CinemaQ is the leading Colorado brand in LGBTQ film and cultivates the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community through the exhibition of the best in recent and important LGBTQ films. The annual slate of films aims to share stories of and pay tribute to important and iconic figures, and both challenge and inspire.

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2018 Program


July 18th – 22nd 2018 at the Sie FilmCenter
The CinemaQ Film Festival, first established in 2009, annually celebrates the best in recent & important films on the LGBTQ experience. The Festival aims to shine a spotlight on entertaining & emotional stories, spark conversations on important cultural & political issues, and enlighten audiences of all identities.

Opening Night Presentation!
Wednesday, July 18th, 7:00pm
Screening followed by Opening Night Reception in Henderson’s Lounge 
The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloe¨ Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night.

Thursday, July 19th, 7:00pm
Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, 1985 follows Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”), a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis.

Thursday, July 19th, 9:00pm
Us three, brothers, kings inseparable. Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood. Their Ma and Paps have a volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over, leaving the boys fending for themselves.

Friday, July 20th, 4:00pm
Queerama is a film created from the treasure trove of BFI archive. The story traverses a century of gay experiences, encompassing persecution and prosecution, injustice, love and desire, identity, secrets, forbidden encounters, sexual liberation, and pride.

Friday, July 20th, 7:00pm
Set in Brazil’s southern city of Porto Alegre, the film focuses on a socially repressed young man who only comes out of his shell during chatroom performances when he strips and smears neon paints on his lithe body.

Friday, July 20th, 7:30pm
Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility and transformed the social imagination about queerness.

Saturday, July 21st, 2:00pm
Sometimes good things come in small servings. CinemaQ presents our favorite short LGTB films of the past year. You might laugh or cry, but your attention span will not run out.

Saturday, July 21st, 4:30pm
TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service.

Centerpiece Presentation!
Saturday, July 21st, 7:00pm.
High Fashion Party to follow screening in Henderson’s Lounge 
A personal look at the extraordinary life, career, and artistry of Alexander McQueen.

Saturday, July 21st, 7:30pm
Molly Shannon plays Emily Dickinson in the dramatic comedy Wild Nights with Emily. The poet’s persona, popularized since her death, became that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world.

Saturday, July 21st, 9:30pm
Filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s second collaboration (after the acclaimed Hard Labor) deftly integrates art-house and genre cinema to create a thrilling and dark gothic fable with sharp social commentary.

Sunday, July 22nd, 12:00pm
Every Act of Life profiles world-renowned playwright Terrence McNally’s pioneering 5-decade career in the theater, focusing on the struggle for LGBT rights and his pursuit of love and inspiration at every age.

Sunday, July 22nd, 2:15pm
In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by taking as lover beside his diplomatic wife, the French princess Isabel, not an acceptable lady at court but the ambitious Piers Gaveston, who uses his favor in bed even to wield political influence – the stage is set for a palace revolt which sends the gay pair from the throne to a terminal torture dungeon.

Sunday, July 22nd, 4:00pm
50 Years of Fabulous recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council, the oldest LGBT charity organization in the world. Founded in San Francisco by renowned activist, drag queen, and performer Jose´ Sarria, the Council has helped shaped LGBT life and social history in San Francisco and beyond throughout the last five decades.

Closing Night Presentation!
Sunday, July 22nd, 7:15pm
Closing Night Reception to take place in Henderson’s Lounge at 6:00pm 
Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan star as Paul and Erasmus, a bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year-old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus’ grandson.