Bruising for Besos
Saturday, April 22 | 8 p.m. | Opening Night Feature Film
An intimate character study of Yoli, a charismatic Xicana lesbian making familia in a queer/trans people of color scene in Los Angeles. She's an artist at heart and, along with her best friend Rani, she makes do with a mundane job. One night she decides to pursue, Daña, an alluring Puerto Rican woman. This romance upends the seeming calmness of Yoli's present life. She soon finds herself recreating a tumultuous past and must choose between a familiar pattern of hurt or begin to face the history that haunts her in order to learn to love "right."
Writer/Director: Adelina Anthony
Executive Producers: Adelina Anthony & Marisa Becerra
with musical performance by Marlene Beltran Cuauhtin
Sunday, April 23 | 5 p.m. | Closing Night Feature Film
Carlos wants to be an actor. But his father, Pepe, wants him to work in the family business: male prostitution. Carlos decides that he will be one of his father's boys until he can get his foot in the door in Hollywood. Finally one of his clients, a rich soap star, offers him a bit part in her show. Pepe tell Carlos that she is just using him and demands that he not see the women any longer. Carlos defies his father and when his big day comes he is finds out the harsh realities of life are even harsher than he imagined.
Writer/Director: Miguel Arteta