2021 Damn These Heels Queer Festival

SHORTS PROGRAM 1: THROUGH THE CRACKS

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9 films in package
ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY
While transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles with finding a genuine intimate relationship with a heterosexual man.
PERSONALS
An unexpected connection during an anonymous encounter pushes two socially anxious loners to risk vulnerability and find the intimacy they both yearn for.
THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT
"If a bad actor can be president, why not a good drag queen?" In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made a historic bid for the White House as one of the first openly queer write-in candidates. Today, Terence Smith, the man behind the persona, reflects back on his place in gay rights history at the height of the AIDS crisis.
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HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH
After Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo - nothing will ever be the same between them.
THE LETTER
The Letter is a film about letters: individual letters, epistolary letters, letters addressed to friends, to fathers, to neighbors, to lovers, and to passengers on that airplane, the one currently flying above your head.
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TORCH SONG
An XXY adolescent is rejected by his father at a suburban burning man ceremony.
UNFOLD
Fragments of a lost relationship come alive after a glance.
THE NIGHT TRAIN
Oskar is on the night train, heading home after an interview in Stockholm. With a long night ahead of him, he makes eye contact with Ahmad.
DREAMER
For Fran, Los Angeles is where dreams come true. In his mind, it is where he will be allowed to pursue his passion for makeup and fashion. As he saves enough money for the move, he documents his journey through YouTube. However, Fran learns that following one's dream is a privilege not everyone has.
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The short films in Through The Cracks are waiting for you somewhere in between. In vibrant, distinct shades of grey these stories exist in liminal space, where queerness feels most ripe and most right. Stories of those people, places, and experiences that are by definition undefinable constitute this program, defying categorization and proving the true value and energy in bursting out of binaries.

This short tells the story of Matia's transition from male to female and her hardships in dating heterosexual men. Lusciously colorful and creative, the film balances moments of heartbreaking authenticity and struggle with lightness, fun, and visual whimsy.


The comic book style art is stunning and engaging and the story is staggering in its vulnerability. The animation brings to life a unique capturing of a trans woman's experience, with creativity and humanity at the fore.


Directed and written by Croation animator Marko Djeska, All Those Sensations In My Belly first premiered at Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. 


– Chris Schmunk, Damn These Heels programming committee member

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    13 minutes
  • Language
    Croatian
  • Country
    Croatia
  • Premiere
    Intermountain West Premiere
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Director
    Marko Djeska