One of the oldest LGBT film festivals in the country, Atlanta’s Out On Film is dedicated to supporting the exhibition of LGBT film and video art forms. Out On Film was created in 1987 to inform, entertain, educate, and enrich the regional LGBT community by recognizing the creative work of these artists and professionals, many with local connections.
Out On Film has expanded to eight days after one of its most successful years ever in 2010. The event will take place September 29 – October 6, 2011 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, with some screenings at Ansley Park Playhouse and the Phillip Rush Center. 2011 marks the 24th annual LGBT film festival in Atlanta.
In addition to more than 50 films from countries all over the world, Out On Film has films with such recognizable talent as Margaret Cho (“Cho Dependent”), Cheyenne Jackson, Julia Ormond and Ileana Douglas (“The Green”), Morgan Fairchild (“eCupid”), Dolly Parton (“From Hollywood to Dollywood”) singer Chely Wright (“Wish Me Away”), and Charlie David and Sean-Paul Lockhart/Brent Corrigan (“Judas Kiss”). Director Eytan Fox (“The Bubble,” “Walk on Water,” “Yossi and Jagger”) is represented with his award-winning “Mary Lou.”
Among the other highlights of the festival are a world premiere of former Atlantan Christopher Hines’ “Man 2 Man: A Gay Man’s Guide to Finding Love,” a world premiere of Michael Aker’s “Morgan,” about a young gay man whose spirit and drive prevents him from accepting his new life as a paraplegic, as well as the East Coast premiere of “Eating Out: Open Weekend,” the fifth installment in the gay comedy franchise. Christopher Hines’ “Legalize Gay” will also premiere at the festival.
Jim Farmer, the festival director says “We are thrilled at what we consider to be one of the strongest line-ups in Out On Film history, with award-winning films, lots of premieres, guests and plenty of local flavor.
Local flavor includes the Atlanta debut of Margaret Cho’s “Cho Dependent,” filmed at the Tabernacle last December; the documentary “Through the Eyes of the AIDS Storm: Jesse Peel,” a look at the Atlanta legend/activist; films by several Atlanta area filmmakers, including Parthiban Shanmugam, whose film “Expressions” played in the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year; an evening of local programming; and a local LGBT filmmaker panel session to be scheduled during the eight-day event.
Musicals will include “Leave it on the Floor,” “Mary Lou,” the romantic comedy with songs “Jamie and Jessie are not Together” and the short films “Baldguy” and “Cupcake: A Zombie Lesbian Musical”
A number of programs will honor the 30th anniversary of the AIDS Crisis. Besides “Through the Eyes of the AIDS Storm: Jesse Peel,” Out on Film will team with Atlanta Pride to screen the award-winning “We Were Here.” Out On Film will also show the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence documentary “That’s My Nun!” Two young gay men try to set the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss ever in the excellent documentary “Our Lips Are Sealed.” Romeo, O Romeo – Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is given a twist in the short “Verona” and the feature “Private Romeo.” The previously announced opening night film will be a first-time double feature of “The Sleeping Beauty of East Finchley” and “Going Down in La-La Land” while “Judas Kiss” closes the festival.
The festival will be held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema with additional screenings at the Ansley Park Playhouse and the Phillip Rush Center. The host hotel will be the W Atlanta – Midtown. Festival passes are $115 and will be on sale through the website (www.outonfilm.org). Individual tickets will be available through the theater. A full line-up for the Out On Film festival can be found on the website and complete screening information will be updated daily. Details can also be found on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/outonfilmatl.