Gay-interest films at the USA Film Festival


Dior and I

There’s a tremendous amount of gay-interest programming during the five days of the 45th Annual USA Film Festival. Here are some of the highlights.

Dior and I (documentary). When Raf Simons was selected to head the creative team at the iconic couture brand Christian Dior, the fashion world was amazed that the minimalist head of Jil Sander would be entrusted with France’s pre-eminent luxury brand. In the tradition of Valentino: The Last Emperor, this behind-the-scenes film from gay filmmaker Frederic Tcheng (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel) looks at Simons’ first runway collection and what it takes to get there. Screens April 23 at 7:15 p.m. with Tcheng in attendance.

Iris (documentary). Continuing with the fashion theme, irrepressible style maven Iris Apfel is the subject of this last film from Albert Maysles. The 93-year-old Apfel will be in attendance. Screens April 24 at 7:15 p.m.


The Other Side

Tribute to Margo Martindale/Short Film Showcase including The Other Side (short). The Other Side, pictured below, about a lesbian couple of “cleaners,” is among the offerings at this event. Screen April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Tab Hunter Confidential (documentary). See main feature. Screens April 25 at 7:15 p.m. with Tab Hunter in attendance.

Mr. Holmes (feature). Ian McKellen starts as Conan Doyle’s legendary Sherlock, now an old man tackling his last case. The production reteams McKellen with his Oscar-winning director-writer from Gods & Monsters, Bill Condon. Screens April 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Best of Enemies (documentary). During the 1968 election campaign, ABC hired two intellectuals — conservative columnist William F. Buckley Jr. and gay liberal novelist Gore Vidal — to debate the issues. This documentary captures this defining moment in TV news. Screens April 26 at 7:30 p.m.

— A.W.J.

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 17, 2015.