'Four Letter Word' in NewFest lineup


NEW YORK -- 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 feature movies 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," said artistic director Basil Tsiokos in a statement.

"We're expecting another spike in sales, especially with the great line-up we have in store," added administrative director Kerry Weldon.

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 will also feature new special events, such as a NewFest LateNight series, which will showcase "sexy and/or campy films," according to organizers.

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

NewFest previously annpunced the New York premiere of the AIDS-centered reinterpretation of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture 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, including 150 shorts, organizers said.