What You'll Get
For 34 years, the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival has celebrated the latest and greatest in queer cinema. This year, there are two festival series: Focus on Latin America explores some exceptional films coming out of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, and Focus On Los Angeles showcases the thriving local film production landscape. With a mix of U.S. and international narrative features, documentaries and shorts, there's always something for everyone, from the discerning film buff to the first-time festivalgoer hoping to see their story reflected on the big screen. Many of the movies are followed by post-screening Q&A discussions, and many include pre- or post-screening receptions with a hosted bar. Among the scheduled screenings is the latest from acclaimed Australian filmmaker Gillian Anderson (My Brilliant Career, Little Women), the documentary Women He's Undressed, which delves into the fascinating life of Oscar-winning costume designer Orry-Kelly. Catch Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival screenings at the Directors Guild of America, Harmony Gold Theater and REDCAT.
Venue locations are:
Directors Guild of America (DGA) @ 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Ford Theatres @ 2580 Cahuenga Blvd East, Hollywood
Harmony Gold Theater @ 7655 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Orphuem Theatre @ 842 South Broadway, Los Angeles
REDCAT @ 631 W. 2nd St., Downtown Los Angeles
The Theatre at Ace Hotel @ 927 S Broadway, Los Angeles
The Intervention (July 7 @ Orpheum)
Clea DuVall makes an assured directorial debut with THE INTERVENTION, a relationship comedy featuring a sharp-witted ensemble of thirty-something couples on a beautiful lakefront vacation — with a hidden agenda. When the weekend’s plot to intervene in Ruby’s (Cobie Smulders) relationship goes awry, tension among the group runs high and riotous comedy ensues.
First Girl I Loved (July 8 @ DGA 1)
When Anne, a quirky 17-year-old photographer for the school yearbook, meets popular softball star Sasha, sparks fly immediately. But after Anne reveals her new feelings to her former best friend Cliff, he unexpectedly lashes out.
Outfitumentary (July 8 @ REDCAT)
For 10 years, artist and Riot Grrrl darling K8 Hardy documented her flamboyant outerwear using a shitty digital camera, until it died, ending the project. The resulting work of haute structuralist filmmaking is much more than a sum of its parts. Outfitumentary is an unflinching look at the life of an artist, the evolution of urban gentrification, the invention of the selfie, and a defiant performance of femaleness in an art world dominated by the male gaze.
Closet Monster (July 8 @ DGA 1)
A coming-out story, Cronenberg-style, CLOSET MONSTER focuses on Oscar (Connor Jessup), who’s struggling to find his place in the world after a rough childhood left wounds he’s still grappling with. Oscar devotes most of his time to monster makeup and to his pet hamster, Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini), until the day he meets a mysterious young man.
Women He’s Undressed (July 9 @ DGA 1)
You might not know the name Orry-Kelly, but you know the Oscar-winning costume designer’s work, from Rosalind Russell’s ensembles in Auntie Mame to the dresses he made for Marilyn Monroe and for Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot_. Legendary Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong (_My Brilliant Career) mixes recreations of Orry-Kelly’s life (including an affair with young Cary Grant) with testimonies from peers and admirers to create an unforgettable portrait of one of Hollywood’s grand godfathers of glamour.
AWOL (July 9 @ DGA 1)
Joey (Lola Kirke) falls in love with Rayna (Breeda Wool), an older married woman with children, in a small rural Pennsylvanian town. With Rayna’s husband hot on the trail of their affair, Joey joins the Army. But just before she is deployed, Joey reveals her plan to go AWOL, taking Rayna and her kids with her to start a new life.
Uncle Howard (July 9 @ Harmony Gold)
Aaron Brookner’s tribute to his late uncle Howard Brookner, an acclaimed director who lost his life to AIDS in 1989, brims with affection for both his talented relative and a bygone era of New York City. Archival and interview footage, featuring artists from Jim Jarmusch and Andy Warhol to Laurie Anderson and Madonna, chronicles Aaron’s search for the lost negative of his uncle’s film Burroughs: The Movie, while Aaron finds purpose in celebrating a man who died far too young.
Slash (July 9 @ DGA 1)
Neil is an awkward, questioning high school freshman with a hidden talent: He writes amazing erotic fan fiction. When his classmates discover his secret, he’s horrified until Julia, a cool and confident fellow prose author, convinces him to post his stories anonymously online. This lands him a live-read at a comic-con, forcing Neil to reconcile his burgeoning sexuality with his outsized fan-fic. Slash is as heartfelt and grounded as a film featuring multiple intergalactic pan-sexual orgies can be.
Desire Will Set You Free (July 9 @ REDCAT)
In an expansive blend of doc and narrative approaches, Desire is a sex-and-drug-fueled chronicle of Berlin’s queer art scene, featuring cameos by Peaches, Nina Hagen, Dev Hynes, and Rosa Von Praunheim. Hanging in late-night hustler bars, Catherine and Ezra, an American writer of Palestinian and Israeli descent, happen upon Sasha, a Russian immigrant, who begins to transition into a woman as she embraces (and is embraced by) the outré queer communities that the West provides.
Film Hawk (July 10 @ DGA 1)
Film Hawk profiles indie film advocate Bob Hawk, who for more than 40 years has tirelessly championed emerging filmmakers. His triumphs include Kevin Smith (Clerks_) and Ed Burns (The Brothers McMullen_) as well as such queer cinema icons as Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk), Barbara Hammer (Nitrate Kisses), and Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons). The film traces both Hawk’s career and his personal life through a series of often emotional interviews that shine a light on one of the unsung heroes of contemporary American cinema.
I Love You Both (July 11 @ DGA 1)
Donny (cowriter-director Doug Archibald) and his twin sister Krystal (cowriter Kristin Archibald) have just entered their 28th year as codependents. Unlucky in both life and love as they transition into adulthood, the two are forced to confront their stunted growth when they begin dating the same charming guy. The Archibalds have crafted a brutally honest and hilarious first feature that feels fresh and utterly of the moment.
I Promise You Anarchy (July 12 @ DGA 1)
Miguel and Johnny like to skate, hang out, and have sex (whether or not Johnny’s girlfriend is in the room). But when their scheme for easy money goes off the rails, the young lovers find themselves in way over their heads. Director Julio Hernández Cordón boldly combines stylish noir and gritty realism in this sexy tale of skate punks, blood trafficking, and romance in Mexico City. Outstanding performances by newcomers Diego Calva and Eduardo Martínez Peña.
Pushing Dead (July 13 @ DGA 1)
Pushing Dead uses its impeccable comic timing to burst preconceptions of how to approach HIV on the big screen. Positive for 22 years, Dan accidentally prices out of his health insurance plan after cashing a birthday check. Now he is left scrambling to access his medication. Writer-director Tom E. Brown paints drolly honest images packed with idiosyncratic charm. James Roday, Robin Weigert, Danny Glover, and Khandi Alexander gracefully bring this community of resilient recovery to life.
Ghostbusters (2016) (July 13 @ Ford Theatres)
Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world! The film is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold and Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters, directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
Front Cover (July 14 @ DGA 1)
Ryan is a stylist for the hottest fashion magazine in Manhattan — and he’s damn good at it. He’s also Chinese-American, but that’s something he doesn’t like to advertise. To advance his career, he begrudgingly agrees to dress China’s hottest movie star, the brash and high-maintenance Ning. They clash instantly, but soon both men find their ideas about identity challenged, as their developing friendship blossoms into something more complicated. Can love survive the personas they’ve created for themselves?
Kiki (July 14 @ Ford Theatres)
Working closely with Twiggy Pucci Garçon (of the Haus of Pucci) and her friends over a four-year period, Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö takes us into the shimmering community of Kiki, an offshoot of New York City’s vibrant drag-ball scene.
Bad Movie Night (July 14 @ REDCAT)
Join comedians Dave Holmes and Drew Droege, along with their special guests, as they take the audience on a guided tour of one of the most wonderfully awful movies ever made. We’re keeping the stinker a secret, but you’ll howl as these talented entertainers comment, talk back to the screen, and generally transform trash into hilarity. Queer cinema will never be the same!
Almost Adults (July 15 @ DGA 1)
BFFs Mackenzie and Cassie learn that it’s hard to grow up without growing apart in this wildly witty coming of adulthood comedy about codependent love between besties. As they enter their final year of college, Mackenzie makes up for lost time by fully embracing her newfound queerness, while Cassie breaks up with her long-term boyfriend and starts rethinking her career plans. How do they keep their friendship together as their lives head in different directions?
El Canto Del Colibri (July 15 @ REDCAT)
EL CANTO DEL COLIBRÍ is the intimate testimonial of a group of Latino immigrant fathers who — in the face of personal hardship, faith, and the expectations of machismo culture — find acceptance and love for their LGBTQ children. Marco Castro-Bojorquez’s film, simple in style but vital in content, is an important contribution to fighting stigma and isolation in the Latino/a immigrant LGBTQ community. Followed by a vibrant discussion with the filmmakers, documentary subjects, and members of the community.
BearCity 3 (July 15 @ Ford Theatres)
Does a bear camp in the woods? The BearCity boys are back in a funny, sexy “threequel” that sees our husky, hairy heroes pitching tents at a rural resort. Ex-lovers Roger and Ty question their breakup, Michael contends with a new boyfriend who’s got a dubious daughter, and Fred pours himself into the final cut of his documentary while husband Brent counts the days until their surrogate gives birth. If you’re a fan of this frisky, furry series, make room for thirds.
The Trans List (July 16 @ DGA 1)
The director of The Out List and The Black List returns with a captivating examination of the trans community, as told by a fascinating mix of interviewees, ranging from famous faces (Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Buck Angel) to community activists (including Miss Major and L.A.’s own Bamby Salcedo) to veterans of Stonewall and the war in Iraq.
Ava’s Impossible Things (July 16 @ DGA 1)
It’s been three years since Ava (Chloe Farnworth) put her future on hold, moving back home to care for her mother. After a difficult day, Ava reaches a breaking point and escapes into her rich imagination. Here she summons up old friends and long-forgotten desires, showing us how magical the journey to acceptance can be.
Women Who Kill (July 16 @ DGA 1)
As true-crime podcasters obsessed with the secrets of female serial killers, ex-girlfriends Morgan and Jean know that mystery keeps relationships alive. But as their macabre musings become popular around Brooklyn, shady femme fatale Simone (Sheila Vand) may just rip them apart. With a lethal dose of wry wit in the vein of vintage Woody Allen, debut director-writer-star Ingrid Jungermann acerbically sharpens the dull edges of urban complacency into a dark comedy of manners.
Do You Take This Man… (July 16 @ Ford Theatres)
This intimate drama tells the story of Daniel (Anthony Rapp) and Christopher (Jonathan Bennett) on the eve of their wedding. When a long-lost friend of Christopher’s shows up and the day’s stresses begin to spiral out of control, the couple must rely on their close friends and family to see them through.
Audience Award Winner (July 17 @ DGA 1)
An encore presentation of one of this year’s US Jury Prize winners.
US Award Winner (July 17 @ DGA 1)
An encore presentation of one of this year’s US Jury Prize winners.
Other People (July 17 @ Theatre at Ace Hotel)
Closing Night Gala
Jesse Plemons plays a New York comedy writer who moves home to Sacramento to help care for his mother (Molly Shannon) in this movie from first-time writer-director and longtime Saturday Night Live scribe Chris Kelly.
After the film, join the fabulous after-party experience at the newly restored Clifton’s Cafeteria, located within walking distance from The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
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