New York, NY, Apr. 25,2022 – NYC Pride, in partnership with Tribeca, announces Pride Presents, a unique cinematic event celebrating LGBTQIA+ film during Pride. This year’s feature film, Disclosure, will make its film festival debut on the East Coast as part of Pride Presents.
“After being away for several years, it is with great pleasure that we bring our Film Festival back to this year’s Pride events fully in-person with Disclosure, introduced by Laverne Cox, as our feature film,” said Samantha Marie Johnson, Senior Manager for Pride Presents. “By providing limited free registration for this year’s Pride Presents, we are creating a space for community while making these important stories accessible to a new audience.”
DISCLOSURE is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, and Chaz Bono, share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments. Grappling with films like A Florida Enchantment (1914), Dog Day Afternoon, The Crying Game, and Boys Don’t Cry, and with shows like The Jeffersons, The L-Word, and Pose, they trace a history that is at once dehumanizing, yet also evolving, complex, and sometimes humorous. What emerges is a fascinating story of dynamic interplay between trans representation on screen, society’s beliefs, and the reality of trans lives. Reframing familiar scenes and iconic characters in a new light, director Sam Feder invites viewers to confront unexamined assumptions, and shows how what once captured the American imagination now elicit new feelings. DISCLOSURE provokes a startling revolution in how we see and understand trans people.
“This year’s Pride Presents event is an opportunity for NYC Pride and Tribeca to join forces with Laverne Cox and the Disclosure team to engage the NYC community in the urgent matter of protecting and prioritizing the dignity, safety and wellbeing of trans people across the nation,” said Lucy Mukerjee, senior programmer, Tribeca Festival.
Two short films will also be screened at Pride Presents. Beautiful They depicts a chance meeting that paves the way for a deeper connection. When two young people cross paths one afternoon, they find that they are irresistibly drawn to one another. Dreamily shot in warm, vibrant color, and sustained with an atmospheric, almost ethereal synth score, Beautiful They is a queer surf romance that enamors with its slow-burn, delicate intimacy. Leaf Boat is a Welsh-language animated short film telling the story of Heledd and Celyn, who navigate the undiscovered and murky waters of entering a new relationship. Through the bewitching power of 2D animation, this film explores the internal worlds of the characters' emotions visualized through stormy seas.
Pride Presents will take place at Spring Studios on June 17, 2022 at 7:00pm EDT. Registration is available here.
For more information about NYC Pride 2022 visit: www.nycpride.org.
Dan Dimant | Media Director
Cathy Renna | Media Consultant
ABOUT HERITAGE OF PRIDE Heritage of Pride, Inc. is the volunteer-directed organization behind the official NYC Pride roster of events. Heritage of Pride’s mission is to work toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing LGBTQIA+ Pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate, and celebrate our diverse community.