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A LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A LETTER FROM OUR FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
ANNIVERSARIES ARE BEAUTIFUL, exciting, daunting, and even
scary at times.
This summer, it will have been three years since I joined Outfest. As a
local Angeleno, most of my memories were attending Outfest LA during
the late-nineties, as a fresh-faced film school graduate. In preparation
to celebrate our 40th Anniversary I found myself down the rabbit hole
that encapsulates four decades of anyone’s life. The major headlines
and names that popped up as fast as drag queen’s stubble were names
like Larry Horne, Gus Van Sant, Jamie Babbit, Jim Fall – and films like
Mala Noche, But I’m A Cheerleader, The Celluloid Closet, Trick, and
Party Monster as well as Shari Frilot’s Platinum Oasis early days at the
Coral Sands Motel – a personal favorite.
I kept asking myself though, why Outfest? How did the 1982 Gay and
Lesbian Media Coalition of Los Angeles grow into the internationally
recognized org it has become today? The theme that emerged was like
much of our queer history – it was built on the shoulders of countless
forgotten individuals that we’ve coined as, THE ARCHITECTS of
This festival we celebrate the 1st edition of the Architects of Outfest –
honoring those who we believe have made significant contributions
to the org over the years. Please join me, the board, our staff, and
volunteers in celebrating those who made our 40th Anniversary
possible. We are also celebrating one of the most inclusive sets of
galas, centerpiece films and overall programs in history – not only
exhibiting a wide-range of genres in cinema but stories, artists and
talent that reflect nearly every side, corner, and voice of the LGBTQIA+
FOR OUR 40TH YEAR, it seemed the task at hand for our
programming team was to craft a lineup that not only spoke to
the many diverse communities that form our LGBTQIA+ family,
but also represented a snapshot of four decades’ worth of queer
cinema history. Easy as pie! Fortunately, the films this year did us
the courtesy of being both a re-examination of how our community
has (or has not) been presented in film history, and a radical reimagining
of the kinds of stories we get to tell. I think of how 20
years ago, our Legacy Centerpiece film Far from Heaven inserted
an overtly queer narrative into a 1950s melodrama, and then smile
at how this year’s Platinum short film, The Actress, finds brilliant
trans artist Isabel Sandoval placing herself within Douglas Sirk’s
All That Heaven Allows. I see the first episode of docuseries Queer
for Fear talk about all the coded and suggested queerness within
a century of the horror genre, and then I marvel at the barrage
of innovative, explicitly queer horror films in our program like
Attachment, Hypochondriac, HeBGB TV, and closing night gala
They/Them. More and more, the films we see cease to present
themselves as only for one specific subset of our community, but
bring us together to share the spotlight. That is cause for celebration
as we look forward to the next 40 years.
Director of Festival Programming
We hope this sets the bar for like-minded festivals around the world.
Warmest regards Always and Happy Fest Everyone.
FAR FROM HEAVEN
DAMIEN S. NAVARRO
Reframing history for a
The first LGBTQ+ arts and media
virtual museum of its kind
Available free to the public
HOW TO EXPERIENCE A MEMORABLE FESTIVAL
REGULAR IN-PERSON SCREENINGS: $14
VIRTUAL SCREENINGS: $8
CENTERPIECE SCREENINGS: $18
FORD UNDER THE STARS: $20
PLATINUM ALCHEMY PARTY: $25
VIRTUAL PASS: $55
(Get access to all virtual screenings)
OPENING NIGHT GALA
VIP (Orchestra/Loge) $175
Preferred (Front Balcony) $80
General (Rear Balcony) $40
*All Gala tickets include entry to the After Party
CLOSING NIGHT GALA
Preferred (Orchestra) Seating $75
General (Balcony) Seating $55
*All Gala tickets include entry to the After Party
MEMBER TICKET DISCOUNT
Outfest members receive the following discounts:
15% OFF ALL TICKETS PRICES
To become an Outfest member, please visit
OUTFEST.ORG/MEMBERSHIPS or call 213.480.7088
Outfest strives to be accessible to all our
patrons and accommodate a variety of
needs. We will continue to expand our
accessibility policies and practices in
effort to provide accommodations for
attendees and guests.
IN PERSON SCREENINGS
• All festival venues are wheelchair
accessible, full details on venue
accessibility are available at
• Early access for patrons with
accessibility or mobility needs is
available – please see a Theater
Manager or venue staff for
• Service animals trained to
Please visit us on social media or at OutfestLA.org
to stay updated with the latest information.
specifically assist people with
disabilities are welcome at all
official festival theaters venues.
• American Sign Language
interpretation will be offered at
select events and panels.
• Outfest aims to offer as many
films as possible with closedcaptioning,
open captions, or
descriptive sound. Please visit
OutfestLA.org/accesibility for a
full list of accessible screenings.
For any additional questions, requests or
suggestions, please contact support@
outfest.org. For more information on
festival accessibility visit OutfestLA.
WHEN DO TICKETS GO ON SALE?
OUTFEST MEMBERS: Wednesday, June 22
GENERAL PUBLIC: Friday, June 24
WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
IN PERSON AT THE OUTFEST BOX OFFICE @ THE DGA
Weekdays: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Weekends: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Outfest is following all lawfully required
COVID-19 health and safety protocols
in Los Angeles Department of Health
guidelines and will continue to update
and revise our protocols to reflect the
most current safety standards.
In accordance with current Los Angeles
Department of Health guidelines, proof
Are you interested in volunteering
with Outfest? Our volunteers are vital
to the success of the organization
and create a memorable experience
for all patrons. We have a variety
of roles available across the festival,
including box office, event staff,
CODE OF CONDUCT
Outfest is committed to providing
every attendee* - audience,
storyteller, volunteer, and staff
member - with an enjoyable,
engaging, healthy, polite, and
harassment-free experience that
embraces the inclusiveness and
individuality of all. Harmful verbal
or non-verbal language, disruptive
behavior, harassment or disrespect
of personal space, gender identity/
expression, and violation of any
current health or safety protocols are
of vaccine is not required for venue
entry. Masks are strongly encouraged
for all attendees. Exceptions noted
• Plaza de la Raza requires masks
be worn inside the theater
Outfest staff will be required to be
vaccinated and tested throughout the
ushers, photographers, videographers
and more. Outfest Volunteers also
get a variety of benefits, including
free tickets to festival screenings, an
Outfest year-round membership,
volunteer appreciation days and
more. Visit OutfestLA.org/
volunteer for more information and
to sign up.
not acceptable and will be dealt with
See something, say something - email
email@example.com to notify staff of
*Outfest reserves the right to remove
an attendee immediately for the
violation of our Code of Conduct
policy. Individuals removed will
not receive reimbursement for any
badge, tix or benefit purchased. They
may also be permanently banned
or lose membership, the ability to
purchase future tickets, passes, and
other related privileges without prior
notification or reimbursement.
The Outfest LA LGBTQ+ Film
Festival is an ideal summer
destination for everyone,
whether you’re a cinephile,
social butterfly, traveling from
out of town, or an ally, there’s
something for everyone at
#OutfestLA! We’ve partnered
with some amazing hotels
and restaurants in Los Angeles
to make your Outfest LA
To stay updated on partner
discounts and information visit
DO YOU LIKE TO ATTEND EVENTS AND PARTIES?
• The Outfest Opening and Closing
• The Platinum Alchemy Party Shimmer
and bounce with us all night long in
two rooms of the historical Catch One.
It’s going to be an outrageously sexy
ARE YOU TRAVELING FROM OUT OF TOWN?
• Outfest Under the Stars @ The Ford
Sister to the famous Hollywood Bowl and
nestled in the Hollywood Hills – pack
a picnic and bring a friend to Outfest
Under the Stars, where you will meet
Hollywood icons of past and present,
laugh with hundreds of fellow LGBTQ+
and ally attendees, and be entertained by
unforgettable live performances.
• Noche Icónica @ Plaza de la Raza. A
celebration of Queer Latinx/Afro-Latinx
culture, beats, stories and voices. Both
nights will feature an outdoor mercadito,
ARE YOU A CINEPHILE/ARTSY TYPE?
• The Platinum experimental screenings
at the REDCAT The Platinum section of the
festival showcases the bold innovators and
cutting-edge creators of experimental LGBTQ+
media and performance and celebrates the
adventurous renegades of queer culture.
• Films from Legacy Project: The Outfest UCLA
Legacy Project is the only archive in the world
exclusively dedicated to preserving LGBTQ+
moving images, and this year we’re thrilled
to be sharing retrospective gems such as a
rare 35mm print of Patrik-Ian Polk’s Punks
and the most recently restored addition to the
Legacy Project: Greetings from Washington,
D.C. And, of course, you won’t want to miss
Todd Haynes, Julianne Moore, and Christine
Vachon live in person for the 20th Anniversary
screening of the swoon-worthy Far From
evening with Big Freedia, The Queen of
Bounce music, Moor Mother’s 700 Bliss,
and the queer supergroup Commando
plus all the other incredible artists and
DJs contributing to the evening will make
it one of the wildest, weirdest, and most
unforgettable queer events you have ever
gotten down at. It will be golden!
music, hosted bar, and screenings of truly
amazing queer films. This event is free to
• The Community Clubhouse @ Outfest
Festival Headquarters. Outfest is
putting a spotlight on LGBTQ+ stories
and the community. 5 local organizations
will host an event at the festival in the
“Community Clubhouse” located at the
Festival Headquarters (Directors Guild of
America). More information on events and
schedules will be updated on
citizenM Los Angeles Downtown hotel
361 S Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90013
The Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
OPENING NIGHT GALA
CLOSING NIGHT GALA
DIR. BILLY PORTER | USA | 96 MIN.
THURSDAY | JULY 14 | 7:30PM | ORPHEUM THEATRE
High schooler Kelsa (Eva Reign) glides into
her senior year with a tight-knit group of
besties, a happy home life with her fiercely
supportive mother (Renée Elise Goldsberry),
and future prospects for college looking
exceedingly bright. When romance
blooms between Kelsa and her handsome
classmate Khal (Abubakr Ali), it should be
the cherry on top of a stellar year...if only
Kelsa’s best friend didn’t have her heart set
on Khal too. Soon, teenage jealousy takes
hold, and Kelsa’s trans identity becomes
the subject of gossip and controversy,
THE FUTURE X
OPENING NIGHT GALA PERFORMANCE
The Future X is an explosive new pop group discovered on
TikTok. In an unprecedented celebration of both world class
singing and dancing, the group is made up of three singers
and four dancers - Angie, Luke, Maci, Jayna, Sasha, Tray,
and Drew. Smart lyrics, powerful hooks and a fresh sound for
today. Get ready for a high energy, captivating performance.
while Khal finds his own friendships
suddenly on shaky ground. But high
school drama is no match for the crackling
chemistry between the two sweethearts,
leading to one of the most endearing,
joyous onscreen teen romances in years.
Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning
multi-hyphenate artist Billy Porter makes
his feature directorial debut with this
exhilarating tale, showcasing a gift for
creating moments of musicality and magic
within a story that’s still grounded in reality.
Guided by a perceptive script written by
Ximena García Lecuona, the kids in this film
approach life with a refreshing honesty,
using language steeped in the younger
generation’s grasp of social media to tackle
their problems with intelligence and flair.
But the greatest gift the film offers is simply
watching two phenomenally charismatic
young lovers radiate old school movie star
charm in a romance that finally breaks new
ground — a long awaited development
for a genre as old as the art form itself!
When a busload of queer and trans
teens arrive in the deep woods at
Whistler Camp — a conversion therapy
camp with a mission statement to
restore young people to a “gender
normative lifestyle” — they see right
through the counselors’ ingratiating
attempts to set everyone at ease. Led
by the iron-willed pair of Jordan (Theo
Germaine) and Alexandria (Quei
Tann), the campers band together
to resist the psychological warfare
wrought by short-tempered counselors
and a perma-smiled therapist (Carrie
Preston). But what about the masked,
knife-wielding intruder lurking just
outside their cabins?
DIR. JOHN LOGAN | USA | 90 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 24 | 7:00PM | THE ACE
This film from Academy Awardnominated
screenwriter turned firsttime
director John Logan, (Hugo,
The Aviator, Skyfall) and horror
connoisseurs Blumhouse Productions,
They/Them represents a game-changer
for the genre. Where queer characters
and themes were once coded,
assumed, or outright villainized, here
is a story where our community are
the heroes and avengers, combating
both the horrors wrought by so-called
conversion therapy, and the lurking,
creepy dangers that make this genre
such a thrill. There could not be a more
perfectly timed, empowering rebuke to
the idea that we can be wished, willed,
or legislated out of existence.
DIR. DARESHA KYI | USA | 90 MIN.
FRIDAY | JULY 22 | 7:15PM | DGA 1
In Texas, Kimberly overhears her four-year-old Kai praying for
God to take her home to Jesus rather than having to live as a boy.
In Oklahoma, Sara is bedridden and cries for days after her son
Parker comes out. In California, as her daughter Tammi decides
to allow herself to find love with another woman after wrestling
with 33 years of religious guilt, Tenita is taking the first steps to
understanding. Across the country, there are over 30,000 “Mama
Bears” who work to make the world kinder and safer for LGBTQ
children of all ages. While they may come from strict religious
upbringings and consider themselves devout Christians, the fierce
love they have for their queer and trans children is unwavering,
pushing them to choose not to be hateful reflections of a loving God.
Daresha Kyi is unflinching as she points her lens towards
families whose faith has been challenged, documenting their
journeys with care and empathy. Both intimate and thoughtprovoking,
follow these mamas as they take their own brand
of grassroots advocacy across the country, one hug at a time.
As part of the film’s special centerpiece screening during
Outfest Los Angeles, director Daresha Kyi, the film team, and the
leadership of the Mama Bears organization will be on the red
carpet. They will be joined by special guests who will help them
rally parents of color to protect their LGBTQIA+ children, and
jumpstart vitally important conversations within communities of
color about the importance of love, acceptance, and inclusion.
DIR. JUAN FELIPE ZULETA | USA | 100 MIN.
WEDNESDAY | JULY 20 | 7:00PM | DGA 1
Peter, a self-described “college-educated, homosexual
dwarf,” keeps to himself in his apartment as he reels from
the recent loss of his closest friend. His solitary existence
is up-ended when his quirky neighbor Winona shows up
at his door with a favor to ask: she’d like to borrow his
car so she can drive to the remote Canadian field where
aliens are due to beam her aboard their spaceship.
Led by a sensational pair of performances from Matthew
Jeffers (TV’s New Amsterdam) and Sarah Hay, this
disarming and wholly original take on the roadtrip comedy
finds its charm and its power in spotlighting characters
who rarely get the lead roles. Directed with a fabulous
visual flair by first-time feature helmer Juan Felipe Zuleta,
this film demonstrates the thrilling rewards of watching
previously sidelined characters take center stage.
FAR FROM HEAVEN (20TH ANNIVERSARY)
DIR. TODD HAYNES| USA, FRANCE | 107 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 6:30PM | DGA 1
20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING IN 35MM
with Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, and Julianne Moore in person!
In the 1950s, director Douglas Sirk achieved his greatest commercial
and artistic triumphs with a series of brilliant, socially conscious
melodramas. Films like All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind,
and Imitation of Life — sumptuously filmed, larger-than-life productions
populated by Hollywood legends. They incisively explored issues of
class, race, and inequality while delivering all the swooning romance
and heightened drama audiences craved. Sirk’s distinct style has been
cited by queer filmmaking legends as an influence, and in 2002, it
provided inspiration for Todd Haynes’ masterpiece, Far From Heaven.
From the first frame, Haynes’ meticulous recreation of a Sirkian world
envelops the senses, but this is not simply an homage to a great filmmaker,
it’s a radical reimagining of what was possible in ‘50s era Hollywood
filmmaking. Through the story of picture perfect housewife Cathy Whitaker
finds herself falling for her handsome Black gardener in the wake of
discovering her husband’s hidden queerness, Haynes frankly addresses
issues that in actual 1950s films remained coded, while nimbly maintaining
the attitudes and language of the era. This stunning film, which earned four
Academy Award nominations, also represents perhaps the finest work in
the ongoing filmmaking trio of Haynes, producer Christine Vachon (who
has worked with Haynes since their breakout 1991 feature Poison), and
star Julianne Moore (who joined the two for 1995’s Safe, and several
more films after). Outfest is honored to welcome all three to this special
20th anniversary screening to discuss their undeniably iconic partnership.
DIRS. JAKE MCCLELLAN, ERIC GRIFFIN,
ADAM LENHART | USA | 78 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 7:00PM | REDCAT
A retro-horror TV cable box infiltrates a neighborhood
when a brother and sister stay up past their bedtime to
sneak in some late-night viewing. Suddenly, Knuckle Head
appears in their living room and begins to curate nostalgic
queer killer content that might just make them never sleep
again! This queer tribute to goofy horror hijinks and cable
access shenanigans is destined to be a cult classic. Jam
packed with strange skits, scary songs, bawdy humor, and
creepy characters all aiming for a cheap laugh. How does
a vampire deal with puberty? Will a loving lesbian movie
night go to hell? Created by a DIY filmmaking trio from
small town Pennsylvania, this year’s platinum centerpiece
will include an opening live action, spooky immersive
experience, to guide viewers into the most ridiculously
terrifying Halloween TV special ever seen on the big screen.
TRANS, NON-BINARY & INTERSEX SUMMIT
SATURDAY | JULY 23 | 3:00PM | DGA 1
Now in it’s 6th year, the newly renamed
Outfest Los Angeles Trans, Nonbinary &
Intersex Summit will showcase a multitude
of trans, nonbinary & intersex experiences
as a vision for the future of our lives. This
year’s summit is a time-capsule titled
Manifesting Our Future – a call to action
to imagine ourselves 50 to 100 to 1000
years from now. While trans, nonbinary
RAQUEL WILLIS KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Filmmaker Perspectives showcases
short films from emerging trans,
nonbinary & intersex filmmakers, using
film to explore the multitude of trans,
nonbinary and intersex experience.
Each short is followed by a moderated
conversation with the filmmakers or
talent, and offers a glimpse into a
particular theme or issue.
and intersex people have garnered varying
levels of visibility, the goal of this year’s
summit is to unpack how visibility can shape
our collective future. With visibility comes
backlash and greater threats to our safety
and belonging; but visibility also brings the
power to imagine and the responsibility to
uplift each other. To manifest the future, you
envision it. Storytelling is a manifestation of
Raquel Willis is a Black transgender
activist, award-winning writer, and media
strategist dedicated to elevating the dignity
of marginalized people, particularly
Black transgender people. Throughout her
career, Raquel has held impactful positions
like Director of Communications for The
Ms. Foundation, executive editor of Out
magazine, and a national organizer for
Transgender Law Center (TLC).
In 2018, she founded Black Trans Circles,
a project of TLC, focused on developing
the leadership of Black trans women in the
South and Midwest by creating healing
justice spaces to work through oppressionbased
trauma and incubating community
organizing efforts to address anti-trans
murder and violence.
FILMMAKER PERSPECTIVE #1
by Zen Pace and Dana Aliya Levinson (14 mins)
A woman getting by with petty credit
card fraud questions who she wants to be
when her latest target surprises her with an
Q&A with Zen Pace and Dana Aliya Levinson,
moderated by Zackary Drucker
our imagination and the futures we dream
of as trans, nonbinary and intersex people.
The future is ours, the future is here, and right
now more than ever, we have the power to
The 2022 6th Annual Outfest Trans,
Nonbinary & Intersex Summit will
feature four back to back programs:
During her time at Out, she published the
Trans Obituaries Project to highlight the
epidemic of violence against trans women
of color and developed a communitysourced
13-point framework to end the
epidemic. This project won a GLAAD
Media Award. Raquel is a thought leader
on gender, race and intersectionality.
She’s experienced in online publications,
organizing marginalized communities for
social change, non-profit media strategy
and public speaking while using digital
activism as a major tool of resistance and
She will be releasing her debut memoir
about her coming of identity and activism
with St. Martin’s Press in 2022.
FILMMAKER PERSPECTIVE #2
OUR BODIES, OUR CHOICE
MY ABORTION SAVED MY LIFE
by TransLash Media, created by Imara Jones,
directed and produced by Ruby Rose Collins
and Tiler Wilson, featuring Cazembe Murphy
Jackson (9 mins)
Cazembe Murphy Jackson (he/him), a
Black trans activist living in Atlanta, Georgia,
shares why his access to abortion was vital
to his life. [CW/TW: sexual assault, rape,
homophobia and transphobia]
TRANS BODIES, TRANS CHOICES
by TransLash Media, created by Imara Jones,
directed and produced by Ruby Rose Collins and
Tiler Wilson, featuring Jack Qu’emi Gutíerrez (7
After an unplanned pregnancy and
unsuccessful Plan B contraceptive, Jack
Qu’emi (they/them) sought abortion access
in central Florida.
ARTIST TO ARTIST CONVERSATION | TOWARD VISIBILITY:
WHY INTERSEX REPRESENTATION MATTERS
Featuring a live story performance from “The
Moth” storyteller, actress & intersex activist
Tatenda Ngwaru, and a sneak-peek look at
“A Study of Self Hyponsis,” an upcoming book
of poetry and visual album from Salvadoran-
American filmmaker & intersex advocate
River Gallo – this artist to artist conversation
showcases two brilliant intersex artists and
brings them together in conversation on why
intersex representation matters and what we
can do to move toward greater visibility for
LIVE STORY PERFORMANCE
by Tatenda Ngwaru (10 mins)
SNEAK PEEK FROM “A STUDY OF SELF HYPNOSIS”
by River Gallo (3 mins)
This multi-media project includes a debut book of poetry and visual
album exploring trans, intersex and non-binary identities as both gender
expressions and philosophies of liminality and transcendence. Through
personal and confessional storytelling, “A Study of Self Hypnosis”
investigates the kaleidoscopic and psychedelic journey of transition,
reckoning with self-induced trances, dictated by personal trauma,
addiction, sexual abuse, romance, and set free by mysticism.
Artist to Artist Conversation between River Gallo and Tatenda Ngwaru
WE ARE NOT A JOKE… BUT WE ARE FUNNY
Trans, nonbinary and intersex
people are not a joke, but we can
certainly deliver them. There is
humor in our experience. We are
Not A Joke… But We Are Funny is
a comedy showcase featuring some
of the funniest trans, nonbinary and
intersex comedians today - emceed
by D’Lo, featuring Nori Reed, Jes
Tom, 7g, River Butcher, and Kai.
PROGRAMMED BY: Kieran Medina
SPECIAL THANKS: Zackery Alexzander
Stephens, Zackary Drucker, River Gallo,
Brian Michael Smith, Neil Landau, Valerie
Stadler, Farhaad Virani, Keisha Zollar,
Nova Cypress Black, Chris Renfro, Raul
Martin Romero and Good Robot of Bad
Virtual introduction by Imara Jones. Q&A with
Cazembe Murphy Jackson and Jack Qu’emi
Gutíerrez, moderated by Jaden Fields
DIR. TODD FLAHERTY | USA | 96 MIN.
FRIDAY | JULY 15 | 7:00PM | DGA 1
DIR. JUAN PABLO GONZÁLEZ | MEXICO | 99 MIN.
FRIDAY | JULY 15 | 7:15PM | DGA 2
ALL KINDS OF LOVE
DIR. DAVID LEWIS | USA | 76 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 23 | 12:00PM | DGA 1
Max, a stubborn gay man, is reeling from his recent divorce from
his commitment-phobic husband. Starting over would be easier if
Max’s shaky living situation didn’t frequently land him on his ex’s
couch, where he inevitably interrupts whatever sexual escapade
of the moment is playing itself out. Soon, Max becomes accidental
roommates with a younger hip nerd who is as romantically
challenged as he is, and sparks unexpectedly begin to fly. Longtime
Outfest alum David Lewis’ feel-good and refreshingly sex-positive
romantic comedy makes the welcome choice to expands its point of
view beyond Max’s own troubles. What results is an open-hearted,
sensitive story about people trying to follow their hearts, be it within
an intergenerational romance, a late-in-life throuple, or through the
eyes of an artistic trans man looking for love in all the wrong places.
DIR. GABRIEL BIER GISLASON | DENMARK | 105 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 6:15PM | HARMONY GOLD
It’s every lesbian’s fear — what if the partner with whom you’re U-Hauling is
possessed by a demon? Maja is a Danish actor unhappy with the direction
of her career after playing a Christmas elf in a beloved jingle. Then she
meets Leah, a young Jewish student visiting Denmark, and falls headover-heels
for her. When Leah suffers a health scare, Maja offers to come
back to London with her so she can care for her and keep their fledgling
relationship going. Their homecoming in Leah’s Hasidic neighborhood
is less than hospitable. Leah’s mother Chana is deeply secretive and
increasingly overbearing. As Maja tries to ingratiate herself into Leah’s
home and community, she starts to fear that the cause of Leah’s sickness —
and Chana’s iciness — are rooted in supernatural terrors of Jewish folklore.
Every gay guy has that one friend who can’t get their act together, but
we can’t help but love them to pieces anyway. For thirty-something
Chrissy, that’s his best judy, Judy, an endearing but perpetually messy
ride-or-die who’s always got more than a few cocktails in the tank.
Together, they’re an inseparable —bordering codependent — twoqueen
drag act scraping by in the bars of New York. When Chrissy
decides to leave town for his successful boyfriend, Judy’s left to pick
up the pieces and forge a solo path in life and love with no one to lean
on but himself. In striking black-and-white, director/writer/actor Todd
Flaherty imbues Judy’s story with brilliant shades of heart and resilience
to transform a misunderstood archetype into a tenacious superstar.
In the highlands of Jalisco, the heiress of a tequila factory is so focused
on fighting to maintain her family legacy in the face of encroaching
American competition, that she risks losing sight of herself along
that way. Juan Pablo González casts his observational eye on
the complex life of Señora Maria, and delivers a layered portrait
of a queer woman and her community that deepens the common
narratives about rural Mexico. By building quiet, hypnotic sequences
that unspool like a kaleidoscope of her daily life — merging Maria’s
professional trials with her personal affection for a new employee
— the film powerfully builds into a stunning examination of power
and its limits, all anchored by a magnetic lead performance by
Teresa Gómez which garnered her an acting prize at Sundance.
BREAKING THE ICE
DIR. CLARA STERN | AUSTRIA | 102 MIN.
FRIDAY | JULY 22 | 9:30PM | DGA 2
When it comes to ice hockey, Mira is no holds barred. As her team’s
captain, she can’t afford to let her guard down and she leads with precision
and determination. If only her personal life were that easy. Between her
grandfather’s dementia getting progressively worse, her brother Paul
disappearing for days on end, the family vineyard barely staying afloat,
and her mother being no help at all — she’s barely keeping them together
as the only responsible one left in the family. It’s a tenuous existence that
gets shaken up when the freewheeling Theresa joins the ice hockey team,
unsettling the usually uptight Mira. It all comes to a head one late night,
lost in Vienna. Can she finally learn to let go and be free to find love?
THE FIRST FALLEN
DIR. RODRIGO DE OLIVEIRA | BRAZIL | 107 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 3:30PM | DGA 2
Suzano, Humberto, and Rose are three friends living in a small
Brazilian town in 1983. Their lives are as fraught with happiness
and heartbreak as any gay men or trans women of the era could
expect. As the first wave of the AIDS epidemic takes hold in their
community, their chosen family’s bond must grow even stronger. With
energy, humor, and righteous anger, director Rodrigo de Oliveira
creates a drama that is full of life. Powerful performances, vibrant
color, and dramatic craft propel The First Fallen into an emotional
journey that’s just as thrilling as any action picture, and that burns
with the fiery passion of art that’s both entertainment and activism.
DIR. ALLI HAAPASALO | FINLAND | 100 MIN.
FRIDAY | JULY 22 | 7:00PM | DGA 2
Bursting with the incandescent energy and uncontainable wild
emotions that one experiences when on the cusp of their young
adulthood, director Alli Haapasalo’s tremendous Sundance awardwinning
coming of age story cuts through the choppy waters of
late-teenage apprehension, to ride the waves of exhilarating selfdiscovery.
Wild child Mimmi and the more reserved Rönkkö — best
friends for life — spend every Friday working together at a smoothie
stand in the mall. Everything changes when Mimmi meets ice skating
champion Emma, her soon to be first love, and Rönkkö decides to take
her sexual awakening into her own hands. Featuring unforgettable
performances from its central trio and music from the likes of Perfume
Genius, Haapasalo crafts a queer cinema instant classic. By grounding
her characters in authentic feeling, she captures the cathartic
beauty of breaking out of childhood and sprinting into your future.
MY EMPTINESS AND I (MI VACIO Y YO)
DIR. ADRIÁN SILVESTRE | SPAIN | 98 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 1:00PM | HARMONY GOLD
DIR. C.B. YI| FRANCE | 120 MIN.
WEDNESDAY | JULY 20 | 9:45PM | DGA 1
DIR. CRAIG BOREHAM | AUSTRALIA | 95 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 23 | 9:30PM | DGA 1
Down and out and on the run, handsome drifter Casey rolls into big
city Sydney with a longing for connection and an untold past in the
countryside. Adrift within the all-consuming hook-up scene of this
unknown urban labyrinth, he strikes up a friendship with charismatic
fellow hustler Tib after crossing paths in bed. Their connection quickly
settles into a physical and emotional partnership that offers the promise
of a new beginning for them both but only if they can survive the secrets
and sinister forces that surround them. With an eye towards finding the
sublime where others might look away, director Craig Boreham crafts
an erotic, sensitively tuned vision of striking vulnerability that dares
to kindle hope and redemption against the most impossible odds.
MARS ONE ( MARTE UM)
DIR. GABRIEL MARTINS | BRAZIL | 115 MIN.
THURSDAY | JULY 21 | 7:00PM | DGA 2
In this Sundance darling about a young woman discovering her queerness
and taking a brave leap into new love, Brazilian director Gabriel Martins
weaves a tender family drama with a sensual love story. Set in the postelection
tumult of Bolsanaro’s regime, we meet a working class family of
four, each with their own wishes for their future. Eldest sister Eunice has
just met her great love in Joana, but hesitates to reveal her true self to her
family members each dealing with their own challenges. Avoiding the
dramatic trappings of the coming out narrative, Martins instead shows
us a casual, easy love progressing naturally. Bathed in all the colors
and music Brazil has to offer, Mars One is a celebration of life in the
face of tragedy, and the enduring familial love that carries through it all.
Outfest alum Adrián Silvestre partners with co-writer and lead
actress Raphaëlle Perez to create a colorful, layered portrait of a
life in flux. Perez plays Raphi, a low-level office worker with dreams
of being an artist. When Raphi is diagnosed with gender dysphoria,
her story becomes a deeply humane exploration of the choices
one trans woman makes as she learns to re-enter the dating world,
demand more from her sex life, and come into her own as a gifted
writer and performer. Bursting with vitality and exuberance, the
community that forms around Raphi is inspirational, led by a support
group of multigenerational trans women played by the subjects of
Silvestre’s Outfest Award-winning documentary, Sediments. This is an
invigorating cinematic experience, destined to become a queer classic.
Director C.B. Yi’s gritty and tender debut feature explores the
emotional entanglements and secret world of street hustlers — or
“Moneyboys” — working their clients and making a living in big city
Beijing, where gay life is taboo but a surplus of demand survives in
the shadows. Far from his home in rural China, twenty-something Fei
rises in their ranks as a wet-behind-the-ears newcomer while sending
along his earnings to the conservative family he left behind in the
countryside. But when their disapproval irrevocably complicates his
position, his life in the profession shifts as he seeks a new chapter in
love without price tags attached. Yi’s tactile sensitivity and assured
sense of direction with actors and their environment evokes a longing
to belong against the shimmering mystery of starting your life anew.
Content advisory: Depictions of violence
Content advisory: This film contains intense scenes of a graphic sexual nature.
DIR. MICHELLE EHLEN | USA | 91 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 23 | 7:00PM | DGA 1
When her wife devastatingly asks for a separation in order to explore other
options, Jay decides to pick up her life and move across the country to
start anew. Halfway through the trip, she makes a pit stop to visit her high
school best friend, a single mother raising a young daughter. Haunted by
the memories of her crumbling marriage and holding out for a second
chance, Jay postpones the rest of her trip. She’s paralyzed in her grief
until she befriends a charismatic gay man whose outlook on love forces
her to come to terms with her new reality. Michelle Ehlen (Heterosexual
Jill, S&M Sally) returns to Outfest LA with an honest and heartfelt journey:
a love letter to the people who help pick us up when our hearts are
broken, and the beauty of discovering the strength to create a fresh start.
PETER VON KANT
DIR. FRANÇOIS OZON | FRANCE | 85 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 9:30PM | DGA 1
One of contemporary cinema’s most prolific and stylish artists, François
Ozon’s (8 Women, Summer of ‘85) latest breathes dazzling new life into
a landmark of the queer canon. This tale of romantic obsession uses the
framework of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 masterpiece The Bitter
Tears of Petra von Kant, and remolds it to focus on prickly film director
Peter (Denis Ménochet), whose friend and frequent star Sidonie (a superb
Isabelle Adjani) introduces him to young aspiring actor Amir. Peter is
instantly infatuated, but with the beautiful Amir’s star rising and attention
wandering, the potential rejection sends Peter’s temper into overload.
No one is safe, including Peter’s long-suffering, silent assistant and his
understanding mother (Fassbinder regular Hanna Schygulla), and the
result is an explosive actors’ showcase that needs to be seen to be believed.
DIR. ROCKY PALLADINO | UNITED KINGDOM | 93 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 1:15PM | DGA 2
Phea is an aspiring singer/songwriter who feels stuck. Her music
career has stalled, and her relationship to her girlfriend Justine is on
the precipice. So when Justine stops answering her calls, Phea tries to
find her to get some explanation — but she is soon drawn into the orbit
of a dangerous human trafficker that puts her own life, and Justine’s,
on the line. She swiftly discovers that she would do whatever it takes
to save her lover. Come for the emotionally and politically resonant
lesbian spin on the myth of Orpheus, and stay for the extraordinary
debut and music of Sherika Sherard — the singer/songwriter cast
as Phea after the director saw her busking in a London tube station.
Preceded by EDIBLE Dir. Kandis Golden, 2021, 18 min.
PLEASE BABY PLEASE
DIR. AMANDA KRAMER | USA | 95 MIN.
FRIDAY | JULY 15 | 9:30PM | DGA 1
In director Amanda Kramer’s neon-drenched, highly stylized 1950s
Manhattan, greaser gang The Young Gents stalk the streets. When they
stage an attack at the doorstep of newlyweds Suse and Arthur (Andrea
Riseborough and Henry Melling), witnessing the violence awakens the
couple’s dormant fantasies of smashing through their expected gender
roles. Suse, spurred on further by a conversation with her rebellious upstairs
neighbor (a sublime Demi Moore), imagines herself as the femme dom star
of elaborate S&M daydreams. While Arthur finds a welcome home for his
softness and sensitivity in the gangs’ sexy leader (Karl Glusman). Fantasy
bleeds into reality, and both squares and criminals alike give into temptation.
Kramer’s deliciously entertaining, star-studded tour-de-force becomes
a sensual exploration of how acting wrong can sometimes feel so right.
Preceded by FOU DE BASSAN Dir. Yann Gonzalez, 2021, 4 min.
THREE HEADED BEAST
During a hot Texas summer, bisexual couple Peter and Nina begin to
explore the boundaries of their open relationship. Everything seems
good; sometimes they’ll even spend the afternoon in the beds of
their lovers before returning home. But as the couple rejoices in the
simple pleasures of being free to explore their desires, their foundation
DIRS. FERNANDO ANDRÉS, TYLER RUGH | USA | 83 MIN.
TUESDAY | JULY 19 | 9:45PM | DGA 1
begins to crack as Peter’s new boyfriend Alex asserts his feelings
and unique place within this delicate arrangement. This microbudget
gem from directors Tyler Rugh and Fernando Andres stands out with
a rare and exquisite narrative alchemy, crafted through emotionally
attuned scenes built from the messy beauty of human passion.
SHALL I COMPARE YOU TO A SUMMER’S DAY?
DIR. MOHAMMAD SHAWKY HASSAN
EGYPT, LEBANON, GERMANY | 66 MIN.
THURSDAY | JULY 21 | 9:45PM | DGA 2
DIR. MARIANO BIASIN | ARGENTINA | 100 MIN.
MONDAY | JULY 18 | 7:00PM | PLAZA DE LA RAZA
THREE TIDY TIGERS TIED A TIE TIGHTER
DIR. GUSTAVO VINAGRE | BRAZIL | 86 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 3:45PM | HARMONY GOLD
YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER
DIR. SARAH WATTS, MARK SLUTSKY | CANADA | 96 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 23 | 3:45PM | DGA 2
In this queer contemporary musical from Egyptian director Mohammad
Shawky Hassan, soft speaking voices, and a dreamlike soundscape
of Egyptian pop music pull you in. Based on a diary of the filmmaker’s
personal love stories, and told in the form of a tale from One Thousand
and One Nights, Hassan’s film gives us a glimpse into the sensual
experiences of gay Egyptian men. Telling their stories with humor,
tenderness, and wit, the power of prose commands attention and
allows viewers to be completely swept up in Hassan’s unique vision.
With gorgeous colors, handsome actors, and imaginative editing,
Shall I Compare You To a Summer’s Day? is a cinematic delight.
Preceded by EXALTED MARS Dir. Jean-Sébastien Chauvin, 2021, 18 min.
Somewhere along the Atlantic coast in Argentina, teenage Manu spends
his days hanging out and playing bass guitar in a band alongside his best
friend Felipe — with whom his passionate chemistry may be developing
into something more than friendship. As Manu wrestles with the unexpected
emotional turmoil of falling in love for the first time, let alone with his male
best friend, vibrant scene-building thrusts the film into an unsteady realm of
complicated feelings and breathtaking intimacy. Tension builds as jealousy
and nerves creep forward into the fray, threatening to break the bond
between these two boys. Filled with stolen glances and rushes of discovery,
director Mariano Biasin vividly conveys the mercurial complexities of
coming of age alongside an intimate tale about the value of friendship.
Brazilian director Gustavo Vinagre scored the Teddy Award for Best
Feature Film at this year’s Berlinale for this dazzling journey through a
not-too-distant future. Jonata, Pedro and Isabella — three friends in the
working-class suburbs of São Paulo — each attempt to make their way in a
world that’s been harshly affected by rampant capitalism, and a pandemic
whose disease threatens to claim cherished memories. New friendships
and first loves are prey to forgetfulness, but this trio of young queer stalwarts
fight the plague via their shared experiences and collective memories.
Outrageous and thought-provoking, this film brims over with humor,
absurdism, and witty narrative devices that build to an unforgettable climax.
This debut feature from directing team Mark Slutsky and Sarah Watts
tells a tender story within a Jehovah’s Witness community about a teen
girl falling in love for the first time in the wake of her father’s death.
Jaime is secure in her queerness, but her crush Marike is too devout
to fully live in her truth. Their relatives and neighbors are portrayed
as loving, but unmoving in their adherence to traditional gender
roles. Marike adheres to them, and tries to get Jaime to do the same,
causing conflict between the young lovers. But the two can’t stay away
from each other, stealing glances at dinner and having flirtatious
sleepovers. And when the community catches on to their secret love,
Jaime must choose between being with Marike or being true to herself.
SAV RODGERS he/him
In October 2018, Outfest organized a screening of the budding cult classic
Jennifer’s Body. Sav Rodgers may have only been visiting Los Angeles, but the
event called out to him. The raucous night was his first taste not only of the city’s
festival scene but also of the careful curation that guides Outfest yearound. The
experience is what pushed him to apply to the Outfest Outset Young Filmmakers
The following year proved to be transformative for Rodgers. Outset gave him the
push he needed: “It was an opportunity for me to move to Los Angeles and find
queer community for the first time in my life. I made countless friends and found
new mentors.” Moreover, it was in his Outset class where he met his writing
partner, Taylor Gates. “I’ll always be grateful for the experience.”
Since that fateful evening watching Megan Fox tear through the screen spouting
Diablo Cody’s endlessly quotable campy dialogue, Rodgers—who’s currently
in post-production on his debut feature documentary, Chasing Chasing Amy—
has come to further appreciate the space Outfest carves out for filmmakers
like himself. “Community and queer spaces are incredibly important to me.
Outfest provides both. I’ve met some of the most incredible people all through
a shared passion for independent queer cinema. The value of that bond can’t
OUTFEST ANTHONY MEINDL
ACTING FELLOWSHIP ALUMNI
The title of D’Lo’s various shows over the years—which include Ramble-Ations,
D’FunQT, D’FaQTo Life and To T, or not To T, which just finished a run at the
Kirk Douglas Theater here in Los Angeles—capture the voice of this queer/
transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comic. There’s an
ebullience to their work that shines through even on the page. A longtime
friend of the festival (D’Lo estimates they first got involved with it back in
2009 through his work with Adelina Anthony as director for her solo show
at the Redcat), the multihyphenate performer was part of the Outfest Anthony
Meindl Acting Fellowship in 2019. It’s an experience they remember fondly
because not only did it help them hone their skills (they still recall how helpful
and sensitive teachers like Barbara Howlin and Nina Rausch were then) but
because they got to meet a number of actors they remain in contact with.
“Outfest is another family for me. I love how something so huge can feel
so intimate. It is not just a place to gather, but it’s a place to be in further
amazement of the magic that queer creators have. Everytime I go to an Outfest
event, I remember how much community I have even if I don’t get to see
everyone as often. GODS BLESS THE QUEERS!”
ALL THE LOVERS SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 9:00PM | DGA 2
It’s about all of us! Each film demonstrates the true beauty of authentic
LGBTQIA+ relationship experiences and the united themes of loss,
dedication, isolation, love, sorrow, spirituality, and family. In these films
you’ll see a celebration of queerness, the struggle to come out to your family,
the heartbreak of letting loved ones go, and more moments of genuine
connection and intimacy. Tonight — we celebrate intimacy and relationships.
HIGH JUMP (Dir. Lennert Madou) 12 Mins. I WISH I NEVER
FUCKING MET YOU (Dir. Jacob Charton) 10 Mins. FOSTER (Dir.
Jordi Wijnalda) 12 Mins. THE SPIRIT GOD GAVE US (Dir. Michael
Donte) 20 Mins. FOR LOVE (Dir. Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor) 12 Mins.
FIRECRACKER (Dir. Caroline Guo) 14 Mins. THE BOWER (Dir. Marco
Alessi) 18 Mins. TOP BOTTOM TOP (Dir. Graham Kolbeins) 3 Mins.
COME TO MY WINDOW
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 4:00PM | DGA 2
A quiet look at one’s life as we age. Time and connection are
altered in these memorable shorts. How do our former and current
lovers imprint on our lives? Whether it’s a Taiwanese lesbian
rock singer reconnecting with her first love after 30 years, or two
strangers meeting on a train in Spain — how do we measure the
truth and vulnerability of life? Through the legacy of a pioneering
lesbian-lover-filmmaker, or is it perhaps through a rancher and
his ailing husband. These queer elders’ shorts display pride and
power of love no matter how far away in time you get from them.
LOVE, BARBARA (Dir. Brydie O’Connor) 15 Mins. THE
EPHEMERAL (Dir. Jorge Muriel) 20 Mins. NORTH STAR (Dir. P.J.
Palmer) 30 Mins. ENCORE MARTHA (Dir. Natasha K. Sung) 24 Min.
FELLAS THAT WERE IN THE MOOD
MONDAY | JULY 18 | 9:30PM | DGA 1
Hot-blooded passion mingles with down-and-dirty desire in these
sensual short films that explore the erotic possibilities of gay male
experience. Across an international spread of sumptuous visions from
talented filmmakers stretching the limits of their medium, this host of
eclectic characters navigate the politics of throupledom, dating app
dilemmas, and how to choose the perfect bedroom partner for the first
time. Not to mention, through immersive first person cinematography,
the chance to invite the viewer (you!) in as a third. Join us for this
voyeuristic voyage into only the most pleasurable of realms.
BEAUTIFUL STRANGER (Dir. Benjamin Belloir) 26 Min. FIRSTS
(Dir. Jesse Ung) 17 Min. OPEN TO IT (Dir. Greg Wolf) 22 Min.
SORRY, I CAN’T TALK RIGHT NOW (Dir. Bia Jurema) 9
Min. THREE’S COMPANY (Dir. Steve Balderson) 30 Min.
BLEND INTO MY FAVORITE COLOR
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 6:30PM | DGA 2
These aren’t your average Saturday morning cartoons, and they are
certainly not for kids. A medium that inherently lends itself to the surreal —
with boundaries and constraints only limited to that of the imagination —
animation is seemingly the perfect vessel for LGBTQIA+ stories. Whether
illustrating spoken word poetry or diving into a childhood memory,
documenting bi visibility, dismantling personal trauma or flooding the
rainbow floor your first day in the dorms — these films encompass a
full array of animation styles, techniques, and perspectives. Gorgeous
imagery and bursts of color punctuate this program that is sure to open
your mind, touch your heart, and keep you marveling at the wonder.
BI THE WAY (Dir. Amir Ovadia Steklov) 16 Mins. flooded daisies
(Dir. PoeticMoment) 2 Mins. HOT TODDY (Dir. Mary Sette) 17 Mins.
LIPSTICK OF THE BRAVE (Dir. Bill Plympton) 6 Mins. MEN IN
BLUE: 12 STORIES (Dir. Francisco Bianchi) 3 Mins. NEW MOON
(Dirs. Jeremie Balais, Jeffig LeBars, Raul Domingo, Colman Domingo)
11 Mins. RAINBOW FLOOR (Dirs. DeLeon Warren, Barry Strum) 14
Mins. SINGLE (Dirs.Tilly Robba, Steph Jowett) 12 Mins. TOGETHER/
APART (Dir. David Amberg) 7 Mins. UP CLOSE (Dir. Sam Gurry) 4 Mins.
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 11:00AM | DGA 1
Affirming, seductive, and hysterical stories come together in fabulous
fashion to comprise this year’s dazzling collection of marquee
gay male shorts. Whether it’s a camping trip on Catalina Island,
a construction crane overlooking the buildings of Beirut, a trip to
visit your boyfriend’s parents in Beijing or a chance encounter on
a London balcony, the men in these evocative and deeply felt films
from around the world search for a stage to plant their feet and
live their truths out loud. Unique dilemmas arise — an accidentally
ingested edible here, a lurid sex tape from a US Senator there — but
by trusting their instincts or leaning on their community for support,
they each demonstrate the true beauty of authentic gay experience.
BRUTAL (Dir. Sam McConnell) 13 Min. CATALINA (Dir. Tyler
Rabinowitz) 16 Min. F^¢K ‘€M R!GHT B@¢K (Dir. Harris Doran) 12
Min. FOREIGN UNCLE (Dir. Sining Xiang) 20 Min. A FOX IN THE
NIGHT (Dir. Keeran Anwar Blessie) 11 Min. WARSHA (Dir. Dania
Bdeir) 15 Min.
QUEER PARIVAAR LESBIAN MISERABLES
FRIDAY | JULY 15 | 9:45PM | DGA 2
The world’s on fire! Forget your troubles by watching a delightful
collection of shorts centered on coming-of-age, quiet joyful
moments, and experiencing the wild rollercoaster of falling
in love for the first time. These feel-good flicks will certainly
make you forget all about getting ready for the judgment day.
SEQUIN (Dir. Averi Israel) 4 Mins. TANK FAIRY (Dir. Erich
Rettstadt) 10 Mins. IS THIS THE ONE? (Dir. Stephanie Mata)
8 Mins. WUSS (Dir. Rubing Zhang) 12 Mins. THE LAST
HUMAN PERSON ON EARTH (Dir. Ryan Michael Hoskins)
14 Mins. QUEER PARIVAAR (Dir. Shiva Raichandani) 27 Mins.
ALL THE CROWS IN THE WORLD (Dir. Tang Yi) 14 Mins.
FRIDAY | JULY 22 | 9:45PM | DGA 1
Don’t be shy! A treasure trove of shorts all about women, their desires and
gender presentation. From a queer femme’s kink party to solitary
birthday celebration. This year we celebrate self-acceptance,
aspiration, lesbianism, rebirth for all generations, all those who
came before and all those who shall come after us. Stories in search
of healing in Nigeria, a taxi ride in Los Angeles, a heartfelt sex talk
in a hospital hallway in Spain, to a dyke on a motorcycle in Brazil.
THE BIRTH OF A BEAUTIFUL BUTCH (Dir. Gia-Rayne Harris)
3 Min. BLOOD HANA (Dir. M.G. Evangelista) 15 Min. A WILD
PATIENCE HAS TAKEN ME HERE (Dir. Érica Sarmet) 26
Min. LESBIAN MISERABLES (Dir. Tess Paras) 3 Min. HAPPY
BIRTHDAY, YOU MADE IT (Dir. Yuelei Song) 6 Min. CAR
THERAPY: UNCOUPLING (Dir. Jennelle Williams) 7 Min.
NENENA (Dir. Johaira Michelle Dilauro) 1 Min. MASQUERADE
(EGÚNGÚN) (Dir. Olive Nwosu) 15 Min. YES, GODDESS (Dir.
Randa Jarrar) 12 Min. MY FIRST CHOICE (Dir. Carlota Callén) 6 Min.
ADAM, EVE AND THE
FORBIDDEN FRUIT EL MARIJUANO SPACESHIP
LATINXCELLENCE TUESDAY | JULY 19 | 9:30PM | PLAZA DE LA RAZA
Excellence doesn’t even begin to describe the storytelling on display in
this year’s collection of Latinx shorts. Full of heartache, longing, dancing,
manicures, and a little weed, these stories celebrate the importance of our
sacred connections — not just to the people in our lives but to our culture.
Whether honoring a grandparent, stressing over a quinceañera, saying an
emotional goodbye, or finding your way back to someone, we know one
thing is true, our strength comes from the love we give to the ones we hold
dear — and our excellence comes from the bonds we have to each other.
¡NAILS! (Dir. Eliana Pipes) 5 Mins. ADAM, EVE AND THE FORBIDDEN
FRUIT (Dir. R.B. Lima) 20 Mins. BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED
(Dirs. Marianna Amelinckx, Julieta Messmer) 8 Mins. EL MARIJUANO
(Dir. Andre Lara Cervantes) 18 Mins. I SHOULD FEED MY CAT (Dir.
Abram Cerda) 17 Mins. LAS PLANTAS DE MIS ABUELOS (Dirs. Nicolas
Jara, Lilith King-Smithson) 1 Min. MERCURY RETROGRADE (Dir. Gustavo
Gamero) 6 Mins. RECUERDO DE UNA TARDE EN LA AZOTEA
(Dir. Tavo Ruiz) 9 Mins. SPACESHIP (Dir. Jorge G. Camarena) 19 Mins.
THE NEWER QUEER CINEMA
WEDNESDAY | JULY 20 | 9:30PM | DGA 2
Operating across diverse filmmaking styles, from narrative comedy,
to bracing documentary, to enthralling avant garde techniques, the
directors in this program (all of them age 25 or younger) possess
the electrifying energy of a younger generation honing their craft
and blossoming into their authorial voices. With only a few years of
experience under their belts, these artists demonstrate a seasoned
professional’s control of the medium, and provide a blueprint to the
inspiring new possibilities for the queer storytelling of the future.
BLOOMING (Dirs. Sitong Cao, Yuanxin Qiu) 1 Min. the beginning
& the middle (Dir. Alexis G. Zall) 10 Mins. CANS CAN’T STAND
(Dirs. Matt Nadel, Megan Plotka) 19 Mins. ELE OF THE DARK (Dir.
Yace Sula) 13 Mins. HALF (Dir. Jacob Roberts) 11 Mins. CARTAS
PARA AXÉL (Letters to Axél) (Dir. Miles Adonay Lopez) 23 Mins.
LUV, ME (Dirs. Nicolas Jara, Yen Dinh) 10 Mins. ONE LIFT AT A
TIME (Dirs. Flo Singer, Ben Dame) 9 Mins.
TURN AND FACE THE STRANGE
SATURDAY | JULY 23 | 6:15PM | DGA 2
This collection of bizarre shorts is bound to leave you puzzled,
horrified, or downright thrilled. Watching voyeuristic neighbors,
murderous perfume salesmen, college catfishers, sapphic
classically-trained musicians, and spurned sci-fi lovers struggling
to deal with their relationship hangups. It’s time to embrace the
surreal and the fantastical with these out-there fever dreams.
LOLLYGAG (Dir. Tij D’oyen) 10 Mins. ANACONDA (Dir. Joshua Amar)
12 Mins. DOOLEY DOES MURDER! (Dir. Donta ‘Dawn’ Storey) 11
Mins. DON’T GO WHERE I CAN’T FIND YOU (Dir. Rioghnach ni
Ghrioghair) 20 Mins. SUCCESSFUL THAWING OF MR. MORO (Dir.
Jerry Carlsson) 15 Mins. KEEP/DELETE (Dir. Kryzz Gautier) 19 Mins.
Content advisory: Some films contain depictions of violence.
OUR TRUTH, OUR HISTORY
TUESDAY | JULY 19 | 7:00PM | DGA 2
Whether they’re intimate short documentaries or narrative
reenactments of key queer moments throughout history, the shorts in
this collection introduce us to previously unknown but nevertheless vital
tales of LGBTQIA+ communities past and present. Gifted non-fiction
filmmakers allow us to spend a few moments with inspirational queer
athletes, and trailblazing Muslim leaders. Members of the legendary
House of LaBeija write letters ruminating on their personal stories,
and actors boldly take on the persona of towering figures like James
Baldwin. Altogether, these films weave a tapestry of queer life from all
corners of the world that finally tell their small but significant stories.
THE BALDWIN ARCHIVES (Dir. Laura Seay) 8 Mins. FIRST
DOWN (Dir. Carrie Stett) 12 Mins. HOLDING MOSES (Dir.
Rivkah Beth Medow) 17 Mins. THE HOUSE OF LABEIJA (Dir.
Fredgy Noël) 10 Mins. LEGACY (Dir. Giovannie Espiritu) 1 Min.
THE LETTER MEN (Dir. Andy Vallentine) 9 Mins. PORTAL (Dir.
Rodney Evans) 12 Mins. TWO-SPIRIT (Dir. Mónica Taboada-
Tapia) 15 Mins. UNITY MOSQUE (Dir. Nicole Teeny) 7 Mins.
OUTSIDE THESE WALLS
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 1:30PM | DGA 1
Lovebirds in flux, frenemies, and rocker con artists are just some
of the offerings of this truly transformative block. These filmmakers
are challenging what audiences know as “trans stories” by daring
to dream bigger than the usual fanfare. This collection of luminary
narratives reflects the possibilities of storytelling for trans and nonbinary
FRAUD (Dir. Zen Pace) 13 Mins. PRITTYBOI (Dir. Nicolas
Collins) 4 Mins. MONSIEUR LE BUTCH (Dir. Jude Dry) 12 Mins.
CODE SWITCH (Dirs. Davis Alexander James, Mx. Roti) 5 Mins.
PIERCING (Dir. Nate Gualtieri) 7 Mins. PERENNIAL (Dir. Griffin
Cubero) 15 mins. VALENTINE (Dirs. Beck Kitsis, Chris McNabb)
10 Mins. MY TRIP TO SPAIN (Dir. Theda Hammel) 28 Mins.
WE GO OUR OWN WAY
MONDAY | JULY 18 | 9:45PM | DGA 2
The relentless pursuit of finding your voice and yourself is on
full display in this collection of trans, nonbinary, and gendernonconforming
stories. Changemakers, precocious teenagers,
small-town aficionados, and the bold, creative expressions of trans
femmes showcase the beauty within the breadth of trans experiences.
WEST BY GOD (Dir. Scott Lazer) 13 Mins. BUILD OR DESTROY
(Dir. Rashaad Newsome) 6 Mins. cosboi (Dir. Gosha Shapiro)
15 Mins. PUT THE BRIGHTS ON (Dir. Raymond Rea) 17 Mins.
PUNCH LINE (Dir. Becky Cheatle) 10 Mins. GOOD PRESSURE
(Dirs. Caesar Osiris, Shea Diamond) 4 Mins. BLACK BEAUTY (Dir.
Elle Moxley) 26 Mins.
FIVE SONG TOUR
WHEN WE TOUCH
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 8:30PM | DGA 2
Love, longing, heartbreak, and impulse are in this set of girls’ shorts.
Through an intimate, distinctly queer lens as they seek emotional
freedom, love and self-discovery in a place that embraces their
queerness. Whether it’s the first date, finding identity, or past
relationships, all those seemingly innocuous moments that become
part of us and shape who we choose to connect and be intimate with.
Past loves reignite, new one’s blossom, and legacies come to life when
these shorts resolve to write exciting new chapters in their own stories.
MINUTES (Dirs. Alix Eve, Olivia Dowd) 14 Min. LUCKY FISH (Dir.
Emily May Jampel) 8 Min. FIRST DATE (Dir. Carly Usdin) 11 Min.
PAUSE (Dir. Jacquelynn Auger) 15 Min. KING MAX (Dir. Adèle
Vincenti-Crasson) 21 Min. YOU (Dir. Nicole Eckenroad) 4 Min.
WORK (Dir. April Maxey) 13 Min. FIVE SONG TOUR (Dir. Chloe
Jury-Fogel) 13 Min.
HOW TO FEST | FILM THEMES
Are you new to the world of film festivals and wondering “How to navigate over
200 films?!” or “Which films are for me?!” We at Outfest don’t want to leave
you hanging — WE GOT YOU!!
Along with a pull out grid to plan out your fest, we want this guide to help find
your vibe! You’ll see these icons throughout the guide to help you navigate and
find the flicks and events that are right for you — Happy Fest and welcome!
Do you love a jump
scare? A fan of all things
spooky season is where
you come to life. Check
out films like HeBGB TV
and Attachment to get
your horror fill.
One of the world’s most
widely spoken languages,
Spanish languages films
like Dos Estaciones and
Mi Vacio y Yo are not to
be missed at this years
Gen-Z is one of the most
out and proud queer
generations of our time,
so bring them along and
watch films like You Can
Live Forever and Girl
Picture to celebrate their
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Who says being queer
can’t be funny?! Get your
laugh on with All Kinds of
Love, our Comedy Night
at The Ford with a block of
funny shorts and stand-up,
and a screening of God
Save the Queens complete
with live performances!
People of color have been
in the world of film forever,
and with films like Mama
Bears and Moneyboys
showing at this years
festival, our talent,
creativity and beauty
thrives on the silver screen.
Romance is all about
all things love — and
sometimes lust — check
out films like Breaking the
Ice and Nelly & Nadine if
you’re into films that give
you that fluttery feeling
Girls on film is the vibe
with these picks! Please
Baby Please and a
screening of the new series
A League of Their Own
puts ladies to the front on
the big screen
TGI (TRANS, GENDER
The factual and fictional
stories of Trans, Gender
Diverse and Intersex folks
are prominetly featured at
this years festival. check
out Anything’s Possible for
teen crushes and besties
and Passion for a kiss of
It’s in our name! Outfest
LA pays homage to our
lovely locals with films
like Manscaping and
Hypochondriac, check ‘em
out and catch these Cali
SUPPORT QUEER MEDIA
THURSDAY, JULY 14TH
SATURDAY, JULY 16TH
SUNDAY, JULY 17TH
MONDAY, JULY 18TH
DE LA RAZA
7:00 PM PREJUDICE & PRIDE
7:00 PM SUBLIME
11:00 AM BOY SHORTS
11:15 AM SCREENWRITING LAB
11:00 AM ART
11:15 AM SCREENWRITING LAB
9:30 PM SHORTS: FELLAS THAT
WERE IN THE MOOD
9:45 PM SHORTS: WE GO
OUR OWN WAY
9:30 PM IT RUNS IN
7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT GALA:
1:45 PM EPISODIC SHOWCASE:
LOS ANGELS IN FOCUS
1:15 PM PHEA
1:00 PM MY EMPTINESS AND I
12:30 PM THE COCKETTES +
1:30 PM SHORTS: OUTSIDE
DE LA RAZA
4:30 PM PUNKS
4:00 PM SHORTS: COME TO
3:45 PM THREE TIDY TIGERS
TIED A TIE TIGHTER
4:00 PM END OF
7:15 PM A LEAGUE OF
7:00 PM SHORTS: OUR
TRUTH, OUR HISTORY
DGA 1 7:00 PM CHRISSY JUDY 9:30 PM PLEASE BABY PLEASE
DGA 2 7:15 PM DOS ESTACIONES 9:45 PM SHORTS: GET HAPPY
REDCAT 7:00 PM YOUTOPIA 9:45 PM PASSION
9:45 PM THREE HEADED BEAST
9:30 PM CRAZY + SLEEP WITH ME
7:00 PM LOVE & GRAVITY 9:30 PM SHORTS: LATINXCELLENCE
7:15 PM ALL MAN: THE INTERNATIONAL MALE
6:30 PM SHORTS: BLEND INTO MY
7:00 PM UNIDENTIFIED
9:45 PM PAT ROCCO DARED
9:00 PM SHORTS: ALL THE LOVERS
6:15 PM ATTACHMENT 9:00 PM QUEER FOR FEAR
7:00 PM HEBGB TV 9:30 PM HYPOCHONDRIAC
4:00 PM FRAMING AGNES 6:30 PM FAR FROM HEAVEN 9:30 PM PETER VON KANT
1:15 PM CONCORD PITCH EVENT 3:30 PM THE FIRST FALLEN 6:15 PM QUEER RIOT
11:00 AM A RUN FOR MORE 2:00 PM MAKE ME FAMOUS
12:30 PM ESTUARIES
4:30 PM LOVING
3:15 PM A CONVERSATION WITH
CLIVE BARKER +
NIGHTBREED (THE DIRECTOR’S CUT)
TUESDAY, JULY 19TH
FILM GUIDE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JULY 15TH
6:30 PM PLATINUM SHORTS
8:30 PM SHORTS:
WHEN WE TOUCH
7:00 PM SIRENS 9:15 PM LE BEAU MEC
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20TH
9:45 PM MONEYBOYS
9:30 PM SHORTS: THE
NEWER QUEER CINEMA
THURSDAY, JULY 21ST
7:15 PM NELLY & NADINE
7:00 PM MARS ONE
8:00 PM UNCONVENTIONAL
9:30 PM STAY ON BOARD:
THE LEO BAKER STORY
9:45 PM SHALL I COMPARE YOU
TO A SUMMER’S DAY
FRIDAY, JULY 22ND
DGA 1 7:15 PM MAMA BEARS 9:45 PM GIRL SHORTS
DGA 2 7:00 PM GIRL PICTURE 9:30 PM BREAKING THE ICE
8:00 PM GOD SAVE THE QUEENS
SATURDAY, JULY 23RD
12:00 PM ALL KINDS
3:00 PM TRANS, NONBINARY,
AND INTERSEX SUMMIT
7:00 PM MAYBE SOMEDAY 9:30 PM LONESOME
SUNDAY, JULY 24TH
11:15 AM SCREENWRITING LAB LIVE
1:15 PM UYRA - THE RISING
FOREST + CHAAC AND YUM
3:45 PM YOU
6:15 PM TURN AND FACE THE
7:00 PM CLOSING NGHT
8:45 PM BY HOOK OR
8:00 PM I HAVE TO LAUGH:
COMEDY NIGHT AT THE FORD
11:15 AM SCREENWRITING
LAB LIVE READING
1:15 PM GREETINGS FROM
3:30 PM CELEBRATION LAUGHTER, THE
LIFE AND FILMS OF COLIN HIGGINS
EPISODICS LEGACY PLATINUM
As this year’s Outfest gets underway, we
are proud to be part of celebrating the
next generation of LGBTQIA+ storytellers.
We’d like to once again voice our support
for this amazing community of
artists—those who are creating change,
one story at a time. Congratulations on
all your accomplishments!
LEGACY PROJECT ALUMNI
MAY HONG HADUONG she/her
The year was 1998. May Hong HaDuong was twenty years old. She was at home
from college for the summer and she needed an outlet. Anything to get her out
of the house. That’s how she first decided to volunteer for Outfest—even when it
meant making the trek from Orange County to Los Angeles to do so.
That volunteer opportunity led, in turn, to an internship more than seven years
later and later still, as an Outfest Legacy UCLA Project Manager. Outfest was
where HaDuong discovered her life’s purpose; she still recalls the way the 1999
film guide beckoned all who attended the festival to feel like they’d found where
they belonged: “Welcome Home,” read its tagline. “For a place that fosters queer
community through the life cycle of moving images, there is no place like Outfest.”
Now, as the director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, which includes the
Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Collection (the most extensive queer moving image
archive on the planet) HaDuong continues to champion the desire to excavate
queer history and keep it alive for generations to come.
“Preservation,” as she puts it, “particularly for communities bound together by
erasure, is a genealogical act. I wish to leave a mark in the world by preserving
the voices, art, and stories that have kept me alive.”
SCREENWRITING LAB ALUMNI
NOVA CYPRESS BLACK they/them/theirs
That’s how NOVA CYPRESS BLACK describes their experience at Outfest’s
Screenwriting Lab. It’s a sentiment that cannot be overstated: “5 stars. 10s across
the board. I genuinely clicked with every mentor I was matched with.”
This wasn’t just a case of having found a space where their talents were to be
nurtured. But it was a networking nexus where every and all aspects of the process
of filmmaking was explored with attention and care. “Carlton Daniel, Jr. gassed
me up to write a feature. With Keisha Zollar I was able to vent about my economic
anxieties & she graciously demystified the financial components of the TV industry.
juliany f. taveras & I kiki’d about coming from theater & teaching artist work in
NYC & staying true to our politics while navigating this Hollywood shit.”
In the kind of Outfest connection we love to boast about, mentor Marja Lewis-
Ryan went even further, hiring BLACK as a staff writer for season 3 of The L Word:
Generation Q. Here was a tangible example of the promise and premise of the
community-building Outfest prides itself on. It’s also why the 2022 GLAAD List
finalist (for their one-hour sci-fi pilot BLACKSEED) will always go to bat for the fest.
“I am always singing Outfest’s praises. I’m always encouraging folks to submit to
their programs, attend their events, etc. It means staying connected, giving back,
and remembering that we are never, ever alone.”
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
TUESDAY | JULY 19 | 7:15PM | DGA 1
QUEER FOR FEAR
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 9:00PM | HARMONY GOLD
CRAZY/SLEEP WITH ME
TUESDAY | JULY 19 | 9:30PM | DGA 2
Free advanced screening of the series’ first two episodes with talent in attendance!
Upon receiving a letter from her husband that he’s returning home from
the war, Carson Shaw (Abbi Jacobson) does the only sensible thing
a woman can do — she immediately runs off to Chicago to try out for
the All-American Girls Baseball League. In this thoroughly charming
and blessedly queer ensemble comedy, inspired by Penny Marshall’s
iconic 1992 film, Carson’s journey introduces us to dozens of women
primed to be the next big thing in baseball — never mind the waning
crowds and sexist owners with zero confidence in their talent. Along
the way, potential romance brews among the players (with The Good
Place’s D’Arcy Carden more than obliging as several girls’ object of
affection!), and gifted athlete Max Chapman (Chanté Adams) vows
to break through barriers and become the league’s first Black player.
From the Bride of Frankenstein to Norman Bates and most every ghoul,
goblin, and being from another world in between, horror films have been
soaked in queerness since the genre’s inception. Queer filmmakers like
James Whale layered the characters from their enduring classics with the
outsider energy of the LGBTQIA+ community; other directors like Alfred
Hitchcock channeled the works of queer authors Daphne du Maurier
and Patricia Highsmith into sometimes troubling tales of gay villainy. In
the first episode of this thrilling new docuseries, presented by Shudder
and produced by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Steak House, queer
horror experts like Lea DeLaria, Marcus Hu, Kimberly Pierce, and Oz
“son of Anthony” Perkins guide us through a century of our community’s
contributions to the canon. Revealing delectable details about old horror
classics and shining new light on undiscovered treasures. They also debate
the age-old question — Rebecca’s Mrs. Danvers…was she a service top?
It’s hard to be a hopeless romantic when you’re living with a
disability or disorder, but the protagonists in this duo of episodics
are figuring out how to live their best lives with the support of the
family they surround themselves with, whether chosen or biological.
CRAZY, created by Rachel Leyco and Sheena Midori Brevig, follows
Jaz and Leyna, two friends now at odds as their love lives begin
to overlap. Jaz is busy figuring out the messy aftermath when her
overbearing Filipino mother flushes her bipolar medication down the
toilet. Meanwhile, Leyna’s anxiety ramps up after her girlfriend breaks
up with her, causing angry retorts in Japanese and some unpleasant
physical symptoms. Their journeys converge as they begin to take
those first steps to being OK, in this honest and empowering story.
Samantha Lee’s Sleep With Me is a tender romance for insomniacs.
Harry DJs the overnight shift at the local radio station, doling out
relationship advice “because every broken heart deserves to be
heard.” Living as a person with a disability in an ableist society, she’s
learned to let the microaggressions wash over her, and uses her
positivity to help others find love. Until her eyes meet with Luna, who
has a sleep disorder that only allows her to sleep during the day.
Luna isn’t always the most pleasant person to be around, having
learned not to let people get too close. Their connection is immediate,
but can their love overcome the obstacles they both have to face?
Content advisory: CRAZY contains depictions of mental illness and substance abuse
EPISODIC SHOWCASE: LOS ANGELES IN FOCUS
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 1:45PM | DGA 1
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 6:15PM | DGA 2
Los Angeles has long been the epicenter of the television industry, so it’s only
fitting that this year’s episodic showcase highlights five bold and original
works from homegrown L.A. talent! Biting comedy and emotional drama to
sexy romance and relationship fails. This collection of brand new episodics
runs the gamut of genre, perspective, and plotlines, and combines to form
an exciting portrait of new queer storytelling. From established television
pros to newcomers with fresh takes on the form, each of these new hopeful
series represents the possibilities available to the TV landscape when
LGBTQIA+ storytellers are given the tools and access to tell their own stories.
GAY, ASIAN, IMMIGRANT (Dir. Ushmey Chakraborty) 10 min.
halfsies (Created by Des Moran, Dir. Brad Klipfel) 23 min. HOW NOT
TO BE A JUNKIE (Dir. Michelle Peerali) 20 min (UN)CLAIMED (Dir.
Carolyn Ratteray) 24 min. WISHY WASHY (Dir. Sam Rosenberg) 7 min.
The Hoot, an underground theater located in the basement of a former
nun’s residence, is the locale for this brand new one-hour comedy special
created by Page Hurwitz and Tatiana von Fürstenberg. In a highly
emotional moment, a close-knit group of eight LGBTQIA+ comedians
take to the stage for the very first time after lock down. Led by headliner
Margaret Cho, we see each of these gifted performers expertly work the
crowd and get huge laughs with distinctly queer material, while behindthe-scenes
they have open-hearted conversations with each other about
the unique space they’ve created in an industry that can be inhospitable
to queerness. It’s a tender portrait of community that strikes a balance
between lifting one another up, while gently competing for the light.
OUTSET: THE YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROJECT
This year Outfest has partnered with the Colin Higgins Foundation
to launch the Colin Higgins Youth Filmmaker Grant, a new initiative
centered on providing LGBTQIA+ youth filmmakers with financial
support to continue their work.
Three filmmakers have been selected as recipients and will
each receive a $15,000 grant to support their professional
development in the film industry. Join us for the award ceremony
and a special presentation of the awardees’ films. The ceremony
will be followed shortly by a sneak preview of the documentary
Celebrating Laughter, The Life and Films of Colin Higgins directed
by Nicholas Eliopoulos.
OUTFEST IS THRILLED to present the 2020
OutSet Shorts at the Festival and the talented
group that participated in the program during its
pivot due to the pandemic. OutSet: The Young
Filmmakers Program was created to empower and
educate LGBTQ young people to tell their stories
through film. A new crop of fellows between the
ages of 16 and 24 participated in OutSet, a sixmonth
filmmaking lab led by industry professionals
and mentored by Outfest alumni filmmakers.
EMORY CHAO JOHNSON
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YOU MADE IT
is playing in Girl Shorts
I WISH I NEVER FUCKING MET YOU
is playing in All the Lovers
IS THIS THE ONE?
is playing in Get Happy
is playing in The Newer Queer Cinema
is playing in the the Platinum Showcase
ALL MAN: THE INTERNATIONAL MALE STORY
DIRS. BRYAN DARLING, JESSE FINLAY REED | USA | 83 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 7:15PM | DGA 1
Who could have guessed that an American revolution of fabulously redefined
masculinity would begin with the jock sock? None other than International
Male magazine founder Gene Burkard, whose groundbreaking mail-order
catalog — filled with flashy pages of gorgeous models in chic menswear
— became a shared language and aspirational sanctuary between gay
men in and out of the closet since 1979. Narrated by Matt Bomer and
featuring interviews with Burkard himself, Carson Kressley, Drew Droege,
and former International Male staffers, this intoxicating and eye-catching
doc charts the rise and dominance of the magazine alongside the
cultural shifts and health crises that forged the modern gay movement.
DIR. CHASE JOYNT | USA | 75 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 4:00PM | DGA 1
In 1958, a young trans woman named Agnes entered a study
about sex disorders at UCLA to get the gender-affirming care she
needed, by any means necessary. Her story was long considered
to be exceptional until never-before-seen case files of other patients
were found in 2017. Directed by Chase Joynt (No Ordinary Man)
and featuring an all-star cast of transgender artists and performers,
Framing Agnes uses re-enactment and genre-blurring storytelling
techniques to breathe new life into previously unknown people who
redefined gender in the midcentury. Featuring Angelica Ross, Jen
Richards, Zackary Drucker, Silas Howard, Max Wolf Valerio, and
IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
DIR. VICTORIA LINARES VILLEGAS
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, USA | 84 MIN.
MONDAY | JULY 18 | 9:30PM | PLAZA DE LA RAZA
In this documentary, filmmaker Victoria Linares traces the life of her
cousin Oscar Torres — a pioneer of Caribbean cinema, participant
in leftist movements during the 1940s, and most crucially a fellow
queer person in the family. Torres’ story was largely erased and lost to
time, which sets Victoria on a journey of self-discovery and historical
excavation by unearthing memories and staging re-enactments of her
cousin’s unproduced screenplays. Linares weaves together expressive
sequences with immense skill, piecing together a powerful portrait of
Torres’ creative and political legacy through the power of cinema.
Preceded by ASÍ EN LA TIERRA COMO EN EL CIELO Dir. Mireya Martinez, 2022, 11 min.
A RUN FOR MORE
DIR. RAY WHITEHOUSE | USA | 82 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 11:00AM | HARMONY GOLD
Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe is running for City Council in San Antonio. With
23 years of political activism under her belt, a husband who served in
Afghanistan, and a successful corporate track record, it’s hard to see
why she might not be a popular choice. But Frankie is a proud, Latinx,
trans woman, and in Texas, it makes an uphill political battle something
vastly more personal. Shot over the course of four years, director
Ray Whitehouse immerses us into the joyous triumphs and intimate
struggles of her unique campaign, and its impact on the city, the LGBTQ
community, and on Frankie herself. At a time where legislatures across
the country are passing bills that attack the lives of trans people, Frankie’s
journey and tenacious spirit are an inspiration as she attempts to make
history as the first elected openly transgender official in her state.
Content advisory: contains descriptions of anti-LGBTQIA+ violence
Preceded by UNIDAD: GAY & LESBIAN LATINOS UNIDOS Dir. Gregorio Davila, 2022, 40 min.
ART AND PEP
DIR. MERCEDES KANE | USA | 88 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 11:00AM | DGA 1
On Halsted Street in Chicago sits Sidetrack, a behemoth gay club that
draws a large crowd, serving up slushy drinks and showtime singalongs
on Sundays. Art Johnstone and Pepe Peña, partners in life and in love,
opened it as a single storefront with no sign and beer cases as seating in
1982, projecting music videos on a screen. The story of Sidetrack is not just
the history of one of the city’s most important cultural landmarks (now 1500
square feet after seven expansions), but also a look at the long struggle
for equality and the right to love freely. From being on the frontlines of the
AIDS crisis to co-founding Equality Illinois, Art and Pep have been leading
the fight to make Illinois one of the most progressive protectors of LGBTQ+
rights in the country.
DIR. MARIS CURRAN | USA | 78 MIN.
WEDNESDAY | JULY 20 | 7:15PM | DGA 2
Queer single mother and bodybuilder Jeannette Feliciano believes
that strength is to show love. Director Maris Curran (Five Nights
in Maine, 2015) opens a door into a woman’s life after she was
dramatically affected by the Orlando Massacre at Pulse. This
exacting, candid yet penetrating documentary offers a unique
perspective about a woman’s resilience. The film is an eyeopening
look at what it means to survive and overcome trauma
with pain and beauty. Jeannette is a moving documentary
that goes from trauma toward healing, finds support through
community, and still reminds us about the crisis era we are living in.
DIR. EVA VITIJA | SWITZERLAND, GERMANY | 83 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 4:30PM | HARMONY GOLD
With her second feature documentary, director Eva Vitija weaves an
intimate portrait of enigmatic novelist Patricia Highsmith. Exploring her
upbringing in Texas and her tumultuous life with her emotionally distant
mother, and the many lesbian relationships that personified Highsmith’s
private life. A troubled alcoholic, Highsmith lived life boldly, traveling
often and engaging in many short-lived love affairs. Most notably,
the film gives us insight into the writing and reception to Highsmith’s
landmark lesbian novel The Price of Salt – famously adapted to film as
Carol – while also alluding to the queer themes in her more popular
Ripley novels. Using her diary entries with commentary from her family
and former lovers, Highsmith and her writing comes into sharper focus,
giving us an honest look into the mind of a troubled, brilliant artist.
MAKE ME FAMOUS
DIR. BRIAN VINCENT | USA | 93 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 2:00PM | HARMONY GOLD
A madcap romp through the 1980’s NYC downtown art scene through
the lens of the colorful career of ambitious painter, Edward Brezinski,
who is hell-bent on making it. Brezinski’s quest for fame provides an
intimate portrait of the art world’s attitude towards success, failure,
fame and fortune, notoriety, and erasure. Viewers are introduced
to a series of eccentric characters who reveal the unsung painter
through their memories of both Edward’s antics and his extreme
artistic drive. Their tales also unveil the queerly rollicking history of
the Lower East Side art movement from an insider’s point of view.
DIR. BRODERICK FOX | USA | 62 MIN.
MONDAY | JULY 18 | 7:15PM | DGA 1
Director Broderick Fox crafts an intimate portrait of three queer men who
are reimagining the traditional barbershop: Richard Savvy, Australia’s
“naked barber,” is a former Sydney Mr. Leather who invites you to
leave your shame and clothes at the door, and to add the transformative
power of kink to your cut. Devan Shimoyama is a visual artist whose
barbershop painting series draws upon Afrofuturism and drag to envision
the Black barbershop as a more inclusive space. Jessie Anderson is the
proprietor of Big Bro’s Barbershop, where trans, gender non-conforming,
and queer customers don’t have to hide their true selves to get a haircut.
Together, their inspirational stories envision a path that cuts through the
toxicity of male fragility in favor of social inclusion and personal freedom.
Preceded by REGRET TO INFORM YOU Dir. Yusuf Shadeed Nasir, Benji Schwimmer
(Contributing Director), 2022, 13 min.
PREJUDICE AND PRIDE
DIR. EVA BELING | SWEDEN, FINLAND, ICELAND |
MONDAY | JULY 18 | 7:00PM | DGA 2
Sweden: it’s brought us tinned herring, the Volvo station wagon,
and more queer movies and movie stars than you could possibly
imagine. At once riveting and illuminating, filmmaker Eva Beling
takes viewers on a breathlessly entertaining ride through the history
of LGBTQ+ cinema in her home country, and reveals its surprisingly
seismic social impact on culture in Sweden and abroad in the
western world. Whether it’s Greta Garbo producing gender-bending
passion projects in pre-code Hollywood, digging deeper into the
psychosexual dimensions of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, a softcore
exploitation boom, or landmark arthouse classics like Fucking Åmål,
there’s no shortage of fascinating chapters in this largely untold story
to American audiences. If you thought The Celluloid Closet and
Disclosure taught you everything you needed to know, it’s time to
bust out the ABBA Gold and take notes on your new favorite queer
movies you never knew existed.
DIR. RITA BAGHDADI | USA, LEBANON | 78 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 7:00PM | HARMONY GOLD
Pink hair glowing under stage lights, war paint applied, clad in all black,
and lips snarled, Lebanon’s Slave to Sirens is ready to shred. Maya’s
guttural vocals pierce your soul as the pulsating rhythm created from
Alma’s bass and Tatyana’s drums replaces your heartbeat. Anchoring
it all are Lilas and Shery, the guitarists whose intricate melodies, riffs,
and licks rival the complexities of life they must navigate as founding
members of the first (and only) Middle Eastern all-female thrash metal
band. Documentarian Rita Baghdadi artfully captures their friendship,
queer identities, and the myriad of challenges they face while raging
against the machine. Headbanging required.
UÝRA - THE RISING FOREST
DIR. JULIANA CURI | BRAZIL, USA | 72 MIN.
SATURDAY| JULY 23 | 1:15PM | DGA 2
NELLY & NADINE
DIR. MAGNUS GERTTEN | SWEDEN, BELGIUM, NORWAY
THURSDAY | JULY 21 | 7:15PM | DGA 1
Starting from a photo and a box in an attic, Director Magnus
Gertten’s film tells the unlikely love story of two women who meet
on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp.
When Nelly’s granddaughter decides to go through some of her
later grandmother’s things, the epic tale unfolds of Nelly and
Nadine. The film charts both the life they lived before they met
and their incredible journey after. This documentary takes you on
a journey of survival, espionage, tragedy and most of all, love.
PAT ROCCO DARED
DIRS. BOB CHRISTIE, MORRIS CHAPDELAINE | CANADA
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 9:45PM | DGA 1
Activist, artist, filmmaker, and entertainer Pat Rocco’s legendary career
spanned decades. Encompassing nude male erotic films, documentaries
that bore witness to crucial moments in queer history including speeches by
Harvey Milk. In this exploration of Rocco’s work and life — which features
lovingly restored versions of some of Rocco’s rarest films — filmmaker Charlie
David sits down with Rocco for exclusive interviews prior to his death in 2018.
Ever the good-natured showman, Rocco’s candid talks reveal the daring
personality required to create work that valued, desired, and celebrated
queer bodies when popular culture labeled them as shameful — revealing
this to be a vital record of an unforgettable trailblazer.
STAY ON BOARD: THE LEO BAKER STORY
DIR. NICOLA MARSH, GIOVANNI REDA | USA | 72 MIN.
THURSDAY | JULY 21 | 9:30PM | DGA 1
From Flower Films and Pulse Films comes this raw and immersive
feature following competitive skating icon Leo Baker, who in the lead
up to the 2020 Olympics, is faced with the decision to transition to
become his truest self or not while competing on the international
stage at the highest level of the sport he loves. Stay on Board is
Leo’s journey balancing the gendered world of sports, society, and
skate culture, which ultimately leads him to doing the punkest thing
In this poetic and visually hypnotic odyssey through the Amazon
rainforest, Indigenous artist Uýra harnesses the interconnecting
power of their native, queer, and trans identities to blaze a trail of
ecological activism and LGBTQ+ pride across big cities and small
villages alike. Crafting garments of eye-popping color and objects
found along the way into stunning transformational performances,
their reveries dazzle against the decay of environmental racism and
transphobia to educate local audiences and remind them of the
transformative powers of art and advocacy. Uýra reclaims the natural
splendor and ancestral spirit of the land by brilliantly connecting
themselves and their work as a prayer to the earth, proving that
creative expression and collective action can renew the ground on
which they walk. A piece of bold and expressive cinema that seems
to hold the future in its hand, this journey is nothing short of a miracle.
Preceded by CHAAC + YUM Dir. Roberto Fatal, Xav SF, 2022, 12 min.
SCREENWRITING LAB 2020
SCREENWRITING LAB 2021
SATURDAY & SUNDAY | JULY 16 & 17 | 11:15 | DGA 2
SATURDAY & SUNDAY | JULY 23 & 24 | 11:15 | DGA 2
CARLTON DANIEL JR. HE/HIM
Haunted by nightmares, musical prodigy, Junior
Carmichael, returns home to his family’s funeral
parlor in Cleveland, Ohio in order to salvage
his grip on reality. While finding his place in the
world, he must come to terms with his family,
community, and the man he loves.
Join us for an exclusive opportunity to see the 2020 and 2021 Outfest
Screenwriting Lab projects come to life before your eyes. Scenes
have been selected from each of the nineteen scripts to be directed
by Outfest alumni, and performed by an allstar cast. The Outfest
Screenwriting Lab has shepherded over 100 scripts, a dozen of
which have gone on to be produced feature films. There will be light
breakfast before each of the readings, so join us for these readings!
CODY STICKLES HE/THEY
KEA TREVETT SHE/HER
THE WEDDING DATE (Feature)
In this family-driven film, trans guy Caleb drags his
BFF Roxy as his fake date to his sister’s Southern
wedding, where they struggle to keep the lie
under wraps amidst surprising new feelings for
AMANDA MOHR SHE/HER
TEXTS FROM YOUR EX (Episodic)
Maeve, a self-sabotaging alcoholic with
dangerous coping mechanisms, is desperate
to move past a bad breakup—but her plans of
recovery are ruined when she learns that her
ex-girlfriend has mysteriously gone missing, and
she’s forced to risk everything to figure out what
happened. (Dead to Me meets Search Party.)
EMMA MCIVOR THEY/THEM
I LOVE YOU LIKE A BROTHER (Episodic)
In a working-class Catholic neighborhood where
it’s a mortal sin for men to talk about their feelings,
16-year-old closeted trans woman Kassandra
and her pretentious bipolar brother Jack must
learn to open up to each other if they’re going to
escape Northeast Philadelphia…
CHRIS RENFRO THEY/THEM
ONE BIG HAPA FAMILY (Animated Episodic)
When a gay, biracial high school band geek
decides to make the most popular boy in school
fall in love with him, he lets his witch-in-training
younger sister perform a love spell. When her
magic accidentally enchants his gym sock, he has
to do what he can to cover the damage and still
maybe get the boy of his dreams
JABARI MCDONALD HE/HIM
BLACK MUD (Episodic)
In the wake of his grandfather’s death, history
Ph.D. student KHALIL goes down south to search
for a legendary Confederate treasure buried
on the land where his enslaved ancestors once
worked. Little does he know that the slave master’s
descendants are also looking for it and it’s a race
to see who can find it first.
COURTNEY ANDUJAR SHE/HER
HILLARY ANDUJAR SHE/HER
DAMON ROYSTER HE/HIM
KRISTIN SLANEY SHE/HER
LINDSAY CALLERAN SHE/THEY
A teenager casts a spell to bring her fantasy
crush to life and inadvertently awakens an evil
entity that begins feeding on the girls at her
GARY JAFFE HE/HIM
OUR LAST SUMMER (Feature)
In summer 1991, a closeted teenager travels
the bumpy road to self-acceptance when his
estranged gay uncle returns home, dying of
complications from HIV/AIDS.
LEANDRO TADASHI HE/HIM
BEFORE THE NIGHT ENDS (Feature)
BEFORE THE NIGHT ENDS is a gay teen road
movie that unfolds on a single Saturday night
when two boys from the low-income outskirts of
São Paulo, Brazil, go on a journey to try to get into
an expensive gay club downtown.
Damon, a pompous, pretentious, and newly out
gay man attempts to make himself romantically
ready for Mr. Right by using his Grindr app and
meeting up with Mr. Right-Now.
JOHNNY ALVAREZ HE/HIM
SOMEWHERE ELSE (Episodic)
A group of senior citizens stuck in a suburban
desert purgatory finds their bizarre, banal lifestyle
upended by the arrival of a newcomer hellbent on
getting into heaven.
RAUL MARTIN ROMERO HE/HIM
BEARS is a half-hour dramedy that follows a queer,
multicultural couple in search of their own definition
of marriage and the in and outs of gay Bear culture
in the South.
AGORA BOREALIS (Feature)
After a 13-year-old who finds a suicide note
discovers the person who wrote the note is still
very much alive, she embarks on a mission to
convince him that life is worth living (without
letting him know she’s found his note).
NATALIE JASMINE HARRIS
For 17-year-old Celeste, senior year in her affluent
Black community means following family tradition
and becoming a debutante… but she longs for a
different kind of coming out.
OATES WU HE/HIM
WATER HAS ANOTHER DREAM (Feature)
After suffering an injury, Liuming, a young Chinese
competitive diver, sees his dream of being a
world-class athlete shattered. As an escape,
he takes part in a training program in America,
unlocking a world of sex, kink, love. He matures
rapidly with unavoidable growing pains.
While managing her family’s local haunted
house with her alcoholic father, Paul, 16-year-old
Caity navigates the evaporating space between
childhood and adulthood.
NOVA CYPRESS BLACK
THE OTHER SIDE (Episodic)
When death separates a queer couple, they both
indulge in addictive magic to find their way back
to each other.
SAV RODGERS HE/HIM
TAYLOR GATES SHE/HER
I LOVE YOU, MARGOT ROBBIE (Feature)
Transgender teenage boy Felix McNeil’s high
school start was nearly ordinary — breaking an
arm, crushing hard on a girl, and juggling the
inevitable woes of adolescence — but when a
larger-than-life, boundlessly supportive imaginary
friend in the form of Margot Robbie falls into his
world from a billboard, things take a turn for the
OUTFEST FUSION ALUMNI
ANDREW AHN he/him
Andrew Ahn’s latest film, Fire Island, may celebrate the joys of a beachside queer
enclave out on the east coast, but his heart has always been out west. A native
Angeleno, the Korean-American filmmaker has made a career out of uplifting
characters and communities that are seldom front and center in contemporary
It’s no surprise to find that his first brush with Outfest was a screening of Lee-Song
Hee-Il’s film No Regret in 2007. Attending the event by himself (as a closeted
college student, no less) was an eye-opening experience for Ahn: “I remember
how special it was for me to see a queer Korean story on the big screen.”
That feeling of being seen and to help others see themselves, in turn, is how he
understands the mission of Outfest altogether. “Outfest is a community that values
expression — we tell stories, we show our love and support for each other. As
queer people, we are so often silenced or ignored in greater society. Within
Outfest, we get to celebrate each other.”
That’s precisely what he felt when he first screened his films Andy and Dol (First
Birthday) at Outfest Fusion back in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Being part of
Outfest Fusion helped the budding filmmaker witness not only the kind of audience
he could imagine but the kind of stories he felt emboldened to make. “It was so
special to meet a community of filmmakers, programmers, and audiences who
were queer people of color. I felt inspired and motivated to continue telling queer
Korean American stories.”
OUTFEST LOS ANGELES ALUMNI
SYDNEY FREELAND she/her
Sydney Freeland’s very first Outfest outing took place in 2014. That was the year
her feature film debut, Drunktown’s Finest played the festival—and announced her
as a talent to watch. Not only did the film walk away with a Grand Jury Award
(Outstanding American Narrative Feature) but also with the Audience Award
(HBO Outstanding First Narrative Feature).
Recalling that experience, Freeland most focuses on the connection she was able
to see forged between her project and the filmgoers who came out in support of it.
“It was an amazing experience getting to show the film to such a diverse audience.
The film resonated with people in the way I had intended, and as an artist that is
a very fulfilling feeling.”
But over the years, what she’s come to most appreciate about the festival is the
connections it’s helped her nurture with fellow queer creatives. “I’d say that the
network of fellow directors, writers and actors that I’ve met through Outfest has
been amazing. So many of us keep in touch, and I’ve even gone to work with
several other peers from the festival circuit.” And, like many other Outfest alumni,
Freeland has seen her profile rise and rise since she first visited the festival all those
years ago—including most recently directing episodes of shows like Rutherford
Falls, Reservation Dogs, The Wilds, and even Marvel’s upcoming Echo, which is
slated to come out in 2023.
OUTFEST UNDER THE STARS @ THE FORD
WORLD PREMIERE: WORK IN PROGRESS SCREENING
DIR. KIT WILLIAMSON | USA | 90 MIN
THURSDAY | JULY 21 | 8:00PM | THE FORD
From Kit Williamson, the creator of the Emmy-winning dark comedy series
EastSiders on Netflix, this bold new work follows eccentric, queer siblings
Noah and Margot Guillory and their significant others Daniel Charles and
Eliza Slate, as they try to start an unconventional family while navigating
their thirties. Noah and Daniel are slated to be the donor dads to Margot
and Eliza’s pregnancy, but each couples’ private complications — adding
a third to the relationship, a never-ending graduate school existence, an
on-again/off-again connection to necessary meds — threaten to throw
the arrangement into chaos. At its heart, Unconventional maps the rocky
terrain of trying to stay sane in an unstable world and, most importantly,
trying to hold onto the bonds we share. Featuring Kit Williamson, Aubrey
Peeples, James Bland, Briana Venskus, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson,
Constantine Rousouli, Willam Belli, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Kathy Griffin.
credit: SERGIO GARCIA
I HAVE TO LAUGH: COMEDY NIGHT AT THE FORD
Because unbridled queer joy is a top priority for Outfest, we’ve cooked up
this special comedy event dedicated to keeping the belly laughs coming
all night long. Bring your picnic dinner and your beverage of choice, and
get ready for a good time. The night begins with a lineup of live standup
comedy featuring Margaret Cho and the rest of the cast of Outfest
2022 selection Queer Riot. That’s followed by a collection of some of
the most gut-busting short films we could find. From moody gay ghosts,
to a neighbor’s extremely loud coital activity, to a bisexual meetup that
somehow turns Satanic. The stories our filmmakers have concocted bring
the funny in a big way...and what better way to experience it than under
the stars with hundreds of your closest queer friends?
SATURDAY | JULY 23 | 8:00PM | THE FORD
Live stand-up showcase featuring the cast of Queer Riot — Margaret Cho, River Butcher, Brad Loekle,
Akeem Woods, and Daniel Webb followed by comedy shorts!
DILDO (Dir. Jake Muñoz Consing) 1 Min. FERNANDA (Dir. Mary
Angélica Molina) 13 Mins. THE LADIES (Dir. Jill Gutowitz) 9 Mins. THE
PARANORMAL COMMUNICATOR (Dir. Tyler Miguel Mercer) 5
Mins. THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT (Dir. Fawzia
Mirza) 11 Mins. TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW (Dir.
Neal Suresh Mulani) 15 Mins. TROY (Dir. Mike Donahue) 16 Mins.
UNICORN (Dir. Matt Porter) 14 Min.
GOD SAVE THE QUEENS
DIR. JORDAN DANGER | USA | 87 MIN.
FRIDAY | JULY 22 | 8:00PM | THE FORD
Drag heavyweights Alaska Thunderfuck, Laganja Estranja, Kelly Mantle,
and Jordan M Green star in this hilarious, raw, and surprisingly emotional
dramedy about the lives of four struggling Los Angeles drag queens.
Whether coming to blows over a shared lover, waiting indefinitely for
a big break, or finding themselves aging out of headliner status, each
queen’s got a major crisis that lands them directly into a group therapy
retreat — where they learn it may be more than chance that brought them
together. Featuring appearances from Drag Race stars Manila Luzon,
Honey Davenport, and Michelle Visage, God Save the Queens follows
in the Priscilla tradition of queens who are both fabulously entertaining
onstage, and true-to-life backstage when the wigs and makeup come off.
Screening preceded by live performances from Alaska, Laganja Estranja,
Kelly Mantle and Jordan M Green!
Screening with COCK N’ BULL 3 Dir. Nathan Adloff, 2021, 24 mins
TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW
THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT
LIVE READ: OUR LADY OF THE SIX TRAIN
FROM LOVE IN GRAVITY
TUESDAY | JULY 19 | 7:00PM | PLAZA DE LA RAZA
In this special live read event, Robin de Jesus, Jessica Marie Garcia, Alycia
Pascuale-Peña and more voice a script by Dominic Colón about young Bronx kid
Lil Ito and his first Pride in 2003. Though Ito’s first encounters with romance and
sex get complicated, he’s aided by visions of an iconic Latina pop artist.
Love in Gravity, a new scripted podcast series presented by ViiV Healthcare and
dedicated to stories by and for the queer Latinx community, premieres this summer
with weekly episodes written and performed by some of today’s hottest Latinx
talent. In advance of its episode release, join us for a live read of Our Lady of the
Six Train, a funny and tenderhearted script written by multi-talented artist Dominic
Colón. It’s 2003 in the Bronx, and Lil Ito is about to attend his first Pride. When his
first complicated encounters with sex and romance get to be too much, Ito is guided
by mystical visions of his favorite pop star Jessie Kah, a timeless Latina artist.
Live, in-person performance of this episode includes actors Robin de Jesus
(tick, tick… BOOM!), Jessica Marie Garcia (On My Block), Alexia Garcia
(Pose), Jason Genao (On My Block), Alycia Pascuale-Peña (Saved by the
Bell), Edison Ventura Mata Diaz, Manny Ureña, and more! (Actors appear
In this compelling feature from the
golden age of French Gay adult
cinema, American director Wallace
Potts entreats us to enter the world of
athlete, hustler, stripper, and it-boy Karl
Forest. Filmed on location in parks, bars,
and the streets of Paris, the brutishly
narcissistic Forest narrates his early
life, predilections, and philosophy of
male beauty (including his own), while
enacting fantasies of encounters with
working men, soldiers, and his adoring
public. Hailed internationally in the
gay press for its narrative and erotic
intensity, the film was long considered
CONCORD PITCH EVENT
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 1:15PM | DGA 2
Whether you’re a film professional or not, the Concord
Pitch Event will be a great opportunity to learn about the
process of developing a film and watch filmmakers pitch
their stories to an audience. 15 Projects will be presented
to our esteemed jury including a surprise judge. The
chosen pitches will be developed with up to $25,000 in
financing. Each pitch lasts no more than 5 minutes. Join
us in person to see the pitches!
LE BEAU MEC
SUNDAY | JULY 17 | 9:15PM | HARMONY GOLD
lost until the negatives were located in a
garage in Montgomery, Alabama. Potts’
lover, famed dancer Rudolf Nureyev,
choreographed the scintillating
cabaret striptease, and legendary
cinematographer Nestor Almendros
captured the sculpted, elusive Forest
at his physical peak — granting a
fascinating and revelatory glimpse into
the inner world of the man everyone is
DCP. New 4K restoration by IndieCollect
in collaboration with Gerald Herman
and the Estate of Wallace Potts.
MESSY MOVEMENT FOR FILM, TV, AND STAGE
PRESENTED BY RASHIDA KHANBEY MILLER
WEDNESDAY | JULY 20 | 7:00PM
The Messy Movement Practice somatic dance experience is designed to help
people feel stronger in the body, decrease stress, and increase confidenceembodying
their sensual self through movement. Messy Movement Lab builds
upon this foundational practice to support entertainers in building self-awareness
and voice around their psychological safety needs while engaging the body
as a vehicle for communicating moments of passion, eroticsim and longing in
any script. Through our signature sensual movement sequence for storytelling
actors can learn safer ways to express their erotic self beyond explicit sex
simulation. Through movement we create new worlds where intimacy can be
communicated in a multitude of ways on camera and stage. We invite attendees
of all experience levels to begin the conversation with their body.
WHO IS THE EXPERIENCE FOR?
This experience is for feminine spectrum actors, directors, writers and producers
who are curious about creating new pathways for intimacy on screen through
A star-studded evening of dynamic, vivacious, and captivating
performances, located in the heart of West Hollywood, at Heart
WeHo. On the 20th of July, 2022, Outfest will be joining forces
with Jeté’s Creator, Producer, & Director, Tiffany Billings, to present
a special edition of her monthly, live dance experience featuring
performances by some of the industry’s top choreographers,
performers, and dancers. The mission of Jeté is to provide a platform
for artists to share their talents and originality with the audience in an
ANCIENT FUTURES: ART INSTALLATION
Ancient Futures is a three part installation celebrating transgender life, beauty
and resilience. The piece consists of video, photo and sculpture created by a
collective of queer and trans artists and their allies. Creative Director Lio Mehiel
conceives of the project as a poetic imagining of trans people as angels here on
earth — “perhaps we are here visiting from an ancient future. Trans-angels offer
a path to a utopia where everyone can access their own embodied creativity,
collective care is possible, and beauty grows in the most unlikely places.”
Set in an abandoned desert ghost town along route 66, the three works imagine
trans-angels thriving amidst the dilapidated architecture. They emerge from the
rubble of yesterday’s “America” and wear the debris like couture.
The video piece, Purgatory, reimagines the Bible’s creation myth with Adam and
Eve recast as trans by filmmaker Dulcinee DeGuere. The photo series, Reborn,
is by photographer A. Klass in collaboration with artist Lio Mehiel. The sculpture
series, Angels, is crafted by sculptor Holly Silius.
OUTFEST PRESENTS TIFFANY BILLINGS’ JETÉ
LA’S PREMIER DANCE EXPERIENCE!
intimate setting, while also educating and redirecting where we are
going as an artistic community. The event has proven to be highly
sought after by both entertainers and the general public alike, and
has been billed as “The Dance Industry’s Leading Choreography
Showcase.” Tickets can be purchased at HeartWeHo.club prior to
the event. Follow @clubjete on Instagram for updates and info!
It’s sure to be a night to remember.
By KOBE WAGSTAFF
Platinum showcases the bold innovators and cutting edge creators of experimental LGBTQ
media and performance. Notoriously provocative, perversely confrontational, and wickedly
weird Platinum celebrates the adventurous renegades of queer culture.
SUNDAY | July 17 | 3:15pm| REDCAT
A Conversation with Clive Barker followed by NIGHTBREED – Director’s Cut
The 2022 inaugural Maverick Award is being presented to the
groundbreaking horror icon, Clive Barker. Barker isn’t just a filmmaker
but an avant-garde playwright, an impressionist painter, and a literary
juggernaut. The macabre, experimental, and thought-provoking
characters he has brought to life on the big screen are nuanced,
complicated, and subversively queer. Barker’s tales are filled with
examinations of bodies, desire, and the sensation of going beyond
prescriptive sexuality. His films shine a light on the oppressive nature
of heteronormative power structures while providing glimpses of
queer liberation by showing monsters as the good guys. Join us for a
conversation and Q&A, the presentation of the award, and one of the
few theatrical screenings ever of Nightbreed - The Director’s Cut.
SUNDAY | July 17 | 9pm | CATCH ONE
A live performance by Big Freedia
The 2022 inaugural Alchemy Award is being presented to New Orleans
hero, international hip hop legend, and the undisputed Queen of Bounce,
Big Freedia. Freedia has been breaking barriers and inspiring others to live
their dreams from the stage since 1999. A champion of independent music
venues and a righteous voice in the fight against gun violence, Freedia
has used their talent and fame to combat oppression and lift up the voices
of others. He is one of the hardest working artists, always delivering an
unapologetic message of pride, self-love, and hope. His distinct voice has
appeared with artists such as Drake, RuPaul, Kesha, Lizzo, and Beyoncé.
Freedia’s inspiring story of transformation and creation exemplifies
Alchemy-- magical, spiritual, symbolic, iconic. Shimmer and bounce with
us all night long during the outrageously sexy Alchemy Party where we
will honor Freedia and celebrate the Platinum series. It will be golden!
SATURDAY | July 16 | 4:00pm | REDCAT
END OF WONDERLAND
Dir: Laurence Turcotte-Fraser, 2021, Canada, 86 min.
Weaving images from both the personal and the professional, The End of Wonderland takes viewers on a
fantastical journey through the life and mind of Tara Emory, a trans artist working on her passion project:
a trans sci-fi porn epic called Up Uranus. With sets and characters influenced by 1950s low-budget sci-fi,
Emory’s vision is realized with tongue firmly in cheek, unafraid to be earnest and playful. The film follows
Emory for several years, showcasing her talents as a sex worker, comic strip artist, costume designer, set
designer, automechanic and more. Most notably, the film confronts Emory’s problems with hoarding that she
inherited from her father, using her pending eviction as an opportunity for self-reflection and artistic evolution.
Preceded by: WINTER INSECT, SUMMER FLOWER: Dir: Tee Jaehyung Park, Gbenga Komolafe, 2021, USA, 11 min.
SUNDAY | July 17 | 12:30pm | REDCAT
Dir: Lior Shamriz, 2022, USA, 110 min.
It is 2017, just months after a car crashes through the front window of a Los Angeles art space, tragically killing
Bdalak, a nonbinary, rising star in the world of performance art. Bdalak’s partner Eli (Lior Shamriz), a queer
Mizrahi musician with a past as an activist in Palestine/Israel, had planned on marrying them for a green-card.
Now Eli spends his time adrift and lost, communing with others over his grief and struggling with the everlooming
threat of being deported. He soon meets Myrna, an artist making work about immigration, who Eli feels
must certainly be able to solve his immigration situation. Dramatic and full of cynicism, the film is inspired by
director Lior Shamriz’s own experiences immigrating to the U.S during the Trump administration.
Preceded by: REMNANTS: Dir: Priomo Justice Schiappa, 2021, USA, 7 min.
SATURDAY | July 16 | 9:30pm | REDCAT
Dir: Addison Heimann, 2021, USA, 96 min.
Will, a young, Latino, gay potter, is sexy and sociable. His boss is terrible, but he has a great boyfriend and
a fantastic job. Unfortunately, behind his cool veneer is a dark past of violence and mental illness that he
is desperate to keep hidden. When Will’s bipolar mother comes out of the woodwork after ten years of
silence, he begins exhibiting unexplainable symptoms. After an injury at work, he starts losing functioning
of his arms, and something sinister lurks in the corner of his vision: a silent and ominous man in a wolf suit.
Will spirals into an obsession, determined to solve this mystery of his own. What is going on with his arms?
Can he trust his boyfriend? Is he becoming his mother?
Content Advisory: contains depictions of violence and self harm
Preceded by: DIVINE LUST: Dir: Anthony De Bono, 2022, Germany, 9 min.
FRIDAY | July 15 | 9:45pm | REDCAT
Dir: Maja Borg, 2017, Sweden, 92 min.
A powerful, and intensely personal film about longing, healing, and belonging where filmmaker Maja Borg
illustrates their unique process of dealing with trauma in the wake of a destructive relationship. In seeking
to reclaim intimacy and re-establish boundaries Borg is drawn to queer BDSM practice, through which
they’re able to explore their long-forgotten Christian heritage. Adopting rituals and play from both queer
BDSM and Christian communities, Borg finds themselves able to acknowledge and accept their own
longings, confronting their darkest parts in order to move forwards. The film tells the stories of queer BDSM
practitioners in Berlin, Stockholm and Barcelona and portrays the humanity at the heart of the practice
while illuminating its similarities with Christianity on an emotional and perhaps even spiritual level.
Preceded by: OBSOLESCENCE: Dir: Caviar to the General, 2021, UK, 12 min.
FRIDAY | July 15 | 7:00pm | REDCAT
Dir: Scout Durwood, 2022, New USA, 91 min.
From director Scout Durwood comes her debut feature length comedy music visual album: YOUTOPIA.
Los Angeles, 2019. Times are shitty, and they’re about to get worse. When Scout Durwood’s girlfriend
dumps her unexpectedly, Scout takes stock in her life and determines that from now on, if something
doesn’t feel one hundred percent authentic to her, she’s not doing it! Following the devastating break up,
Scout inadvertently becomes the leader of a hipster millennial cult that engages with the multiverse and
of course, aliens. But when members of the cult start to disappear, she soon discovers that her journey
of self-discovery could trigger the end of civilization as we know it and is forced to take on her biggest
opponent yet: herself.
Preceded by: POPPETS: Dir: Maz Murray, 2021, UK, 16 min.
Platinum SHORTS showcase
SUNDAY| July 17 | 6:30pm | REDCAT
STARFUCKERS Dir: Antonio Marziale, 2022, USA, 14 min. | TWO HEADS,TWO WAYS Dir: Trulee Hall, 2022, USA, 5 min.
| ISN’T IT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Dir: Joseph Wilson, 2021, UK, 13 min. | CRUSH Dir: Gillian Barnes, 2022, USA, 2 min. |
HIDEOUS Dir: Yann Gonzalez, 2021, France, 22 min. | S1NGULAR Dir: Ramon J. Goni, 2022, USA, 7 min. | BEAU Dir: Constance
Tsang, 2021, USA, 16 min. | REVELATIONS Dir: Noah Causey, 2022, USA, 10 min.THE ACTRESS Dir: Andrew Ondrejack, 2021,
Canada, 8 min.
Obsession, anxiety, addiction, love, and sci-fi desire fill this stellar lineup of experimental films. A film director and an escort’s evening
gets interrupted; Trulee Hall’s sex doll and self-love fantasy is visualized as an out-of-body-experience; Delia Derbyshire’s “Falling” is
lip-synced while journey thorugh trans dreams; Apocalyptic revelations ensue in Noah Causey’s new film, and Gillian Barnes’ grade
school girl crushes hard; Popstar Oliver Sim slides into a surreal journey of love, shame and blood in a three-part musical short;
Constance Tsang’s lesbians are twistedly devoted to each other as life imitates art; an aspiring trans actress infiltrates cinema history
as she shapeshifts through Hollywood’s most iconic roles.
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GREETINGS FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.
In 1979, tens of thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
activists converged on the National Mall to participate in the National
March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Featuring collaborative
assists from Jan Oxenberg and Barbara Hammer, this exuberant document
of activism and community filmmaking is a lasting testament to the struggle
for queer visibility and legal recognition, as well as the political potentials
of broad-based political movements against racism, gender inequality,
DIR. LUCY WINER | 1981 | USA | 28 MIN.
SUNDAY | JULY 24 | 1:15PM | DGA 2
Digitally restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction
with the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, with generous support from Victoria
Alonso and Imelda Corcoran, and Glamazon.
Followed by DAVID ROCHE TALKS TO YOU ABOUT LOVE Dir. Jeremy
Podeswa, 1983, 22 min. and DOUBLE THE TROUBLE, TWICE THE FUN
Dir. Pratibha Parmar, 1992, 25 min.
DIR. PATRIK-IAN POLK | 2000 | USA | 100 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 4:30PM | DGA 1
DIRECTOR PATRIK-IAN POLK AND CAST MEMBERS IN PERSON! Q/A MODERATED BY
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE CREATOR JUSTIN SIMEON.
Patrik-Ian Polk’s groundbreaking debut romantic comedy invites us into
the professional, social, and intimate lives of 4 queer friends in West
Hollywood on their neverending search for Mr. Right. When a hunky
new neighbor moves to the neighborhood, underlying tensions threaten
to throw their tight-knit friendship into disarray. With its refreshingly
real takes on sex, dating, friendship, breaking up, and making up–and
show-stopping drag numbers to the immortal music of Sister Sledge–
this funny, flirtatious, and heartfelt rom-com continues to surprise, while
remaining far ahead of its time. Considered the first US feature film by
a gay Black director to center the lives and loves of Black gay men, this
long-unavailable charmer returns to Outfest after nearly two decades.
BY HOOK OR BY CROOK
DIRS. HARRY DODGE, SILAS HOWARD | 2001
USA | 99 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 23 | 8:45PM | DGA 2
Groundbreaking when it was made and still fiercely innovative today, By
Hook or By Crook is a butch and trans buddy film that chronicles three
weeks in the life of a handsome, gender-bending, small-town trans man
with a nagging messiah-complex. Emotionally defeated after the death of
his father, Shy heads to the big city to sink himself into a “life of crime.” He is
quickly distracted by Valentine, a deliriously expressive, wise-acre adoptee
on a misguided search for his birth mother. The two freaky grifters join
forces and learn the true meaning of “poise under pressure” in this visually
stunning and wonderfully acted, anti-authoritarian tale of friendship, trust
Preceded by MADELYNN VON RITZ IS ALMOST FAMOUS Dir. Naz Riahi, Silas Howard
2022 18 min.
20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
“Will success spoil mediocrity?” asked The Cockettes, the uproarious,
gender-subversive Hippy drag troupe that became one of the ultimate
countercultural happenings of the San Francisco and a nearly-forgotten
chapter in LGBTQ+ history. Borrowing from Tin Pan Alley, classic Hollywood
and the Sexual Revolution, this ever-shifting ensemble embraced communal
living, free loving, and heroic helpings of psychedelic inspiration,
propelling them from oddball local celebrity to the pages of Rolling
Stone. Through rare footage and interviews, Weissman and Weber trace
DIRS. BILL WEBER, DAVID WEISSMAN | 2002 | USA | 102 MIN.
SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 12:30PM | REDCAT
how shifting cultural tides, political reaction and the HIV/AIDS epidemic
radically altered queer life—and how the irreverent, idealistic, creative
spark lit by The Cockettes in the 1960s and 70s continues to burn today.
Preceded by TRICIA’S WEDDING Dir. Milton Miron (credited as Sebastian), 1971, 33 min.
*Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by
Frameline and Outfest.
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