Event Schedule

ClexaCon 2020 Virtual Film Festival

While we aren’t able to bring you the full ClexaCon Film Festival we had hoped because of the pandemic, we are super excited to present a virtual edition of the  ClexaCon 2020 Film Festival!

Join us for 8 days of films, Q&As with filmmakers, panels and networking. Films will be available to watch for free from Sunday May 10 to Sunday May 17 at a dedicated channel on Tello Films (no subscription needed). 

Learn about our filmmakers and panelists who will be joining us for the festival!

Please note for Q&As and Panels:

Q&As, panels and networking will all happen through Zoom. To join, please RSVP below to receive a code to give you access.

If an event is full via Zoom, don’t worry, we will also be livestreaming the events from on Facebook.

All times below are PST unless otherwise noted.

SCHEDULE

SUNDAY
MAY 10

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Panel: 
Shut Up and Take My Money!: How to Empower Queer Creators

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Meetup: 
Filmmaker Social Hour

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Panel: 
QPOC Representation in Media

5:30 – 8:00 pm Back to San Junipero Re-watch & Dance Party

MONDAY
MAY 11

5:00 – 6:00pm
Watch Party: 
Butch Pal for the Straight Gal
Out in Love

6:30 – 7:30pm
Q&A With Filmmakers

TUESDAY
MAY 12

5:00 – 6:15pm
Watch Party:
Dinner for Four

Italian 102
Legacy
Sex is a God Thing
Synchronicity

6:30 – 7:30pm
Q&A With Filmmakers

WEDNESDAY
MAY 13

7:00-8:00 pm
Season of Love Q&A
With the full cast!
(No RSVP needed, Livestream via FB)

FRIDAY
MAY 15

5:00 – 6:30 pm
Watch Party:
House of AS
LoneWolf
Drag King
These Thems

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Q&A With Filmmakers
RSVP

SATURDAY
MAY 16

2:00 – 3:15 pm
Watch Party:
Ayaneh
In Orbit
The Postie
Somos
We’re Not Talking About It

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Q&A with Filmmakers

RSVP

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Panel:
I Made my Project, Now What?
RSVP

6:30 – 7:30 pm
Panel:
Meet the Programmers
RSVP

8:00 – 10:00pm
Virtual Dance Party with DJ Corona
(No RSVP needed – Livestream on Instagram)

SUNDAY
MAY 17

1:00-2:00 pm
Panel:
Where Am I On screen? Being Neuroatypical, Disabled, and Queer
RSVP

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Panel:
Working With Producers
RSVP

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Watch Party:
Avocado Toast
I Put the Bi in Bitter
Kings and Queens

6:30 – 7:30pm
Q&A with filmmakers
RSVP

Sunday, May 10

Shut Up and Take My Money: How to Empower Queer Creators

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Moderators:
 Leigh Foster, Ellie Brigida
Panelists: Nicole Conn, Amanda Holland, June Kim and Gabby Rivera

Come hear from some of the queer content creators who are out there creating authentic queer content in a variety of forms. Learn about their experiences, the joys and challenges of bringing queer content into the world, and how consumers of that media can best support and champion them! What steps can we take to help sustain and enable “boots-on-the-ground” queer creators in getting their work out there? How can we ensure that our money, time, and voices go the furthest toward empowering our own community?

 

Filmmaker Social Hour

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Calling all Current and Alumni ClexaCon Film Festival Filmmakers! Join us for an hour of socializing online! Please email [email protected] for more info.

QPOC Representation in Media

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Moderators:
 Ebone Bell
Panelists: Giovannie Espiritu, Dalila Ali Rajah, Marin Lepore, Vico Ortiz

Join us for a discussion about the film and television industry in regards to QPOC representation. While there have been strides taken in the past few years, is the industry really where it needs to be?

Back to San Junipero: a Re-Watch & Dance Party

Watch Party: 5:30-6:30 pm
Dance Party: 6:30-8:00 pm

“Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth? Ooh, heaven is a place on Earth“
– Belinda Carlisle

Celebrate our opening night of the ClexaCon Virtual Film Festival with a re-watch and dance party of our favorite Black Mirror episode, San Junipero! Your hostess with the mistress for this event is the CCFF Programing Team’s Lisa Bui.

We’ll be live-tweeting the episode and then afterwards, join us for a live 80’s dance party on IG and Zoom! RSVP or join us on IG Live! 

Monday, May 11

Butch Pal for the Straight Gal

Watch Party: 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Joining us for the Q&A will be Ally Johnson (Creator/Writer/As Rei), Mandahla Rose (as Sam), Lauren Flans (as Tegan), Teresa Lee (as Moana), Mav Viola (as Moana),  Elizabeth Ellson (as Meckayluh), Assad Yacoub (Director), Helena Sardinha (Producer)

Director: Assaad Yacoub
Writer: Ally Johnson
Producers: Helena Sardinha, Rafael Thomaseto

Cast: Ally Johnson, Lauren Flans, Mandahla Rose, Mav Viola, Teresa Lee, Elizabaeth Ellson, Ryan W. Garcia, Dot-Marie Jones

Synopsis:

Butch Pal for the Straight Gal is a unique reality-based comedy about five women (aka the Fierce5) empowering straight women to throw away societal gender norms and fearlessly harness their unique inner voice. So many women suffer from poor body image, low confidence levels, or find themselves stuck in codependent relationships that can limit their true potential. The Fierce5 hones in on a woman’s true voice, then helps her step into her power and bring that voice to the forefront. That can mean restructuring a woman’s closet, minimalizing her makeup routine, showing her how to change own tire, or literally teaching a woman to fish.

Watch the Trailer! 

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Out in Love

Watch Party: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Director: Kristina Pupo
Writer: Kristina Pupo
Producers: Kristina Pupo, Elishia Constantine, Marjorie Burgos, Hank Kilgore
Cast: Kristina Pupo, Elizabeth Manning, Pedro Figueroa , Alyssa Rhoney

Synopsis:
A couple must redefine their marriage of five years after they both realize they’re gay. Karina and Sergio catapult into the unknown in a hilarious and heartfelt journey that explores how they got here while asking “what now?”
Faced with the reality of two very different gay scenes, they must figure out how to find themselves, without losing each other.

Watch the Trailer! 

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Tuesday, May 12

Dinner for Four

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Joining us for Q&A are Director/Producer, Jane Clark and Writer, Producer and cast member, Kari Alison Hodge

Director: Jane Clark
Writer: Kari Alison Hodge
Producer: Kari Alison Hodge, Jane Clark, Derek McAlister
Cast: Kari Alison Hodge, Zack Schor, Gabrielle Bourne, Rachel Rosenstein

Synopsis:
A bisexual polyamory evangelist, a lesbian blogger who romanticizes monogamy, and a curious freelance photographer and her heterosexual boyfriend meet at dinner party that turns awkward and revealing when the other guests don’t show up.

Watch the Trailer! 

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Italian 102

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Joining us for the Q&A will be Director, Emily Gutierrez, and Actresses, Alex Vautor and Cassandra Williams

Director: Emily Gutierrez
Writer: Emily Gutierrez
Cast: Alex Vautour, Cassandra Williams

Synopsis:
They flirted in Italian 101, now it’s time for Jen and Riley to go out on their first date. But when they run into unwanted leers and hostility from strangers, Jen struggles to find the courage to be herself around Riley.

Watch the Trailer!

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Legacy

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Joining us is Writer/Director, Nicole Tay and Actor, Diane Chen

Director: Nicole Tay, Keila J. Brown
Writer: Nicole Tay
Producer: Kimberly Te
Cast: Diane Chen

Synopsis:
Diana has always been a gifted test-taker. While attending Columbia University, she tutors a high schooler, Amy for the SATs under the careful watch of her mother, Mrs. Tao. After a personal tragedy strikes, Amy still tries to take the exam, but performs poorly. To protect her daughter’s future, Mrs. Tao secretly concocts a plan. The only missing piece… is Diana.

Sex is a God Thing

Watch Party: 5:00-6:15 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 6:30-7:30 pm 

Joining us for Q&A will be Director, Zarniah Ali, and Producer/Cast member, Rashida KhanBey Miller

Director: Zarniah Ali
Writer: Chanel Glover
Producers: Rashida KhanBey Miller, Chanel Glover, Zarinah Ali, A. Miller
Cast: Rashida KhanBey Miller, Chanel Glover

Synopsis:

Michelle and Aiesha have just buried their father. Michelle and Aiesha have also just met, and learned that they are sisters; both queer and both grappling with the unraveling of their respective romantic partnerships. Grief takes many forms, and this night drunk Aiesha has dragged a hesitant Michelle out to a queer party. They both find comfort in strangers on the dance floor. Then the two long lost sisters go deeper over a flask of whiskey, listening to the waves of Lake Michigan, set aglow by the moon. The next morning, after the alcohol has faded, and the pleasant memories are replaced with guilt, Michelle and Aiesha try to find their pleasure again, leading them both to cathartic tears.

Watch the Trailer!

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Synchronicity

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Joining us for Q&A is Writer/Director, Stephanie Neroes, Producer, Allison Graham, and cast members, Mandahla Rose and Mav Viola

Director: Stephanie Neroes
Writer: Stephanie Neroes
Producer: Allison Graham
Cast: Mandahla Rose, Mav Viola, Rudi Aliza

Synopsis: The story of how two young women unknowingly drift towards each other as a result of manifesting love into their lives.

Wednesday, May 13

Season of Love Q&A

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Moderator: Dana Piccoli

Panelists: Emily Goss, Jessica Clark, Sandra Mae Frank, Laur Allen, Janelle Marie, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Christin Baker

Join the full cast and director of Season of Love to talk about the creation of the first queer women’s holiday romantic comedy feature film! 

* Please note *
You do not have to RSVP to this panel.
This event will be livestreamed directly to the ClexaCon Facebook page

Thursday, May 14

Trans and Non-Binary Representation in Media

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm 

Moderator: Jett Garrison
Panelists: Jasmine Banks, Cassie Brighter, Shaan Dasani, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Vico Ortiz

The impact of visibility in the media is undeniable. Perceptions are formed through what we see and hear. With diversity on screen beginning to rise, Trans & Non-Binary representations are still battling to be given the equal footing they rightfully deserves. Shows such as Billions, One Day at a Time, Pose, Supergirl and Work In Progress, are leading the charge with Trans & Non-Binary talent in roles in front and behind the camera. Join us as we discuss the impact these stories can have, share your favorite characters and debate what needs to be done to get better all round representation on screen for the Trans & Non-Binary communities. 

How to Take Your Web Series from the Page to the Screen

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Moderator: Sharon Patton 
Panelists: 
Heidi Lynch, Perrie Voss, Charlie David, Marin Lepore, Kelley Zincone

Come chat with some of the team behind the queer web series Avocado Toast and I Put the Bi in Bitter. Learn  about the journey they have taken to bring their web series into fruition. From writing to funding to production to distribution we will give you the tools to start your journey too.

Friday, May 15

House of AS

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Joining us for Q&A is Director, Leah Shore

Director: Leah Shore
Producers: Leah Shore, Anca Vlasan
Animatiors: Leah Shore (2D), Johnny Woods (3D)

Synopsis:

An homage to BALL/Vogue

LoneWolf

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A 7:00-8:00pm

Joining us for Q&A is Writer/Director/Producer, Dani Williamson

Directors: Dani Williamson, Inbar Horesh
Writers: Dani Williamson, Chanan Ben Simon
Producer: Dani Williamson
Cast: Dani Williamson, Moran Duvshani, Yohana Reit, Laila Betterman, Osnat Feitlson

Synopsis:
A music video by the righteous Randy Miller. Original music written, produced, and performed by Randy Miller

Drag King

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Watch On Tello
Q&A: 7:00- 8:00 pm

Joining us for Q&A will be Writer/Director Ross Goodman and Actress, Nina Bergman

Director: Rosser Goodman
Writer: Rosser Goodman
Producer: Rosser Goodman
Cast: Nina Bergman, Stephanie Gerard, Ser Anzoategui and Gladys Nyoth

Joining us for Q&A will be Writer/Director Ross Goodman, and Actress, Nina Bergman

Synopsis:
Two hot babes struggle to find each other, love each other and comfort each other in this melodic 82 second experimental music video.

These Thems

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 7:00-8:00 pm

Joining us for the Q&A will be Director Jett Garrison, Producer, Sophia Stelle, Creator/Writer, Gretchen Wylder and cast members, Vico Ortiz, Shaan Dasani and Nick Park

Director: Jett Garrison
Writer: Gretchen Wylder
Producer: Sophia Clark
Cast: Gretchen Wylder, Vico Ortiz, Shaan Dasani, Nick Park

Synopsis:
“These Thems” is a queer comedy series that dives head first into the NYC lesbian/GNC scene. We follow four main characters: a newly-out lesbian looking to make up for lost time, a non binary dog walker turned queer educator, a trans man who passes as cis and likes it that way, and a gay best friend looking for love.

Watch the Trailer!

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Saturday, May 16

Ayaneh

Watch Party: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Director: Nicolas Greinacher
Writer: Nicolas Greinacher
Producer: Rajko Jazbec, Dario Schoch
Cast: 
Afsaneh Dehrouyeh, Ladina von Frisching, Mo Ahmadi, Mithra Zahedi

Synopsis:
Set in Switzerland, our story follows Ayaneh, a young refugee from Afghanistan. One day at a public swimming pool she meets Anna and instantly feels attracted to her. As the relationship between the two women develops, Ayaneh is confronted with growing resistance from her religious family.

Watch the Trailer!

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In Orbit

Watch Party: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Joining us for Q&A is Director/Writer/Producer, Katie McNeice, Composer, Emer Kinsella and Actress, Sarah Kinlen. 

Director: Katie McNeice
Writer: Katie McNeice
Producer: Katie McNeice
Composer: Emer Kinsella
Cast: Claire Loy, Sarah Kinlen, Áine Ní Mhuirí, Olwen Fouéré, Michael-David McKernan

Synopsis:
There was once an invisible optician, trapped in a strange and lonely world. Her story starts with a broken lens and the woman who taught her to see things differently.

Watch the Trailer!

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The Postie

Director: Jade Winters
Writer: Jade Winters
Producer: Alex Hogben
Cast: Kat Ronson, Ruby Todd, Kate Winton
Synopsis: Amy falls for the new Postie but finding out whether the attraction is mutual proves difficult.

Joining us for the Q&A will be Producer, Alex Hogben

Watch the Trailer! 

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Somos

Watch Party: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Joining us for Q&A is Writer/Producer, Ariel Abrego Gaitan

Director: Garcia JC
Writer: Ariel Abrego Gaitan
Producer: Ariel Abrego Gaitan, Juan Carlos García
Cast: Mariel Ramirez-Blanchette, Sarah-Eve Boivin, Yiseth Castaneda

Synopsis: At 14 years old, Melissa takes the difficult decision to leave her home and search the liberty that will finally allow her to be herself.

We’re Not Talking About It

Watch Party: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Joining us for the Q&A is Writer/Producer, Winny Clarke, Director, Jen Pogue and Director of Photography, Sabring Spilotro. 

Director: Jen Pogue
Writer: Winny Clarke
Producer: Winny Clarke
Cast: Jennifer Farrugia, Winny Clarke

Synopsis: An authentic friendship requires a whole lot of love, patience, and compassion. Watch as these pals navigate through lifes changes.

I Made My Project, Now What?

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm
Panelists: Jane Clark. MarieAnn O’Neill,  Shirin Papillon and Rocco Shields

SVOD, TVOD, AVOD- these are common terms used to describe the different business models that you can choose for your finished project. There are pros and cons to each and this panel is here to unpack your options

Meet the Programmers

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Moderator: Stacy Jill Calvert
Panelists: 
Ariana Farina (Dances With Films) Deborah Espect (Film Pride) Faridah Gbadamosi (Coven Film Festival, OUTStream) Anna Feder (Bright Lights, Wicked Queer) Brighid Wheeler (Indie Memphis) Lisa Rose (Queer Screens Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney. )

This is your chance to get the inside scoop! What do Film Festival programmers look for when curating their festivals? What are some tips to make sure you stand out from the rest? How are film festivals going forward despite the state of the world?

Virtual Dance Party

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Hosted by DJ Corona

Join us online as DJ Corona spins your favorites for a 2 hour virtual dance party! Tweet to @TheeDjCorona and let her know the tracks you want to hear!

* Please note *
You do not have to RSVP to this event.
This event will be livestreamed directly on Instagram

Sunday, May 17

Where am I on Screen? Being Neuroatypical, Disabled, and Queer

Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Moderator: Kàegh Griffith-Wills
Panelists:
 Annie Segarra, Ashe Walker and Alexis Hillyard

Join ClexaCon’s Accessibility Coordinator Kàegh Griffith-Wills as they have a conversation with Social Media influencers and activists within neuroatypical and/or disabled queer community. Where is the intersection of disabled and queer? Neuroatypical and queer? How does access look within the LGBTQ+ community? Where does being “differently queer” fit into LGBTQ+ media?

Working With Producers

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Moderator: Christin Baker 
Panelists:
 Jaclyn Chessen, Caitlin Combe, Nicole Conn, Lagueria Davis, Valeria Lopez

You have written your project and want to make it happen, collaboration is the key in this industry and producers at the center of this collaboration. When creative visions are at stake the emotions can run high, get great insight from industry pros how to work with producers, networks and directors to get the best result for your project.

Avocado Toast, The Series

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Director: Sam Coyle
Writer: Heidi Lynch, Perrie Voss
Producers: Heidi Lynch, Perrie Voss, Charlie David

Joining us for Q&A will be the Creators/Writers/Producers of the show, Heidi Lynch & Perrie Voss and Producer, Charlie David

Cast: Heidi Lynch, Perrie Voss, Faye Marsay, Kristian Bruun, Scot Cavalheiro, Mag Ruffman, Brenda Robbins, Andrew Moodie, Nelu Handa, Jefferson Mappin

Synopsis:
Ever wondered about your parents’ sex life? Neither did Molly and Elle until coming out and divorce forced them to learn about their parents’ new sexcapades. Avocado Toast the series is an intergenerational sex comedy exploring the comforts and awkwardness of sex from age 25 to 69. When it comes to millennials and baby boomers, these nuts haven’t fallen so far from the family tree.

Watch the Trailer!

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I Put the Bi in Bitter

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Joining us for Q&A will be Writer/Director, Marin Lepore and Writer/Producer, Kelley Zincone

Director: Marin Lepore
Writer: Marin Lepore, Kelley Zincone
Producer: Kelley Zincone
Cast: Rhema Srihartiti, Rhianna DeVries, Evangelina Kisa

Synopsis:

Created by a majority female, POC, and LGBT cast and crew, “I Put the Bi in Bitter” is a cute and lighthearted comedy that follows a bisexual teenager and her lesbian BFF as they navigate high school, deal with friendship/crushes, and all the other shenanigans and awkward moments that come from being young.

Watch the Trailer!

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Kings and Queens

Watch Party: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Watch on Tello
Q&A: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Joining us for Q&A will be the Director/Writer/Producer, Rachel Relman

Director: Rachel Relman
Writer: Rachel Relman
Producer: Rachel Relman, Reed Carson
Cast: Dominique Watkins, Amber Thomas

SynopsisDrag performers and best friends Polly Glamory and Stevie Stars ditch their boring college graduation to compete in the last round of a drag competition. Their relationships with each other and everyone around them are tested as they try to become the best performers in the most competitive drag market in the country.

Watch the Trailer!

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