Out on Film opens Friday on funny note [video]

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imageIn what’s shaping up to be the biggest Out On Film ever, every night of Atlanta’s annual gay and lesbian film festival boasts special guests and an afterparty. Opening Night kicks things off just right.

With the local premiere of “You Should Meet My Son!” on Friday, guests not only get a first look at this fish-out-of-water comedy about a Southern mom matchmaking for her gay son (photo), they also get up close and personal with director Keith Hartman, a former Atlantan. Read our interview with Hartman.

“It’s not your imagination; the festival really is bigger this year,” says Jim Farmer, the festival director. “To have something in addition to the screenings every single night was a big task, but definitely well worth it.”

With the question and answer sessions after many of the films, people will get the inside scoop on the making of the films and learn a lot about what went into them.

Friday’s feature is preceded by the shorts “Tech Support” by Erik Gernard and “Don’t Tell Me You’re Gay” by Austin Young. After the director talkback session, the festival moves to the Hotel Palomar for the first of seven party nights.

Other notable guests during the 23rd annual festival include Reichen Lehmkuhl talking about his new Logo reality series “The A-List” on what Farmer calls “Super Saturday”—an all-day affair of films, guests and parties.

Saturday films include “Baby Jane?,” “The Four-Faced Liar,” “Mississippi Queen,” “Leading Ladies” (with an afterparty @ Bellissima), Mindy Cohn in “Violet Tendencies,” and the highly anticipated “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives.” Out On Film’s annual roundup of Men’s Shorts and Women’s Shorts also screen.

That’s just a warmup. Out On Film runs through Oct. 7, with most screenings at Midtown Art Cinema and a couple of special events at Ansley Park Playhouse. The festival also includes three world premieres like Quentin Crisp’s final interview documentary.

Other films include the just-released Allen Ginsberg biopic “Howl” with Golden Globe winner James Franco, “Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!” with Lainie Kazan, “BearCity” with “CSI” star Gerald McCullouch that has Atlanta ties, and “Role/Play: The Movie” with Matt Montgomery.

Stay tuned to Project Q Atlanta for previews of each day, including interviews with some of the featured directors and guests. For now, here’s a sneak peak at Friday’s “You Should Meet My Son!”:

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