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Editor's note: This is the sixth installment of a six-part series detailing the six days of the upcoming LGBT Film Festival.
SAN DIEGO – FilmOut San Diego’s 13th annual LGBT Film Festival will be conducted over two weekends: Aug. 19-21 and Aug. 26-28.
Almost 60 films and shorts will be shown at the historical Birch North Park Theatre.
To buy individual tickets, click HERE.
To buy a film festival pass to see all the movies and attend the opening night party at Top of the Park in Hillcrest as well as the closing night party at URBN Coal Fired Pizza in North Park, click HERE. The cost is $150.
Sneak preview of films on Sunday, Aug. 28
Best of LGBT Short Films will be shown at noon Sunday, Aug. 28. Tickets are $10. Here are the short films:
* "Winner Takes All (2011), Director: Camille Carida, 17min, USA.
A self-involved but seductive beauty engineers his two lovers to fight over him. And we mean, really fight.
* "Nothing Happened (2010), Director: Julia Kots, 10min, USA.
Sex, drugs, diet tips. Girlfriends tell each other everything. But is there one topic that should stay off-limits?
* "Sylvia’s Spell (2011), Director: Randy Caspersen, 13min, USA.
An amateur witch must undo a magical spell when it has unexpected consequences on her gay best friend.
* "Rockin’ the Rainbow (2010), Director, Sonia Hosko, 5min, Canada.
Abby has just had her first sexual experience with a woman and confides in her older, outspokenly lesbian sister Emma, expecting some kind of sound advice.
* "Freak (2011), Director: Eric Casaccio, 18min, USA.
Randall, a hard working yet fragile soul faces his inner demons buried behind a drag queen persona while pursuing the dream of a lifetime.
"5 Dysfunctional People in a Car (2010), Director: Pat Mills, 5min, Canada.
A 43-year old woman, her 21-year old boyfriend, her unhappy married sister, an aging mother and a burgeoning lesbian niece take a ride into discontent one winter’s afternoon.
* "Punch Me (2010), Director: Robert X. Golphin, 14min, USA.
With a romance on the rocks and a father on his sick bed, a young man must accept his true identity before he loses the two people he loves most.
* "Alone (2011), Director: Russell Sheaffer, 3min, USA.
An experimental look at the connections people form with each other within their relationship to the city. Shot and edited entirely on 16mm b&w reversal film by local filmmaker Sheaffer.
* "The Queen (2010), Director: Christina Choe, 8min, Korea/USA.
Bobby, a Korean-American teenage outcast, is working at his parents’ dry cleaners on prom weekend. When the prom queen and her boyfriend stop by with their dress and tuxedo, Bobby creates his own night to remember.
* "Suck-A-Thumb (2009), Director: Richard Mansfield, 6min, United Kingdom.
Konrad is a bright young boy, kind of heart and full of joy, but…he has a terrible addiction that can only end in one painful and bloody way! See him SUCK! See his Mother SCREAM! See the terrible scissors go SNIP SNAP! Filmed in frightening 2D Shad-O-Vision.
* "Domestic Shorthair Underground (2010), Director: Kevin Kwan, 15min, USA.
A seemingly normal subway ride across Manhattan transforms into a comic anthropological study of the local and exotic species of New York City’s gay “wildlife.”
After the shorts will follow the regular menu of films.
"Mangus! (2011), directed by Ash Christian, running 88 minutes. Showing at 2:15 pm Sunday, Aug. 28. Tickets cost $10.
Outrageous comedy with a hip screenplay that follows Mangus Spedgewick (Ryan Boggus), a high school senior in Rivercity, Texas – who hopes to fulfill a family tradition by playing the role of Jesus in his local annual production of "Jesus Christ Spectacular" (the poor man's version of "Jesus Christ Superstar")... That is until a freak accident renders him legless. Shuttled off to live with his estranged mother (Jennifer Coolidge) in a trailer park, the senior finds new friendship with a quasi sibling (Heather Matarazzo) and winds up playing the role after a series of strange events that reunites his family. With gay icons Leslie Jordan and John Waters!
"Mangus" is paired with "Johnny & Lyman: A Life Together" (2011), directed by Paul Detwiler, running 18 minutes. San Diego filmmaker Detwiler’s story about two men, 65 years together. What can they tell us about surmounting challenges, keeping a relationship alive and strong, and grace?
"Eloise’s Lover" (2011), directed by Jesus Garay (Spain), running 92 minutes. Showing at 4:30 pm Sunday, Aug. 28. Tickets cost $10.
Young, beautiful Àsia lies in a coma, as we see in flashback what led up to her accident, her life studying architecture at university, the somewhat overbearing relationship she has with her mother and her passionless relationship with her boyfriend, Nathaniel. When she meets the mysterious and exotic Eloïse, an art student who asks Àsia to model for her, her world changes. Eloïse is openly gay and unapologetically different from anyone else she knows, and despite her anxiety about falling in love with another woman, Àsia can't help but respond to Eloïse. A sensuous and beautifully made film that reminds us love can conquer all.
"Bisexual Revolution" (2008), directed by Eric Wastiaux and Lauve Michel (France), running 59 minutes. Showing at 6:15 pm Sunday, Aug. 28. Tickets cost $10.
This fascinating documentary, featuring John Cameron Mitchell and French pop star Yelle, explores and uncovers the history and modern-day perceptions of this often misunderstood culture. Interviews with prominent artists, designers, writers and experts in the field of bisexuality are interspersed with archival footage from around the world.
The closing night film is "The Green" (2011), directed by Steven Williford, running 90 minutes. Showing at 7:45 pm Sunday, Aug. 28. Tickets are $20 and include the closing night party at Urbn in North Park.
Having left behind life in New York City for the charm of shoreline Connecticut, Michael Gavin (Jason Butler Harner), an English teacher at a private high school, thinks he can live a simple domestic existence with his partner Daniel (Cheyenne Jackson), adhering to an unspoken survival code: don't speak up, don't make trouble. But his world is turned upside down when he's accused of engaging in 'inappropriate behavior' with a male student, who runs away from home leaving behind his mother and her mercenary boyfriend to capitalize on the school's culpability in the alleged affair. With everything in jeopardy, Michael must confront the suspicions of his co-workers, the latent homophobia of his friends and neighbors, and Daniel's doubts about his innocence after the investigation reveals a secret from his past. With Julia Ormond, Bill Sage, Karen Young and Illeana Douglas.
"The Green" is paired with two shorts.
"Fresh Air Therapy" (2010), directed by Christoph Scheerman (Germany), running 6 minutes. German counselor Petra and Kerstin are spending another unpleasant session with their counselor when a power failure and natural body functions bring them closer together.
"In The Beginning" (2011), directed by Laurent LePrince (Belgium), 6 minutes. Two gay sperms were never meant to fertilize an egg. But what if Life decides otherwise?