Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, has announced its programming for Out On Film 31, the 31st annual LGBT film festival. The event will take place September 27 – October 7 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, Out Front Theatre Company and the Plaza Theatre. Festival passes, three-packs and individual tickets are available now.

This is an amazing year for LGBT cinema,” says Out On Film festival director Jim Farmer. “We aim to grow every year and this is our biggest festival to date in terms of the number of films we are showing and the most diverse slate we’ve ever presented. We celebrate films from around the world and in our own backyard. We are excited to share our programming.”

128 films, documentaries, short films and web series will be shown.

The opening night film is the Atlanta-set “When the Beat Drops,” which follows a crew of gay African-American men as they pioneer the Southern-rooted underground dance scene known as “bucking.” Created in the South, “bucking” was born as a response to being shunned from majorette routines, due largely to homophobia. Together with his crew of fellow gay African-American men, Anthony Davis — an Atlanta-born kid with a love of dance — helped grow bucking into a national movement, complete with fierce competitions, and in the process has created a haven for a generation of displaced black gay men.

“‘When the Beat Drops’ is a perfect opening night film for us,” says Jim Farmer, Out On Film’s festival director. “Jamal’s film is exciting, vibrant and inspirational – and it takes place right in the heart of Atlanta.” Director Jamal Sims, producer Jordan Finnegan, star Anthony Davis and many of the film’s cast will be in attendance.

The closing night film will be Ondi Timoner’s “Mapplethorpe,” starring Emmy nominee Matt Smith (“The Crown”) in a superb performance as the legendary gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. “Mapplethorpe” charts his rise to fame in the 1970s to his ultimately death in 1989. The film also stars Mark Moses, John Benjamin Hickey and Marianne Rendon as Patti Smith.

Other highlights include Rupert Everett’s “The Happy Prince.” The film, featuring Everett in a career-best performance, charts the last days in the life of Oscar Wilde. The cast also includes Colin Firth. Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson.

Madeleine Olnek’s Victorian dramedy “Wild Nights With Emily” re-imagines the personal life of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson, played magnificently by Molly Shannon. It destabilizes the widely held perception that she was a reclusive spinster by showcasing her “hidden persona”: a lively and comedic personality who was romantically involved with her best friend/sister-in law. Andrew Fleming’s Ideal Home” stars Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan as a bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year-old boy shows up at their door claiming to be a grandson.

Based on his award-winning short film, Yen Tan’s “1985” is about a closeted young man (an excellent Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”), returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. The supporting cast includes Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis.

In “Snapshots” – directed by Emmy Award winner Melanie Mayron of “Thirtysomething” – a grandmother’s secret past collides with her granddaughters’s secret future and her daughter’s angry present. The film stars Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams and Emily Baldoni.

 

Marcel Giser’s “Mario” follows a new striker who joins a soccer team and has an unexpected love affair with another teammate, while Jenna Laurenzo’s “Lez Bomb” is an all-star comedy about a closeted young woman who brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving.

Several web series will be included in this year’s program, including the acclaimed “After Forever,” starring Atlanta’s Mitchell Anderson, in which a single gay man in his 50’s suddenly has to re-negotiate his life.

Out On Film’s embrace of documentaries continues with the likes of “Man Made,” directed by Atlanta’s T. Cooper, which takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta). Other extraordinary documentaries include Jeff Kaufman’s “Every Act of Life,” about legendary playwright Terrence McNally, Tiffany Bartok’s “Larger Than Life: the Kevyn Aucoin Story,” about make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin; Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson’s SXSW smash “TransMilitary,” about transgender people serving in the military and their personal and professional struggles; Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” about the famed nightclub and the two men who started it; Melissa Haizlip’s “Mr. SOUL!,” about Ellis Haizlip and his groundbreaking TV series “SOUL,” and Caroline Berler’s “Dykes, Camera, Action,” offering up a history of queer cinema from the women who made it happen.

Out On Film hosts its first-ever Horror Night on Friday, October 6 with Colin Minihan’s “What Keeps You Alive,” in which majestic mountains, a still lake and venomous betrayals engulf a female married couple attempting to celebrate a one-year anniversary, and Matt Montgomery’s “Devil’s Path,” in which two men encounter each other on a dangerous gay cruising park trail and quick find themselves caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Following those features will be a series of horror short films

*Local flavor includes “When the Beat Drops,” “Man Made” “After Forever,” Kiki Wilson’s “Introspective – Labels and Discrimination Within the LGBTQ Community,” and Kevin O’Brien’s religious drama “At the End of the World” starring three Atlanta actors, including lead Stephen Shane Martin. Local filmmaker Cindy Abel will offer exclusive footage of her 2019 documentary “Surviving the Silence” and the Southern Bred Shorts program will focus on Atlanta or former Atlanta directors.

16 shorts programs will be featured in the line-up.

Since its official inception in 1988, Out On Film has grown to become one of the major LGBT film festivals in the country. The organization became independent in 2008 and in 2017 expanded to 11 days.

The festival will be held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, Out Front Theatre Company and the Plaza Theatre. The host hotel is the W Atlanta – Midtown. Returning this year will be the Out On Film VIP Lounge, sponsored by Apres Diem and Absolut.

Festival passes, three packs and individual tickets are on sale through the website – www.outonfilm.org – on August 27.

Complete screening information will be updated daily on our website – www.outonfilm.org and Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/outonfilmatl – as well as information on community events scheduled before and during the festival. Out On Film can be reached at (678) 237-7206.

Sponsors for the event include Turner, The Georgia Voice, Georgia Council for the Arts, the Fulton County Arts Council, The W Atlanta Midtown, Edge Media Network, Jonathan Buckhead (proprieter, Jonathan Shapero), Georgia Film Office, Craig Hardesty, Project Q Atlanta, Apres Diem, Atlanta Pride, Out Front Theatre Company, Atlanta Film Society, Heineken, MEAK Productions, Cornerstone Financial, Jim Anderson, Absolut, Eldredge ATL, Peach ATL, the DeKalb Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (Discover DeKalb), Bill Kaelin Marketing, Atlanta Beltline Partnership, AARP, Georgia Production Partnership, MAAP, John Sartain and Mike Nifong, Warren Gump and Gayborhood.

2018 OUT ON FILM ATLANTA LGBT FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP

GALA FILMS:

WHEN THE BEAT DROPS – OPENING NIGHT
Dir. Jamal Sims, 87 min.

MAPPLETHORPE – CLOSING NIGHT
Dir. Ondi Timoner, 102 min

NARRATIVE FEATURES

1985
Dir. Yen Tan, USA, 85 min

AT THE END OF THE DAY

Dir. Kevin O’Brien, 120 min

CANARY (KANARIE) – SOUTHEASTERN PREMIERE
Dir: Christiaan Olwagen, South Africa, 120 min

DEVIL’S PATH

Dir. Matt Montgomery, U.S. 87 min

EVENING SHADOWS
Dir: Sridhar Rangayan, India, 102 min

FREELANCERS ANONYMOUS

Dir. Sonia Sebastian, 81 min

FRIENDS IN LAW

Dir. Amit Khannna, Thailand, 90 min

GOOD MANNERS

Dir. Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas, Brazil and France, 135 min.

THE HAPPY PRINCE

Dir. Rupert Everett, UK, 105 min

HARD PAINT (TINTA BRUTA)
Dir. Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon, Brazil, 118 min

IDEAL HOME

Dir. Andrew Fleming, 91 min.

JUST FRIENDS

Dir. Ellen Smit, Netherlands, 80 min

LEZ BOMB

Dir. Jenna Laurenzo, 89 min

MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER
Dir: Anucha Boonyawatana, Thailand, 96 min

A MOMENT IN THE REEDS

Dir. Mikko Makela, Finland, 108 min.

 

MY BEST FRIEND (MI MEJOR AMIGO)

Dir. Martin Deus, Argentina, 90 min

MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING

Dir. Alessandro Genovesi, Italy, 90 min.

RIOT
Dir. Jeffrey Walker, Australia, 106 min

SNAPSHOTS

Dir. Melanie Mayron, 95 min.

SODOM – SOUTHEASTERN PREMIERE
Dir. Mark Wilshin, United Kingdom, 94 min

TUCKED – EASTERN COAST PREMIERE
Dir: Jamie Patterson, United Kingdom, 80 min

TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY – EASTERN COAST PREMIERE
Dir: Laura Madalinski, 97 min

URSINHO

Dir. Stephane Olijnyk, Brazil, 45 min


VENUS

Dir. Eisha Marjara, U.S, 95 min

WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE

Dir Colin Minahan, Canada, 98 min.)

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
Dir: Madeleine Olnek, 84 min

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

THE 34TH

Dir. Linda Cullen and Vanessas Gildea, Ireland, 78 min.

50 YEARS OF FABULOUS

Dir. Jethro Patalinghug, 82 min

CALL HER GANDA
Dir. PJ Raval, Philippines/USA, 93 min

CHERRY GROVE STORIES

Dir. Michael Fisher, 72 min.

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!
Dir. Caroline Berler, 58 min

EVERY ACT OF LIFE
Dir. Jeff Kaufman, 92 min

FAITH

Dir. Molly Pelavin, Kenya, 54 min.

THE ICE KING
Dir. James Erskine, UK, 89 min

INTROSPECTIVE – LABELS AND DISCRIMINATION WITHIN
THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

Dir. Kiki Wilson, 67 min

LARGER THAN LIFE – THE KEYVN AUCOIN STORY

Dir. Tiffany Bartok, 102 min.

MAN MADE
Dir. T Cooper, 97 min

MORONI FOR PRESIDENT

Dir. Salia Huusko and Jasper Richen, 76min

MR. SOUL!

Dir. Melissa Haizlip and Samuel D.Pollard, 90 min

THE QUEENS

Dir. Mark Saxenmeyer, 99 min

STUDIO 54

Dir. Matt Tyrnauer, 98 min.

TRANSGEEK

Dir. Kevin McCarthy and Sayer Johnson, 82 min.

TRANSMILITARY
Dir. Gabriel Silverman & Fiona Dawson, 93 min

YOURS IN SISTERHOOD
Dir. Irene Lusztig, 101 min.

EPISODIC PROGRAMS

AFTER FOREVER,

Dir. Jennifer Pepperman, 88 min

When the Beat Drops”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGxZ5d_nk9s

The Happy Prince”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HmN9r1Fcr8&t=31s

Snapshots”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB8WRTcTjLs&t=31s

Mario”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSqLoAYbUmk

Kanarie”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62gdHGqca8o

Freelancers Anonymous”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42S6Xb_ISDs&t=32s

Studio 54”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW-eehvrJnI

A Moment in the Reeds”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oyJodhVRok

Evening Shadows”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDpqasfWF9k&t=32s

Devil’s Path”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDpqasfWF9k&t=32s

What Keeps You Alive”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsZMwwpW6Bg

Ideal Home”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj_8zEqGh0M

Good Manners”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT2HeNiEc0Y

Yours in Sisterhood”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtkfSB9errE&t=57s

My Best Friend”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9IXRDy7NPE&t=25s

Larger than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvRkvUTH6Cc&t=7s

For Izzy”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDBk_xo-l4w

The Queens”

https://vimeo.com/167844085

Mr. SOUL!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ6n-b9RUno

Dykes, Camera, Action”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfv7arAi9po

Hard Paint”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4JSDNacNLY

The Ice King”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pyaMyb2vWM&t=23s

Cherry Grove Stories”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obmf36NcA9g&t=31s

50 Years of Fabulous”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtiv-2VMIAo&t=27s

Sodom”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf33fCHYaIc

Lez Bomb” clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9lg4-5_otg

Man Made”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PML2d4tHNlo&t=52s

TransGeek”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYmMjPY-uss&t=36s

Riot”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1Ue8APe9Qc&t=33s

After Forever”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyhFuza-1bA&t=24s

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