That whisper in your ear that fall is coming just got louder. That’s because the local LGBT film festival just released its lineup of movies to officially launch a full fall of signature events in gay Atlanta.
Out on Film organizers have already let slip that the gay jock doc “Out To Win,” as well as the funny “Addicted to Fresno” are on the agenda. Now they let loose the more than 90 titles that will make up the eight-day festival when it hits Midtown Art Cinema on Oct. 1-8.
“I am immensely proud of this year's line-up,” Jim Farmer, festival director of Out on Film, tells Project Q. “I think it's a diverse a slate as we've ever had, with narratives, documentaries – including four sports-related ones – short films and special events.”
The roster includes the looking-for-love comedy “Fourth Man Out” (top photo) as the Opening Night feature, and the Closing Night laugh-riot “Guidance.” Lead actor Evan Todd will be in the audience and ready for your questions after the screening of “Fourth Man.”
Local flavor in this year’s lineup includes the long-anticipated “Queer Moxie,” a documentary featuring many performers in the LGBT-ATL talking shop and queer life. It's filmmaker Heather Provoncha’s five-year labor of love that came to fruition thanks to consistent and overwhelming community support. The full film at last makes its world premiere during Out on Film, and you can expect the rowdy cast and crew of the movie at the screening.
Other movies with Atlanta ties during the 28th annual festival include “Unconditional,” about Atlanta’s homeless LGBT youth including beloved local group Lost N Found.
So before you dig in to find every last screening that’s right for you and go buy your festival passes online, sit back with us and watch a few of our favorite things about Out on Film 2015. Tickets to individual screenings will be available after Sept. 1 here.
The Short List
With so many choices over eight days, we’re beginning to narrow down our must-see list. We’re sure to add to it as we learn more, but ticking all the gotta-have-it boxes right off the bat are “Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story” about the Falcon Studios mogul, Juliane Moore and Ellen Page in “Freeheld,” and the incredibly sexy “In the Grayscale” (second photo) about the sexual discovery of a “straight” married man.
In the feature department, we’re also on the lookout for the Manhattan drama “Those People,” the who-dunnit “Kiss Me, Kill Me” with a cast including “Queer As Folk’s” Gale Harold, former Atlantan Gerald McCullouch’s “Daddy,” and the entry of comedy gold starring another former Atlantan, Jeffrey Self and a cast of other comics in “You’re Killing Me.”
Also on our radar is the documentaries “Tab Hunter Confidential” about the Hollywood hunk’s closeted life in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The film includes interviews with celebrity gay fans and the actor himself.
Watch trailers below from a few entries off of our short list, followed by the announcement of Out on Film's 2015 full lineup with links to all of the available trailers or movie clips.
'Kiss Me, Kill Me'
'In the Grayscale'
'You're Killing Me'
'Tab Hunter Confidential'
Click links for trailers and movie clips where available in Out on Film's full announcement:
Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, has announced its programming for Out On Film 28, the 28thth annual LGBT film festival. The event will take place October 1-8, 2015 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema. Festival passes are on sale now and individual tickets and three-packs will be available in early September.
The opening night film is Andrew Nackman’s “Fourth Man Out.” The comedy stars Evan Todd as a blue collar mechanic who enjoys beer, hockey – and other guys. Initially shocked, his straight friends try to help him find a boyfriend. “Fourth Man Out” also stars Chord Overstreet (“Glee,”) Kate Flannery (“The Office”) and Parker Young “(Suburgatory”). “‘Fourth Man Out’ is a crowd-pleasing twist on traditional romantic comedies and a great way to open our festival, “says Jim Farmer, Out On Film’s festival director.” Lead actor Evan Todd will be in attendance.
The closing night film is Pat Mills’ festival favorite “Guidance,” starring Mills as a former child actor who – looking for work – decides to become a high school guidance counselor. A recent New York Times’ critic’s pick, “‘Guidance’ is hands-down one of the funniest films you’ll see this year,” says Farmer.
The eight-day festival will feature more than 90 feature films, documentaries, short films and special events. “We are extremely happy about the scope of this year’s schedule,” says Farmer. “I think we have something for all audiences - and we’ve never had this many offerings in our history.”
Other screenings include Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld,” starring Julianne Moore as New Jersey police lieutenant Laurel Hester and Ellen Page as her registered domestic partner Stacie Andree, who both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer; Jeffrey Schwarz’s superbly entertaining “Tab Hunter Confidential,” detailing the life of acting great Tab Hunter and his days of being in the closet in Hollywood, featuring interviews with the likes of John Waters, Clint Eastwood, George Takei, Debbie Reynolds and more; Mark Christopher’s “54: The Director’s Cut,” restoring 40 minutes to the original with gay content and starring Ryan Phillippe, Mike Meyers, Neve Campbell and Salma Hayek in an love triangle between a bartender, a coat check girl and a busboy set against the backdrop of the disco-era Studio 54; “You’re Killing Me” is Jim Hansen’s comedy thriller about a Los Angeles man (Jeffrey Self) and his friends who are too oblivious to notice he is dating a serial killer; “Addicted to Fresno,” Jamie Babbit’s dark comedy starring Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer as sisters working at a hotel whose paths cross with that of a dead body; Joey Kuhn’s exquisite “Those People,” in which a young New York painter falls in love with a fellow artist, but is secretly already in love with his manipulative best friend, who is embroiled in a financial scandal; Casper Andreas’ “Kiss Me, Kill Me,” a murder mystery with Gale Harold (“Queer as Folk,”) Van Hansis (“As the World Turns,” ”Eastsiders”) and Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”); the U.S. debut of “Daddy,” Gerald McCullouch’s (“CSI,” BearCity”) romantic comedy/drama about a long-term friendship that sours when one begins dating a much younger man, the international sensation “Margarita, With a Straw,” in which a rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York and unexpectedly falls in love; the sweeping romance “The Summer of Sangaile,” about a teenage girl fascinated by stunt planes and a girl she meets at an aeronautic show; the sexy, award-winning “In the Grayscale,” about an architect with a perfect life and wife – until he meets a sexy history teacher; the satirical “S&M Sally,” about a lesbian couple who comically get into the underground world of S&M; “Naz and Maalik,” in which two closeted Muslim teens hawk goods across Brooklyn and struggle to come clean about their sexuality; Josh Kim’s beautiful, haunting “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time”); Joseph Graham’s (“Strapped”) sexy ensemble piece “Beautiful Something,” about four men who intersect one night in Philly, starring Out 100 actor Colman Domingo; Matt Riddlehoover’s “Paternity Leave,” in which a gay man gets pregnant; “Two 4 One,” an exuberant romantic comedy in which a trans man helps his ex to artificially inseminate; the controversial horror film “Everlasting Love,” about a teacher who meets one of his students in the park and begins a relationship; Don Scime’s “The David Dance,” about the host of a local gay radio show in Buffalo, New York, who struggles with self-doubt when his single sister asks him to be the father figure for her soon to be adopted Brazilian child; the romantic international hit “Liz in September,” about a hardcore party girl and womanizer who celebrates her birthday with her friends at a Caribbean beach retrea each year – and the new woman in their midst; Stephen Cone’s “Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party,” about a 17-year old preacher’s kid and his memorable birthday party; and the effervescent “That’s Not Us,” William Sullivan’s look at six friends – one straight, one gay, one lesbian – over the course of a summer weekend getaway.
The lives of professional athletes are looked at in four exceptional documentaries. In Malcolm Ingram’s “Out to Win” the director interviews the likes of Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Billie Bean, Jason Collins and Brittney Griner to find out the obstacles they’ve struggled with to come out; Michiel Thomas’ “Game Face.” This documentary tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMA's first transgender pro fighter, and Terrence Clemens, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay.This documentary tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMA's first transgender pro fighter, and Terrence Clemens, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay. This documentary tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMA's first transgender pro fighter, and Terrence Clemens, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay.tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMA's first transgender pro fighter, and Terrence Clemens, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay; Rick Goldsmith’s “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” examine basketball super-star Chamique Holdsclaw – a standout with the Tennessee Volunteers and a former member of the Atlanta Dream – and her roller-coaster attempts at recovery from near-suicide reveal and uphill battle against the stigma of mental illness; and Poppy Stockell’s “Scrum,” looks at a gay rugby team in Australia.
Some of this year’s outstanding documentaries are “Seed Money,” Mike Stabile’s examination of the beginning of Falcon Studios; Robert Camina’s “Upstairs Inferno,” detailing the fire which, on June 24, 1973, decimated a gay bar in New Orleans called the Up Stairs Lounge resulting in the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history; the world premiere of “Queer Moxie," Heather Provoncha’s documentary about LGBT artists including Jayne County, Mary Edith Pitts, Brent Star and many more; Daniel Cardone’s “Desert Migration,” a meditation on the life of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors who have migrated to form a unique community in the beautiful but harsh landscape of Palm Springs; Alex Berry’s “Drag Becomes Him,” which looks at the career of “Rupaul’s Drag Race” winner Jinkx Monsoon; Alison Armstrong’s “The Guy With the Knife,” about the unlikely friendship between a prominent gay rights activist and a convicted 'gay-bash' murderer, set against the backdrop of gay rights, victims' rights and prisoners' rights, in the harsh Texas justice system, and“Deep Run,” Hillevi Loven’s look at Cole, a young transgender Christian man, growing up in rural North Carolina, executive produced by Susan Sarandon.
Special events at the festival include “Web is the New Black,” in which web series originators show some of their work and talk about the rise of Internet series. Out On Film will also have an Animated Shorts block, combining favorites from last year with new titles, as well as free noontime shorts and at least six other shorts programs. A special free family screening of the documentary “The Year We Thought About Love,” about What happens when LGBTQ youth of color band together and dare to be 'out' on stage about their lives and their loves? The cast of True Colors: OUT Youth Theater transforms their struggles into performance for social changewhat happens when LGBTQ youth of color band together and dare to be 'out' on stage about their lives and their loves, will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 3.
Local flavor includes the world premiere of “Queer Moxie,” local actor Jacob York in the comedy “Paternity Leave;” former Atlanta actor Gerald McCullouch in “Daddy;” former Atlantan Derek Dodge, producer of “That’s Not Us;” former Atlantan Jeffrey Self of “You’re Killing Me;” former Atlanta Dream player Chamique Holdslaw in “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” and the short films “Unconditional,” Kent Igleheart’s examination of homeless LGBT youth, and Jenna Kanell’s short films “Civil,” starring David Moretti.
Talent expected at the 2015 event include actor Evan Todd of “Fourth Man Out;’ actor Jacob York of “Paternity Leave;” director Kieran Turner of the web series “Wallflowers” and former Atlantan Scott Turner Schofield of the web series “Ze Said, She Said;” director Jim Hansen and former Atlantan Jeffrey Self of “You’re Killing Me;” director Malcolm Ingram of “Out to Win,” former Atlantan Gerald McCullouch of “Daddy,” Michelle Ehlen of “S&M Sally;” William Sullivan and Derek Dodge of “That’s Not Us,” cast members of Casper Andreas’ “Kiss Me, Kill Me” and Heather Provoncha and the cast and crew of “Queer Moxie.”
More guests and at least one more movie will be announced later.
Since its official inception in 1988, Out On Film has grown to become one of the major LGBT film festivals in the country. The organization became independent in 2008 and in 2011 expanded to eight days. Lead by “Blackbird,” the 27th anniversary film festival in 2014 was the most attended in the organization’s history.
The festival will be held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema. The host hotel is the W Atlanta - Midtown. Returning this year will be the Out On Film VIP Lounge, sponsored by Apres Diem and Absolut.
Complete screening information will be updated daily on our website and Facebook page, as well as information on community events scheduled before and during the festival. Out On Film can be reached at (678) 237-7206.