Choreography by SIDRA BELL

PREVIOUS FESTIVALS

TEST has played at approximately 100 festivals worldwide, including:

 

Seattle International Film Festival

 

Frameline 37: 

San Francisco Int. LGBT Film Festival

 

Outfest Los Angeles    

Winner: 2 Grand Jury Prizes

Outstanding Screenwriting

Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature

 

NewFest: New York LGBT Film Festival

 

Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival

 

Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

 

Eau Queer Film Festival

 

Out on Film: 

Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

 

Tampa Int. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Winner: Emerging Filmmaker Award

 

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Ft. Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

 

Q Cinema: 

Ft. Worth's GLBT Int. Film Festival

 

Image Out: 

Rochester LGBT Film & Video Festival

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

 

Polari 26: 

Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Brattleboro Film Festival

 

Reeling 31: 

Chicago LGBT International Film Festival

 

Reheboth Beach Int. Film Festival

 

OUTrageous: 

Santa Barbara LGBTQ Film Festival

 

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

Out Film Connecticut 2013

 

Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival

 

Palm Springs International Film Festival

 

Berlin Int. Film Festival, Panorama  

 

European Premiere!

Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey

 

Queer Screen Sydney

 

Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam

 

Melbourne Queer Film Festival

 

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival 

 

Cleveland International Film Festival

 

Guadalajara International Film Festival

 

Brisbane Queer Film Festival

 

Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival

 

Boston LGBT Film Festival

 

Nashville Film Festival 

 

Prishtina International Film Festival

 

Singapore Love and Pride Film Festival 

 

Gay Charlotte Film Fest

 

Torino Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

 

Athens Int. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

 

Zagreb Festival of Tolerance

 

Kashish Mumbai Int. Queer Film

 

Fairy Tales Calgary

 

Out Takes New Zealand

 

Auckland

 

Asterisco Film Festival, Buenos Aires

 

Tel Aviv GLBT Film Festival

 

Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

 

Champs-Elysees Film Festival

 

Feast Festival Adelaide Australia

 

Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington DC's International LGBT Monthly Film Series

 

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

 

An astutely crafted drama set in the free-spirited San Francisco of 1985, writer-director Chris Mason Johnson's TEST lovingly portrays this exciting and harrowing era as young Frankie (dancer Scott Marlowe in a breakout acting debut) confronts the challenges of being an understudy in a modern dance company where he’s taunted to “dance like a man!” Frankie embarks on a budding relationship with hunky Todd (Matthew Risch, HBO's "Looking"), a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie’s innocent.

 

As Frankie and Todd’s friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk — it’s the early years of the epidemic — but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty and musical relief. The captivating dance sequences were especially choreographed for the film by acclaimed U.S. choreographer Sidra Bell. The film’s vibrant soundtrack includes work by 80s icons Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat), Klaus Nomi, Romeo Void, Laurie Anderson, Martha & the Muffins, Cocteau Twins and Sylvester.

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ACCOLADES

New York Times Critics Pick

 

Official Selection: Berlin, Seattle, Palm Springs, London BFI, Taipei Golden Horse

 

"Excellent, gripping, surprisingly funny and beautifully shot." Out Magazine

 

"If there was ever a contemporary film that illuminates why queer cinema still matters, this is it." Film Comment

 

 

Filmmaker Jovan Todorovic (featuring company artists of Sidra Bell Dance New York with movement advising by Sidra Bell and resident creative director David Flores Productions) presents a visceral and enigmatic dramatization of American poet Danez Smith's eponymous lyric on alienation, violence and salvation in the States. The poem, which was published and widely shared on Buzzfeed, and accompanies his heart-wrenchingly powerful book Don't Call Us Dead, explores race relations, social disintegration, and the failure of the American Dream, which receives a dystopian visual take from Todorovic. Speaking about his darkly dynamic visual ode, and the poem that accompanies it, Todorovic explains: "America and the American dream is an emotion, and it used to be an attainable dream. This sentiment is quickly dissolving. My wish is to address this despair purely on an emotional level. This is a poetic short film that explores what has happened to the idea of the American Dream… a visceral meditation on the idea of death and decay… and finally, rebirth."

 

 

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