The lineup for Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ film festival, Out on Film, has been revealed. Running September 22nd until October 2nd, the 2022 edition will kick off with Nicholas Stoller’s Bros co-written by and starring Billy Eichner, fresh from its world premiere at TIFF, while Todd Flaherty’s Chrissy Judy will close out this year’s event.
Spotlight screenings include Micheal Rice’s Black As U R, Connie Cocchia’s When Time Got Louder, Daresha Kyi’s Mama Bears, and the world premieres of Yuval David’s Wonderfully Made — LGBTQ+R(eligion), Myles Clohessy’s Fire Island set thriller Love Island starring Jonathan Bennett, and Kimya Motley’s documentary Intentionally Erased about the experiences of Black trans women in the United States. There will also be a special 40th anniversary screening of the cult classic Grease 2.
Emmy-nominated Euphoria star Colman Domingo, who will portray civil rights and LGBTQ activist Bayard Rustin in the upcoming Netflix biopic Rustin, will be honoured with this year’s Out on Film Icon Award and take part in the festival’s Conversation on Film event on Saturday, October 1st following screenings of two recent shorts he appears in, New Moon which he also co-wrote and North Star featuring Kevin Bacon.
There will also be a focus on work by Atlanta filmmakers including Mercedes Kane’s Art and Pep about the owners of Chicago’s much-loved Sidetrack bar, Jono Mitchell’s drama Miles From Nowhere, Cara Consilvio’s documentary about Brent Nicholson Earle who helped awaken the nation to the HIV/AIDS crisis in 1986 through running, For the Love of Friends, and former Atlantan Travis Fine’s stunning Two Eyes featuring performances by Nakhane and trans nonbinary trailblazer Kate Bornstein.
Other in-person screening program highlights include Bryan Darling and Jesse Finley Reed’s All Man: The International Male Story, Chase Joynt’s Framing Agnes, Matt Carter’s gay Rugby romantic drama In From the Side, Peter McDowell’s Jimmy in Saigon, Craig Boreham’s Lonesome, Broderick Fox’s Manscaping, Gabriel Martins’ Mars One/Marte Um, Michelle Ehlen’s Maybe Someday, Magnus Gertten’s Nelly and Nadine, and Juan Felipe Zuleta’s Unidentified Objects.
Highlights among the short film selection include Laura Seay’s The Baldwin Archives, Harris Doran’s F^¢k ‘Em R!ght B@¢k, Erich Rettstadt’s Tank Fairy, Khozy Rizal’s Makassar is a City for Football Fans, Jesse Ung’s Firsts, and Tristan Scott-Behrends’ beautifully shot and heartwarming Man of My Dreams.
“Our 35th anniversary presentation has a wonderful combination of films from around the world, as well as from our amazing city of Atlanta, plus we’ll launch our screenplay competition coupled with a queer filmmaker celebration”, enthuses Out on Film Festival Director Jim Farmer.
Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ film festival, Out on Film, runs in-person and online from September 22nd until October 2nd. For more information and to purchase passes and tickets head to outonfilm.org.