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year ago, I shared a bold strategic plan to renew Outfest’s commitment to expand our reach and respond to demands of a rapidly changing industry. Little did we know the world itself would so dramatically change in such a short time. Our programs — Outfest Fusion, OutSet: Young Filmmakers Project, Forward, Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, and namesake festival, Outfest Los Angeles, were at risk of disappearing... In 2020, Outfest steadied herself with the unprecedented support and collective efforts of the Board, staff, long-time friends and family, our courageous city, the world’s most renowned foundations, loyal members and critical brand and studio partners. It required the incredible patience of filmmakers and distributors to courageously work with us to forge a new path together. This year’s theme, “Out Where You Are,” reflects our dedication to curating global stories and bringing them into the living rooms and personal devices of audiences; anytime, anywhere. Stories we believe generate empathy and compassion for one another, as well as entertain. Visibility and accessibility are critical to elevating marginalized and underrepresented LGBTQIA+ artists. Outfest is committed to using our platform and programs to support the incredibly talented women, transgender, indigenous, people with disabilities, and people-of-color storytellers who have yet to be discovered. My hope is that the 2020 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival will not feel like survival, but will forever be seen as the moment in which we took a giant leap into the future. I’ll see you at the movies. Damien S. Navarro
he way we are about to experience Outfest Los Angeles is in some ways completely new to us, but in other ways, I hope it will be very familiar. The new digital Outfest means you can experience more of the stories we have curated. No more missing an anticipated film because you had to cross Los Angeles for a single screening. No more back-to-back screenings wondering if you’ll get to eat. No more slipping out of that delightful Q&A to get a decent seat at your next screening. I’m extraordinarily proud of the lineup we’ve put together this year, and I implore you to use this opportunity to really delve into the stories we’ve collected. What I’m struck by as I
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look for the common themes that emerged through this year’s program, is the overwhelming sense of togetherness, healing, and understanding within our LGBTQIA+ community. Not only now, but historically, throughout the world. This year’s lineup reaches back in time to honor both the front-line fighters, those queer and trans people whose activism was to simply, and proudly, exist — from 19th-century Montana to 1980s Kansas City to the politically tumultuous streets of Brazil today. These stories are vital, and brilliant. We’ll see you online at OutfestNow! Mike Dougherty Outfest Director of Festival Programming
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The Outfest Under the Stars Drive-In series is bringing the big screen to the openair of the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu to help get communities back together safely through a socially distanced experience.10 iconic movies and special performances over two weekends. Join us for delicious food, cocktails, drive-in movies, and a safe environment to
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n addition to its WeHo meet-cute and its even cuter central couple, Mike Mosallam’s Breaking Fast boasts a key ingredient of a modern rom-com: a sassy gay best friend. Only don’t expect Sam (Amin El Gamal) to be a two-dimensional sidekick. He may tell Haaz Sleiman’s Mo he should give that broad-shouldered actor he met the first night of Ramadan a chance and he does provide the warmhearted comedy with most of its biggest laughs, but as played by El Gamal, Sam is as fully realized a queer character as you’re likely to find. A self-described flamboyant, gendernon-conforming kid from Palo Alto born to Egyptian parents whose love of Judy Garland eventually led him to pursue a career in acting, the Prison Break and Good Trouble actor saw Sam
as sunny rebuke to the kind of dour and dangerous stereotypes Arab and Muslim actors are often called to play. “It was really healing to be in a part
where I was allowed to be funny and buoyant and wise and the good friend and compassionate and silly and messy and stupid—like all the different colors of a complex human being. And also, desirable.” More to the point, Breaking Fast lets Mo and Sam offer distinct visions of how they reconcile their sexual identity with their faith—making their differences a key plot point in one of the film’s most affecting scenes, an iftar dinner for four that sours all too quickly. “I felt very liberated to play a role that portrays a queer Muslim with so much joy,” he says. “I found it almost subversive to see a queer Muslim who loves themselves, and lives out loud, who takes the best of queer culture and the best of Muslim Arab culture and embraces both of them.” OutfestLA OutfestLA2020.c 2020.com om
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Drive-In Kick-Off THE NOWHERE INN DIR. BILL BENZ | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH
Annie Clark’s musical persona St. Vincent has grown across six albums into a legendary rock alter-ego on the level of Ziggy Stardust — she’s a gloriously strange vinyl-clad goddess equally adept at thrashing on an electric guitar and a theremin. In director Bill Benz’s mock-documentary The Nowhere Inn, Clark is approached by her real-life friend (and fellow queer icon, and indie rock legend in her own right) Carrie Brownstein to star in a film exploring Clark’s life, both onstage and off. But what’s to be done when your rock star friend reveals herself to be fairly normal when the concert’s over? Perplexed by hours of bland footage, Brownstein urges Clark to bring more of her onstage self in front of the camera, driving a wedge between the friends and pushing Clark to enact increasingly bizarre and provocative scenarios for the camera’s benefit...or maybe for its punishment. What results is a reality-bending send-up of fame and the creative process, and a razor-sharp rebuke of the notion that we’re entitled to access to our favorite artists’ private selves. It’s also a completely hilarious, ever-escalating journey into the surreal that encompasses everything from off-kilter family singalongs to a scene-stealing cameo by the always game Dakota Johnson. Heralding a new era where queer representation can exist in increasingly adventurous forms, The Nowhere Inn is a perfect place for Outfest to kick off our entirely new outdoor experience in 2020. Drive-in screening only.
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Closing Night Film TWO EYES
DIR. TRAVIS FINE | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH | WORLD PREMIERE In late 19th century Montana, an artist (Benjamin Rigby, Alien: Covenant) seeking inspiration explores the landscape with his Native American guide (Kiowa Gordon, The Twilight Saga), and finds his conceptions of himself and of the world around him challenged. In 1970s Barstow, California, a questioning youth’s (Uly Schlesinger) mundane existence is given a shot of adrenaline by the arrival of a new exchange student (Jessica Allain) who envelops them within her own lust for life. In present-day Wyoming, a trans teenager (Ryan Cassata) works through his self-destructive feelings with his perceptive, non-binary therapist (Kate Bornstein). How these three stories interweave and inform one another is the crux of Outfest alum Travis Fine’s (Any Day Now) new feature film, a gorgeous ode to embracing love, sexuality, gender, and life in all of their beautiful expressions. Pitched at a dreamy, emotional register, Fine’s film is as much a sensual experience as an intellectual one. Cinematographer Avery Holliday’s sumptuous photography assigns equal beauty to the lush Montana valleys and the dusty Barstow desert, with each character’s arc accompanied by sublime compositions by Joey Newman and captivating songs by gifted vocalist and cast member Nakhane Touré (of award-winning South African film The Wound). The ideas that form the connective tissue between Fine’s three stories speak to the power of community, especially among LGBTQIA+ people. The film identifies a potential for growth that has existed through centuries, and looks to the future with hope and a belief in our ability to heal. As such, it’s a perfect note on which to conclude 2020’s festival, in a year when growth, healing, and hope are all urgently needed. Available to stream August 30.
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US Narrative Centerpiece SHIVA BABY
DIR. EMMA SELIGMAN | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH A near college graduate, Danielle, begins the day with a visit to her sugar daddy, then rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva to mourn a relative she can barely remember. Upon arrival, she’s accosted by various estranged family members about her frazzled appearance and her lack of post-grad plans, while her confident exgirlfriend, Maya, is applauded by everyone for getting into law school. Danielle’s day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife, Kim (Glee’s Dianna Agron), and their ever-wailing baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off judgments from both her family and Maya, keep her secrets intact, and confront her insecurities without completely losing it. Director Emma Seligman’s feature debut is a pitch perfect, absolutely hilarious day-in-the-life story that deftly piles up laughs, cringes, and genuine emotion all at once. Drawing from her own life experience, Seligman expertly tunes into the Jewish cultural tradition of no nosy questions or crossing of personal boundaries being offlimits, even at a funeral, and manages to both poke fun at and warmly embrace that contradiction. This fantastic high-wire act is anchored by a star-making performance from Rachel Sennott, who weathers the ever-growing collection of indignities thrown at Danielle with pluck and a veteran comic’s skill. She manages to endure several years-worth of self-discovery and embarrassment over the course of one calamitous afternoon, resulting in an exciting, fresh new comedy that feels like a true discovery. Available to stream August 25, 26, and 27.
Breakthrough Centerpiece THE OBITUARY OF TUNDE JOHNSON DIR. ALI LEROI | USA | 2019 | ENGLISH
Tunde Johnson, a Black teenager in Los Angeles, begins May 28, 2020 by coming out to his understanding parents. Throughout the course of the day, he’ll attend school, secretly meet for a tryst with star athlete Soren, and tiptoe around Soren’s girlfriend Marley, who also happens to be Tunde’s best friend. What sets apart this fraught teenage drama from other days is that May 28th will end with Tunde being shot to death by the LAPD. Tunde then wakes up, restarting the day again, over and over in a time loop where he changes his travel routes, his behavior, his major life choices and still can’t escape his fate. Can he find the secret, as a young gay Black man in America, to survive the insidious racism that constantly places him in front of trigger-happy officers? It would be easy to label Ali LeRoi’s magnificent feature debut as timely, given its focus on a young, gay black man’s repeated experience with police violence. In the summer of 2020, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony MacDade, and many others have galvanized the public and saw unprecedented, international protest in support of Black Lives, making a film dealing with LAPD officers gunning down an innocent Black teen feel appropriately timed and perfectly placed to debut now. But consider that the film’s world premiere took place at the Toronto Film Festival in 2019. Consider that the film’s screenwriter, Stanley Kalu, originally wrote the screenplay as a 19-year-old USC student. Though many more people are now attuned to the issues his film discusses, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson is not just a reflection of 2020, but of years and years worth of racism and injustice that stretches into our supposedly more tolerant present. Available to stream August 27, 28, and 29. OutfestLA 2020.c om
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Documentary Centerpiece KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENNCOPELAND STORY DIR. POSY DIXON | UNITED KINGDOM | 2019 | ENGLISH
Beverly Glenn-Copeland originally self-released Keyboard Fantasies as a cassette tape in 1986, but this overlooked synth exploration only sold a handful of copies. Living in near isolation, he recorded seven tracks of a curious folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realized far before its time. Three decades later, a rare-record collector in Japan discovers and reissues the album, finally giving it the audience and renown it deserves. Now in his 70s, the Black, trans musician and activist embarks on this new phase of his career, performing with a young and diverse band globally. Weaving an aural-visual history with DIY tour-video, director Posy Dixon presents Copland’s moving journey in a dazzling array of vibrant interludes and soundscapes. From his upbringing in a closed, Quaker community in Pennsylvania through his days as McGill University’s only Black classical music student to performing on children’s television for over two decades, Copland’s life — like the music he creates — defies categorization and breaks new ground; a timely lullaby to soothe souls struggling to make sense of the world. Available to stream August 23, 24, and 25.
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International Narrative Centerpiece MONSOON DIR. HONG KHAOU | UNITED KINGDOM | 2019 | ENGLISH, VIETNAMESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
In Outfest alum Hong Khaou’s (Lilting) sophomore feature, Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) delivers a delicate, introspective performance as Kit, a British man returning to his birthplace in Vietnam decades after fleeing with his mother during wartime. Now, his mother has passed on, and Kit arrives in Saigon intent on finding a place to scatter her ashes, and to make some kind of personal connection with his country of origin. His memory of Vietnam and his relationship to its people and language are almost nonexistent, causing him to feel like a tourist. A meetup with a distant cousin, a Grindr hookup with an American ex-pat that may turn into something more, and a friendship with a local Hanoi resident all begin to help Kit forge some sort of personal experience, but will his existential search ever really reach his desired state of epiphany? Khaou’s film exists on a meditative place that beautifully evokes themes of disconnection, unexpected bonds, and the search for personal meaning. Golding forms the magnetic center of a cast brimming with impressive, lived-in performances which all underline the emotional intelligence and insight of Khaou’s story. At the heart of this is a film about the elusiveness of finding definitive answers about ourselves, our homes, and our relationship, and through the power of his formidable craft, Khaou creates a world where that lack of survey feels like a wholly satisfying state of being. Available to stream August 26, 27, and 28.
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Taiwan in Focus
s the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, Taiwan not only shines as the beacon of LGBTQ rights, the country has also become the hottest film and TV production hub in Asia. Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Luc Besson’s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and indie hits like Netflix’s Dear Ex, Baby Steps and The Wedding Banquet were all filmed in Taiwan.
Artistic freedom, diverse cinematic locations, strong film incentives, mature infrastructure, LGBTQ-friendly crew and environment are a few compelling reasons why studios like Netflix, HBO and indie filmmakers are making their projects in Taiwan. Taiwan is proud to partner with Outfest to spotlight The Teacher and Sunshine in the Ruins at this year’s festival.
DIR. MING-LANG CHEN | TAIWAN | 2019 | MANDARIN, TAIWANESE, CHINESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Though Taiwan recently became the first Asian nation to pass marriage equality into law, the country’s citizens must still reckon with the bias, preconceived notions, and relationship entanglements that result from years of repression. This tension is beautifully explored in Ming-Lang Chen’s stirring feature, in which 26-year-old Civics teacher Kevin finds his romantic life complicated and his job in jeopardy when he falls for a married man who is HIV-positive. Rumors spread, Kevin’s students test his limits, and his lover’s wife (an award-winning performance by actor Winnie Chang) becomes collateral damage as this intricately-crafted drama forms into a powder keg.
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DIR. CHOU YU CHENG | TAIWAN | 2019 | CHINESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Two boys taking a tour of a 100 year old village break off to launch their own exploration into the grittier parts of the place. This short is part of SHORTS: HEART TO BREAK collection.
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Since the election of Jair Bolsonaro to Brazil’s presidency, the country’s LGBTQIA+ population has faced the troubling and dangerous possibility of the rollback of their hard-won rights. What an inspiration, then, to see Brazil’s queer artists and activists have pushed back against this siege by raising their voices louder than ever. In this year’s lineup, you’ll find a truly invigorating collection of work from Brazil that spans fiction and non-fiction, the personal and the political, harsh reality and lush fantasy. We at Outfest are thrilled to celebrate these gifted voices that showcase the vision, the confidence, and the formidable talent of our queer family in Brazil, and we hope you’ll give these films your richly deserved attention.
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hen Emma Seligman set out to turn the short film she’d written and directed during her final year at NYU into a full-length feature, she knew it was more than a chance to flesh out the world she’d created. Like its same-titled predecessor, she knew Shiva Baby would follow Danielle (a magnetic Rachel Sennott) as she comes face to face with Max (Danny Deferrari), her secret sugar daddy, at the unlikeliest of places. Beyond depicting the soon-to-becollege-graduate’s worst day yet in the same kind of intense, closeknit Jewish community Seligman herself grew up in, the feature allowed the Toronto filmmaker to add back in the role of Maya (Molly Gordon), who further complicates Danielle’s standing at the shiva she’s attending. “I felt it was really important to have Maya as a character to expand on Danielle’s identity and make sure it’s clear that she’s queer and she’s bisexual.” The camera stays uncomfortably close to Danielle throughout, capturing both her embarrassment at seeing Max and his shiksa wife, as well as her flushed fluster whenever she’s alone with Maya. “It always felt important to me and my producers, who are also queer, that we reach the queer community with this film,” she shares, about bringing the film to Outfest. “But I think the three of us were always like, ‘Is this like gay enough? Is this queer enough?’ I’m bisexual and I don’t get to see too many bisexual stories on screen. It feels so important to me to tell those stories, but also for them to be received by the queer community at Outfest and other queer film festivals. I feel like, ‘Oh okay, people do want to see these stories! We are part of this community.’”
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DIR. MIKE MOSALLAM | USA | 2019 | ENGLISH, ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Breaking out of your shell in West Hollywood can be overwhelming, especially when you’re a practicing gay Muslim like Mo (Haaz Sleiman, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan). But on the first night of Islam’s holiest holiday, Mo’s longtime boyfriend Hassan abruptly breaks off their relationship, leaving him heartbroken and without a sous chef for iftar. Romance with the All-American Kal may be just around the corner if only he can keep his thoughts pure and the past behind him in Mike Mosallam’s charming Ramadan rom-com. Available to stream August 26, 27, and 28.
DIR. MATTHEW FIFER | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH Summer 2013, New York City: polysexual Millennial goofball Ben bounces from gig to gig almost as often as he changes lovers; Sam is an even-keeled tech worker whose outward cool conceals hidden scars. The two meet-cute at a local bookstore, but secret hurts re-emerge when sensational coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial triggers in Ben the telltale signs of PTSD. As their relationship progresses, will their complicated struggles of survivorship unite them or create an insurmountable emotional wedge? Buried traumas, cultural divides and religious stigma are deftly examined in this tenderly introspective, sexy, and disarmingly funny debut feature from writer/director/actor Matthew Fifer. Available to stream August 20, 21, and 22.
DIR. ANNA KERRIGAN | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH Rural Montana is the stage for a modern-day Western with a tale of rescue, family betrayal, and a father and son on the lam in director Anna Kerrigan’s captivating feature. Steve Zahn stars as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned man recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (remarkable young trans actor Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wild, pursued by a police detective (Ann Dowd) whose resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe’s family. Working from Kerrigan’s sensitively-written screenplay, her cast brings to vivid life a story that is both ace entertainment and a clear-eyed examination of 21st century parenthood. Available to stream August 22, 23, and 24. OutfestLA OutfestLA 2020.c 2020 .c om om
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DIR. JONATHAN WYSOCKI | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH It’s the end of summer, 1994, and theater nerd Gene is preparing for his high school drama friends’ final murder mystery slumber party. The theatrical hostess, Rose, will fly off to start college the next morning, followed by earnest Claire, magnetic Oscar, and sarcastic Ally. Yet Gene has bigger problems than being left behind by his best friends: he wants to come out of the closet — but is terrified of what his sheltered Christian confidants might think. Jonathan Wysocki’s nostalgic, funny debut feature is a poignant love letter to drama nerds, late bloomers, and the intense friendships of youth. Available to stream August 22, 23, and 24.
GOSSAMER FOLDS DIR. LISA DONATO | USA | 2019 | ENGLISH
It’s 1986 when 10-year-old Tate is uprooted to the suburbs of Kansas City as his parents attempt to salvage their marriage with a new start. As their family begins to unravel, he finds solace in his new neighbors: a retired professor and his transgender daughter. Former OutSet fellow Alexandra Grey sparkles as Gossamer, navigating acceptance from her family and the constant threat of violence with poise. Also featuring performances by Jen Richards, Shane West, and Yeardley Smith, Outfest alum Lisa Donato’s feature debut is a heartwarming testament to the power of transformative friendships, and the angels we meet along the way. Available to stream August 20, 21, and 22.
DIR. ERIC STEEL | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH, HEBREW, YIDDISH, RUSSIAN, GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Adapted from an award-winning short story by David Bezmozgis, director Eric Steel’s first narrative feature exists at the crossroads between 1980s New York’s gay scene in the era of the emerging AIDS crisis and Brighton Beach’s bustling Jewish community. At the center is 17-year-old David, the son of Russian immigrant parents whose coming-of-age is influenced both by his budding relationship with a handsome East Village bartender, and his friendship with an elderly gay Jewish couple in his building who might find themselves on the wrong end of their community’s strict rules. Brimming with authenticity, both to the period and the cultural traditions it explores, Steel’s film is a revelatory examination of family, tradition, and the occasional need to break free from both. Available to stream August 28, 29, and 30.
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DIR. SUZANNE GUACCI | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH | US PREMIERE In her long overdue return to the big screen, legendary New York actress Karen Sillas (Hal Hartley’s Simple Men, Ned Rifle) delivers a knockout performance as Kate, a home health aide and recovering alcoholic, at the center of this deeply felt, emotionally authentic drama about the ties that bind and break between our past and future. While attempting to make good on her sobriety and fractured relationship with her son Jack (Zachary Booth), Kate strikes up an unexpected and mutually therapeutic relationship with her new paraplegic patient Laura (Kristen Renton), who suffers from unseen trauma of her own. Determinedly jagged in her refusal to sand off the unsavory edges of the human spirit, yet soothing in its insistence upon the possibility of redemption, director Suzanne Guacci asks the audience: how far are we willing to push in order to find happiness again? Available to stream August 27, 28, and 29.
DIR. OLIVIA PEACE | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH Navigating the complicated and conservative social structure of your Hebrew school can be tough on any day of the week but, on the designated day of mourning after their classmate Samantha Goldstein’s suicide, inseparable best friends Carrie Lowstein and Hannah Rosen find that after unexpectedly crossing a line and sharing a kiss in the bathroom, it might just be impossible. Balancing lethally sharp one-liners with a genuine, heartfelt sense of teenage discovery, Olivia Peace’s marvelous debut feature approaches the coming-of-age film from the ferocious mind and heart of a high schooler: a place of vacillating, perfectly calibrated extremes. Aided and abetted by instant classic performances of the genre from its lightning-in-a-bottle leads Madeline Grey DeFreece and Rachel Sennott, the film captures the crucial (and messy) awakening of one’s world imploding before stretching out to new horizons. Available to stream August 23, 24, and 25.
DIR. CALEB JOHNSON | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH Alice is vegan, but she hungers for her partner Bret voraciously. Bret is completely consumed with caring for her dog Harvie, whose convalescence and rigorous medication schedule leaves Alice feeling neglected, physically and emotionally. She can’t sleep, and when she does she sleepwalks, waking up in random places, unable to distinguish disturbing dreams from reality — x and finding herself increasingly drawn to the meat section of the supermarket. When Harvie mysteriously goes missing, all that’s left is his severed ear, and two women must search for what they’ve lost in this abstract hybrid of dark comedy, psychological thriller, and drama. Available to stream August 21, 22, and 23. OutfestLA 2020 .c om OutfestLA 2020.c om
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DIR. GIL BARONI | BRAZIL | 2019 | PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Enter the cotton candy-colored and carefree world of teenage YouTube sensation Alice Junior: pulsing to the beat of bright lights and emoji, brazenly queer and Brazilian in the big city, and bursting at the seams with an electric sense of authenticity. But when her father unexpectedly moves the family to the more conservative countryside, where the local high school seems stuck in the stone age, Alice unleashes her truest survival instinct to make it as a trans girl and catch her long overdue first kiss: by being loud and proud and unapologetically herself. Beyond effortlessly capturing the experience of Generation Z by speaking fluently in its own audiovisual tongue, this coming-of-age gem is a gust of fresh air, and a reminder than even amidst hostile socio-political turmoil, the stories of trans Brazilians still, above all else, radiate life, joy, and infinite possibility. Available to stream August 21, 22, and 23.
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DIR. LEONIE KRIPPENDORFF | GERMANY | 2020 | GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES One sticky, hot summer in Berlin, 14-year-old Nora spends her days tagging along with her older sister Jule and Jule’s friends — obsessing over their bodies, incessantly curating their social media presence, hanging out with clueless boys trying to impress at the pool. Like with her beloved pet caterpillars, Nora quietly observes from the outside, until she meets the enchanting, free-spirited Romy and is completely mesmerized. Between her first period, her first love, and her first heartbreak, Nora begins to emerge from her own cocoon, learning who she is and how she fits in the world in this vibrant coming-of-age story. Available to stream August 24, 25, and 26.
DIR. DANIEL NOLASCO | BRAZIL | 2020 | PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
In this blissfully erotic tale from Outfest alum and Brazilian filmmaker Daniel Nolasco (Mr. Leather ), factory worker Sandro escapes his mundane rural existence via secret trysts with his co-worker Ricardo, and through elaborate sexual fantasies that would make Tom of Finland blush. Though his sex life is in full swing, Sandro shies away from emotional attachment, preferring instead to imagine worlds of anonymity, leather, and unbridled fetish — which Nolasco brings to stunning life in color-drenched widescreen glory. When a new arrival at the factory — a certified hunk who could be straight out of Sandro’s dreams — sets his sights on Ricardo, Sandro finds himself brimming with jealousy and fearing exclusion from the kind of romance he wasn’t sure he wanted. Available to stream August 23, 24, and 25. 2020. com OutfestLA 2020.c
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ELLIE & ABBIE (& ELLIE’S DEAD AUNT) DIR. MONICA ZANETTI | AUSTRALIA | 2020 | ENGLISH
Ellie seems like she’s got high school all figured out: she’s a top student, and, thanks to her online self-help guru, she’s mustered up the courage to ask her classmate Abbie to the senior formal. But when her dead aunt’s ghost appears as her “fairy” godmother to guide her through coming out, everything goes sideways — her relationship with her mom, her perfect school record, and a chance with her outspoken crush. Adapted from her play, writer-director Monica Zanetti’s teen rom-com deftly balances the awkward, hilarious uncertainty of navigating your first love with the importance of understanding your history and yourself. Available to stream August 28, 29, and 30.
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DIR. FARAZ SHARIAT | GERMANY | 2020 | GERMAN, PERSIAN, ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Parvis, the son of exiled Iranians, copes with life in his small German hometown by indulging himself with pop culture, steamy Grindr dates, and raves. After being caught shoplifting, he’s sentenced to community service at a refugee shelter where he meets siblings and fellow Iranians Banafshe and Amon. As an attraction between Parvis and Amon grows, the fragile relationship between the three is put to the test. They find and lose each other throughout a summer of fleeting youth, intense first love, as well as the stark realization that, in Germany, they are not equal. Winner of the Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 2020 Berlinale. Available to stream August 25, 26, and 27.
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DIR. OMAR ZUÑIGA | CHILE | 2019 | SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Lucas visits his sister in a small coastal town in southern Chile before embarking to Canada for an architectural scholarship. There, he meets Antonio, a handsome local who crews a fishing boat and performs in historical war reenactments beneath the windswept ruins of the colonial-era fortifications. As a romance develops between the two amid the breathtaking light, rugged coastline and intimate interiors, inner desires begin to clash with outer expectations of masculinity and hardscrabble living. Fans of Gods Own Country and Weekend will fall in love this effortlessly sensual exploration of male sexuality, wanderlust and the emotional allure of the road not taken. Available to stream August 24, 25, and 26. @ o u t f e s t # o u t f e stla
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Though Taiwan recently became the first Asian nation to pass marriage equality into law, the country’s citizens must still reckon with the bias, preconceived notions, and relationship entanglements that result from years of repression. This tension is beautifully explored in Ming-Lang Chen’s stirring feature, in which 26-year-old Civics teacher Kevin finds his romantic life complicated and his job in jeopardy when he falls for a married man who is HIV-positive. Rumors spread, Kevin’s students test his limits, and his lover’s wife (an award-winning performance by actor Winnie Chang) becomes collateral damage as this intricately-crafted drama forms into a powder keg. Available to stream August 24, 25, and 26.
TWILIGHT’S KISS (SUK SUK) DIR. RAY YEUNG | HONG KONG | 2019 | CANTONESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Outfest alum Ray Yeung (Front Cover) directs this intimate, eye-opening portrait of a relationship between two Hong Kong grandfathers torn between their desire for each other and society’s expectations of them. Married taxi driver Pak and retired single father Hoi have both spent their lives hiding their true selves from their families. When their paths cross at a gay bathhouse, romance blooms, but their initial blush of attraction may not survive the strain of leading a double life. Yeung’s film is both an elegant love story, and a sharply drawn look at a community of elder gay men still fearful of leaving the closet. Available to stream August 27, 28, and 29.
TWO OF US (DEUX) DIR. FILIPPO MENEGHETTI | FRANCE, LUXEMBOURG, BELGIUM | 2019 | FRENCH, GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Nina and Madeleine have hidden their passionate love for decades. From their families’ points of view, they are two neighbors sharing a hallway during their sunset years. In reality, this landing is a bridge between two worlds: one belonging to a widowed, doting grandmother, the other to a fiercely independent woman longing to spend her life with the person she loves. Clandestinely, Nina and Madeleine share a tender life, moving freely between their apartments, until an unexpected event closes the portal. In this new reality, their secret cannot remain hidden, and their unconditional love is put to the test. Available to stream August 20, 21, and 22.
DIR. CASSIO PEREIRA DOS SANTOS | BRAZIL | 2020 | PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | WORLD PREMIERE Seventeen-year-old Valentina moves to the countryside of Brazil with her mother to start a fresh new life. To avoid being bullied in her new school, Valentina tries to enroll with her new name and hopes to be private about her gender history. However, she and her mother quickly face dilemmas when the local high school needs a second parental signature for enrollment. Presenting trans actress Thiessa Woinbackk’s debut, Valentina is a reflection of the real life hardships that society forces a strong young woman to endure in order to embrace who she is. Available to stream August 25, 26, and 27. OutfestLA 2020.c om
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OUTFES T L A 2 0 2 0 | SPOTLIGHT
ver the past year, screenwriter Stanley Kalu has seen his film, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, become ever more timely than when he first wrote it as a USC sophomore. The first ever winner of the LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay Competition, Kalu’s screenplay gained the attention of its director, Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris) for its ingenious plot which follows its titular protagonist, a wealthy gay Nigerian-American teen (Steven Silver), as he’s shot after being pulled over by cops, only to find himself reliving that same day over and over again. A writer from a young age (he tried to write a novel every summer since he was thirteen) Kalu gravitated towards filmmaking because, as he puts it, “film and television are the greatest vehicle for empathy that we have.” Born out of his own experience and culture shock upon moving to the United States and seeing his individuality reduced to his racial identity The Obituary of Tunde Johnson is a challenge against the inherent biases around identity, which is also why it was crucial for it to deal frankly with the difficulties of queer folk within the black community. Paraphrasing rapper Jay Electronica’s life motto, Kalu believes his train is right on schedule. “It just feels like it is the right time for people to be engaging with this. Because this is a cultural conversation. But for me, it’s always been very clear that violence and brutality against Black bodies is cyclical. It’s happening every day. So I feel like culture caught up. The conversation has finally caught up to where Black people have been living, where Black people have been thinking. And I think that’s a very very powerful thing.”
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nna Kerrigan’s Cowboys opens with a sweeping view of a Montana landscape. A father and his son, dwarfed by the mountains around them, nevertheless look right at home, ever the modern figures the drama’s title calls to mind. Such a placid view of an adventure in the wild plays backdrop to a tender character portrait of a young trans boy finding the strength to vocalize his desires and finding solace in the one parent who’s making an effort to understand him. Above all, though, Kerrigan’s film serves as a welcome introduction to young trans actor Sasha Knight, who shot Cowboys at age ten and holds his own opposite Steve Zahn, Jillian Bell, and Ann Dowd. For Knight, whose mother becoming an agent was the catalyst that turned his love of doing community theater into a Hollywood career path, it’s fitting that Joe is his very first big screen outing. “It felt really good to bring Joe to life. I love this character even though I’m, like, the exact opposite of Joe, when you really think about it.” Joe, who all but drowns in the long blond locks and dresses his mom so loves seeing them in and who truly comes alive wearing flannel and a pair of cowboy boots alongside his dad, is a quiet introvert whereas Knight is a selfdescribed extrovert who’s intent on one day playing a Marvel character and sharing the screen with his dream co-star, the young McKenna Grace (Troop Zero, Captain Marvel). Moreover, Knight hopes the film will be an eye-opening experience for many. “When they see such a beautiful story of this trans boy and his dad, they can see that there’s always one person in the world that loves you for who you are. And that, I feel, can help a lot of people who are struggling.”
OUTFES T LA 2020 | DOCUMENTARY FEATURES AHEAD OF THE CURVE DIR. JEN RAININ | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH
The spectrum of Lesbian visibility in America breaks down into two timelines: Before and After Curve Magazine. When founder Franco Stevens maxed out a dozen credit cards in the late 1980s and took that cash to the racetrack in the hopes of creating a publication by and for women interested in women, she not only bet on the right horse — she bet on making history. Tracking the magazine’s legendary story from Bay Area community zine to worldwide best-selling sensation, alongside the evolution of Lesbian liberation which it helped to shape, director Jen Rainin turns the camera on her wife Stevens in this invigorating piece of living portraiture celebrating the life and life’s work of an unsung trailblazer dedicated to showcasing the beauty and brawn within the full breadth of Lesbian life. Available to stream August 28, 29, and 30.
DIR. PATRICK SAMMON, BENNETT SINGER | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH | WORLD PREMIERE In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses. Treated as victims of a mental disorder — pathological, deviant, “sick” — gay and lesbian men and women could not progress towards equality in a meaningful way if their very existence was something that needed a cure. Follow the journey of this pivotal moment in queer history through newly unearthed archival footage and eyewitness accounts from the activists and allies who fought to change an insidious bias within a profession, and in doing so broke ground to reframe not only how a community was seen, but how it saw itself. Available to stream August 24, 25, and 26.
FREEDIA GOT A GUN DIR. CHRIS MCKIM | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH
Big Freedia is New Orleans’s own Queen of Bounce. But when she’s not contributing to iconic tracks like Beyoncé’s “Formation” or Drake’s “Nice for What,” Freedia raises awareness around gun violence, her mission crystalized by the tragic murder of her brother in 2018. She guides us through her journey from queer choirboy to hip-hop mogul, as well as through the Black communities of NOLA, charting the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and its relationship to this epidemic. Radiating authenticity and charisma, Freedia uses her personal story and public crusade to open an urgent, honest dialogue and take the first steps in finding healing solutions. Available to stream August 27, 28, and 29. OutfestLA 2020.c om
OUTFES T LA 2020 | DOCUMENTARY FEATURES HOUSE OF CARDIN
DIR. P DAVID EBERSOLE AND TODD HUGHES | USA | 2019 | CHINESE, ENGLISH, FRENCH, ITALIAN, JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Directors P David Ebersole and Todd Hughes provide an in-depth portrait of design legend Pierre Cardin, a prophetic futurist and avant-garde entrepreneur whose impact on global culture is unprecedented. Many know the brand, but not the story of how it came to be. This chic chronicle of Cardin’s rise offers a rare glimpse into Pierre’s forward-thinking style, his tabloid-ready personal life, and his day-to-day business, all told through interviews with collaborators and celebrities alike, including Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone, Alice Cooper, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and 98-year-old dynamo Cardin himself. Available to stream August 24, 25, and 26.
I AM THE OTHER ONE (EU, UM OUTRO) DIR. SILVIA GODDINHO | BRAZIL | 2019 | PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Luca Scarpelli, Raul Capistrano, and Thalles Rocha — three Brazilian men of trans experience — invite director Silvia Godinho into their lives for a bold filmmaking experiment. With an enthralling blend of documentary and performance, Godinho’s vibrant, politically-active subjects navigate romantic entanglements, fights with local government bureaucracy, and plans for the future. Godinho allows these men to exist in heightened versions of their realities, and in doing so, crafts a rare and sensitive portrait of their struggle to live authentically. Available to stream August 27, 28, and 29.
DIR. GAIL WILLUMSEN | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH Follow the ups and downs of the first season of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles — the largest group of transgender and gender non-conforming people anywhere in the world who regularly sing together. Led by Lindsey Deaton, who co-founded the chorus and served as its first artistic director, the young choristers, some of whom have never sang as part of a group before, collaborate to hone their craft and find their voices individually, as their vocal ranges change during transition, and in harmony with each other. The stakes are high as they prepare for their 2016 history-making public concert debut in this inspiring story of an extraordinary choir. Available to stream August 29 and 30.
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OUTFES T LA 202 0 | DOCUMENTARY FEATURES PS BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE
DIR. JENNIFER TIEXIERA, MICHAEL SELIGMAN | USA | 2019 | ENGLISH In 2014, a trove of letters was discovered in the storage locker of Los Angeles DJ and talent agent Reno Martin chronicling the joys, squabbles, and everyday lives of New York City drag queens during the 1950s and 60s. Gorgeously told through vintage home movies, photos, and interviews with the queens themselves, this fascinating look at PreStonewall gay culture rewrites what we know about the clandestine, transcontinental networks that sustained queer people when female impersonation and homosexuality were criminal offences. Available to stream August 21, 22, and 23.
THE CAPOTE TAPES DIR. EBS BURNOUGH | USA | 2019 | ENGLISH
While some may believe the book to have already been written on iconic man of letters Truman Capote, the discovery of a never-before-heard cache of unreleased George Plimpton interviews with his friends, colleagues, and socialite “swans” thrusts the accomplished author’s larger-than-life biography into fresh light. Charting the constellation of the literary supernova’s life and times — from humble beginnings at the New Yorker to the infamous odyssey to Kansas In Cold Blood to his neverfinished, salacious auto-fiction Answered Prayers, without missing a decadent party or ounce of gossip in-between — Ebs Burnoughs’s enthralling documentary brings in the likes of André Leon Talley, Dick Cavett, and Capote’s adopted daughter Kate Harrington to place you into the mind of a genius whose world burned brighter, faster, and stronger than a cocktail lit aflame. Available to stream August 28, 29, and 30.
YOUR MOTHER’S COMFORT DIR. ADAM GOLUB | BRAZIL | 2020 | PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A sex worker, trans activist and political hopeful, Indianara Siqueira launches a bid for the city council of Rio de Janeiro against the backdrop of the contentious 2018 Brazilian national elections. The co-founder of Casa Nem, a shelter and resource center for queer and trans people, her vocal advocacy for the marginalized -- the unhoused, sex workers, trans women -- disrupts politics-as-usual. Further spurred by the brutal assassination of Marielle Franco (Rio’s first Black woman council member and an out lesbian), Siquieira and her comrades occupy abandoned government buildings to create housing as a form of direct action. Outfest alum Adam Golub’s film is a vital chronicle of on-theground resistance to the open-throated transphobia and homophobia of the Bolsonaro regime amid the global rise of right-wing anti-LGBTQ populism. Available to stream August 28, 29, and 30. OutfestLA 2020.c om
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n response to a pivotal kiss between its two leading characters, the exacting formalism of Olivia Peace’s debut feature film, Tahara suddenly queers itself. For a brief moment the screen widens and gives way to an animated interlude that speaks to the eye-opening moment we’ve just witnessed between best friends Carrie and Hannah (Madeline Grey DeFreece and Rachel Sennott). It’s the kind of flourish that speaks to Peace’s background in fine arts and her eye for using the screen as a canvas. “I didn’t come in as a filmmaker, I came in as a painter,” she shares, admitting that it was only upon arriving at Northwestern
University and realizing they didn’t have the Arts program she’d envisioned that she pivoted to film, getting her start with some animation work. Such a background makes her choices—like deciding to shoot Tahara in 1:1 ratio—be driven less by cinema traditions than by her own artistic sensibility (like knowing that Instagramready aesthetic would make people look really isolated on screen. Set during a day of mourning at a Hebrew school in Rochester, NY following the death of a classmate, Peace’s film (from a script by Jess Zeidman) captures the insecurities and ever-changing dynamics between two friends whose
authentic back-and-forths are a testament to Peace’s overall approach to the material; she and Zeidman spent hours creating backstories and arcs for every character you see on screen in Tahara. For Peace, who along with codirector Kevin Rios, had received an honorable mention for Unavailable at the 2018 Outfest Fusion One-Minute Movie Contest, sharing her feature film debut at this year’s Outfest feels like a welcome victory, like she’s finally made it to the main stage. “It’s really cool to be in a community with other queer filmmakers and other queer films.” OutfestLA 2020.c om
OUTFEST LA 2 0 2 0 | SPECIAL EVENTS LISTENING PARTY MARATHON: JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL’S ANTHEM: HOMUNCULUS
ony Award® winner John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will host a livestream marathon listening party of his critically acclaimed musical podcast, Anthem: Homunculus, featuring performances by Mitchell, Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo, Patti LuPone, Nakhane, Denis O’Hare and Laurie Anderson, among others. The 10 episode series, created and written by Mitchell and Bryan Weller and produced by Topic Studios, features more than 30 original songs. The podcast will play in its entirety via digitalpridefest.com, paired with speciallycreated visuals, live drop-ins and Q&A with Mitchell and possible special guests.
BECOMING A MAN IN 127 EASY STEPS ¡GAYTINO! MADE IN AMERICA DIR. DAN GUERRERO | USA | 2019 | ENGLISH
Mariachi to Merman. Sondheim to Cesar Chavez. Dan Guerrero’s autobiographical one-man play explores his upbringing in East LA as a gay kid with a Chicano music legend of a father (Lalo Guerrero), moving to New York City after high school to take on Broadway in the time of Stonewall, the gay liberation movement, and moving back to East LA to work with Cesar Chavez. Guerrero shares his story with lovable humor, transporting us through decades of rich history with his unique perspective. Available to stream August 25, 26, and 27.
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DIR. ANDREA JAMES | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH | WORLD PREMIERE While transgender men barely exist in the cultural imagination, amid tropes of transition and turmoil, actor Scott Turner Schofield’s “steps” in his dazzingly-crafted one-man show cover lifelong themes of childhood, parenthood, love, sex, death, and survival. Ever in-progress, but always complete, this is a nuanced, deeply considered portrait of one man and his remarkable becoming. In its live iteration, audience members called out numbers from 1 to 127 to decide what “steps” would be performed in order to craft a unique story every night. Now, Schofield and director Andrea James gather several of those short pieces to recreate the interactive experience in the digital space, allowing viewers to choose each “step” they’ll witness. Available to stream August 25, 26, and 27.
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NELLY QUEEN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOSÉ SARRIA DIR. JOE CASTEL | USA | 2020
In, 1961, José Sarria was the first openly gay man to run for public office in the United States, and he ran in heels. When San Francisco city officials vowed to shut down all the gay bars in 1961, the 38-yearold female impersonator threw caution to the wind and campaigned for a seat on the Board of Supervisors. Sarria lost the election but garnered nearly 6,000 votes and proved for the first time that there is a gay voting bloc. Nelly Queen is not just an LGBTQ history lesson, it’s a triumphant story of the human spirit, a hero’s journey of man in fighting unjust laws and uniting a fractured community. Available to stream August 26, 27, and 28.
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DIR. PATRICIA VIDAL DELGADO | 2020 | USA | ENGLISH, SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Aleteia, a gifted high school student in Compton with designs on a college scholarship, has spent her teenage years balancing her academic prowess with her need to speak out through underground activism. The daughter of El Salvadoran immigrants — and undocumented herself — she maintains a tough exterior until her intended path forward in life is rerouted by two events: a new maybe-more-thanfriendship with popular girl Rosarito, and the potential revocation of her temporary protection status. With its stylish blackand-white photography and unabashed political streak, Patricia Vidal Delgado’s irresistible debut feature evokes the unpredictable,energetic style of ‘90s American indies, and announces a bold new filmmaking voice. DRIVE-IN ONLY
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DIR. KEVIN MCCLOSKEY | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH | WORLD PREMIERE A Pastor and his wife decide to try dating other men as a way of dealing with the fact that he is gay — despite the fact that they’re still married. Available to stream August 25, 26, and 27.
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DIR. TRENT ATKINSON | USA | 2020 | ENGLISH | US PREMIERE A decade after being ostracized for coming out to his strict, Southern Baptist family, rising country star Brandon Stansell is going home. This is his journey back: to Chattanooga where he grew up and learned to love country music; to the family he’s been estranged from for ten years; and to the people and places that fuel so much of the beauty, and pain in his songs. These songs have seen him begin to make his mark in an industry that is famously resistant to LGBTQIA+ artists. We follow him as he takes an album of new material on the road where, in an act of healing and reconciliation, he invites his family to hear him perform for the very first time. The only question that remains is…will they come? Available to stream August 23, 24, and 25. OutfestLA 2020.c om
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These vibrant shorts beautifully bring to life stories of trauma and pain, connection and love, myth and memory. Whether depictive or abstract, whimsical or grounded, each artist’s style uniquely encapsulates the queer imagination. This imagery in motion sweeps us off our feet and into rich stories of selfacceptance and discovery, featuring trans sisterhood, gender exploration, familial support and amends, and Stevie Nicks’ sartorial choices. KAPAEMAHU (DIR. HINALEIMOANA WONG-KALU, DEAN HAMER, JOE WILSON); LOVE LOST, AND FOUND (DIR. RICHARD O’CONNOR); PURPLEBOY (DIR. ALEXANDRE SIQUEIRA); RICH ATMOSPHERE: THE MUSIC OF MERCHANT-IVORY FILMS (DIR. STEPHEN SOUCY); THE DOOR SHE OPENED (DIR. RICHARD O’CONNOR); THE FABRIC OF YOU (DIR. JOSEPHINE LOHOAR SELF); THE SHAWL (DIR. SARA KIENER); UMBILICAL (DIR. DANSKI TANG).
The exploration of love can be thrilling, uncomfortable and enlightening. Whether it be standing up after being outed, questioning how a trans man views himself as a gay man, swinging next to a classmate every day, or kissing your best friend because you both believe you’ve been conditioned into heteronormativity. These films highlight the complications of first love, the end of love, the conception of a new desire for queer men and seeing the type of person you’ll grow up to be. KIND OF (DIR. NOAH SCHAMUS); LAST SUMMER WITH UNCLE IRA (DIR. GARY JAFFE & KATIE ENNIS); QUERY (DIR. SOPHIE KARGMAN); S.A.M. (DIR. EYRE AND ELY); SEE YOU SOON (DIR. TYLER RABINOWITZ); THE CYPHER (DIR. LETIA SOLOMON); WHO CAN PREDICT WHAT WILL MOVE YOU? (DIR. LIVIA HUANG).
SHORTS: FAMILY AFFAIR
Grace and grit go hand in hand in this intimate selection of family matters. Whether we form our identities in likeness, or opposition, to those whose genes we share, family shapes us. As the queer definition of family expands and evolves, so do the stories we tell. From home-video style documentation to magical realism-tinged teen angst to formal coming-out interviews, the films include in this block present an array of stylistic approaches to the topic. LA GLORIA (DIR. MARY EVANGELISTA); LYNDALE (DIR. OLI RODRIGUEZ, VICTORIA STOB); PRETTY THINGS (DIR. PEDRO SUAREZ); THE HOUSE OF MARIANA Y GABRIEL (DIR. HENA ASHRAF); UNSPOKEN (DIR. PATRICK G. LEE).
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OUTFES T L A 2 0 2 0 | SHORTS SHORTS: GAG OF THE SEASON
We all need a good laugh here and there. These shorts will make you pull out those extra pants from the trunk of your car after you spill all the tea from laughing with an actress running for the presidency, a nostalgic reminder of how sexual those Bowflex informercials were, mockery from a beating heart, and a delivery service sex advisor. You’ll be wiping away tears at every comedic beat during this provocative, uproarious, and surprisingly moving collection of heart and hilarity.
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ARE YOU HUNGRY? (DIR. TEEMU MIUKKANEN); BLOCKED (DIR. KEVIN YEE); CANDIS FOR PRESIDENT (DIR. MICHELLE PEERALI); CONSENT (DIR. ANDREW CERVANTES); FLEX (DIR. MATT PORTER); GAY PRE-PARTY BEFORE THE PARTY!!!! (DIR. MATTHEW BARKLEY); HEART TO HEART (DIR. LILAH VANDENBURGH); PEACH (DIR. ROWAN DEVEREUX & SOPHIE SAVILLE); SEXTPERT ADVICE (DIR. TOBIT RAPHAEL CAPATI); THE OUTBREAK (DIR. TRENT NAKAMURA).
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SHORTS: GIRL SHORTS
Femmes, butches, trans-femmes and every identity in between, this one’s for you! These films highlight the diversity and dynamism of the queer female experience, from crushing for the first time to reconnecting for the last. Let’s meet cute in person or online, unexpectedly share an intimate morning, or joke with a friend about our dating game. Whatever it may be, these stories embody the importance of growing up and into yourself, at any age. BABYDYKE (BABYLEBBE) (DIR. TONE OTTILIE); DM (DIR. ARIEL ZUCKER); MEET CUTE (DIR. FRANCESCA CALVO, OMAR AHMED); SWIPE UP, VIVIAN! (DIR. HANNAH WELEVER); TENDER (DIR. FELICIA PRIDE); THE MISTRESS (LA AMANTE) (DIR. PATI CRUZ); VICTORIA (DIR. DANI TOLEDO).
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SHORTS: HEART TO BREAK
The magic, grit, and beauty of queer love is laid bare in the 2020 collection of shorts about relationships. As complex and diverse as the spectrum itself, these pieces tackle issues in the space between lovers both great and small. Questions about family, partnership, parenthood, adoption, and loneliness are splashed across stories of hotel meetups, theatrical productions, and mountain sunsets. Each with its own unique angle into the mystery and madness of love, this lineup shoots straight for the heart. DARLING (DIR. SAIM SADIQ); INSTRUCTIONS TO LET GO (INSTRUCCIONES PARA SOLTAR) (DIR. GUSTAVO GAMERO); OUR PLACE TOGETHER (DIR. CLAY MARSHALL PRUITT); POMPEII (DIR. HARRY LIGHTON, MARCO ALESSI, MATTHEW JACOBS MORGAN); SUNSHINE IN THE RUINS (晃晃) (DIR. CHOU YU CHENG); THE TEST (DIR. JESSICA SMITH); YOURS MINE OURS (DIR. BEN BAUR).
OUTFES T L A 2 0 2 0 | SHORTS SHORTS: I USED TO BE SEVENTEEN
Boundless youthful energy matched with deeply empathic and rigorously creative storytelling bring this year’s teen shorts collection to life. Featuring the experiences and performances of talented, complicated, vibrant young people, each of these pieces has reach and resonance far beyond the years of their subjects. These shorts in conversation develop a discourse around the depth of meaning in our earliest memories, the bottomlessness of young love, and the incredible strength in those doing the hard work of growing up. These stories follow the challenges of youth through backyards, across the table, behind the camera, into families, and onto the streets. -SHIP: A VISUAL POEM (DIR. TERRANCE DAYE); HER OWN MUSIC (DIR. OLIVIA ¯ ALEKSOSKI); JESSE (DIR. VINZ FELLER); KAMA‘AINA (CHILD OF THE LAND) (DIR. KIMI HOWL LEE); TAPE (DIR. JOJO ERHOLTZ); YUNIOR (DIR. FRANCISCO CABRERA-FEO).
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SHORTS: LATINXCELLENCE Experiencing new sensations, good, and bad, could be overwhelming. In these Latinx shorts we are exposed to the colorful, the musical, and the frightening moments of queerness within the Latinx community. From loving your best friend, telling your crush that you are transgender, calling all your loved ones to make sure they actually know you, to taking yourself on a first date — these shorts explore a wide range of Latinx experiences in its full cultura.
CARO COMES OUT (DIR. BRIT FRYER & CARO HERNANDEZ); FEMENINA (DIR. ILANA GARCIA-MITTLEMAN); IN COLOUR (EN COLOR) (DIR. JAMES LUCAS); MUY GAY TOO MEXICANO (DIR. LORENA LOURENCO); SPILT MILK (DIR. CIERRA GLAUDE); WATER (AGUA) (DIR. SANTIAGO ZERMEÑO).
SHORTS: PLATINUM SHOWCASE Throughout history, artists have been uniquely situated to capture human crises and times of upheaval. They process what is happening in real time and often look around the corner to illuminate for us what may come next. Today’s times are disorienting, chaotic, and uncertain. My chosen grandmother Flawless Sabrina always said, “Certainty preferable; uncertainty unavoidable. Welcome to Life!” All forms of art and love are alchemy so I hope that you enjoy the work of these magicians and seers, their battle hymns, encapsulations of their presence, and visions of our future. — Zackary Drucker, Platinum Showcase Guest Curator.
BEFORE THE BLUE (DIR. ROMY POCZTARUK); CANIS MAJOR (DIR. CHARLI BRISSEY); JACKALOPE (DIR. CASSILS); MODE (DIR. PETER KALISCH & AJ STROUT); PLAYING FOR KEEPS (DIR. DJ TURNER); PRIMER (DIR. CROSSLUCID); SATAN’S TEARS (DIR. ANDREW LUSH); STONEWALL 2069 (DIR. SAMUEL DOUEK); THIS IS AN ADDRESS (DIR. SASHA WORTZEL)
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SHORTS: S.O.S. (SILVERS ON SCREEN)
The stories in this section range from reflective and longing to defiant and proud, underscoring the complexity and depth found in life’s second act. See how the Starr Sisters are reclaiming their traumatic childhood with fun or sit with lesbian poet Naomi Replansky as she reflects on her life’s work. ACUITZERAMO (DIR. MIGUEL ANGEL CABALLERO); DATED (DIR. ZENON SAMUELS); HALWA (DIR. GAYATRI BAJPAI & NIRAV BHAKTA); HAPPINESS IN WHICH I LIVE (DIR. CARLOS MORALES); NAOMI REPLANSKY AT 100 (DIR. MEGAN ROSSMAN); STRANGERS (DIR. JAMIESON PEARCE); THE STARR SISTERS (DIR. BETH EINHORN & BRIDEY ELLIOTT).
DREAMING LIKE LOUIS
What does queer life and love look like in worlds slightly off-kilter from our own? Lovers starving for deep connection through vivid dreams, an uncomfortable hook-up that calls your safety into question, openness to someone who doesn’t fit into a future society’s status quo, feeling like a werewolf after being nominated for Prom King, or dissing a serial killer on a gay app — this collection of genre-inflected tales push boundaries and revel in the strange to create some truly unforgettable experiences. #GAYBOY2020 (DIR. NOAH CAUSEY); BLISS IS ORANGE (DIR. JENNA KANELL); BURY A FRIEND (DIR. RICK WAYNE); CATFISH KILLER (DIR. GIL HIZON & SETH HARRINGTON); DREAMING LIKE LOUIS (RÊVER COMME LUI) (DIR. VALENTIN MERZ TANÖREN); HEALING ME (DIR. LAUREN NEAL); HOW TO SAY I LOVE YOU AT NIGHT (DIR. ANDREE LJUTICA); IN ORBIT (DIR. KATIE MCNEICE); META (DIR. SYDNE HORTON).
SHORTS: THREE FROM BRAZIL
In a year that sees Outfest highlighting a treasure trove of dazzling filmmaking from Brazil, don’t miss these three short-form works that encapsulate the beautiful diversity of queer people boldly expressing themselves in a nation currently waging a battle against ignorance and oppression. The specter of Bolsonaro’s right wing agenda looms over each story, but inspiration and joy are in abundant supply in these snapshots of an LGBTQIA+ community defiantly dedicated to existing, living, and loving.
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HEAVENLY BROWN BODY
Resilience and brilliance are at the fore of each selection in this year’s trans shorts lineup. A buoyant presence of positivity is what sets these shorts apart and adheres them together. Most notable about each work is its rich complexity, diving deep into and through questions which are potent, urgent, and impossible to answer. With ambition and stamina impressive for their brevity, this collection is witness to trans experiences rendered through poetry, physicality, technology, food, dance, and graffiti. DOWN DOG (DIR. SHAE XU); DUNGAREES (DIR. ABEL RUBINSTEIN); GEN Z (DIR. MO MCFADDEN); HEAVENLY BROWN BODY (DIR. LESLIE FOSTER); IN FRANCE MICHELLE IS A MAN’S NAME (DIR. EM WEINSTEIN); ISHTAR (DIR. MIA GEORGIS); SHÉÁR AVORY: TO BE CONTINUED (DIR. ABRAM CERDA); TALK TO YOU LATER (DIR. ADISON OLIVERAS); TRANS HAPPINESS IS REAL (DIR. QUINTON BAKER); TRASHY BOOTY (DIR. IRIS DEVINS)
OF HEARTS AND CASTLES
DRIP LIKE COFFEE
SHORTS: WHAT A BOY NEEDS
Searching for distraction, excitement, lust, and inspiration are themes within each one of these shorts. The distractions of feelings, the excitement of a glory hole, the lust of a man who your meet in an elevator, to the inspiration of naked lovers on the beach. These sensual shorts reveal the deep desire we long for and the ones we never knew we needed. BUCK (DIR. ELEGANCE BRATTON & JOVAN JAMES); KIKO’S SAINTS (LES SAINTS DE KIKO) (DIR. MANUEL MARMIER); OF HEARTS AND CASTLES (DIR. RUBEN NAVARRO); STALLS (DIR. JOÃO DALL’STELLA); THE D*CK APPOINTMENT (DIR. MIKE ROMA); THE GIFT (O PRESENTE) (DIR. DANIEL WIERMAN);
SHORTS: WHAT A GIRL WANTS
SHORTS: WHEN I GROW UP
AN ANNA (DIR. DENISE RIEDMAYR); ATOMIC LOVE (DIR. IMOGEN MCCLUSKEY); DRIP LIKE COFFEE (DIR. ANAIIS CISCO); SOFT & PINK (DIR. ZOE WARD); TEAM MARILYN (DIR. LATOYA MORGAN); WHERE MY GIRLS (DIR. MADS ENGEL).
GO GO, BOY! (DIR. ORIANA OPPICE); JOYCHILD (DIR. AURORA BRACHMAN); ROYALTY (DIR. SAV SOUZA & LOGAN THOMASON); THE NAME OF THE SON (DIR. MARTINA MATZKIN); WERE YOU GAY IN HIGH SCHOOL? (DIR. NIKI ANG); WISHES (DIR. AMY JENKINS).
This collection of epicentral women are anything but what is expected. Tethered to a wide array of people, pursuits, and challenges in their orbit, each of these women brings a particular and vibrant flavor to the table. Their stories reveal something unique about femmes, the world they live in, and the space between the themes that resonate across the section. Dashed romance, vaulting musical ambition, rich artistry, communal resistance, and daring difference all crackle across this electric lineup.
If the “Children are our Future,” then we are in great hands. The kids in these films unapologetically define who they are and how they are in the world, and in turn, allow the adults around them to do the same. Their commitment to smashing binaries, and transcending heteronorms is a force to behold. While growing up queer isn’t always easy, these stories embrace the awkward and painful moments that come to define us later in life and prove that queer resilience is within us from the very beginning.
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Different from the Others (1919). With over 40,000 film and video holdings safely preserved within the archive, the Legacy Project provides access to scholars and tools for classrooms, and showcases all episodes online of the first and longestrunning national LGBTQ television program, the news show In the Life.
STRANGER INSIDE DIR. CHERYL DUNYE | USA | 2001 | ENGLISH
Newly transferred to the State Womens’ Facility, charismatic youth offender Treasure hopes to make contact with lifelong inmate Brownie, who she believes is her estranged mother. When gang rivalries and secret romances clash with the brutality and double-dealing of the Department of Corrections, tensions come to a head as Treasure is confronted with the violent truth — and a choice that could make or break her. Produced by Effie Brown and Michael Stipe, Cheryl Dunye’s unflinching portrait charts the complex lives of queer Black women seeking connection, family and survival in a carceral system built to contain rather than rehabilitate. An HBO Original Film. Available to stream FOR FREE from August 20 - 30.
LILY TOMLIN: THE FILM BEHIND THE SHOW
BLOODSISTERS: LEATHER, DYKES AND SADOMASOCHISM
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the decades-long creative, intellectual and romantic partnership of Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner with this newly-restored documentary that follows the writer-director and performer duo on the road as they hone the works-in-progress that would form their hit 1987 Broadway show, The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Tomlin brings her beloved characters to life as they encounter Women’s Liberation, New Age spirituality, drugs, health crazes and consumer culture, while confronting that eternal showbiz question: what comes next? Freed from safe-for-network limitations, Wagner and Tomlin explore the exhilaration and anxieties of the era with uproarious wit and knowing candor. A unique entertainment couple that blazed trails and continues to defy expectations, Lily and Jane navigate artistic success, career reinvention and coming out on their own terms. Available to stream August 24, 25, and 26.
Attaining new visibility alongside tattooing, piercing and body modification, S&M — or Sadism/Masochism — emerged as a powerful subculture within the leatherdyke scene in the San Francisco Bay Area of the 1990s. Offering genuine community, solidarity and charity, the Leather and S&M communities reimagined gender identity and sexual roles, while seeking realization through pain, pleasure and dominant/submissive play. With the Culture Wars raging, flashpoints errupt over respectability politics within feminist and LGBTQ movements, exposing the legal grey area of consensual, but rough, sex. Bringing together the experiences of bisexual women, Lesbians, femmes and butches involved in S&M and Leather, Handelman’s profound and mindexpanding interviews push boundaries while exploring safety, ethics, and the emotional give-and-take of dom/sub relationships. Available to stream August 26, 27, and 28.
DIR. JOAN CHURCHILL, NICK BROOMFIELD | UK, USA | 1986 | ENGLISH
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DIR. EVAN PURCHELL | USA | 2020 | 78M | ENGLISH When gay men wanted to see themselves represented onscreen in the 1960s-80s, they went to the movies; more specifically, they bought a ticket to their local all-male adult cinema. In this orgiastic and kaleidoscopic compendium of hardcore gay pornography from the era — cutting between and weaving together disparate films shot on-location in actual cruising sites such as the now-demolished Christopher Street Pier — director Evan Purchell uses the unique properties of cinema to transport an audience across space and time to do no less than bring a world, and a lost generation, of urban gay experience back to life. A moving and erotic time capsule of life before and after Stonewall, as well as an archival treasure trove of dancing amber, this groundbreaking work serves as a testament to the transportive power of the sex film genre and its role in documenting a subculture just beginning to see the light of day. Available to stream August 23, 24, and 25.
THE 20TH CENTURY
DIR. MATTHEW RANKIN | CANADA | 2019 | 90M | ENGLISH Canada’s tenth and longest-serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, sees his legacy uproariously lampooned in director Matthew Rankin’s hilariously deranged and historically questionable biopic. Drag queens, sexual fetishes, and distinctly Canadian hazing rituals abound as Rankin uses the formative years of a publicly underwhelming but privately scandalous political figure to send up not only King, but the entire political history and cultural iconography of our neighbors to the North. Staged with breath-taking, abstract sets and photographed as a callback to early cinema, this utterly hilarious satire is the work of a singular talent. Available to stream August 21, 22, and 23.
IF IT WERE LOVE (SI C’ÉTAIT DE L’AMOUR)
DIR. PATRIC CHIHA | FRANCE | 2020 | 82M | ENGLISH, FRENCH, SWEDISH, GERMAN WITH ENG. SUBTITLES Winner of the Best Documentary Teddy Award at the 2020 Berlinale, director Patric Chiha’s film is a fluid, experiential journey through the development of French choreographer Gisèle Vienne’s dance piece “Crowd.” Set in a 90s era, queer-abundant rave scene, Vienne’s multi-narrative choreography blends meticulously chosen movement with layered character work on the part of her dancers. Not content to contain the story to the stage, Chiha’s probing camera also grants access into the dancers’ personal lives and psyches, resulting in an intoxicating, one-of-a-kind blurring of fantasy and reality. Available to stream August 22, 23, and 24.
SHORTS: PLATINUM SHOWCASE
Throughout history, artists have been uniquely situated to capture human crises and times of upheaval. They process what is happening in real time and often look around the corner to illuminate for us what may come next. Today’s times are disorienting, chaotic, and uncertain. My chosen grandmother Flawless Sabrina always said, “Certainty preferable; uncertainty unavoidable. Welcome to Life!” All forms of art and love are alchemy so I hope that you enjoy the work of these magicians and seers, their battle hymns, encapsulations of their presence, and visions of our future. — Zackary Drucker, Platinum Showcase Guest Curator Available to stream August 22, 23, and 24. BEFORE THE BLUE (DIR. ROMY POCZTARUK); CANIS MAJOR (DIR. CHARLI BRISSEY); JACKALOPE (DIR. CASSILS); MODE (DIR. PETER KALISCH & AJ STROUT); PLAYING FOR KEEPS (DIR. DJ TURNER); PRIMER (DIR. CROSSLUCID); SATAN’S TEARS (DIR. ANDREW LUSH); STONEWALL 2069 (DIR. SAMUEL DOUEK); THIS IS AN ADDRESS (DIR. SASHA WORTZEL) OutfestLA 2020.c om
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