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Nine for IX, Newfest, Elysium

A straight married woman is tempted by a sexy lesbian painter in the new film Lover’s Game, directed by Danielle Earle. Catch a free sneak peek June 20 at Posh Bar in Hell’s Kitchen. The evening will also serve as a wrap party for the film and fundraiser for HRC and The Equality Project.

2012 marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law preventing sexual discrimination in educational institutions (including sports departments). ESPN is presenting Nine for IX, a series of nine documentary films about women in the sports world. Selections include Pat XO, a film about NCAA’s inspirational basketball coach Pat Summitt; Let Them Wear Towels, which explores the fight women journalists have had to be allowed entrance into male players’ locker rooms; No Limits, profiling diver Audrey Mestre; and The Diplomat, about the stunning rise of East German skater Katarina Witt during a time of political conflict. The film festival runs in primetime from July 2 through Aug 27 on ESPN, and will also be broadcast on ABC Saturdays during the summer.

In 25 years, Newfest has grown by leaps and bounds, becoming the place to discover what will be tomorrow’s hottest gay shorts, docs and features. This year NewFest returns for six days in September (the 6th through the 11th) at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. To purchase tickets or for more information on the films, go to newfest.org.

The last time we saw Jodie Foster, she was coming out—well, ok, sort of—at the Golden Globe Awards. If you were concerned about the effect that would have on her career, worry no more. Foster is back on the big screen with Elysium. The sci-fi flick, set in 2154, imagines a time when people on Earth are suffering, while the lucky ones have managed to get away. Matt Damon—fresh off his success as Liberace’s lover in the HBO film Behind the Candelabra—co-stars. See it at a theater near you starting August 9.

 

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