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Just as we were wrapping our heads around a packed schedule for Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, Out on Film organizers are back with confirmed filmmakers and actors accompanying their movies to the event.

You may still be watching our favorite Out on Film trailers to refine your own calendar during the Oct. 2-9 festival, but hang on tight for info overload in the OOF red-carpet list. As if you need another incentive to get festival passes and individual tickets now.

The sure-hit Opening Night feature “Blackbird” starring Oscar winner Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington will be introduced by its heralded director Patrik-Ian Polk as well as Julian Walker (top photo, second from left), Nikki Jane (third from left) andTorrey Laamar (far right). The Centerpiece Screening of “Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy” will be hosted by the comedian himself and his director Andrea James. Director David Au is scheduled to attend his Closing Night film, “Eat With Me.”

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With Out on Film’s growing reputation for strong content and guests, you might expect the three cornerstone screenings to attract guests, but that’s just the tip of the festival iceberg. Gay Atlanta should clamor to get an eyeful of Mark Strano and Frankie Valenti aka porn star Johnny Hazzard (second photo) of “Tiger Orange.”

We’ll also be panting to meet up again with hometown favorites Christopher Hines and his “Bad Ass Gays,” Del Shores with “Naked. Sordid. Reality.” and Jared Allman from “More Scenes from a Gay Marriage.” They're all on our must-see shortlist. See who else you can bump into in Friday's full release from Out on Film:

(Atlanta, GA) (September 4, 2014) Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, has announced its guest line-up programming for Out On Film 27, the 27thth film festival. The event will take place October 2 – 9, 2014 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema.

A grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has allowed for more guests at Out On Film this year. “We are very grateful to the Academy for their support of what we do and for allowing us to have more guests as part of our festival,” says Jim Farmer, festival director of Out On Film. Guests confirmed for the opening night film “Blackbird” include director Patrik-Ian Polk (“Noah’s Arc,” “The Skinny”) and actors Julian Walker, Torrey Laamar and Nikki Jane.

‘Blackbird” stars Julian Walker as 17-year-old Randy, a devout choir boy living in a conservative Mississippi town, struggling to understand his sexuality while also caring for his mother following his sister's disappearance. The film is the first starring role for Mo'Nique following her Oscar-winning performance in “Precious” and features Isaiah Washington as Randy's absentee father.”

Other guests attending the festival will be David Au, the director of the closing night film “Eat With Me” and J. C. Calciano (“ECupid” and “Is It Just Me?”) and Jack Turner, the director and star of the romantic comedy “The Ten Year Plan,” screening Friday, October annual LGBT Super Saturday on October 4 will see Sheila Caravan, the director of the documentary “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” having its Southeastern debut at Out On Film, comic Alec Mapa and director Andrea James of “Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy,” and Wade Gasque, Mark Strano and Frankie Valenti aka Johnny Hazzard, the director and two leads of “Tiger Orange.”

Atlanta favorites Christopher Hines and Del Shores will be in attendance for their films “Bad Ass Gays” and “Naked.Sordid.Reality.” Atlantan Jared Allman will also be in attendance for the local debut of his film “More Scenes from a Gay Marriage, ”which he stars in alongside director Matt Riddlehoover.

More attendees will be announced closer to the event.

Sponsors for the event include Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, W Atlanta – Midtown, Orbitz, Georgia Film Office, The GA Voice, Project Q Atlanta, David Atlanta, Apres Diem, Absolut, Frameline Voices, Atlanta Pride, Gayborhood and MEAK Productions.

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