Twist Tops Film Festival

Twist Tops Film Festival: Best Films from the Seattle Queer Festival

Proudly presented by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Bainbridge Cinemas at the Pavilion, and Kitsap Pride.

Saturday, July 8 & Sunday, July 9

Bainbridge Cinemas at the Pavilion
403 Madison Avenue N. on Bainbridge Island



 Festival Line Up

SATURDAY, JULY 8 @ 11 a.m.
(2016)  Directed by Maria Govan,  92 min. Genre: Thriller, Drama, Gay. In English and Patois with English subtitles.


In this simmering, unconventional thriller set in the lush hills of Trinidad, Gregory (Petrice Jones), a sensitive scholar struggling with his sexuality, is pursued by rich, married businessman James (a quietly menacing Gareth Jenkins). Seduction and obsession intertwine with cultural, sexual, and family dynamics in a multilayered story that spirals to a fateful conclusion that challenges moral interpretation. This drama from Bahamian-born, queer writer-director Maria Govan bursts with colorful scenes of the Carnival ritual “the Jab” and uses authentic island locales and music to show precisely what it means to PLAY THE DEVIL. Watch the Trailer. 

SATURDAY, JULY 8 @ 1 p.m.
REAL BOY (2016)   Directed by Shaleece Haas,  72 min. Genre: Documentary, Transgender. Contains discussion of drug use and self-harm.


From queer director Shaleece Haas comes an affecting documentary about transgender teen and aspiring musician Bennett Wallace. With the support of his best friend Dylan (also transitioning) and fellow transgender performer Joe Stevens, Bennett navigates the ups and downs of his journey to find his voice, including sobriety and patience as his mother weathers his transition, while reaching for the promise of a new life. With a soundtrack that features Bennett and Joe’s original songs, REAL BOY offers deeply emotional glimpses into coming of age, revealing not only heartache and uncertainty but also the ultimate joy that comes with irrevocable change and the realization of one’s truest self. Watch the Trailer. 

SATURDAY, JULY 8 @ 2:40 p.m.
SUICIDE KALE (2015)   Directed by Carly Usdin,  78 min. Genre: Comedy, Lesbian, Queer. Contains profanity and discussion of suicide.


All is not what it seems in this outrageously real comedy of manners built around snappy, mostly improvised dialogue and a diverse all-female cast and crew. Newly coupled Jasmine and Penn visit married couple Jordan and Billie and accidentally stumble upon a cryptic hidden note. What follows, in the awkward, tense attempts to decipher it, is a keenly observed dissection of modern-day relationships. Inspired by TANGERINE, director Carly Usdin and her team, including comic-writer Brittani Nichols (Transparent) and Jasika Nicole (Fringe, Scandal), have created a fiercely queer farce, which won the Audience Award for Best US Narrative First Feature at Outfest 2016. Watch the Trailer. 

SUNDAY, JULY 9 @ 12 p.m.
BEST SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL: The latest and greatest audience and jury award-winning short films from the TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival! 86 min.—includes all nine films Films may contain sexual situations and vulgar language.


Shorts line-up includes:

  • HONEYMOON: Lucy and Johanna are on an “idyllic” honeymoon when tensions turn into a full-blown public, yet private, quarrel. Watch the Trailer. 
  • FOLSOM STREET: A kink- and fetish-fueled dance explosion in celebration of the 2015 Folsom Street Fair.
  • BOOTWMN: Meet Deana McGuffin, boot maker. Her fabulous gay boots are made with love, and for walking.
  • THE GLORY HOLE: Two longtime partners recount the sexy true story of how they first met.
  • VAMONOS: Devastated by grief after the death of her partner, Hope still finds the strength to make sure Mac is honored in death as much as in life. Watch the Trailer. 
  • IN THIS SKIN: This narrative montage explores the real-life stories of transgender youth.
  • DIANE FROM THE MOON: In the aftermath of a hurtful breakup with her girlfriend Alice, Diane (Mya Taylor, TANGERINE) begins living out of a posh 1960s hotel in Palm Springs. Watch the Trailer. 
  • OH, I GET IT: Seattle-based queer comedians are using their own brand of humor, proving that social change is best served funny. Watch the Trailer. 
  • THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS: Meet the Washington state man behind the world’s first and only gay-themed country music album, 40 years after its release. Winner of SIFF 2016’s Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary Short. Featuring Kitsap County’s own Patrick Hagerty.

SUNDAY, JULY 9 @ 2 p.m.
CHECK IT    Directed by Dana Flor and Toby Openheimer, 90 min. Genre: Documentary, Transgender, Gay, Queer.  Contains depictions of violence, drug use, nudity, and profanity


Life is dangerous for the Check It gang, a group of transgender and gay survivors living in one of DC’s poor, rough neighborhoods. Standing up (and fighting back, violently if necessary) for who they are is more than an issue of pride; they would be dead otherwise. This raw and moving documentary follows the four main gang leaders—Skittles, Day Day, Tray, and Alton—as they struggle to stay on track in their lives. Guided by Mo, an ex-convict, they try to break the cycle of poverty and violence they’ve grown up with through an unlikely route—fashion: creating their own clothing label, putting on shows, modeling, and working backstage during NY Fashion Week. Watch the Trailer. 

Also on Sunday, July 9 @ 10 a.m.

Kitsap Pride Mimosas Before the Movies. At Casa Rojas in Bainbridge Pavilion.  Admission included with VIP pass.


Support your local Pride by joining us for Mimosas before Sunday’s line-up. Food available for order. Casa Rojas Mexican Restaurant is conveniently across from Bainbridge Cinemas in the Pavilion.