Things are starting to heat up for Atlanta’s annual LGBT film festival. On Thursday, Out on Film announced that its Centerpiece screening will be the stand-up concert film “Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy” with the gay actor-comedian in tow.
Just two weeks after announcing that the highly acclaimed “Blackbird,” starring Oscar winner Mo’Nique by “Noah’s Arc” creator Patrik-Ian Polk, will open the festival, OOF Director Jim Farmer says that “Baby Daddy” (trailer above) adds another layer to a growing 2014 festival.
“We are very excited to screen this film and have Alec and Andrea down,” Farmer says in the announcement. “It’s a very funny, topical and eventually heart-warming film. Alec is one of the funniest people around and we can’t wait to host him.”
Mapa is just as happy to bring it to Atlanta, according to the release.
“Atlanta is one of my favorite cities on the planet,” Mapa says. “Southern hospitality, great food and the hottest guys – what better place to share our film's message of love, laughter and equality? It's gonna be a hootenanny of epic proportion. I can't wait."
The movie is already winning festival acclaim, and it just increases the appeal of the comedic gay dad from a lifetime of stand-up work, as well as memorable stints on a shows including “Ugly Betty.”
“Baby Daddy” screens Oct. 4 as part of Out on Film, which runs Oct. 2-9.
Thursday’s full release from Out on Film:
Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, will host comic Alec Mapa as part of its 27th annual international event with his film “Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy” on Saturday, October 4th. Mapa will attend the screening alongside director Andrea James.
“We are very excited to screen this film and have Alec and Andrea down,” says Jim Farmer, festival director of Out On Film. “It’s a very funny, topical and eventually heart-warming film. Alec is one of the funniest people around and we can’t wait to host him.”
"I am beyond thrilled that our film ‘Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy’ is an official entry in Out on Film,” says Mapa. “Atlanta is one of my favorite cities on the planet. Southern hospitality, great food and the hottest guys - what better place to share our film's message of love, laughter and equality? It's gonna be a hootenanny of epic proportion. I can't wait. "
In “Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy,’ actor and comedian Alec Mapa (dubbed “America's Gaysian Sweetheart) shares hilarious and heartfelt stories about how his life has changed since he and his husband adopted a five year old through the foster care system. No topic is off limits in this raunchy yet moving film of his award-winning one-man show: Alec's sex life, hosting gay porn award shows, midlife crisis, musical theatre, reality television, bodily functions, stage moms vs. baseball dads, and the joys, challenges, and unexpected surprises of fatherhood.
Out On Film runs October 2 – 9 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, opening with Patrik-Ian Polk’s “Blackbird.” The full schedule will be announced on August 25th. Tickets will be available that day as well.
Started in 1987, Out On Film has grown to become one of the largest LGBT film festivals in the country. Last fall, the festival was one of only two LGBT film festivals in the United States to receive a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, visit.