On Monday, Out on Film announced its full festival slate for 2019. Get ready for big stars, indie darlings, heart-wrenching documentaries and of course, crowd-pleasing narratives.
Atlanta's LGBTQ film festival throws its 32nd annual event series on Sept. 26 – Oct. 6 with a whopping 126 screenings. Most take place at Landmark's Midtown Art Cinema, with selections also playing at Plaza Theatre an Out Front Theatre.
Q Magazine and Project Q Atlanta sponsor the festival, including a Q Spotlight night on Closing Night for actor-singer Sam Harris' one-man-show-turned-film “Ham: A Musical Memoir” (top photo). Harris is among the guests expected during the festival, which also includes big-name actors, directors and even a Pulse Nightclub survivor.
One thing Out on Film always does right is keep its keen eye on LGBTQ Atlanta as part of its world-class roster. The 2019 event includes Gerald McCullouch’s “All Male All Nude: Johnsons” about the gay strip club, Atlantans Duncan Teague and Shean Atkins in “Making Sweet Tea,” George Zuber’s “Where Justice Ends,” Atlanta native Dui Jarrod’s “King Ester,” and a cast of Georgia or former Georgia filmmakers and actors in Southern Shorts. Honorary Atlantan Del Shores of “Sordid Lives” fame also returns to town with his latest film.
Here are the trailers for just some of the festival's biggest draws, followed by the full announcement from Out on Film. Tickets, screening times, and more information can be found at outonfilm.org.
For They Know Not What They Do
Director Daniel Karslake and Pulse shooting survivor Vico Baez Febo will be present at the screening.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Centerpiece screening, Canne Film Festival Award Winner
HAM: A Musical Memoir
Q Spotlight Screening, Closing Night Feature, Star Sam Harris is expected to attend.
Before You Know It
Six Characters in Search of a Play
Del Shores and his producer will be at the screening.
From Zero to I Love You
From Noah’s Arc alums Doug Spearman and Daryl Stephens
Starring transgender actress Natalie Maines of “Supergirl” fame
Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street
Mark Patton will appear at the screening.
Director Mike Doyle and actor Scott Evans are expected to attend.
Gay Chorus Deep South
Features a performance by the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and the Atlanta Women’s Chorus
All Male All Nude: Johnsons
Atlantan Matt Colunga and director Gerald McCullouch will attend.
Making Sweet Tea
Out On Film announces 2019 festival line-up
32nd annual Atlanta LGBTQ film festival to open with crowd-pleasing ‘For They Know Not What They Do’
Other highlights include Cannes Film Festival smash ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ Doug Spearman’s ‘From Zero to I Love You,’ ‘Star Search’ winner Sam Harris in ‘HAM: A Musical Memoir,’ Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin, Alec Baldwin in ‘Before You Know It,’ documentaries ‘Circus of Books’ and ‘Gay Chorus Deep South,’ Kate Walsh and Scott Evans in ‘Sell By,’ ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 2’ star Mark Patton in ‘Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street,’ Wendy Jo Carlton’s ‘Good Kisser,’ Anna Paquin in ‘Tell it to the Bees,’ James Sweeney’s comic howler ‘Straight Up,’ Jeffrey McHale’s look at the legacy of ‘Showgirls’ in ‘You Don’t Nomi,’ ‘Supergirl’ star Natalie Maines in feminist vampire thriller ‘Bit,’ Fire Island mystery/thriller ‘Last Ferry,’ new films from Atlanta faves Del Shores and Gerald McCullouch and much more
(Atlanta, GA) (August 26, 2019) Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival, has announced its programming for Out On Film 32, the 32nd annual LGBTQ film festival. The event will take place September 26 – October 6 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, Out Front Theatre Company and the Plaza Theatre. Festival passes, three and five-packs and individual tickets are available now on Out On Film’s new website – www.outonfilm.org
126 narrative films, documentaries, short films and web series are on tap, as well as a (tentative) presentation of an Icon Award on Saturday, Sept. 28. More information on that will be announced soon.
The Opening Night film is “For They Know Not What They Do.” In this stunning, beautiful film, director Daniel Karslake – following up his acclaimed “For the Bible Tells Me So” – charts the story of four religious families with LGBTQ children – including Pulse night club shooting survivor Vico Baez Fabo and transgender activist (and HRC press secretary) Sarah McBride – amidst the backlash that followed by the religious right after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. As these families learn to accept their loved ones, “For They Know Not What They Do” takes us on a journey of understanding what connects us all and gives us the courage to embrace each other. Director Daniel Karslake and Pulse shooting survivor Vico Baez Febo will be present at the screening.
“‘For They Know Not What They Do’” is an exceptional film, one full of hope, and is a perfect way to start our 32ndannual festival, especially with Daniel and Vico as our guests,” says Jim Farmer, Out On Film’s festival director. “Our schedule is loaded this year with all sorts of films from around the world – and themes. We are ecstatic about sharing our programming.”
The Centerpiece screening is Celine Sciamma’s extraordinary “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” which won the Best Screenplay Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as well as the Queer Palm.On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the 18th century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman. The Out On Film screening will be the Southeast debut of the film, as well as the LGBT festival premiere.
A Closing Night double feature will include Andrew Putschoegl’s “HAM: A Musical Memoir,” a filmed version of “Star Search” winner Sam Harris’ beloved musical revue/one-man show. Harris is expected to attend. Following will be James Sweeney’s “Straight Up,”a comic howler about a man whomight be gay and his new girlfriend who might not care. A romantic-comedy drama with a twist, this is a love story without the thrill of copulation, full of comic one-liners. Picked up by Strand Releasing recently, the film will open in theaters next year.
Other highlights include Hannah Pearl Utt’s “Before You Know It,”the Sundance hit starring Utt as a lesbian who, while taking care of her dysfunctional family and community theatre, discover that the mother she and her sister thought had died (Judith Light, in peak form) when they were young is alive and starring on a popular daytime soap opera; Doug Spearman’s “From Zero to I Love You” starring fellow “Noah’s Arc” castmate Daryl Stephens as a gay man in Philadelphia – one with a history of getting involved with married men – who falls for a man 15 years into a perfect marriage with two beautiful children and an enviable wife. The cast also includes Jai Rodriguez of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
Mike Doyle’s “Sell By” is the story ofa five-year relationship that has gone from a passionate flame to a medium burn, forcing them to reconcile with each other’s shortcomings, all while watching their support network crumble around them.The cast includes Kate Walsh, Scott Evans and Patricia Clarkson.Director Mike Doyle and actor Scott Evans are expected to attend.
Wendy Jo Carlton’s “Good Kisser”is about a sexy weekend fling between a young female couple and another woman. Carlton and star Kari Alison Hodge are expected in attendance.
When a young woman’s cancer takes a turn for the worse, she presents her new wife a deathbed order: find someone new while she is still around to approve of her choice. The strikingly original new film “The Sympathy Card,”directed by Brendan Boogie, manages to balance comedy, drama and romance in an appealing, beguiling manner.
In his play turned film “Six Characters in Search of a Play,” Del Shores brings to life six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven’t quite made it into one of his plays, films or TV shows. Del Shores and the film’s producer Mat Hayes will be in attendance.
In Simon Amstell's affecting, bittersweet comedy “Benjamin,”a rising young filmmaker (Colin Morgan) is thrown into emotional turmoil by a burgeoning romance with a French musician and the upcoming premiere of his second feature, which looks to be a sizable flop, while Anabel Jankel’s “Tell it to the Bees” isa drama/romance starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin as a doctor who returns to a small village and becomes romantically involved with a single mother.
Mark Blane’s “Cubby” tells the story of an immature 26-year-old kid from the Midwest who moves to New York City with no idea how to take care of himself and eventually manages to befriend a precocious six-year old and an a superhero Leather-Man.
In Alex Thompson’s “Saint Frances,”which won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) has an abortion just as she lands a much-needed job in an affluent Chicago suburb – nannying six-year old Frances. With no time to recover, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances' two moms.
Flavio Alves’s “The Garden Left Behind”traces the relationship between Tina, a young Mexican trans woman, and Eliana, her grandmother, as they navigate Tina’s transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City.
Out On Film hosts its second annual Horror Night on Friday, October 5 with Brad Michael Elmore’s “Bit,” starring transgender actress Natalie Maines of “Supergirl” as ateenage girl on summer vacation in Los Angeles who fights to survive after she falls in with four queer feminist vampires trying to rid the city's streets of predatory men;and Jaki Bradley’s“Last Ferry, in which a young – and shy – gay lawyer arrives on Fire Island to explore his sexuality and becomes witness to a brutal murder. Following those features will be a series of horror short films.
Out On Film’s embrace of documentaries continues with the likes of Rachel Mason’s “Circus of Books,”following Karen and Barry Mason, a straight couple who owned the Los Angeles pornographic book store Circus of Books without their young children knowing; “Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street,” charting Mark Patton’s journey after “A “Nightmare on Elm Street 2” was criticized and called the gayest horror film ever made, featuring an appearance by Patton and directors Tyler Jensen and Roman Chimienti; “Gay Chorus Deep South,”in which the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South in response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, featuring a performance by the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and the Atlanta Women’s Chorus; Jeffrey McHale’s “You Don’t Nomi,”which examines the legacy of whether “Showgirls” really is one of the worst films of all time or a misunderstood classic; “Queering the Script,”featuring interviews with Lucy Lawless of “Xena” and Ilene Chaiken of “The L Word,” which takes us into the world of queer fandom with fangirls who not only attend conventions and other events but help TV and film companies to keep programming inclusive and positive; the extraordinary “5B,”Oscar winner Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss’ look at the staff and patients of San Francisco General Hospital’s AIDS ward during the early days of the epidemic; and Gerald McCullouch’s “All Male All Nude: Johnsons,”a sequel to his 2017 film, this time about former Swinging Richard’s employee Matt Colunga opening a new club, featuring an appearance by McCullouch and Colunga.
John L. Jackson Jr. and Nora Gross’s “Making Sweet Tea” chronicles the journey of southern-born, black gay researcher and performer E. Patrick Johnson as he travels home to North Carolina to come to terms with his past. The film also chronicles some of his travels to Georgia, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. as he reconnects with six of the men he interviewed for his book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History. Tom Shepard’s timely “Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America”follows the stories of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East, while Jerry William’s “Spider Mites of Jesus: the Dirtwoman Documentary” examines the late drag personality Dirtwoman of Richmond, VAandJim Brown takes an affectionate look at iconic musician Holly Near in“Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives.”
Directed by Ashley Joiner, “Are You Proud?”looks at the LGBTQ+ movement in the UK, bringing together rare archive footage and interviews from across a spectrum of historical campaigns to celebrate the movement’s landmark achievements. Gay Pride, the Gay Liberation Front and Stonewall are among the organizations recognized in a film that doesn’t just look back, but asks tough questions about the future
George Zuber’s“Where Justice Ends” is at the intersection of two important and timely topics of social justice — conditions within the U.S. prison system and the injustices that befall transgender people encountering the law. “Where Justice Ends” looks into why so many transgender people encounter the police, how those encounters often lead to discriminatory treatment, and the inhumane conditions that transgender people all too frequently experience.
Jeff Wolk’s“Leonard Soloway’s Broadway”follows the titular character – Leonard Soloway – who is an American original and a Broadway legend. In a career that has spanned more than 70 years, Soloway has helped bring to the stage nearly 150 productions that have collected more than 40 Tony Awards, 21 Drama Desk Awards and two Pulitzer Prizes. And at age 90, Leonard is not done, still working to put together yet another show.
From Oscar winners Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein comes “State of Pride,”which examines the history and meaning of the pride movement featuring a diverse range of LGBTQ+ perspectives, including Raymond Braun, Troye Silvan and Heklina.
Megan Rossman’s “The Archivettes”follows the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. For more than 40 years, through many of the major milestones in LGBTQ+ history, the all-volunteer organization has literally rescued history from the trash. Now the co-founders are in their mid-70s, and the group faces a number of challenges: a transfer of leadership.
In a small town in Mexico, once a year, men transform into women and become “The Chunta.” Follow two gender-bending gangs of dancers as they face off in a struggle between queer identity and powerful traditions in Genevieve Roudane’s ecstatic, buoyant film.
DC bureaucrat by day, drag queen by night, Muffy Blake Stephyns follows her dream of leading a group of vibrant performer on a crusade for the community in Josh Davidsburg’s “Queen of the Capital.”
Michael Barnett’s dynamic documentary “Changing the Game”takes us into the lives of three high school athletes—all at different stages of their athletic seasons, personal lives, and unique paths as transgender teens. Their stories span across the U.S.—from Sarah, a skier and teen policymaker in New Hampshire, to Andraya, a track star in Connecticut openly transitioning into her authentic self. The film centers on Mack Beggs, who made headlines last year when he became the Texas State Champion in wrestling and was heralded as a hero by some while receiving hate and threats from others.
Out On Film’s international fare continues this year with a stellar line-up of films from 16 countries. The unexpected announcement of an engagement between two men threatens to disrupt a sunny summer and turn the lives of everyone around them upside down in Simone Godano’s charming Italian film “An Almost Ordinary Summer” while acclaimed Argentinian director Marco Berger’s sexy “The Blonde One”looks at a roommate situation that deepens.
Samantha Lee’s “Billie and Emma”(The Philippines) is a beautiful romance between a new student and the school’s star student. Leon Le’s“Song Lang”(Vietnam) is a haunting story of a debt collector and an opera performer while Lucio Castro’s “End of the Century”(Argentina) is a decades-spanning romance about a 30-something Argentine poet on vacation who begins a romance with a Spaniard from Berlin.
In Cedric Le Gallo and Maxime Govare’sinternational French hit “The Shiny Shrimps,”Matthias, an Olympic champion at the end of his career, makes a homophobic statement on TV. His punishment: coach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant and amateur gay water polo team. They have only one thing in mind: to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where the hottest international LGBT athletes compete. Karole Di Tommaso’s “Mom + Mom” (Italy) is the story of two women who love each other and desire to have a child together.
InYann Gonzalez’s“Knife+ Heart” (France), a female producer of third-rate gay porn begins having her actors brutally murdered, which turns her life upside down. In the sexy and sweet “Cousins” (Brazil) from Mauro Carvalho and Thiago Cazado, a young man,living with his religious aunt in a quiet country town, sees his life change with the arrival of another nephew just out of jail.
15 shorts programs will take place during the festival, many of them free. Some of the highlights include Michael Urie in Matthew Puccini’s “Lavender,”Morgan Jon Fox’s unforgettable “The One You Never Forget”and Alyssa Lerner’s award-wining “Bubble.” Many of the short programs are free, including weekday noontime shorts. Several web series will also be included in this year’s program, including the acclaimed “A Luv Tale: The Series” “King Ester” and “These Thems.”
Local flavor includes Gerald McCullouch’s “All Male All Nude: Johnsons,”Atlantans Duncan Teague and Shean Atkins in “Making Sweet Tea,” George Zuber’s “Where Justice Ends,” former Atlanta native Dui Jarrod’s “King Ester”and a cast of Georgia or former Georgia filmmakers and actors in Southern Shorts.
Since its official inception in 1988, Out On Film has grown to become one of the major LGBTQ film festivals in the country. The organization became independent in 2008 and in 2017 expanded to 11 days.
The festival will be held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, Out Front Theatre Company and thePlaza Theatre.The host hotel is the TheAC Hotel by Marriott & Moxy by Marriott Midtown Atlanta. Returning this year will be theOut On Film VIP Lounge, sponsored by Apres Diem andTito’s Homemade Vodka.
Festival passes, three and five packs and individual tickets are on sale through the website – www.outonfilm.org– on August 26.
Complete screening information will be updated daily on our website – www.outonfilm.organd Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/outonfilmatl– as well as information on community events scheduled before and during the festival. Out On Film can be reached at (678) 237-7206.
Sponsors for the event include WarnerMedia, The Georgia Voice, Georgia Council for the Arts, the Fulton County Arts Council, TheAC Hotel by Marriott & Moxy by Marriott Midtown Atlanta, Johnson & Johnson, Edge Media Network, Jonathan Buckhead (proprieter, Jonathan Shapero), Georgia Film Office, Craig Hardesty, Q Magazine & Project Q Atlanta, Apres Diem, Atlanta Pride, Out Front Theatre Company, Atlanta Film Society, MEAK Productions, Cornerstone Financial, Jim Anderson, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Eldredge ATL, Peach ATL, the DeKalb Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (Discover DeKalb), Bill Kaelin Marketing, AARP, Georgia Production Partnership, MAAP, John Sartain and Mike Nifong, Warren Gump, Ultimate Software and the British Consulate General Atlanta.