FilmOut San Diego's 15th Anniversary LGBT Film Festival
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The last date listed for 15th Annual LGBT Film Festival was Sunday June 2, 2013 / Noon (Submerge).
Reviews & Ratings
May 29, 2013 at 7:30pm: _G.B.F. _(2013) USA, Plus Q&A, Shorts and Opening Night Gala
Run Time: 94 min. Director: Darren Stein
Social warfare erupts in this edgy, outrageous comedy set in a suburban high school when the school’s powerful “Clique Queens” (Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen, Xosha Roquemore) try to turn Tanner (Michael J. Willett) and Brent (Paul Iacono), 2 closeted gay teenagers, into the must-have social accessory of the year: The Gay Best Friend [“G.B.F.”]. As the girls fight for the edge to make them most popular, the boys deal with dysfunctional parents, down-low jocks and horny Mormons, culminating in a Prom that will blow the top off their town. With Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, Rebecca Gayheart and Jonathan Silverman.
Hosted after-party at Sunset Temple, across the street from the theater behind Claire de Lune. Food and drinks not included.
May 30, 2013 at 7:00pm: I Do (2012) USA, Plus Shorts, Q&A
Run Time: 91 min. Director: Glenn Gaylord
A romantic drama about a complicated love triangle. To stay in the U.S., gay Brit Jack (David W. Ross, who also wrote the screenplay) convinces his lesbian best friend Ali (Jamie Lynn-Sigler) to marry him. Things get messy when he falls for a sexy Spanish architect (Maurice Compte) while his commitment to his brother’s widow (Alicia Witt) complicates his decision either to stay or to follow his lover.
May 30, 2013 at 9:30pm: Angels of Sex (2012) Spain/Brazil, Plus Short
Run Time: 105 min. Director: Xavier Villaverde
Struggling martial artist and dancer Bruno (Llorenz Gonzalez) loves his girlfriend Carla (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), but when he meets fellow dancer Rai (Alvaro Cervantes), serious sparks begin to fly, opening the couple up to new possibilities. A new generation navigates sexual fluidity, torn affections, and open relationships in this steamy love triangle. But once Bruno’s clandestine encounters with Rai are revealed, a confused and hurt Carla kicks him out. But she simply doesn’t want to give up on her love. Eventually, she agrees that Bruno can date them both as long as he keeps his life with Rai relatively separate.
May 31, 2013 at 5:00pm: Raid of the Rainbow Lounge (2012) USA
Run Time: 103 min. Director: Robert L. Camina
A full-length documentary film recounting the events surrounding the widely publicized and controversial raid of a Fort Worth, Texas gay bar in 2009. Following a sordid aftermath, Fort Worth would become a leader in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) equality. However, that journey was not smooth and without controversies. Witness history unfolds as the film documents that journey from the perspective of eyewitnesses, activists and politicians who helped change the city. (Narrated by television icon and Emmy-nominated actress, Meredith Baxter).
May 31, 2013 at 7:30pm: Love or Whatever (2012) USA, Plus Shorts, Q&A
Run Time: 84 min. Director: Rosser Goodman
Corey (Tyler Poelle) had it all — a successful career, a sister (Jennifer Elise Cox) who’s his best friend and most of all, a bright future with his boyfriend (David Wilson Page). But, when the boyfriend dumps him for a woman, Corey sets off on a wild journey of self-discovery that leads him to new love (Joel Rush) and a life-changing choice.
May 31, 2013 at 10:00pm: The Go Doc Project (2013) USA, Plus Short
Run Time: 91 min. Director: Corey James Krueckeberg
Too shy to make a proper introduction, a recent college grad (Tanner Cohen) devises to make a documentary film about the NYC nightlife scene in order to meet the go-go guy (Matthew Camp) he’s cyber-obsessed with. Camera in hand, he follows his subject across the city: into restaurants and bars, onto rooftops and dance floors and ultimately into living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms. The Go Doc Project is a hybrid of documentary, narrative & art film forms. It’s a fast, fleeting summer fling in the city. It’s fifteen minutes of obsession and love. It’s a young man’s graphic self-exploration as he determines what is right for his own future.
Please note: This film contains graphic content and is for those ages 18 and older only.
*June 1, 2013 at noon: _Naked As We Came (2012)*
Director: Richard LeMay, 84min, USA.
After an unexpected phone call, Laura (Karmine Alers) and her brother Elliott (Ryan Vigilant) rush to their family’s country estate to find their mother gravely ill and living with a handsome stranger named Ted (Sturgis Adams). Trying to rebuild a relationship with their mother, the siblings find themselves dealing with their own feelings of resentment while trying to figure out how Ted fits into their mother’s life. But Ted has his own secret, one that plays a major role for everyone involved._
Watch the trailer As We Came_.
June 1, 2013 at 2:15pm: Margarita (2012) Canada, Plus Short
Run Time: 90 min. Directors: Dominique Cardona & Laurie Colbert
A dramatic comedy about a Mexican maid, Margarita — the titular character (Nicola Correia-Damude) — illegally working in Canada for a posh couple, Ben and Gail (Patrick McKenna, Claire Lautier) and their tenacious teenage daughter, Mali (Maya Ritter). A mainstay in the household for years, Margarita has essentially become a part of the family. Already overwhelmed in a tumultuous relationship with her girlfriend Jane (Christine Horne), Margarita’s problems are compounded when Ben and Gail, swamped with debt and liberal guilt, are forced to fire her. As Margarita struggles to put her life back into perspective, both she and the family she works for start to realize the gravity of the situation, resulting in a potent cocktail of heart, humor and humanity.
June 1, 2013 at 4:30pm: Pit Stop (2013) USA, Plus Short
Run Time: 80 min. Director: Yen Tan
Pit Stop takes a subtle and eloquent approach in telling the parallel stories of two gay men in a small Texas town. Gabe (Bill Heck), a contractor who’s getting over an ill-fated affair with a married man, finds solace in the relationship he still harbors with his ex-wife, Shannon (Amy Seimetz), and their daughter, Cindy. Ernesto (Marcus DeAnda), a Hispanic lumber yard worker in the midst of splitting up with his live-in boyfriend, Luis (Alfredo Maduro), receives news that his former love is in a coma complicating their relationship. Struggles and heartbreaks abound as Gabe and Ernesto meet for a one-night stand and face the possibility they actually might be meant for each other.
June 1, 2013 at 7:00pm: Meth Head (2013) USA, Plus Q&A, Shorts*
Run Time: 107 min. Director: Jane Clark
Kyle Peoples (Lukas Haas) never wanted to be the man he has become in his 30’s – stuck in a dead end job, engaged to a lover (Wilson Cruz) who is more successful than he and burdened with a family that doesn’t understand him. When an innocent night of partying leads to a new family of friends and fun, Kyle sees an opportunity to escape from his former reality. But Kyle’s new friendship with Maia (Necar Zadegan) and Dusty (Blake Berris), and their love of crystal meth, eventually cost Kyle everything – his job, his lover and his family. Kyle’s escape quickly becomes a trap of desperation and prostitution as they search for their next hit. Taking a toll both physically and mentally, Kyle is forced to choose between life or meth. With Theo Rossi, John W. McLaughlin and Candis Cayne.
June 1, 2013 at 10:00pm: Interior. Leather Bar. (2013) USA, With Shorts
Run Time: 60 min. Directors: James Franco & Travis Mathews
The 1980 film Cruising (starring Al Pacino as an undercover cop investigating a murder in the NYC gay leather bar scene) was plagued with controversy, and its director was forced by the MPAA to cut 40 minutes of sexually explicit material. Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews set out to reimagine what might have transpired in those lost scenes in this documentary-style film about the making of a film. The cameras roll as Franco and Mathews assemble a mix of gay and straight men, focusing on the actor (Val Lauren) who portrays Al Pacino. What emerges is a portrait of the fascinating dynamics that drive the filmmakers’ need to challenge normalcy, the interplay of celebrity and experimentation and the dilemma faced by actors struggling with the idea of performing in a sexually explicit, gay, S&M film. The result is a provocative exploration of a radical and transgressive society and it’s importance to challenge us with new and unconventional ideas.
_Please note: This film contains graphic content and is for those ages 18 and older only.
*June 1, 2013 at noon: Submerge _(2012) *
Director: Sophie O’Connor, 97min, Australia.
West Coast Premiere
A quintessential Gen Y story, this film explores the pressures put on a young woman to make her mark on the world while juggling the competing demands of family, peers and the belief that she can have it all. For Jordan (Lily Hall), university life brings the promise of new experiences and a chance to break away from her family’s pressure to pursue her burgeoning career as an elite swimmer. Through her newly discovered love of history and romantic involvement with her academic tutor, Angie (Christina Hallett), it opens her eyes to the possibility of a new life path. However, struggling with complications from her liaison, Jordan begins to spiral into a cycle of self-destruction as she is introduced into the subculture of fetish nightclubs and anonymous sex. Her search for answers ultimately come from her own ability to understand that only through submission can she reclaim the control needed to fight her fear of rejection and failure. _
June 2, 2012 at 2:00pm: Out in the Dark (2012) Israel, Plus Q&A, Short
Run Time: 96 min. Director: Michael Mayer
Nimer (Nicholas Jacob), a Palestinian student, is dreaming of a better life abroad. One fateful night he meets Roy (Michael Aloni), an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love. As their relationship deepens, Nimer is confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept him for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality. When his close friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the West Bank where he is brutally murdered, Nimer must choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy.
June 2, 2012 at 4:30pm: White Frog (2012) USA, Plus Short
After the death of his popular brother Chaz (Harry Shum Jr.), Nick (Booboo Stewart), who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, struggles to carry on. However Chaz’s best friend Randy, (Gregg Sulkin), takes Nick under his wing. As Chaz’s family discovers their deceased son’s secret life, they are forced to reconcile with the boy they thought they knew with the man he really was. Starring: Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Joan Chen (Twin Peaks, 1911_), BD Wong (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee_), Gregg Sulkin (Wizards of Waverly Place, Melissa & Joey_), Kelly Hu (_X2, The Vampire Diaries) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf).