IndigNation Film Festival 2017

Come down to the Projector for a weekend of queer films!

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Opening Film: Front Cover (USA) (R21)
Directed by Ray Yeung
The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower
$18 online; $20 at the door (cash only); $60 for festival pass

A skillfully written and acted gay love story about two young men of Chinese ancestry, Ray Yeung’s “Front Cover” has a title that evokes the differences in its main characters. Ryan (Jake Choi), a New York fashion stylist, aims his energies toward the front covers of magazines. Ning (James Chen), a movie star from China, also projects himself into the public eye, but uses his image as something else—a cover for his real self.

This is Hong Kong-based director Ray Yeung’s second feature film, after Cut Sleeve Boys (2006), exploring the gay Chinese-British community of London.

Winner of the Best Narrative Film at the Boston Asian American Film Festival 2016, and the Best Full Feature at the Serile Filmului Gay International Film Festival, Romania 2016.

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SHe (Taiwan) (R21) and The Revival: Women & The Word (USA) (R21)
Directed by Kuo Hsin-ying; directed by Sekiya Dorsett
The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower
Sat 19 Aug, 5pm
$18 online; $20 at the door (cash only); $60 for festival pass

In 2011, 50 friends gathered in a small living room in Washington, D.C. for a poetry event called THE REVIVAL. The host, Jade Foster, dreamed of building a safe space where queer women and allies could celebrate being black, women, and carriers of the word. In 2012, the event evolved into a nine-day tour that swept eight cities, touched thousands of lives, and connected five exceptional women.

Women and the Word chronicles the creation of an international salon-styled tour led and supported by women. It tells the story of how Jade Foster recruited a group of five dynamic poets and musicians to become stewards of a movement that builds community among queer women of color, upholds literary arts excellence, and occupies living rooms across the country.

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Short Circuit 6 (Singapore) (Not yet rated)
Short films curated by Boo Junfeng, Alfian Sa’at and He Shu Ming
The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower
Sat 19 Aug, 8:30pm
$18 online; $20 at the door (cash only); $60 for festival pass

After a hiatus of five years, Singapore’s showcase of LGBT short films returns for its sixth installment – to tell more stories from distinctively LGBT perspectives.

Program 60min runtime. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers hosted by Boo Junfeng and Alfian Sa’at.

Proceeds raised from the screening will be donated to Project X – Singapore.

1) The Pursuit of a Happy Human Life (PG) – 10 mins
Gladys Ng

Two schoolgirls on the day the paths of their lives diverge.

2) The Great Escape (PG13) – 6 mins
Tan Wei Keong

A domestic life, an idyllic pastoral, rendered with experimental animation techniques.

3) 3:37:13 (PG) – 4 mins
Royston Tan

A relationship is but a game, an aggregation of numbers – or is it?

4) Tulacy (NC16) – 8 mins
Marisa Goh

A documentary on Tulacy, featured as Rose in the “Rose & June” video for Pink Dot 2016.

5) Sasha is Fifteen (R21) – 11 mins
Sasha Isabella

A recording of a phone conversation between Mark of Simei and Sasha from a chatline.

6) Formation Parody (NC16) – 5 mins
Hirzi Zulkiflie & Maimunah Bagharib

This Minah parody of that Beyoncé anthem deserves to be seen on a big screen.

7) A Beautiful Night in Johor Bahru (PG) – 5 mins
Sasha Isabella

Captured moments from a happy occasion across the Causeway.

8) Wu Song Slays The Seductress (NC16) – 11 mins
Kirsten Tan

Teochew Opera meets Vaporwave aesthetic in a towkay bar full of bling bling.



Fathers  (Thailand) (R21)
Directed by Platphol Mingpornpichit
Sun, 20 Aug The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower

Fathers tells the story of gay couple Phoon (Uttsada Panichkul) and Yuke (Nat Sakdatorn), who have adopted an orphan son named Butr. As their son enters primary school, they begin to face multiple social and legal problems in their journey of building a family.

This movie was a groundbreaking work in Thailand, presenting itself as a gay family film, with neither sex scenes nor violence. Remarkably, it passed censors in China, and was embraced by the Chinese gay community as a highly positive representation of a same-sex couple.


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