It’s going to be a busy October. After leaking some of its biggest features, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival Out on Film puts the gay in your day by announcing the complete roster of movies on tap for its Oct. 4-11 cinema celebration.
Organizers already let slip their Centerpiece Screenings (watch trailers), which include “Gayby,” Olympia Dukakis in the lesbian “Cloudburst,” and the highly anticipated “BearCity2.” Just last week, Out on Film announced the gay classic “Trick” as just one of the retrospective screenings to honor the festival’s 25th anniversary. “Trick” takes its bow with drag legend Coco Peru in attendance, followed by an afterparty at Mixx. More special guests are being courted to appear with other festival features.
Other retrospectives for the milestone anniversary festival include “Hedwig & The Angry Inch,” and 2002’s “Yossi and Jagger.” The latter screens at Out on Film before its 2012 sequel, “Yossi,” makes its debut. At least one more retrospective is in the works.
Nearly 40 new films are also on tap, from dramas to comedies and from documentaries to shorts, including the sassy “Love or Whatever” (video above), the Bishop Gene Robinson documentary “Love Free or Die” (video below), a stylized portrait of a Hollywood legend in “Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean,” and “Raid on the Rainbow Lounge,” a documentary on the fallout of a 2009 police action on a Fort Worth gay bar that mirrors Atlanta’s Eagle raid.
So you don’t have to wonder what you’re doing the week before Atlanta Pride, Out on Film has you covered with eight days of movie heaven. Festival features will all show at Midtown Art Cinema with a few special screenings at the Rush Center.
“We are thrilled at this year’s schedule, which has award-winning films, guests, new voices and plenty of local flavor,” Jim Farmer, Out On Film director, says in a prepared statement. “We have everything from James Dean to gay Mormons to Olympia Dukakis playing a lesbian to bears to gay and lesbian ballroom dancers to a ‘gayby’ to a Sundance Award winner to Coco Peru, and also deal with issues of the day such as immigration, AIDS, marriage equality, religion and illegal bar raids. It’s also great to be able to screen some retrospective films.”
Out On Film announces star-studded 2012 festival line-up
Since its official inception in 1988, Out On Film has grown to become one of the major LGBT film festivals in the country. The organization became independent in 2008 and last year expanded to eight days. The 2011 festival was one of the most attended in the organization’s history and 2012 looks to be the largest, with expanded screenings and titles.
Star-studded: In addition to features from around the world, Out On Film has films with such recognizable names as Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker (“Cloudburst”); Haley Joel Osment (playing gay in “Sassy Pants”); Michael Urie, Thora Birch, Christine Lahti and Brittany Snow (Ash Christian’s “Petunia”); Barbara Niven and Morgan Fairchild (“A Perfect Ending”); Jamie Lynn Sigler of “The Sopranos (“I Do”); Jennifer Elise Cox (“The Brady Bunch” movies) in “Love or Whatever;” Bishop Gene Robinson (“Love Free or Die”); Robert Gant (“Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean”); and Gerald McCullouch and Kathy Najimy (“BearCity2: The Proposal”). Director Eytan Fox (“The Bubble,” “Walk on Water,”) a longtime Out On Film favorite, is represented with his “Yossi,” the sequel to his “Yossi and Jagger.” Out actress Meredith Baxter narrates “Raid on the Rainbow Lounge,” while out actor George Takei narrates “Married and Counting.”
Local flavor includes the Southeastern debut of Michael Stipe’s “Fourplay,” featuring former Atlantan Paul Soileau; “M.I., A Different Kind of Girl, featuring Nation Tyre and the Atlanta House of Tyre; Jon Watts and iconic Blondie in “AKA Blondie”; former Atlantan Chad Darnell’s “Groom’s Cake”; former Atlantan Macky Alston’s “Love Free Or Die”; former Atlantan Gerald McCullouch in “BearCity 2: The Proposal;” former Atlantan Richard LeMay’s exceptional “Naked As We Came” and a Local Shorts With Flair program, with Indio Girl Amy Ray in the documentary “Whistlin’ Dixie,” about LGBT musicians in the South, and other films from several Atlanta filmmakers.
New Voices – first time features from filmmakers such as Jonathan Lisecki (“Gayby”); Terracino (“Elliot Loves”); Matthew Mishory (“Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean”); and Travis Mathews (“I Want Your Love”)
Pre-festival screenings at Rush Center A number of films will be shown at the Phillip Rush Center in September/early October leading up to the festival, including Jon Watt’s “AKA Blondie” and Allen Piper’s “Married and Counting.”
Opening Night The previously announced opening night film on October 4th will be Jonathan Lisecki’s Gayby,” the Saturday centerpiece screening will be “Cloudburst,” and “BearCity 2: The Proposal” will close the festival on October 11th. More films will be announced in the next few weeks.
The festival will be held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema with additional screenings at the Phillip Rush Center. The host hotel will be the W Atlanta – Midtown.