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Alejandra Lara and Silvia Varón in ‘Eva & Candela’. Photo Courtesy Outfest

Outfest, the LGBT film festival, is coming to a screen near you 2018 lineup and featured films announced By JOHN PAUL KING

Queer film fans, get ready! Outfest – the Los Angeles-based non-profit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen – has announced the complete lineup for its annual Los Angeles Film Festival. Outfest 2018, presented by HBO, will be the 36th annual edition of the nation’s leading LGBTQ festival and takes place July 12-22. Founded by UCLA students in 1982, the festival builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 35,000 LGBT films and videos. The festival – featuring eleven days of world-class films, panels and parties – opens with a gala at the Orpheum Theatre (842 S Broadway, Los Angeles) featuring Kino Lorber’s “Studio 54,” Matt Tyrnauer’s vibrantly nostalgic documentary about the iconic and infamous Manhattan nightclub; its closing night gala, taking place at The Theatre at






Ace Hotel (929 S Broadway, Los Angeles) will highlight “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Two-thirds of this year’s content is directed by women, people of color and trans filmmakers. Christopher Racster, Outfest executive director, is proud of the way Outfest Los Angeles continues to “step onto a larger stage.” He says, “This year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences named Outfest as an Academy-Award qualifying film festival for their Short Film Awards. This recognition acknowledges our long history of discovering extraordinary short films, and the talented filmmakers who have used Outfest as a platform to launch their careers.” The festival features five world premieres: the deeply-felt “Bao Bao”, from Taiwan; “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns,” directed by Michael Urie with a hilarious performance from Drew Droege; Laura Madalinski’s polyamorous romance, “Two in the Bush: A Love Story”; Jamie Patterson’s “Tucked,” about two drag performers connecting across generations;

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and “Room to Grow” a documentary looking at the lives of queer teenagers today. There are also the American and U.S. Premieres of “Eva & Candela,” “Sodom,” “Canary,” “Cola De Mono” and “Daddy Issues.” Outfest Los Angeles’ documentary section shines a light on unsung communities, including Alina Skrzesewska’s “Game Girls” (following a couple as they struggle to navigate life in Los Angeles’ Skid Row), and SXSW Audience Award winner “Transmilitary” (spotlighting those fighting for an equal chance to service their country. Platinum, the proactive experimental film section, continues to highlight boundarypushing work, such as “No Leash” (a short film by Myyki Blanco and SSION, and “Narcissister, Organ Player” (a feature documentary by performance artist Narcissister). In addition to these, this year’s Outfest is also launching its first ever dedicated episodic section. Lucy Mukerjee, Outfest director of programming, says, “Outfest Los Angeles is marking the shift in the way that society tells and consumes stories, by launching our first dedicated episodic section. With 221 films and





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