The 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, taking place July 12-22, 2018, announce the complete programming lineup, with two thirds of this year’s content directed by women, people of color and trans filmmakers.
As previously announced, the 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival opens at the Orpheum Theatre with Kino Lorber’s “Studio 54,” Matt Tyrnauer’s vibrantly nostalgic documentary; and closes with FilmRise’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
The festival features five world premieres including the deeply felt film from Taiwan, “Bao Bao”; “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns” directed by Michael Urie with a hilarious performance from Drew Droege; Laura Madalinski’s “Two in the Bush: A Love Story” a polyamorous love story; Jamie Patterson’s new feature film “Tucked” about two drag performers connecting across generations; and “Room to Grow” a documentary looking at the lives of queer teenagers today. As well as North American and US Premieres, “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” which follows a couple as they struggle to navigate life in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, to the much anticipated SXSW Audience Award winner “Transmilitary” about those fighting for an equal chance to service their country. The proactive experimental film section, Platinum, continues to highlight boundary-pushing work with Myyki Blanco and SSION teaming up to create a new short film “No Leash” and a feature documentary by performance artist, Narcissister, in “Narcissister Organ Player.” The infamous Alchemy Party returns, this year at Navel, with 13 performers including Dorian Electra, Saturn Rising, and Slather Factory’s Bebe Huxley, and The Uhuruverse who will stretch your musical imagination.
The 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival will also return to The Ford Theatres. These screenings will kick off on July 18 with a screening of “Bad Reputation,” a documentary about Joan Jett; then Documentary Centerpiece, “When the Beat Drops,” followed by “Postcards from London” and concluding with “Wild Nights with Emily” featuring Molly Shannon. The Closing Night Gala “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” will screen at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Special events include the 2nd Annual Trans Summit with Oscar nominated and Emmy Award-winning director and producer Yance Ford as the keynote speaker; the Focus On Taiwan event showcasing a collection of Taiwanese films including “Bao Bao” and “Alifu, The Prince/ss”; free screenings of films “Believer,” a documentary from Imagine Dragons frontman, Dan Reynolds, “They,” a family drama from director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh and Showtime’s “Beyond The Opposite Sex”, the long-awaited sequel to groundbreaking film, “The Opposite Sex.”
Lastly, OutSet: The Young Filmmakers Project from Los Angeles LGBT Center and Outfest, will be premiering five new shorts on Sunday, July 22nd. Now in its sixth year, the OutSet program empowers youth ages 16-24 to share their stories though film.
2018 OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBT FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP
STUDIO 54 – Opening Night Gala
Dir: Matt Tyrnauer, USA, 2018, 98 min
OUR FUTURE ENDS – Platinum Centerpiece, Co-Presented by Some Serious Business
Dir: Clement Hil Goldberg, USA, 2018, 50 min
WE THE ANIMALS – U.S. Centerpiece
Dir: Jeremiah Zagar, USA, 2018, 93 min
REINVENTING MARVIN – International Centerpiece
Dir: Anne Fontaine, France, 2017, 115 min
WHEN THE BEAT DROPS – Documentary Centerpiece
Dir: Jamal Sims, USA, 2018, 87 min
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST – Closing Night Gala
Dir: Desiree Akhavan, USA, 2018, 90 min
Dir: Yen Tan, USA, 2018, 85 min
ANCHOR AND HOPE
Dir: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Spain, 2017, 113 min
Dir: H.P. Mendoza, USA, 2018, 100 min
BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS – World Premiere
Dir: Michael Urie (For the Stage) & David Horn (For the Screen), USA, 2018, 89 min
CANARY (KANARIE) – North American Premiere
Dir: Christiaan Olwagen, South Africa, 2018, 120 min
COLA DE MONO – US Premiere
Dir: Alberto Fuguet, Chile, 2017, 102 min
Dir: Alejandro Andrade Pease, Mexico, 2017, 89 min
DADDY ISSUES – US Premiere
Dir: Amara Cash, USA, 2018, 88 min
EVA & CANDELA (¿CÓMO TE LLAMAS?) – North American Premiere
Dir: Ruth Caudeli, Colombia, 2018, 90 min
Dir: Sridhar Rangayan, India, 2018, 102 min
HARD PAINT (TINTA BRUTA)
Dir: Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon, Brazil, 2018, 118 min
I MISS YOU WHEN I SEE YOU
Dir: Simon Chung, Hong Kong, 2018, 93 min
MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER
Dir: Anucha Boonyawatana, Thailand, 2017, 96 min
Dir: Ondi Timoner, USA, 2018, 102 min
Dir: Limor Shmila, Israel, 2017, 79 min
Dir: Ingrid Veninger, Canada, 2017, 84 min
POSTCARDS FROM LONDON
Dir: Steve McLean, United Kingdom, 2018, 87 min
Dir: Jeffrey Walker, Australia, 2017, 106 min
Dir: Crystal Moselle, USA, 2018, 105 min
SODOM – North American Premiere
Dir: Mark Wilshin, United Kingdom, 2017, 94 min
THAT NIGHT OF NOVEMBER (NOVE DE NOVEMBRO)
Dir: Lázaro Louzao, Spain, 2018, 84 min
TUCKED – World Premiere
Dir: Jamie Patterson, United Kingdom, 2017, 80 min
TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY – World Premiere
Dir: Laura Madalinski, USA, 2017, 97 min
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
Dir: Madeleine Olnek, USA, 2018, 84 min
Dir: Kevin Kerslake, USA, 2018, 98 min
CALL HER GANDA
Dir: PJ Raval, Philippines/USA, 2018, 93 min
CONVERSATIONS WITH GAY ELDERS: KERBY LAUDERDALE
Dir: David Weissman, USA, 2017, 69 min
DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!
Dir: Caroline Berler, USA, 2018, 58 min
EVERY ACT OF LIFE
Dir: Jeff Kaufman, USA, 2017, 92 min
Dir: Alina Skrzeszewska, France/Germany, 2018, 90 min
GOSPEL OF EUREKA
Dir: Michael Palmieri & Donal Mosher, USA, 2018, 75 min
THE ICE KING
Dir: James Erskine, United Kingdom, 2018, 89 min
LEITIS IN WAITING
Dir: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson & Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Tonga/USA, 2018, 72 min
Dir: Tung-Yen Chou, Taiwan, 2017, 60 min
Dir: T Cooper, USA, 2018, 97 min
MR. GAY SYRIA
Dir: Ay?e Toprak, Turkey/France/Germany, 2017, 87 min
ROOM TO GROW (World Premiere)
Dir: Matt Alber & Jon Garcia, USA, 2018, 89 min
SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD
Dir: Matt Tyrnauer, USA, 2017, 98 min
Dir: Leilah Weinraub, USA, 2018, 82 min
Dir: Gabriel Silverman & Fiona Dawson, USA, 2018, 93 min
Created by: Rightor Doyle, USA, 2018, 108 min
Two high school BFFS reunite and find they’re different as adults: he’s a newly-out gay man and she’s a dominatrix who’s going to tie him into her UNDERGROUND world of BDSM.
Created by: Tanya Saracho, USA, 2018, 30 min
“Vida” is a new Starz Original series about two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and surprising truth about their mother’s identity.
STRANGERS & FÉMININ/FÉMININ
Created by: Mia Lidofsky (Strangers), USA, 2017, 52 min
Created by: Chloé Robichaud & Florence Gagnon (Féminin/Féminin), Canada, 2017, 43 min
Queer women are finding love and themselves in the second seasons of two of our favorite series from either side of the US/Canada border.
From the gay mafia to polyamory to queer and trans realities, this sampler of seven new independent series contemplates where our LGBTQ identities intersect, and how we can move forward together as a movement.
Created by: Christin Baker, USA, 2018, 48 min
Lesbian detective Riley discovers the city’s mean streets are actually a centuries-old battleground between angels and demons.
THE FINDING HOME SERIES: LGBT IMMIGRANTS & ASYLUM SEEKERS
Dir. Abraham Troen, USA, 2017, 63 min
Explore the journeys of three queer immigrants in L.A. who have escaped persecution and violence in their native countries.
PLATINUM SECTION: EXPERIMENTAL FILMS & LIVE EVENTS
THE WILD BOYS (LES GARÇONS SAUVAGES)
Dir: Bertrand Mandico, France, 2017, 110 min
NARCISSISTER ORGAN PLAYER
Dir: Narcissister, USA, 2017, 91 min
Dir: Claudia Priscilla & Kiko Goifman, Brazil, 2018, 75 min
Dir: Multiple, UK, USA, Mexico, Canada, 2018, 100 min
Bae Bae, Bebe Huxley, Dorian Electra, London Jade, Lulo, Luna Lovebad, Mood Killer, Weston Allen, The Uhuruverse, Narcissister, Nebulae Cult, Saturn Rising
Dir. Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, USA, 2017, 81 min
After two years of taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty, a non-binary 14-year-old considers whether to transition and where to find their place in the world.
BEYOND THE OPPOSITE SEX sponsored by Showtime Networks
Dir. Emily Abt & Bruce Hensel, USA, 2018, 89 min
In this sequel to Showtime’s The Opposite Sex, Rene and Jamie find that LIFE AFTER gender confirmation surgery comes with its own set of challenges.
THE CARMILLA MOVIE sponsored by Shaftesbury
Dir. Spencer Maybee, Canada, 2018, 94 min
Laura and Carmilla’s domestic bliss is threatened by an unknown evil forcing the “Scooby gang” to team up once more to save their humanity.
PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN sponsored by Annapurna Pictures
Dir: Angela Robinson, USA, 2017, 108 min
Angela Robinson introduces her latest feature about what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. Marston (Luke Evans) to create the iconic Wonder Woman character.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: THE DARE PROJECT & CLAY FARMERS
Dir: Adam Salky, USA, 2005 & 2018, 33 min
Revisit two Outfest classics, including the story of a gay theatre kid and a curious jock reconnecting as adults, and the 30-year anniversary of a moving rural drama reminiscent of Brokeback Mountain.
THE ADVOCATE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS: A LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM sponsored by here TV & The Advocate
Dir: William Clift, USA, 2018, 105 min
Over the course of five decades, The Advocate has reported the breaking news and ongoing challenges of the LGBTQ community.
BELIEVER sponsored by HBO
Dir. Don Argott, USA, 2018, 101 min
Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds makes it his mission to foster acceptance toward LGBTQ members of the Mormon Church by crafting an unforgettable rock festival.
ALONE IN THE GAME sponsored by AT&T Entertainment Group
Dir. Natalie Metzger & Michael Rohrbaugh, USA, 2018, 95 min
This documentary chronicles the challenges and triumphs of LGBTQ athletes in sports today, featuring Robbie Rogers, Gus Kenworthy, Layana White and Megan Rapinoe.
BAO BAO – World Premiere – sponsored by Taiwan Academy & Taiwan Ministry of Culture
Dir. Guang-cheng Shie, Taiwan, 2018, 97 min
A married lesbian couple’s relationship is challenged after one of the women promises their unborn child to another couple.
ALIFU, THE PRINCE/SS sponsored by Taiwan Academy & Taiwan Ministry of Culture
Dir. Wang Yu-Lin, Taiwan, 2017, 91 min
The intersection of several individuals in present-day Taiwan creates a colorful tapestry of LGBTQ lives, including Alifu, a young hairdresser who longs for a sex-change operation.
Jill Soloway, Lena Waithe and Tanya Saracho introduce an innovative new mentorship model to elevate queer, trans and POC storytelling.
ONE MINUTE MOVIE CONTEST
A selection of the work submitted to this year’s Outfest Fusion One Minute Movie Contest, on the topic of Keeping Silent / Speaking Truth.
AIDS DIVA: THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN (Sneak Preview)
Dir. Dante Alencastre, USA, 2018, 45 min
Seizing her power as she confronts her mortality, trailblazing trans activist Connie Norman evolves as an irrepressible, challenging and soulful voice for the AIDS and queer communities of early 90’s Los Angeles.
Panels & Workshops:
MAKE THEM HEAR YOU: THE TRUTH ABOUT CONTENT BY & FOR LGBTQ+ WOMEN Sponsored by AT&T Hello Lab
LGBTQ+ women have been at the forefront of many movements throughout history. However, in Hollywood, queer women remain the least represented community in front of and behind the camera. This discussion will explore the past, present, and future LGBTQ+ women in entertainment, bringing together trailblazers who are leading the charge for a more inclusive and multi-dimensional landscape.
Whether you’re an actor, artist, activist or academic, you’re welcomed here. The afternoon will begin with our Academy Award-nominated keynote speaker Yance Ford (Strong Island), followed by three compelling case studies focused on specific areas of need in media representation. THE ROOM will then come together for an unedited, organic, and dynamic conversation about issues relating to the trans and non-binary experience, moderated by the LA Times’ award-winning reporter Tre’vell Anderson.
BI IN THE BIZ sponsored by SAG-AFTRA and SAGIndie
While the L, G and T communities have made great strides toward visibility in the culture, the B’s still remain relatively hidden, even in the entertainment industry. This panel will feature out bisexual actors and entertainment industry professionals discussing the specific challenges and opportunities for film, TV and online performers who identify as such. Break out of the bi closet as we explore the politics and the pragmatism of actors living out in the open.
THE NEW AIDS NARRATIVE PANEL
Nearly 30 years since the first films about the HIV/AIDS epidemic hit the big screen, a new wave of scripted dramas is emerging. Join Outfest and GLAAD for a discussion of the history of HIV/AIDS representation in cinema, and what the arrival of films like BPM (Beats Per Minute), 1985 and Bohemian Rhapsodymeans with regards to telling HIV/AIDS stories to a new generation.
SCREENWRITING LAB: LIVE READING
Outfest’s annual live reading of scenes from the five scripts chosen for the 2018 Outfest Screenwriting Lab.
OUTSET SHORTS SCREENING
Dir/Scr: Jonny Alvarez, Producer: Ash Lavacca, Production Designers: Tristin Brown & Juliet Delgado, Mentor: Henry Alberto
BLESS THE USA
Dir/Scr: Sebastian Vergara, Co-Dir/Producer: Anthony Rizo, Production Design Mentor: Haharhel Valencia, Mentor: Marcos Davalos
Dir/Scr: Andrea Ngeleka, Producer: Tiffany Patterson, Production Designer: Hesed Kim, Mentors: Doendray Gossfield & Quincy LeNear Gossfield
Dir/Scr: Dave Berenato, Producer: Moira McFadden, Production Designer: Juliet Delgado, Mentors: Coley Sohn & Leanna Creel
FLAMERS:BOTTOMS IN A BRUSHFIRE
Dir/Scr: Capucine Berney, Producer: Alfredo Hernandez, Production Designer: Tristin Brown, Mentor: Assaad Yacoub.
OUTFEST UCLA LEGACY PROJECT
Dir: Arthur J. Bressan Jr., USA, 1985, 81 min
DUCK SEASON (TEMPORADA DE PATOS)
Dir: Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico, 2004, 90 min
SHOPPING FOR FANGS
Dir: Quentin Lee & Justin Lin, USA, 1997, 90 min
SHOW ME LOVE (FUCKING ÅMÅL)
Dir. Lukas Moodysson, Sweden, 1998, 89 min