FRIENDS & LOVERS
Saturday, June 24 | 4:45
Tivoli Cinemas in Westport
Directed by Emilie Bunnell
66 minutes | USA | 2017
Alana and Lori were just two LGBT 20-somethings looking for love on Tinder when a casual right swipe made a match that would bind them together forever. Within a few weeks of meeting, Lori learned that Alana suffers from Lupus and has been waiting on the kidney transplant list for years.
Where Alana lives the chances of finding a donor match were incredibly slim. Against all odds, Lori found that she was a candidate for donation and decided to give Alana the ultimate gift.
If the transplant is a success, Alana will triple her life expectancy and be freed from nightly dialysis. But if it fails, Lori will go through risky surgery and lose a healthy organ in vain.
"Two uniquely engaging new films made by young female filmmakers about real friends, real love, and real life."
"BEAN is a touching and tender journey that affirms the true meaning of love and sacrifice."
Directed by Chanelle Aponte Pearson
45 minutes | USA | 2017
Created by, featuring, and produced by a group of queer black women, Chanelle Aponte Pearson's new series takes an intimate look at a rarely seen group of interconnected lovers, family, and friends in Brooklyn, rooting its drama in the anxieties created by radical, unabashed honesty.
When an unexpected houseguest arrives, a black couple must face some hard truths about their ever-evolving polyamorous relationship.
“Black, queer, filled with activists, artists and other producers of culture—that is what makes Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn what it is,” according to Pearson. This is the backdrop to this web series, about a group of young women, in which identity and polyamory are investigated honestly and freely.
"In highlighting a dynamic and dialogue often portrayed inaccurately in popular culture, 195 LEWIS is a revelatory cultural moment that authentically captures an experience and culture in all its nuance, grit, love, pain, and light."