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Out on Film releases full schedule for Atlanta LGBT fest

Out on Film, Atlanta's LGBT film festival, today announced the complete line-up for this year's festival. More than 50 films from around the world will be shown during the eight day festival.

“We are thrilled at what we consider to be one of the strongest line-ups in Out On Film history, with award-wining films, lots of premieres, guests and plenty of local flavor,” said Jim Farmer, festival director of Out On Film, via a media release.

Organizers previously announced a double feature -- “The Sleeping Beauty of East Finchley” and “Going Down in La-La Land” -- will open the week-long festival while “Judas Kiss” will close the week.

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Meet the yodeling lesbian twins rocking New Zealand

The Topps

Had k.d. lang not broken out of Alberta with her early band, the Reclines, she might today be Canada’s equivalent of New Zealand’s Topp Twins: a national treasure little known in the rest of the world. But k.d. would still only be one lesbian, not two.

“The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls,” Leanne Pooley’s little documentary that could, is spreading their fame a bit wider, winning awards at numerous film festivals, both LGBT and mainstream. The film opens July 29 at Atlanta’s Midtown Art Cinema for a one-week run.

Besides singing original songs in traditional country style, Jools and Lynda Topp poke gentle fun at various types, from socialites (Dilly and Prue) to randy middle-aged men (Ken and Ken), through comic characters they’ve developed. They used their characters in a successful TV series for four years but still insist, “We’re not really comedians. We’re singers that are funny.”

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Margaret Cho’s ‘Cho Dependent’ to debut at Out on Film

Part-time Atlanta resident and full-time funny woman Margaret Cho will debut her concert film “Cho Dependent” at Atlanta's Out on Film Festival. The film features footage taken from Cho's last tour and was filmed at Atlanta's Tabernacle in December 2010.

During Cho's comedy routine, she discusses her stint on “Dancing with the Stars,” living in Atlanta while filming “Drop Dead Diva,” her support for LGBT equality and more.

“Having ‘Cho Dependent” as part of our schedule is extremely exciting, to say the least,” says Jim Farmer, festival director of Out On Film, in a media release issued today. “Margaret Cho is a long-time icon in the LGBT community, someone who has always stood by us and supported us. She’s also one of the funniest people on the planet. Margaret spends a lot of her time in Atlanta these days and the concert was filmed here, so there is a wonderful symmetry about being able to debut it.”

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‘Beginners’ is moving film about older gay father, son

Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in

Writer/director Mike Mills’ father did something bold at the age of 75: After his wife of 45 years passed away, he came out of the closet as gay. That autobiographical story is the basis of the new film “Beginners,” opening next week in Atlanta.

In the film, the bombshell revelation comes from the mouth of Hal (Christopher Plummer) to his surprised son Oliver (Ewan McGregor).  Hal isn’t interested in being quietly gay either: He wants to go out and find a new partner, even as he battles illness.  How he goes about leading his life eventually parallels the relationship of Oliver, who has romantic issues of his own, has with an actress (Melanie Laurent) with her own baggage.

Although Mills based the film on his own family circumstances, it isn’t a mirror image.