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Tribeca Celebrates Pride

Join LGBTQ+ luminaries Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, Larry Kramer, Asia Kate Dillon and more at a special day-long festival celebrating queer artists, with the world premiere of Wig, followed by a drag show that promises to slay

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, continues its tradition of celebrating activism in the arts with Tribeca Celebrates Pride, a day-long event on Saturday, May 4th at the Tribeca Festival Hub at Spring Studios.

Grab your seat at an unforgettable symposium of talks, films and panels to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, including one-on-one interviews with LGBTQ+ boldfaced names like actor Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch director John Cameron Mitchell, AIDS activist and playwright Larry Kramer, Billions and Orange Is The New Black actor Asia Kate Dillon, and more, with panel conversations on topics including activism through the ages, gay Hollywood, media visibility, seeking asylum as an LGBTQ+ refugee, and being out in political office.

Speakers include poet and political activist Staceyann Chin, actor Raul Castillo, activist and former NFL football player, Wade Davis, actress, businesswoman and transgender rights advocate, Angelica Ross, Pose co-creator Steven Canals, Stonewall Inn owner Stacy Lentz, powerhouse Hollywood talent agent Kevin Huvane, the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. state capitol, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), writer, producer and author Jacob Tobia, and more. The event will also shine a light on the LGBTQ+ experience through a carefully curated program of seven short films.

TRIBECA CELEBRATES PRIDE

May 4th, 10am-6:00pm, The Festival Hub at Spring Studios
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Speakers

Neil Patrick Harris

The Emmy and Tony award-winning actor, writer, producer, singer and all-round entertainer, known most recently for his role in Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” will take a look back at some of his most significant milestones including being the first openly gay man to host the Academy Awards, being named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People, and being a father of two.

John Cameron Mitchell

In conversation with Patti Harrison

The director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), Shortbus (2006), Rabbit Hole (2010), How To Talk To Girls At Parties (2017) and the upcoming musical podcast series Anthem: Homunculus, reflects on being open about his queer identity throughout his career and how that has fed his creative work. In conversation with his Shrill co-star, comedian Patti Harrison

Raven-Symoné

Asia Kate Dillon

Best known for their roles on Billions and Orange Is The New Black, and soon to be seen in John Wick 3: Parabellum, Asia Kate Dillon is a non-binary actor and activist who advocates for expanding the definition of gender identity beyond just man and woman.

Kathy Tu

Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of “Nancy,” the critically-acclaimed storytelling podcast from WNYC Studios exploring how we define ourselves, the journey it takes to get there, and the queer experience today. Praised as “warm and inspiring” by The Guardian, Tu and Low were recently named to the OUT 100 and to Logo TV’s Logo30 for being among the most “extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways.”

Tobin Low

Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are the co-hosts of “Nancy,” the critically-acclaimed storytelling podcast from WNYC Studios exploring how we define ourselves, the journey it takes to get there, and the queer experience today. Praised as “warm and inspiring” by The Guardian, Tu and Low were recently named to the OUT 100 and to Logo TV’s Logo30 for being among the most “extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways.”

Conversations

Activism Through The Ages

An inter-generational panel of thought-leaders and changemakers discuss the different forms their activism takes, and share some of the biggest highlights and challenges they've encountered on the front line in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality.

Twiggy Pucci Garcon

Moderator

Jason Walker

Fabrice Houdart

Staceyann Chin

Stacy Lentz

Being A Multi Hyphenate

This panel will bring together queer creatives who have interpreted their artistic visions across various mediums, from art and fashion, to theater and film. As multi hyphenate cultural producers, the influence of these individuals runs deep within the community. In this conversation, we'll hear from authors, filmmakers, performers and Broadway producers who have found themselves experimenting with many artforms in order to express themselves and tell their story.

Tre'vell Anderson

Moderator

Alok Vaid Menon

Jordan Roth

Leilah Weinraub

Jacob Tobia

From Persecution to Asylum: LGBTQ Refugees Tell Their Stories

In more than 70 countries around the world it is still considered a crime to be LGBTQ+. For nearly 25 years, Immigration Equality has provided free legal services to LGBTQ+ and HIV-positive immigrants fleeing persecution and has won asylum for more than 1,000 people. Hear first-hand testimonies from queer and trans asylum recipients about their experiences rebuilding their lives in the United States in partnership with Immigration Equality.

Aaron C. Morris

Moderator

Denise Chambers

Ilon Rincón

David Kay

Out On Screen

Media portrayals of our community have changed significantly in the past decade, not only becoming more frequent but also increasingly complex, representing a multiplicity of intersections across race, religion, gender and sexual identities. We’ll talk about the milestones our panelists have been part of, both on and off screen - from coming out declarations to triumphant same-sex embraces, and how their friends, family and representatives have supported or discouraged their living openly and honestly. Including actors from the GLAAD Award winning series Vida.

Brad Calcaterra

Moderator

Raul Castillo

Roberta Colindrez

Stav Strashko

Out In Sports

This conversation brings together a professional soccer star, an Olympic triathlete and a former NFL player, to unpack how being out in the public eye has affected their identities, day to day lives and careers. We will consider how the specific journeys of this trio of athletes have ultimately shaped the cultural conversation of this country.

Chris Mosier

Joanna Lohman

Wade A. Davis

Moderator

Who Gets To Tell Whose Story?

Telling the story of a community that you don't represent is a dicey prospect; filmmakers risk alienating the very audience the film is aimed at. Ego-free collaboration is crucial. This productive panel will include discussions of cross-community collaborations where trans, non-binary and intersex artists have joined forces with cisgender creatives to forge successful storytelling partnerships. The conversation will look at allyship and how filmmakers can use their privilege for good, putting historically marginalized characters front and center to tell unsung stories with respect and authenticity. Three teams will be showcased.

Tiq Milan

Moderator

Angelica Ross

Steven Canals

Ser Anzoategui

Tanya Saracho

River Gallo

Seven Graham

Out in Office

A cross section of individuals from congress and state legislation discuss their personal path to leadership, the state of equality today, and the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion in the lawmaking process.

Allison VanKuiken

Moderator

House Representative Malcolm Kenyatta (PA)

House Representative David Cicilline (RI)

Sarah McBride

Queering the Industry

Hollywood gatekeepers determine whose stories get told, so it's imperative that LGBTQ people are on staff at networks and studios if we are to see projects that authentically represent our lives. But there are also many other facets to the entertainment industry ecosystem, and queers have found subversive and innovative ways to support the creative lifeblood of our community. This panel brings together LGBTQ professionals who are doing their part to change the landscape of queer film and TV by championing the visions of queer creatives and engaging key audiences through their day to day work.

Lesli Klainberg

Moderator

Jeffrey Winter

Nicole Martinez

Fran Tirado

Travis Chamberlain

Ellene Miles

Representing Hollywood

Several representatives discuss how they’ve supported and strategized the career trajectories of their high profile LGBTQ+ Clients.

Bill Keith

Moderator

Simon Halls

Kevin Huvane

Joe Machota

Shorts Program

Pride: Front and Center

Standing tall with these short films that celebrate Pride, this carefully curated program contains both narrative and documentary shorts, and poignantly explores LGBTQ+ life with humor, panache, kindness and compassion. Featuring Angelica Ross (Pose), Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Zackary Drucker (Transparent), prepare for a cross-cultural odyssey that ends, fittingly, with the safe queer haven of Christopher Street Pier. Curated by Tribeca Film Festival Shorts Programmers Sharon Badal and Ben Thompson. Featured shorts are: I Think She Likes You, Momster, Ponyboi, Black Hat, Carlito Leaves Forever, Framing Agnes and Stanley Stellar: Here For This Reason.

WIG: World Premiere

Event Time: 8:00PM
Location: Tribeca Festival Hub
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Wig, directed by Chris Moukarbel. Produced by Jack Turner, Bruce Cohen, David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Weinberg, Jay Peterson, Michael Mayer, Todd Lubin. (USA) - World Premiere, Feature Documentary. Wigstock was an annual drag festival which glamorously signaled the end of summer for the gay community in NYC for almost twenty years. Late one night in 1984, Lady Bunny and a few friends drunkenly wandered from the Pyramid Club in the East Village to Tompkins Square Park and staged an impromptu drag show in the bandshell. This would soon become an annual drag bacchanal, that lasted up until 2001. And now, Lady Bunny has brought it back. This past summer, the festival returned, bringing together legendary queens with some of the new children of drag, into one of the largest drag performances ever staged.

Wig explores the origins and the influence of the historic festival through rich archival footage, as well as provides a look into the contemporary drag movement that the festival served as a foundation for. It’s a celebration of New York drag culture, and those personalities and performances that contribute to the ways we understand queerness, art, and identity today. With Lady Bunny, Charlene Incarnate, Flotilla DeBarge, Kevin Aviance, Neil Patrick Harris, Willam, Linda Simpson, Naomi Smalls, Tabboo! HBO Documentary Films

After the Premiere Screening: A special drag performance hosted by legendary drag queen Lady Bunny including Charlene Incarnate, Bobby Samplsize, Flotilla DeBarge, Willam, and more.

Event Time: 8:00PM
Location: Tribeca Festival Hub
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Tribeca Celebrates Pride partners include The Stonewall Inn, NYC Pride, and The Human Rights Campaign. Co-hosts include ACT UP, Callen Lorde, Immigration Equality, NALIP, NewFest, Queer|Art, The Trevor Project, Trans Can Work, True Colors United and Vocal NY.