“Mayor Pete,” a documentary about Pete Buttigieg’s historic bid for the White House in 2020, will make its East Coast premiere this fall at the 33rd New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Variety reports.
The film is one of more than 130 that will screen at this year’s festival, a hybrid event that will include both in-person and virtual screenings. “Mayor Pete,” which premieres on opening night, follows Buttigieg along with his husband, Chasten, on the campaign trail in his bid to become the youngest and first openly gay president in American history.
“This year’s festival is all about connection. The LGBTQ+ community thrives on connecting to one another, and having spent most of the past 18 months apart, we are hungry for experiences that remind us we are a part of something bigger than ourselves,” David Hatkoff, executive director of NewFest, told Variety. “We believe queer film provides an opportunity to connect in a unique and celebratory way.”
In addition to “Mayor Pete,” other entries in this year’s festival include “Flee,” an animated documentary about a child refugee’s journey from Afghanistan to Denmark; “Leading Ladies,” a feature from queer Spanish filmmaker Ruth Caudeli; and “Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music,” a documentary that tells the untold story of the women behind some of country’s biggest hits.
Although his bid for the White House wasn’t to be, Buttigieg, who is now Secretary of Transportation, is the first openly gay person to serve in a presidential cabinet. Earlier this month, he and Chasten welcomed twins, Penelope Rose and Joseph August, to their family.
Chasten and I are beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’re becoming parents. We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family. pic.twitter.com/kS89gb11Ax
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) September 4, 2021
NewFest 2021 runs from October 17 through October 24. Virtual screenings are available through October 26. Tickets go on sale September 17.