2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival announces lineup with mix of outdoor, indoor & digital screenings & events

The lineup for the 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, running Friday August 13th to Sunday August 22nd, has just been announced with a mix of outdoor events, indoor screenings for vaccinated moviegoers, and online streaming. The 39th edition of the world's largest LGBTQIA+ film festival boasts an impressive range of narrative features, documentaries,... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: filmmaker Samuel Van Grinsven on his seductive queer coming-of-age tale Sequin in a Blue Room

Writer-director Samuel Van Grinsven’s seductive, visually striking debut feature, Sequin in a Blue is the compelling story of Sequin (Conor Leach) a gay teenager exploring his burgeoning sexuality in the digital age, who is obsessed with an anonymous hookup app and the no-strings encounters he arranges through it. When he finds his way into the... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Barbara Sukowa & filmmaker Filippo Meneghetti on their Golden Globe nominated lesbian love story Two of Us (Deux) “society is obsessed with youth & beauty & I have a huge problem with that”

One of the queer highlights at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where writer-director Filippo Meneghetti's debut narrative feature had its world premiere, Two of Us (Deux) went on to a successful international festival run including playing the BFI London Film Festival and Outfest, and winning the Outstanding First Feature Award at last year's Frameline.... Continue Reading →

Outfest 2020 Film Review: Cured ★★★★

Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer's riveting feature documentary Cured, which had its world premiere at Outfest last week, examines the fascinating chapter in queer history that saw gay liberation activists successfully overturn the US psychiatric profession's classification of homosexuality as a mental illness. Using archive photographs and video footage, recently discovered audio recordings, as well... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: trans non-binary trailblazer Kate Bornstein on her new film Two Eyes “doing this role taught me a lot about how I want to act in the world”

The world premiere of writer-director Travis Fine's stunning queer cinematic tapestry Two Eyes will close this year's Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival tonight, Sunday August 30th, with both drive-in and virtual screenings. Set over three time periods - 1860s, 1970s and present day - we're introduced to a diverse range of characters at different... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: star of Outfest 2020 Closing Night film ‘Two Eyes’ Nakhane “I’m drawn to the whole idea of play in queer identity”

This year's Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival closes on Sunday August 30th with both drive-in and virtual screenings of Travis Fine's exceptional Two Eyes. It's an ambitious, stirring, rich cinematic tapestry that weaves a triptych of narratives exploring the spectrum of queerness and gender identity over more than a hundred years. Set in the... Continue Reading →

Outfest 2020 Film Review: Girls Shorts

Like Boys Shorts, Outfest’s Girls Shorts program always sells out. I’ve often felt guilty slipping into the theater on a Press Pass, taking a seat from a young lesbian in the standby line who really wanted to see herself up on that screen. With the festival streaming online this year, goodbye guilt and hello girls!... Continue Reading →

Outfest 2020 Film Review: Minyan ★★★★

A gay Brooklyn teenager (The Inheritance’s Samuel H. Levine) charts his own sexual awakening and the complexities of his Russian Jewish family in documentarian Eric Steel’s narrative debut Minyan. The work of James Baldwin is certainly in the zeitgeist again as, much like Tomasz Jedrowski's brilliant debut novel Swimming in the Dark, Giovanni’s Room provides... Continue Reading →

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