Out on Film thrives after 25 years

“That year was a rocky year and to have weathered that and gotten bigger and better is an accomplishment,” Farmer says. “I love the fact we’re independent, we’re an official nonprofit, our programming is very strong.

“That is something we wanted to do — put an emphasis on quality. We focus on the community and that’s why we’re here.”

Farmer said in 2008 when AFF sought people to take over OOF, his hand went immediately up to take on the challenge and rewards of bringing LGBT films to Atlanta.

“I’m an absolute movie geek,” Farmer says. “When I was growing up in middle Georgia, I was very much an outsider and would escape to the local movie theater; most of the time I would go see movies by myself. Movies took me to other places, introduced me to people I might never have known. They were an escape.”

Farmer and volunteers, including Farmer’s partner, Craig Hardesty, take care each year to have a broad selection of films to appeal to the diverse LGBT community in Atlanta and Georgia. This year’s lineup includes movies that address tough topics such as HIV, race, gender identity and aging.

Farmer says the goal is to give attendees “an experience,” not just the chance to watch a movie.

“These films are for you, by you, about you, and you can watch them with your community,” he says.

Special guests for 2012 Out on Film (click here for times)

• Oct. 4: Producer Anne Hubbell and Director Jonathan Lisecki of opening night film “Gayby.” Hubbell is also a former Atlantan.
• Oct. 5: Actor Joel Rush and Director Rosser Goodman of “Love or Whatever”
• Oct. 6: Actor and Director Chad Darnell of “Groom’s Cake”; also Ash Christian, director of “Petunia”
• Oct. 7: Director Robert Camina of “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge”
• Oct. 8: Macky Halston, former Atlantan and director of “Love Free or Die”
• Oct. 9: Richard LeMay, former Atlantan and director of “Naked As We Came”
• Oct. 10: Director Jim Hall and actress Coco Peru of “Trick.” Coco Peru will also perform at Mixx on Oct. 11
• Oct. 11:  Actor Gerald McCullouch and Director Doug Langway of “BearCity 2: The Proposal,” the sequel to “BearCity,” the fest’s all-time best selling film


Top photo: Out on Film Festival Director Jim Farmer (left), seen here with his partner, Craig Hardesty, is proud of the diversity the LGBT film fest provides each year and says community support continues to grow. (File photo)