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Choreography by SIDRA BELL


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



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




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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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."

Screened at New Film Archives and on NOWNESS



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