Rhode Island International Film Festival : Queen of Lapa

August 7, 2019 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Local 121
121 Washington St


Gentleman Spa (癡情馬殺雞)

YU Jhi-Han Taiwan | 2019 | 18min | Narrative | LGBTQ

Hao, a chubby gay man, works as a janitor at a gay spa. For him, romantic relationships are an unreachable dream. One day, an attractive customer, Kai, walks into the place, and Hao has the
opportunity to massage him.

As they talk and get to know each other, they bond. However, things do not go as smoothly as Hao expected…

Director Biography-
Taiwanese director, born in 1984.
Nominated by Taipei Film Festival and Golden Harvest Awards to Outstanding Short Film, and also selected by the Golden Horse Film Academy. After his short film ‘Gentleman Spa’, he is currently developing a feature screenplay.

I Think I’m Gay?

Matt Chupack United States | 2018 | 18min | Narrative | Comedy, Drama, LGBTQ, Romance

25-year old Zach’s life is completely upended when ‘performance anxiety’ in the bedroom leads to a life-shattering accusation: his girlfriend exclaims, “I think you’re gay!” and Zach is left with a burning question: is she right? With a little help from his gay best friend, Zach goes on an adventure to discover that sexuality isn’t about twinks, or bears or staying hard in club bathrooms, it’s about who you love.

Director Biography-
Matt Chupack is a filmmaker and native Angeleno. After graduating from Columbia University in 2015, he moved back to Los Angeles, where he completed his MFA in Film and TV production at USC School of Cinematic Arts. He’s passionate about comedy and tragedies that make you laugh, and he has written a few of his own that he’s working on now.


Queen of Lapa

Theodore CollatosBrazil | 2019 | 73min | Documentary

Larger-than-life actress, cabaret performer, activist, and proud sex professional since the age of eleven, Luana Muniz – arguably one of Brazil’s most recognizable transgender personalities, shapes a new reality for a new generation of transgender sex workers in her hostel by providing a safe working environment in the dangerous neighborhood of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro. Queen of Lapa explores the day-to-day lives, quests for love, housemate rivalries in a turbulent political climate under matriarch Muniz’s watchful and guiding eye.

Director Biography-
Carolina Monnerat (director) grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and began a professional Ballet career when she was just thirteen. As an dancer, she has toured the world, first as a ballerina and then as a modern dancer, bringing her to the United States to dance for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, a modern contemporary African American dance company. There she was a soloist, company member and rehearsal director for over ten years. Her artistry has stretched across countries, nationalities and races to create beauty and harmony without words. In 2011, Monnerat retired from dance and produced “On Point” and “Move,” two dance films that played the festival circuit. She went on to produce features and short films with husband Theodore Collatos. Her producing credits include “Dispo” (2013), “Time” (2013), “Albatross” (2014). In 2017 Monnerat produced and acted in “Tormenting the Hen,” where her acting was celebrated in Film Pulse’s Best Performances of 2017. In addition to film work, she is a Global Senior Curator for Hub Seventeen, a community space for Lululemon Athletica in the Flatiron district of New York City. “Queen of Lapa” is Monnerat’s feature documentary debut, a 2018 Creative Capital Finalist and set to be released in 2019.
Theodore Collatos (director) began his career as an award winning street photographer which grew organically into creating documentaries, experimental and dramatic films often with his producer and wife Carolina Monnerat. Most recently, his “Tormenting the Hen” won the Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2017, featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Filmmaker Magazine, Indiewire and was theatrically released in New York and Chicago. His Massachusetts State Grant winning film “Dipso” (2013) premiered in competition at EntreVues Belfort Festival du Film, won Best Film at The Athens Film Festival. “Queen of Lapa,” a documentary directed together with Monnerat in Rio de Janeiro is currently a Creative Capital grant finalist in 2018 and will premiere in 2019. Past award winning shorts include “Time” streaming on Short of the Week, “Albatross” available exclusively on Filmmaker Magazine’s site and “Truth with Wine.” Collatos is also features programmer at The Bushwick Film Festival and commercial director who’s clients include Lululemon Athletica, The United Nations, Think Human, Dentons Venture Technology and Fox Rothschild LLP.