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Out on Film continues

Tonight's line-up features documentaries, lesbian drama and a film by Atlanta filmmakers

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Out on Film: Festival celebrates LGBT culture on the big screen

‘Ella Undone’ will screen at the 2010 Out on Film festival

One way to get ready for Pride is a week of total immersion in LGBT cinema. Fortunately, Out on Film offers that opportunity from Oct. 1-7 at two venues, the Landmark Midtown Art Cinemas (LMAC) and the Ansley Park Playhouse (APP).

With 31 features, four programs of shorts and other events, you’ll be able to visit exotic locations (Rio, Buenos Aires, Peru, Nassau, 19th–century England) or spend endless hours in New York bars. Nine of the features are documentaries — and the doc is “in” these days — but fictional films offer a dose of the reality of homophobia in the Bahamas, the Marines and other places.

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Fall Preview: Much to look forward to in fall film releases

New Jim Carrey movie

The Kids Are All Right” may not be the only queer film represented at the Oscars next year. As award season looms, so do “Howl” with James Franco and “I Love You, Phillip Morris,” a romantic comedy pairing Jim Carrey with Ewan McGregor.

Less gay but with the potential to turn the butchest queen into a screamer is “Burlesque,” Christina Aguilera’s big-screen debut and Cher’s first starring role in over a decade.

No doubt there will be gay and lesbian characters and subplots sprinkled in other mainstream entertainments — who knew two months ago “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” would be so queer or “The Last Exorcism” would have a gay twist?

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‘Genderblind’ screens at Black Gay Pride

Lanita Joseph

The story of a young, African-American Christian woman who grapples with her identity and eventually falls in love with another woman is the basic premise for the movie “Genderblind,” showing at this year’s Black Gay Pride.

But what filmmaker, artist and dancer LaNita Joseph, 27, didn’t know when she made “Genderblind” is the somewhat large controversy that would surround her small-budget movie.

“It’s become so controversial. I didn’t realize it would be that way,” says Joseph, who wrote, produced and directed the film.

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‘Patrik, Age 1.5’ explores gay couple’s unusual adoption

Patrik, Age 1.5

How do you say “Lifetime Television” in Swedish? The story told in “Patrik, Age 1.5” (“Patrik 1,5”), which debuted in last year’s Out on Film, is very familiar, but in most versions the principal couple is heterosexual. (“Breakfast with Scot” was a recent exception.)

Göran (Gustaf Skarsgård) and Sven (Torkel Petersson) are not hetero, and they’ve got the wedding rings to prove it. Oh, Sven was married to a woman once, and she brings their reluctant 16-year-old daughter around periodically to remind him.

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Julianne Moore discusses her lesbian role in ‘The Kids Are All Right’

The Kids are All Right

Having dabbled in screen lesbianism before — in isolated scenes opposite Toni Collette in “The Hours,” Amanda Seyfried in “Chloe” and Blake Lively in “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” — Julianne Moore finally goes all the way with Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right.”

Directed and co-written (with Stuart Blumberg) by lesbian filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko (“High Art”), the new movie casts Moore and Bening as Jules and Nic, a longtime couple.  When their teen children, played by Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson, decide to make contact with their sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo), alternately humorous and heartfelt complications ensue.

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New film ‘Stonewall Uprising’ revisits LGBT milestone

Stonewall Riots

Georgia native David Carter is the author of “Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution,” the meticulously researched 2004 book on which the film “Stonewall Uprising” is based.

As this weekend marks 41 years since Stonewall, and 40 years since the first Gay Pride celebrations, we caught up with Carter — who now lives in New York City — to discuss his role in making the film, the myths that still surround the riots, and what we can still learn from Stonewall today.

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‘Stonewall Uprising’ explores turning point in LGBT history

“Before Stonewall” ended with the Stonewall Riots. “After Stonewall” began with them. Those documentaries from 1984 and 1999 respectively were reissued in a two-DVD set for Pride Month.

“Stonewall Uprising” sounds like it might have been called “During Stonewall,” but an opening title reveals the scarcity of photos and film footage of the actual events. Instead the new documentary uses reenactments and generic materials from the period, in addition to interviews with those involved.

Based in part on David Carter’s book “Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution” (with Carter helping vet the interviewees), “Stonewall Uprising” is mostly a variation on “Before Stonewall.” Except for a brief introduction the June 28, 1969, raid that triggers the riots doesn’t occur until 50 minutes into the film. The last half-hour is about the raid, the riots and the aftermath.