NewFest, New York’s leading LGBTQ+ film and media organization and one of the most respected LGBTQ+ film festivals in the world, has announced Andrew Ahn’s hotly anticipated Fire Island, starring Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster, as its opening night feature for the 2nd edition of its summer series NewFest Pride. The announcement was made today by NewFest’s Executive Director David Hatkoff.
Andrew Ahn’s Fire Island, being released by Searchlight Pictures and premiering June 3rd on Hulu, will kick off NewFest Pride the night before on June 2nd at SVA Theatre in New York City, with filmmakers and cast in attendance at the world premiere, including writer/comedian Joel Kim Booster and “Saturday Night Live” Emmy Award-nominated comedian Bowen Yang, along with actors Conrad Ricamora (“How to Get Away with Murder”), James Scully (“You”), Matt Rogers (“Our Cartoon President”), Tomas Matos (“Dickinson”), Torian Miller (“Chicago Med”), Nick Adams (“The Other Two”), and Zane Phillips (“Legacies”). All ticket holders will be invited to attend the film’s Opening Night party.
Set in the iconic Pines, Fire Island is an unapologetic, modern day rom-com showcasing a diverse, multicultural examination of queerness and romance. Inspired by the timeless pursuits from Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, the story centers around two best friends (Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang) who set out to have a legendary summer adventure with the help of cheap rosé and their cadre of eclectic friends. Produced by JAX Media, the film is directed by Andrew Ahn (Spa Night, Driveways) and written by Joel Kim Booster.
“We are thrilled to kick off our annual Pride month event with the world premiere of Andrew Ahn’s Fire Island,” says NewFest Executive Director David Hatkoff. “This joyful film captures the sexy, romantic, celebratory energy of the iconic NY gay enclave, and we can’t wait to celebrate with the film’s cast and creative team with a blow-out, pride-ful event in the heart of NYC.”
“I’m so honored that Fire Island is world premiering at NewFest Pride this year,” said Fire Island director Andrew Ahn. “As an alumnus and supporter of the festival, I love the work NewFest does to build community for LGBTQ+ people in New York. I can’t wait to kick off Pride with the world premiere of our film and celebrating the importance of chosen family.”
NewFest Pride is presented by Chevrolet, and is sponsored by Ketel One Family Made Vodka. SVA Theatre is NewFest’s partner in this event.
NewFest Pride will take place both in-person and virtually from June 2nd – 6th, 2022, including six new feature films, episodic content, social events, and filmmaker Q&As. In-person screenings will take place at SVA Theater in New York City. Select films will also stream virtually throughout the United States.