Out on Film is bringing its biggest festival yet to gay Atlanta. And the roster of eye candy keeps growing. Here's a rundown of the hunks of the festival, some of which will be on hand during the event.
It's a diverse cast of goods for the festival, which opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 6 at Midtown Art Cinema. So check for yourselves, watch the trailers, check out the full schedule and make plans to attend. The hunks are waiting, just like last year. And 2014 too.
The men of 'Fair Haven'
“Fair Haven” has two sets of hunks – Josh Green (left) and Michael Grant (right) for those that like their sexy in twinkish formation. And for those looking for some maturity and chest hair, there's Tom Wopat of “Dukes of Hazzard” fame, and Gregory Harrison, whose “Trapper John M.D.” and “For Ladies Only” (in which he played a stripper) helped many a gay man along in the early '80s.
Grant stars as a young man sent to conversion therapy by his father (Wopat). Harrison plays a counselor at the treatment center and Green the love interest. Harrison will attend Out on Film on Sept. 30 his daughter Lily (from the movie as well). They will also join a retrospective screening of his tear-jerking “It’s My Party,” in which he played the lover of Eric Roberts. That is set for Oct. 2.
Martin Walde, 'Where Are You Going, Habibi?
He’s young, sexy and gay, and Ibrahim (Cem Alkan) is about to fall for a gorgeous straight guy (Martin Walde), who is a wrestler and criminal. With an ass that could stop traffic. Their relationship follows some predictable and some unpredictable twists. The film screens Oct. 1.
Jake Choi, 'Front Cover'
When an out fashion stylist works with a well-known actor, their relationship turns more than professional in Ray Yeung’s affectionate, touching “Front Cover,” screening Oct. 2
Carlton Wilborn, 'Strike A Pose'
Some 25 years ago, the dancers of Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour became public figures in the movie “Truth or Dare,” with all but one being openly and unapologetically gay. Now they are back in the documentary “Strike A Pose,” which looks at how the tour affected their lives and what they are doing now. Carlton Wilborn, the lead dancer who starred in the iconic “Like a Prayer” music video and frolicked nude in a bed with Madonna in “Truth or Dare,” is the opening night guest Sept. 29.
Geoffrey Couet, Francois Nambot in 'Paris 05:59: Theo and Hugo'
This film, an Audience Award winner at festivals around the world, charts two young French men who meet at a sex club and wind up having sex that “changes the universe.” The first 18 minutes are a hardcore romp that's as sexy as anything you’ve seen this year. The sight of Nambot, bare assed with a boner, fixating on Couet will stay in your memory a while. After a torrid start, “Paris 05:59” turns into a sweet story about finding love and moving forward in a new generation. It screens Oct. 3.
Aaron Costa Ganis, 'Lazy Eye'
In “Lazy Eye,” a graphic designer in Los Angeles (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe) reconnects with an ex-lover (Aaron Costa Ganis) he hasn’t seen or heard from in 15 years. Back together over a weekend, these two have to determine if they have a future in Tim Kirkman’s new film. Near-Verbrugghe and Ganis have palpable chemistry; it’s easy to see what brought their characters together. It screens Oct. 3.
Jonathan Bennett, 'Do You Take This Man'
Anthony Rapp, the star of “Rent,” and Bennett, from “Mean Girls,” “Dancing With the Stars” and Food Network's “Cake Wars” are an easy on the eyes couple planning to marry but having some serious challenges over their last few days in Joshua Tunick’s new drama, making its Southeastern premiere Oct. 1.
The cast of 'Taekwondo'
Argentine director Marco Berger has become the king of the “is he or isn’t he” drama. And in “Taekwondo” (photo above and top) – screening Oct. 2 – finds a group of friends having a leisurely stay at a villa when a new guy joins the fray. Who’s gay? Who’s straight? Eventually it all becomes apparent, but not before a dozen or so of them show off the goods in showers or saunas.
Connor Jessup, 'Closet Monster'
This is a coming out story with a twist. The adorable Connor Jessup, of “American Crime” fame, stars in Stephen Dunn’s quirky “Closet Monster,” about a teenager discovering himself while trying to escape his hometown and troubled past. It screens Oct. 4.
Gerald McCullouch, 'BearCity 3'
The bears are back! Gerald McCullouch, the part-time Atlantan who starred in “CSI” and last year’s award-winning Out On Film hit “Daddy,” is back for the conclusion of the furry “BearCity” trilogy along with almost all the original cast members. At stake here is whether McCullouch’s Roger will reunite with the younger, less bear-y Tyler. McCullouch and director Doug Langway will field questions after the Oct. 5 screening.
Tuc Watkins, 'Retake'
In the sexy “Retake,” a middle-aged man (Tuc Watkins, of “Desperate Housewives”) hires a prostitute (Devon Graye) to re-create a road trip from the past. The two men wind up discovering a lot about each other. Director Nick Corporon will discuss the film Oct. 2.
Jesse Plemons, 'Other People'
Now a respected character actor after stints in “Friday Night Lights,” “Breaking Bad” and “Fargo,’ Jesse Plemons turns leading man in the funny/sad “Other People,” in which he stars as a comedy writer who goes home to take care of his dying mother (Molly Shannon). Directed by openly gay “Saturday Night Live” head writer Chris Kelly, it has drawn raves – and a few gasps at Sundance for Plemons’ gay sex scene. It closes Out On Film on Oct. 6.
Jim Farmer is executive director of Out on Film.