Roy, as its opening night film.

The closing-night screening will feature the New York premiere of Robert Cary's "Save Me," about a sex- and drug-addicted man forced into a Christian ministry.

Overall, the NewFest lineup includes nearly 250 films, among them 150 shorts, organizers said.
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