This year's Out on Film festival kicks off Oct. 1 with a screening of "You Should Meet My Son!" The feature won Best Men's Feature at the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Festival and was the runner-up for Best Comedy at Philly Q Fest.
The festival will run Oct. 1-7 at the Midtown Art Cinema and the Ansley Park Playhouse will serve as a second venue.
The complete schedule will be announced within the coming week. Tickets to the festival will be available on Sept. 1.
Here is a list of the films slated to be shown from an Out on Film press release:
“The Adonis Factor” (directed by Christopher Hines) From former Atlantan Christopher Hines, the director of the critically-acclaimed film “The Butch Factor” comes an intriguing exploration of gay men’s pursuit of physical perfection, partially filmed in Atlanta and featuring several Atlantans.
“Bear City” (directed by Doug Langway) A hirsute “Sex and the City,” BearCity follows the funny, romantic, and occasionally dramatic adventures of a group of bears and cubs in New York City leading up to a big bear weekend. From the folks who brought you “Another Gay Movie,” “Bear Cub,” “Raising Heroes,” and the short film “Birthday Time.”
“Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride” (directed by Bob Christie) Gay Pride marches and festivals are happening all over, sometimes under heavy at the role of these events ever taken. This feature length documentary follows the Vancouver Pride Society’s (VPS) Parade Director Ken Coolen and his VPS colleagues as they travel to places where Pride is still steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists.
“Children of God” (directed by Kareem Mortimer) Two young Bahamian men on the path to out-of-the-closet self-respect are shadowed by a nasty current of outspoken homophobia in this tender, tough and touching drama.
“Elena Undone” (directed by Nicole Conn) Featuring the longest kiss in cinematic history clocking in at more than three minutes “Elena Undone” is a must see. Peyton and Elena are, on the surface, diametrically opposed one, a well-known lesbian writer, the other a mother and wife of a pastor but then their paths cross, several times over, they feel compelled to connect. What begins as friendship quickly blossoms into something deeper
“The Four-Faced Liar” (directed by Jacob Chase) “The Four-Faced Liar, “a comedy about drama,” tells the story of a group of New York 20-somethings. Bridget is a hip, womanizing lesbian who loves Emily Bronte, and who lives with her guy pal Trip. One night, they meet straight-laced New York newbies Greg and Molly at their favorite hangout, The Four-Faced Liar. Molly is a bit appalled by free spirited Bridget but she’s also attracted to her, and in time, the friends’ lives are hilariously complicated when the two women fall in love.
“I Killed My Mother” (directed by Xavier Dolan) A Cannes favorite, writer-director Xavier Dolan delivers a non-traditional, gay coming-of-age story with I Killed My Mother: a complex, semi-autobiographical drama about a teenager’s love/hate relationship with his mom.
“Making the Boys” (directed Crayton Robey) In 1968, a play called “The Boys in the Band” opened off-Broadway. Written by Mart Crowley, the drama centered around a group of homosexual friends who gather for a birthday party that quickly turns ugly. No one could have guessed the impact that the small production would have on the tempestuous social climate of the 1960s. “Making the Boys” traces the history of the play and how its surprising success gave many people struggling with their sexuality the courage to come out of the closet and stand up for their rights.
“Oy Vey! My Son is Gay” (directed by Evgeny Afineevsky) A wildly funny farce about two Jewish parents who don’t want to believe their son is gay. A great cast headed by the Jewish mother to end all Jewish mothers, Lainie Kazan.
“Plan B” (directed by Marco Berger) After his girlfriend breaks up with him, Bruno decides he will do anything to get her back – even pretend to have a crush on her new, reportedly bisexual boyfriend. But what if he falls in love for real?
“The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister” (directed by James Kent) Maxine Peake (“Criminal Justice”) stars in “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister,” a bold, passionate drama that has enchanted audiences at festivals this year. Anne Lister, 1791-1840, was a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was a lesbian, who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, in private defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover. Anne Lister kept a detailed account of her life, her loves and her emotions in a fascinating and painfully honest four million word journal.
“Ticked Off Trannies With Knives” (directed by Israel Luna) A group of transgender women are violently beaten by three straight guys and left for dead. After regaining their consciousness, the violated vixens turn deadly divas. With their new found confidence and courage, the ticked-off trannies slice their way to vengeance. An homage to the exploitation/revenge films of the 70’s and 80’s, “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives” is loaded with titillating dialog, buckets of bloodŠand extreme violence.
“Undertow” (directed by Javier Fuentes-Leon) Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, “Undertow” is one of the most beautiful gay love stories you’re likely to see, a film that has moved audiences across the world, at film festival after festival. In a tiny Peruvian seaside village, where traditions run deep, Miguel (Cristian Mercado), a young fisherman, and his beautiful bride, Mariela (Tatiana Astengo), are about to welcome their first child. But Miguel harbors a scandalous secret. He’s in love with Santiago (Manolo Cardona), a painter, who is ostracized by the town because he’s gay. After a tragic accident occurs, Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or doing right by him and, in turn, revealing their relationship to Mariela‹and the entire village.
“Violet Tendencies” (directed by Casper Andreas) She is Manhattan’s most fabulous Fruit Fly! At 40, Violet is the racy, fun-loving belle of the ball. She spends her night as royalty, but when the party ends she always heads home alone. Starring Mindy Cohn of “The Facts of Life,” Casper Andreas (Out on Film’s 2009 entry “The Big Gay Musical”) and Jesse Archer.