Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Happy Hour

Swan Song & P.S. Burn This Letter Please

Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:00 PM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Join us on the CIFF YouTube page for one of our live, interactive Happy Hour shows in which we cover Festival news, updates, and recaps, as well as chat with filmmakers, cast, and subjects from mulitple films in the festival. You'll be able to ask questions through the live chat feature, so come ready!


Swan Song

Thursday, April 08, 2021 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

Swan Song

Returning to CIFF after more than two decades, queer cinema pioneer Todd Stephens completes his “Ohio Trilogy” with the bittersweet SWAN SONG. While his previous films—EDGE OF SEVENTEEN and GYPSY 83—followed young outcasts coming into adulthood, this final installment is a different kind of coming-of-age story. The film follows Pat Pitsenbarger, a formerly flamboyant hairdresser living in Sandusky, OH. Once the finest stylist for all the socialites in town, he’s now stuck in a drab nursing home. Having lost his partner, house, and the community he once held dear, Pat has all but given up. But...

P.S. Burn This Letter Please

Thursday, April 08, 2021 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

P.S. Burn This Letter Please

In 2014 a box of forgotten letters was discovered in a storage unit in Los Angeles. Preserved in secret, these letters captured the correspondence of New York City drag queens, or “female impersonators”, from the 1950s and 1960s—back when this type of self-expression meant ostracization, jail time, or even death. Many of the letters and personal stories from the gay community—a largely marginalized part of society—were destroyed by shame-filled families who never wanted the world to know. A rare window into secret lives and the hidden history of the New York City drag scene, P.S. BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE takes...

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