Atlanta’s LGBT film festival hits its prime with its 30th annual festival beginning on Thursday. It’s bigger than ever with more days and screenings, and filled with its annual assortment of movies, guests and special events. Of course, Out on Film also does it with its usual quota of serious eye candy.
Here is Project Q’s annual look at the festival’s 2017 hunks. The parade of movie men (and women) opens on Sept. 28 and runs a whopping 11 days.
‘Something Like Summer’
Grant Davis, Davi Santos and Ben Baur (top photo)
Based on the popular book, this romance stars Davis and Santos as high school lovers whose paths eventually go separate ways. Ah – the joys and perils of puppy love! Only when Benjamin has moved on and is happy with new beau Jace (Ben Baur) does Timothy literally pop back into the picture.
Davis and Baur will be present at the Friday, Sept. 29 9:15 p.m. screening at Midtown Art Cinema. Watch the trailer.
‘Gods Own Country’
Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu
This winner at Sundance 2017 has been called a happier “Brokeback Mountain.” Johnny - a young sheep farmer - spends his days working and his nights drinking heavily and having casual, quickie sex. When a gorgeous Romanian migrant worker shows up to help at the farm, Johnny learns how to love another person and how – in a scorching moment – to truly take your time and make love to another man.
“God’s Own Country” screens Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:05 p.m. Midtown Art Cinema. Watch the trailer.
Cheyenne Jackson and T.R. Knight
(The film also stars hotties Sam Underwood, Tyler Blackburn, Al Calderon and Nolan Gerard Funk.)
This musical follows 10 lost souls in New York over various decades and features heterosexual, gay (T.R. Knight and Tyler Blackburn, Cheyenne Jackson and Tyler Blackburn), and lesbian couplings. The female couple is played by the indomitable Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton. The music is great, the pairings vivid, and McDonald’s “Beyond the Moon” number is a diva showstopper.
‘Hello Again’ screens Saturday, Sept. 30 at 9:05 p.m. Midtown Art Cinema. Watch the trailer.
Alan Cumming and Zachary Booth
Cumming is everyone’s favorite Scotsman, and he here is perfectly matched with Booth (who has played gay often). Cumming plays an AIDS activist who has seen too many friends pass away and begins sleeping with a younger man (Booth), who used to the PreP days of today. The supporting cast includes the likes of Wilson Cruz and David Drake.
“After Louie” screens Sunday, Oct. 1 at 7:15 p.m. at the Midtown Art Cinema. Watch the trailer.
Mikko Kauppila and Valtteri Lehtinen
In this breezy film, two seventeen year olds meet, hang out, skinny dip and take a shining to each other during the laidback days of summer.
“Screwed” screens Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9:10 p.m. at Midtown Art Cinema. Watch the trailer.
Adam Fried and Ian Dick
When a lonely single man (Fried) goes on a cruise solo (his friend bailed out) and meets a married man (Dick) with whom he hits it off, he is intrigued but cautious. When said man shows up at his room late one night and wants to turn into a bear bottom, what do you do?
“Happiness Adjacent’ screens Monday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. at Midtown Art Cinema. Watch the trailer.
All the leathermen that inspired and were inspired by the famous gay illustrator.
This film follows his journey of officer Toujo Laakdonen after the war, in a society that persecutes homosexuals. Eventually he begins specializing in sketching homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibition, and becomes a gay cultural icon, especially after he re-locates to the U.S. and his work reaches the leather community.
“Tom of Finland” screens Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. at Midtown Art Cinema. Watch the trailer.
‘House of Z’
“Project Runway’s” Zac Posen is the focus of the documentary “House of Z.” The film follows the openly gay Posen’s rise, fall and rise again in the cut-throat, one-moment-you’re-in, the-next-you’re-out fashion world.
“House of Z” screens Tuesday, October 3 at 7:05 p.m. the Midtown Art Cinema. Watch the trailer.
Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall
He’s sexy, energetic, and has crafted an amazing career trajectory. The film takes a candid look at the “American Idol” and “Straight Outta Oz” performer and his commitment to being an out, bold celebrity.
“Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall” screens Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at Midtown Art Cinema. Watch the trailer.
Russell Tovey and Arinzé Kene
As teenagers, they were athletes who spent a night in a hotel room together before a big game – and more than conversation happens. “The Pass” follows how that night affects them through their adult lives.
“The Pass” screens Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. Midtown Art Cinema. Watch the trailer.
All its horny men
This frothy Spanish comedy takes place in an orgy in a mansion, with people looking for love – and more – with a number of gay couplings. Raunchy at times and other times downright sweet, it’s filled with gorgeous men.
“Like Foam” screens Friday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. at Out Front Theatre Company. Watch the trailer.
Fionn O’Shea and Nicholas Galitzine
Ned (O’Shea) is red-haired gay, music loving outcast who doesn’t fit in at his boarding school. When he finds himself sharing a room with gorgeous rugby-playing Connor (Galitizine), he doesn’t expect to become friends in this crowd-pleaser, being screened for free as the last film of the event.
“Handsome Devil” screens Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Out Front Theatre Company. Watch the trailer.
Out On Film runs Thursday, Sept. 28 – Sunday Oct. 8 at Midtown Art Cinema, the Plaza Theatre and Out Front Theatre Company. For tickets andmore information, visit their website.