The highly anticipated local premiere of Patrik Ian Polk’s latest movie dovetailed with opening night of Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, making “Blackbird” the most successful Out on Film entry of all time.
So says festival director Jim Farmer (top photo, with Polk and his cast), who effused with gratitude the day after Thursday’s event, which sold out its first screening at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and even packed a last-minute extra viewing.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Out On Film's opening night last night. It was a perfect evening – people loved Blkbirdthefilm and we sold out the first show – in the big house – and packed 'em in for the encore. And we had a great crowd for “Eastern Boys” as well and had lots of fun in the Absolut VIP lounge at Apres Diem. And we can now officially say that “Blackbird” is our largest film of all time.
Polk must have been just as overjoyed. He mixed with local gay favorites like Derek J. and Miss Lawrence from “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and retweeted fans from the event. Polk told us before the screening that it was his most highly anticipated of the year.
“Everyone knows Atlanta has a thriving gay black community, and that community has been among my staunchest and most loyal supporters, so it’s always extra-thrilling to come back to Atlanta with new work to show,” Polk said at the time.
Photos by Sher Pruitt