U.S. premiere of Desert Rats — A dark comedy about life and crime in America's contemporary West, written by Nate Rufus Edelman and directed by Angie Scott. Brothers Frank and Jesse reunite to plan a kidnapping in a squalid motel room on a hellish day in Barstow. When day turns into night and their hostage is brought out of the trunk, the siblings find their troubles have just begun.
World premiere of Members Only — A roller-coaster ride to redemption by Oliver Mayer, directed by José Luis Valenzuela. The year is 1982: the golden age of boxing, the dying gasp of disco, the flowering of identity politics — a time before AIDS had a name. Two decades have taken their toll on Pedro Quinn, a gay Latino prizefighter still fighting well into his 40s, ducking his living-legend status and mourning a man he killed in the ring years ago. Meanwhile, a new generation continues to push the cultural and sexual envelope in and out of the ring.