As for the closing feature, Farmer has high praise for “Bridegroom.”
“I think ‘Bridegroom’ is the best gay romance since ‘Brokeback Mountain,” says Farmer. “Shane’s story is powerful and heartbreaking, but also hopeful, about moving on in the face of tragedy.” Crone is expected to attend the festival.
“Birthday Cake” (Sunday, October 6th at 6:45 p.m.)
Chad Darnell’s follow-up to his 2012 award-winning short “Groom’s Cake” is a comic howler – a mockumentary following the three days leading up to the first birthday party of a child with two gay parents, Steven (Rib Hills) and Daniel (Chad Darnell.) As if dealing with a newborn and planning a party isn’t enough, both sides of the family visit, including Daniel’s estranged mother (Helen Shaver) and Steven’s senile grandmother (Lee Meriwhether). Jane Badler (“V”) pops up as a temperamental actress Daniel’s working with.
Cast: Chad Darnell, Rib Hillis, Helen Shaver, Lee Meriwether, Peter Paige, Jane Badler, Jenni Pulos, Jennifer Gimenez
Director: Chad Darnell
“Breaking the Girls” (Friday, October 4th at 7:05 p.m.)
University student Sara, when slandered by a hostile classmate, is befriended by the manipulative Alex, who proposes the perfect, untraceable crime – to kill each other’s arch enemies. When Alex actually goes through with it, Sara finds herself being framed for murder. From Jamie Babbit, director of “But I’m a Cheerleader” and “Itty Bitty Titty Committee,” and writer Guinevere Turner.
Cast: Agnes Bruckner, Madeline Zima, Shawn Ashmore
Director: Jamie Babbit
“G.B.F.” (Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m.)
The fight for supremacy between a school’s most popular girls takes an unexpected turn when Tanner (Michael J. Willett) becomes its first openly gay student. As they race to bag the big trend in fashion accessories, the Gay Best Friend, Tanner must choose between skyrocketing popularity and the friends he is leaving behind. Darren Stein (“Jawbreaker”) returns with another comic send-up of high school clique culture, including memorable performances by Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne.
Cast: Michael J. Willett, Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen, Xosha Roquemore, Molly Tarlov Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, Rebecca Gayheart, Jonathan Silverman
Director: Darren Stein
“Geography Club” (Friday, October 4th at 5:20 p.m.)
Based on Brent Hartinger’s best-selling critically acclaimed novel, Geography Club is a smart, fast, and funny account of contemporary teenagers as they discover their own sexual identities, dreams, and values. 16-year old Russell (Cameron Stewart of “Pitch Perfect”) is still going on dates with girls while having a secret relationship with football quarterback Kevin, who will do anything to prevent his football teammates from finding out. Min and Terese tell everyone that they’re just really good friends. And then there’s Ike who can’t figure out who he is or who he wants to be. Finding the truth too hard to hide, they all decide to form the Geography Club, thinking nobody else in their right mind would ever want to join. However, their secrets may soon be discovered and they could have to face the choice of revealing who they really are.
Cast: Cameron Stewart, Ana Gasteyer, Scott Bakula, Nikki Blonsky
Director: Gary Entin
“Getting Go, The Go-Doc Project” (Saturday, October 5th at 9:05 p.m.)
From the team behind the classic “Were the World Mine” comes this funny, sexy story of an introverted young man, played by Tanner Cohen (star of “Were the World Mine,”) who befriends a New York go-go boy under the pretence of making a documentary about him.
Cast: Tanner Cohen, Matthew Camp
Director: Cory Krueckerberg
Writer: Tom Gustafson
“First Period” (Tuesday, October 8th at 7:15 p.m.)
New girl Cassie and school outcast Maggie are easily the most unpopular girls at their high school. Together, they decide the way to win the hearts of cute boys and popular girls is to enter–and win–the annual Talent Show. But rivals Heather, Other Heather, and their popular boyfriends Dirk and Brett will stop at nothing to keep Cassie and Maggie the laughing stock of the school. It’s going to take courage, a make over, and maybe even a rap battle to beat them in true 80s style.
Cast: Brandon Alexander III, Dudley Beene, Lauren Rose Lewis, Michael Turchin, Leigh Wakeford, Karli Kaiser, Adrian Burks, Cassandra Peterson, Jack Plotnick, Judy Tenuta
Director: Charlie Vaughn
“The Happy Sad” (Monday, October 7th at 7:00 p.m.)
In the age of polyamory and blurred lines of sexuality, what really makes for a happy relationship? Two young couples in New York—one black and gay, one white and heterosexual—find themselves Two young couples in New York—one black and gay, one white and heterosexual—find themselves intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity, and redefine monogamy in this captivating new film directed by Out On Film fave Rodney Evens (“Brother to Brother”).
Cast: Leroy McClain, Sorel Carradine, Charlie Barnett, Cameron Scoggins, Maria Dizzia, Sue Jean Kim, Jamie Harrold, Michael Nathanson
Director: Rodney Evans
“Hot Guys With Guns” ((Friday, October 4th at 9:05 p.m.)
Doug Spearman (“Noah’s Arc”) directs this comedy mystery with two gay leading men. Danny is an actor longing for a big break. Enrolling in a private investigator class to prepare for a role, he gets a homework assignment is to trail his ex Pip, a Los Angeles party boy who has gotten involved in a string of area robberies. Danny and Pip decide to solve the case themselves. With one-liners aplenty and guns exploding all over the place, “Hot Guys With Guns” is an entertaining mix of laugh and action.
Cast: Marc Anthony Samuel, Brian McArdle, Alan Blumenfeld, Jay Huguley, Darryl Stephens
Director: Doug Spearman
“Kill Your Darlings” (Tuesday, October 8th at 9:10 p.m.)
Daniel Radcliffe (the “Harry Potter” films) leads a stellar cast – Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen – in this mystery as the great poets of the beat generation – Allen Ginbserg (Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster) – are brought together by a murder in 1944.
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen
Director: John Krokidas
“Meth Head” (Wednesday, October 9th at 7:30 p.m.)
Kyle Peoples (an amazing, fearless Lukas Haas) never wanted to be the man he has become in his 30’s – stuck in a dead end job, engaged to a lover who is more successful than he, and saddled with a family that doesn’t get him at all. When an innocent night of partying leads to a new family of friends and fun, Kyle sees an opportunity to escape from his reality. But Kyle’s new friends and their love of crystal meth threatens to cost Kyle everything.
Cast: Lukas Haas, Tom Sizemore, Wilson Cruz, Tom Sizemore
Director: Jane Clark
“Pit Stop” ((Saturday, October 5th at 11:20 a.m.)
Recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, Gabe finds solace in the relationship he maintains with his ex-wife and daughter. On the other side of town, Ernesto evades life at home with his current live-in ex-boyfriend by spending much of his spare time in the hospital with an ailing past love. Impervious to the monotony of their blue-collar world, they maintain an unwavering yearning for romance. Far from the gay centers of the world, director Yen Tan explores the complex and oft-forgotten lives of gay men in small-town America. The understated, contemplative nature of Ernesto and Gabe’s story is told from the perspective of an observer, allowing us—even if just for a moment—to understand what it means to be an outsider.
Cast: Bill Heck, Marcus Deanda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman
Director: Yen Tan
“Reaching for the Moon” (Wednesday, October 9th at 7:15 p.m.)
Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Glória Pires, “Reaching for the Moon” is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.
Cast: Tracy Middendorf, Miranda Otto, Glória Pires
Director: Bruno Barreto
“Southern Baptist Sissies” (Wednesday, October 9th at 9:15 p.m.)
Written by Del Shores, the creator of “Sordid Lives,” “Southern Baptist Sissies” is the story of four gay boys who grew up in the Southern Baptist church and the different journey each one takes in coming to terms with their own homosexuality versus what they were taught by the church. The terrific cast includes Leslie Jordan, Ann Walker, Newell Alexander, Emerson Collins and William Belli. Filmed before a live audience in Los Angeles.
Cast: Emerson Collins, William Belli, Ann Walker, Newell Alexander, Leslie Jordan, Dale Dickey
Director: Del Shores
“Test” (Sunday, October 6thh at 5 p.m.)
Frankie, the newest and youngest member of an exciting contemporary dance company, lives in fear and dread. At work he’s mocked by the choreographer and told to “dance like a man.” Outside of work the city offers no relief: a newspaper headline asks “Should Gays Be Quarantined?” and fresh graffiti screams “AIDS Faggot Die!” The year is 1985, the place San Francisco, and the epidemic has just begun. With his bright yellow Walkman clipped on his belt, Frankie retreats into a music-filled trance. When one of the dancers is injured Frankie must perform in his place. Todd, an established dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie’s innocent, helps Frankie prepare. It’s the classic test of skill and character. But a very different test looms on the horizon for both of them. As Frankie and Todd’s friendship deepens, they navigate a world full of deadly risk that is also, now and then, full of hope.
Cast: Damon K. Sperber, Kristofer Cusick, Matthew Risch
Director: Chris Mason Johnson
“Truth” (Saturday, October 5th at 11:20 p.m.)
A suspenseful, psychological thriller, “Truth” exposes the hidden demons buried deep inside each and every one of us. After a chance encounter over the Internet, Caleb (Sean Paul Lockhart/Brent Corrigan, of “Judas Kiss”) meets and falls head over heels for Jeremy (Rob Moretti,) and soon the line between love and lies blur. Struggling to keep his past a secret, including his mentally ill mother, Caleb slowly succumbs to his darker side. A sudden turn of events finds Jeremy held captive, until Caleb’s quest for the truth be revealed. The film also stars Emmy Winner® Blanche Baker (“16 Candles”)
Cast: Sean Paul Lockhart, Rob Moretti
Director: Rob Moretti
“Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf” (Monday, October 7th at 7 p.m.)
As another birthday rolls around, forty-year-old filmmaker Anna returns to her never-changing list of resolutions: lose twenty pounds, get a girlfriend, and direct a feature film. Imagine Liz Lemon, if she were a lesbian cinéaste with a dash of Cuban blood in her. This year, Anna plans to knock (at least) two of those resolutions out with one stone, as she begins writing a lesbian remake of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” devised to win the affections of her leading lady, Katia (Janina Gavankar of “The L-Word”). With Anna planning to act opposite her beautiful crush, her two best friends, Penelope (“Go Fish’s” Guinevere Turner) and Chloe (“True Blood’s” Carrie Preston), round out the four-person cast. Unfortunately, things don’t run smoothly, as egos clash and crew members start sleeping with one another.
Cast: Anna Margarita Albelo, Guinevere Turner, Janina Gavankar, Agnes Olech, Carrie Preston, Celeste Pechous, Joel Michaely, Drew Droege
Director: Anna Margarita Albelo
“Free Fall” (Monday, October 7th at 9 p.m.)
A promising career in the riot control unit, a child on the way, a loan from his parents to buy a duplex: everything is running to plan in Marc’s life. Then fellow policeman Kay walks into his life at the police training academy. They start jogging together, bringing a breath of fresh air into Marc’s life – and, for the first time, he develops feelings for a man.Torn between the life he knows so well and the exhilaration of this new adventure, his life rapidly spins out of control. In this state of free fall, Marc cannot make anyone happy anymore. Least of all himself. Exceptional performances from the three leads provide a moving portrayal of what happens when life plans crumble and there is no way left to fulfil the needs of the people you love.
Cast: Hanno Koffler, Katharina Schuttler, Max Riemelt,
Director: Stephan Lacant
“Hawaii” (Sunday, October 6th at 8:50 p.m.)
From talented Marco Berger (“Plan B and Absent”) comes his latest examination of sexual confusion. Former childhood friends Martin and Eugenio meet up again as young adults at Eugenio’s lakeside family home. Martin hires Eugenio to do summer work and can’t take his eyes off his (frequently naked) friend. Romantic and very sexy, “Hawaii” is immensely satisfying. And did we mention that hunky Eugenio is frequently naked?
Cast: Manuel Vignau, Mateo Chiarino, Luz Palazon, Manuel Martinez Sobrado, Antonia De Michelis
Director: Marco Berger
“Margarita” (Saturday, October 5th at 11:00 a.m.)
Margarita the nanny is muse to all: she’s a whipsmart bookkeeper, can fix everything from a hot tub to a smoothie, and could put Martha Stewart to shame with her effortless domestic engineering. Not to mention she’s sexy as a jaguar, sweet as dulce de leche, and regularly piques everyone’s interest…in more ways than one. She’s everything power couple Gail and Ben and their teenage daughter Mali could ask for in a gorgeous young live-in from Mexico.But when finances shrink and they can no longer afford her, Margarita’s livelihood and the household stability are suddenly on shaky ground. Is this a crisis that Jane the saucy law school girlfriend or Carlos the hot Brazilian handyman can solve? Family, friends, and lovers must come together to keep her in town and the “proposals” start flying.
Canada/ 90 min.
Cast: Nicola Correia Damude, Christine Horne, Patrick McKenna, Claire Lautier
Director: Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert
“Solo” (Friday, October 4th at 11:20 p.m.)
In this sexy, romantic, and uncomfortably chilling tale of love and deception from first time director Marcelo Briem Stamm, two men meet in a chat room but when they eventually meet in person and the sexual sparks are hot. While sex is satisfying and often, it is their collective problems with intimacy, trust and the fear of being hurt that make them hesitant to commit fully. As their relationship develops, both reveal secrets from their past but these revelations may be real, imagined or outright lies. You might never seek a one-night stand again.
Cast: Patricio Ramos, Mario Veron, Carlos Echevarria, Laura Agorreca, Mike Zubi
Director: Marcelo Briem Stamm
“Melting Away” (Sunday, October 6th at 3:10 p.m.)
This heartfelt drama follows the story of a family drawn into crisis after the parents discover their child is secretly a cross-dresser and kick him out of the house. Years later, when the father is dying of cancer, the mother hires a private detective to track him down. Instead of a “son”, the detective finds a woman who earns her pay dancing at gay cabarets. Will the daughter now manage to overcome the past and forgive her parents? Will the parents be able to adapt to their new daughter?
Cast: Hen Yanni, Yonatan Barak, Limor Goldstein
Director: Doron Eran
“Tell No One” (Sunday, October 5th at 11:00 a.m.)
Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dVa7eWnLZI
Mattia lives in Rome with his family but is about to move to Madrid with his long-time boyfriend Eduard who is convinced that Mattia is “out” to his family. Unfortunately, that could not be further from the truth as Mattia’s crazy family, which includes a womanizing ego-maniacal father, a meek and subservient mother and a coarse, dominating sister, has no idea about his secret life. Mattia’s façade is on the verge of being shattered as his boyfriend insists he meets the in-laws before moving to Madrid – setting off a series of hilarious and touching moments. Tell No One is a sweet, kooky and romantic comedy with a huge heart.
Cast: Josafat Vagni, Monica Guerritore, Francesco Montanari
Director: Ivan Silvestrini
“The Battle of amFAR” (Tuesday, October 8th at 5 p.m.)
When AIDS strikes, two very different women – Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim – join forces to create America’s first AIDS research foundation. The fight against HIV/AIDS has never been the same.
Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Before You Know It” (Sunday, October 5th at 12:45 p.m.)
The subjects of “Before You Know It” are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination.
Director: PJ Raval
“Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton” (Wednesday, October 9th at 6 p.m.)
The late James Broughton was not only a highly influential filmmaker but a poet and sexual liberator. Midway through his life he joined the Radical Faeries and was also a charter member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The likes of author Armistead Maupin sing his praises in this joyish, buoyant film.
Director: Stephen Silla, Eric Slade, and Dawn Logsdon
“The Blacks of their Eyes” (Monday, October 7th at 6:05 p.m.)
Website and trailer: http://shogafilms.com/2013/01/blacks-of-their-eyes/
Interracial couplings have always carried with them myths, judgments, and projections stemming from stereotypes that live in American culture. In the case of white-on-black desire, the cultural matrix provides a particularly rich gumbo of racism, historical oppression, master/slave scripts, and individual efforts to escape or acknowledge the stigma of “jungle fever.”
This personal documentary explores filmmaker Robert Philipson’s attraction to black men through autobiographical narration and interviews with other like-minded men as well A filmed discussion conducted by the Southern California chapter of Black and White Men Together sheds further light on the subject.
Director: Robert Phillipson
“Breaking Through” (Saturday, October 5th at 5 p.m.)
Website and trailer: http://www.breakingthroughmovie.com/
Openly LGBT elected officials at all levels and from across the country share their stories of self-doubt and triumph over multiple barriers ranging from race and poverty to gender and sexual orientation, revealing a deeply personal, rarely-seen side of politicians and gay people in Atlanta filmmaker Cindy Abel’s wonderful new documentary.
Cast: Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, Kathy Webb and politicians across the country
Director: Cindy Abel
“Bridegroom” (Thursday, October 10th at 8:30 p.m.)
Directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason of “Designing Women” fame, “Bridegroom” tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will. On May 7, 2012, the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a year of documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to his partner entitled “It Could Happen To You.” This film, posted on YouTube, received over 3.4 million views. The impact of it, the raw nerve it touched, is the impetus of this tremendously moving documentary.
Director: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
“Gore Vidal: the United States of Amnesia” (Sunday, October 6th at 11:00 a.m.)
No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.
Commentary by those who knew him best—including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens—blends with footage from Vidal’s legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time. Gore Vidal’s professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. This is Gore Vidal’s last word and testimony.
US/ 89 min.
Director: Nicholas Wrathall
“I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole” (Thursday, October 3rd at 9:15 p.m.)
Encore – (Thursday, October 10th at 2:30 p.m.)
“I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole” tells the story of a sometimes overlooked gay liberation and independent film making pioneer. In late 1971, Wakefield Poole, a respected Broadway dancer and choreographer, had the audacity to put his real name above the title of his first film, a low-budget, hardcore gay erotic feature called “Boys in the Sand.” And to make sure everyone knew about it, Poole advertised the film in the NY Times, creating a sensation. In an era when anyone making, promoting, or appearing in what the US government considered “pornography” could be liable for prosecution and jail time, Poole was a remarkably open and honest gay film maker. He became internationally famous and his movies screened for years as examples that films could be artistic as well as sexually explicit. Director/Producer Jim Tushinski continues the exploration of art and sexuality he began in That Man: Peter Berlin, but this time around, the main character is not a cool, untouchable icon. Poole was an outspoken and articulate artist in a turbulent, passionate time. Filled with gorgeous archival footage, excerpts from Poole’s lushly photographed films, and entertaining and illuminating interviews with Poole’s contemporaries and colleagues, I Always Said Yes is a story of artistic integrity and disappointment, self-destruction, reinvention, love, sex, fortitude, and a little musical comedy.
Director: Jim Tushinski
“I Am Divine” (Saturday, October 5th at 7:05p.m.)
“I Am Divine” is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. He blurred the line between performer and personality and revolutionized pop culture. Featuring interviews with John Waters, Mink Stole, Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter and more, “I Am Divine” is a definitive Divine portrait.
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
“Intersexion” (Monday, October 7th at 4 p.m..)
When a baby is born, the first question we ask. Is it a boy or a girl? What if it’s neither? One of out every 2000 newborns is an intersex child. Grant Lahood’s fascinating documentary looks at intersex people, including Atlanta’s Dani Lynn Harris.
New Zealand/68 min.
Director: Grant Lahood
“Joy! Portrait of a Nun” (Thursday, October 10th at 4:30 p.m.)
Shot over seven years, this affectionate documentary takes us on a journey with Sister Missionary P. Delight, one of the founders of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Director: Joe Balass
“Lesbiana” (Monday, October 7th at 5:40 p.m.)
A parallel revolution was born out of the feminist movement of the 1970’s, coming to an end around 1995. Filmmaker Myriam Fougère takes us on a journey to meet the lesbian writers, philosophers and activists who were key players in creating a revolutionary sisterhood. From Montréal to Texas, by way of New York, Myriam encounters lesbians who chose to live only among women. This marginal yet international movement is brought to life through archival footage and photographs, and evocative interviews with these courageous women, many of whom are now in their seventies and eighties.
Director: Myriam Fougère
“Mr.Angel” (Tuesday, October 8th at 6 p.m.)
Shot over six years, Mr. Angel chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender advocate, educator and porn pioneer, Buck Angel. Buck has survived addiction, homelessness, suicide and relentless opposition to his gender expression. Still, he lives his truth without compromise or apology.This feature length documentary explores Buck’s moving story to understand the complexities of someone who overcame incredible obstacles, then shamelessly sought the spotlight and its backlash, to share his message of empowerment. An inspirational story of rare perseverance and an unlikely hero.
Director: Dan Hunt
“The New Black” (Tuesday, October 8th at 7:40 p.m.)
“The New Black” is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
Director: Yoruba Richen
“The Rugby Player” (Saturday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m.)
Website and trailer: http://www.therugbyplayerfilm.com/
A feature length documentary focusing on the unique bond between a mother and son and how it was ultimately strengthened by tragedy, “The Rugby Player” explores the lives of Mark Bingham, a passenger of United Flight 93 on 9/11, and his mother, Alice Hoagland.
Director: Scott Gracheff
“Seventh-Gay Adventists” (Wednesday, October 9th at 3:30 p.m.)
David loves Jesus and wants to go to heaven, but he also wants Colin. Marcos was fired for being gay, but wants to be a pastor again. And Sherri wants her kids to grow up to be good Seventh-day Adventists even though the church teaches that her same-sex marriage is sinful. All three are caught in the middle between the church they know and love and their desire to be fully accepted for who they are. ‘Seventh-Gay Adventists’ offers a revealing look at the inner spiritual world of three LGBT church members struggling to reconcile their faith and sexuality and explores what it means to belong when you find yourself on the margins.
Director: Daneen Akers
“Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro” (Wednesday, October 9th at 5:30 p.m.)
Combining over twelve years of footage and narrated by their twin sons, “ Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro” follows legendary songwriter Desmond Child and his lifelong partner’s loving journey to create their new modern family, with Jon Bon Jovi as the kid’s godfather!
Director: Heather Winters
“Valentine Road” (Tuesday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m at the Philip Rush Center)
At the height of the bullying scandal that rocked the U.S. in 2008, a 15-year-old boy named Larry King asked another boy to be his valentine in a suburban schoolyard in California. The next day Larry was dead, shot in cold blood by his 14-year-old crush Brandon McInerney. At turns shocking, devastating, and outrageous, “Valentine Road” bores deeply into the homophobia, sexism, racism, and class-struggle that inform everyday American life—and reveals an American justice system that is utterly unprepared to deal with the realities of teenage crime and punishment. Directed by first-time feature documentarian Marta Cunningham, “Valentine Road” is an unforgettable exposé of society’s pervasive and deadly intolerance of young people who don’t conform to its gender “norms.” This film will both break your heart and fire you up into action.
Director: Marta Cunningham
“Ian Harvie Superhero” (Thursday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m.)
In this debut stand-up comedy concert film, Ian Harvie talks about the very personal and public journey of having been born a girl and later becoming a self-made man. It’s Ian’s facile sense of ease, not just his gender-bending presence that makes his humor groundbreaking. It’s these very qualities that attracted the notorious Margaret Cho to publicly rave about Ian’s work and have him as her opening act for years.
Director: Liam K. Sullivan
At least four programs of short films will be held during the festival. Please check the website – www.outonfilm.org – for a complete line-up.