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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

OUTFEST.

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+

community.

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.

MIKE DOUGHERTY

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

THE ACTRESS

DAMIEN S. NAVARRO

Executive Director

ATTACHMENT

THEY/THEM


Reframing history for a

Queerer future

The first LGBTQ+ arts and media

virtual museum of its kind

Available free to the public

theoutmuseum.org


HOW TO EXPERIENCE A MEMORABLE FESTIVAL

TICKET PRICES

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

ACCESSIBILITY

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

OutfestLA.org/venues.

• Early access for patrons with

accessibility or mobility needs is

available – please see a Theater

Manager or venue staff for

accomodation.

• Service animals trained to

STAY UPDATED

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.

VIRTUAL SCREENINGS

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.

org/accesibility.

@OUTFEST

WHEN DO TICKETS GO ON SALE?

OUTFEST MEMBERS: Wednesday, June 22

GENERAL PUBLIC: Friday, June 24

WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?

ONLINE: OUTFESTLA.ORG

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

IN PERSON AT THE OUTFEST BOX OFFICE @ THE DGA

JULY 15-24

Weekdays: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Weekends: 10:00am - 10:00pm

COVID-19 POLICIES

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

VOLUNTEER

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

below:

• Plaza de la Raza requires masks

be worn inside the theater

Outfest staff will be required to be

vaccinated and tested throughout the

festival

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

immediately.

See something, say something - email

safety@outfest.org to notify staff of

any incident.

*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

experience unforgettable!

To stay updated on partner

discounts and information visit

OutfestLA.org/attend.

DO YOU LIKE TO ATTEND EVENTS AND PARTIES?

YOU’LL LOVE:

• The Outfest Opening and Closing

Night Galas

• 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?

YOU’LL LOVE:

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?

YOU’LL LOVE:

• 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

Heaven!

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 public!

• 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

OutfestLA.org/attend.

STAY AT

citizenM Los Angeles Downtown hotel

361 S Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90013

STAY AT

The Los Angeles Athletic Club

431 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

STAY AT

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015


OPENING NIGHT GALA

CLOSING NIGHT GALA

ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE

WORLD PREMIERE

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!

THEY/THEM

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.


U.S. CENTERPIECE

MAMA BEARS

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.

UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS

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.

DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE

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.

PLATINUM CENTERPIECE

HeBGB TV

DIRS. JAKE MCCLELLAN, ERIC GRIFFIN,

ADAM LENHART | USA | 78 MIN.

SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 7:00PM | REDCAT

WORLD PREMIERE

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.

LEGACY CENTERPIECE


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

THE ANTI-HERO

FRAUD

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

unforeseen proposition.

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

manifest it.

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

liberation.

She will be releasing her debut memoir

about her coming of identity and activism

with St. Martin’s Press in 2022.

FILMMAKER PERSPECTIVES

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

mins)

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

intersex stories.

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

COMEDY SHOWCASE

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

Robot Productions

FRAUD

Virtual introduction by Imara Jones. Q&A with

Cazembe Murphy Jackson and Jack Qu’emi

Gutíerrez, moderated by Jaden Fields


NARRATIVE FEATURES

CHRISSY JUDY

DIR. TODD FLAHERTY | USA | 96 MIN.

FRIDAY | JULY 15 | 7:00PM | DGA 1

DOS ESTACIONES

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.

ATTACHMENT

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.

GIRL PICTURE

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.


NARRATIVE FEATURES

MY EMPTINESS AND I (MI VACIO Y YO)

DIR. ADRIÁN SILVESTRE | SPAIN | 98 MIN.

SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 1:00PM | HARMONY GOLD

MONEYBOYS

DIR. C.B. YI| FRANCE | 120 MIN.

WEDNESDAY | JULY 20 | 9:45PM | DGA 1

LONESOME

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.

MAYBE SOMEDAY

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.

PHEA

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.


NARRATIVE FEATURES

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

SUBLIME

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.


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

OUTSET ALUMNI

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

Project.

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

be overstated.”

OUTFEST ANTHONY MEINDL

ACTING FELLOWSHIP ALUMNI

D’LO he/they

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!”


SHORTS PROGRAM

FOR LOVE

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.

NORTH STAR

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.

BEAUTIFUL STRANGER

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.

UP CLOSE

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.

FOREIGN UNCLE

BOY SHORTS

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

GET HAPPY

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.

GIRL SHORTS

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.


SHORTS PROGRAM

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.

LUV, ME

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.

KEEP/DELETE

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.

FIRST DOWN

VALENTINE

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

communities onscreen.

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.

BLACK BEAUTY

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.


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COMEDY

Who says being queer

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laugh on with All Kinds of

Love, our Comedy Night

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funny shorts and stand-up,

and a screening of God

Save the Queens complete

with live performances!

BIPOC

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

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

WOMEN’S INTEREST

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

DIVERSE, INTERSEX)

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

extra romance

LA LOCAL

It’s in our name! Outfest

LA pays homage to our

lovely locals with films

like Manscaping and

Hypochondriac, check ‘em

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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!


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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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

“AFFIRMING AF.”

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.”

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EPISODICS

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?

WORLD PREMIERES

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

QUEER RIOT

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

COLIN HIGGINS

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

FERNANDO LOPEZ

FARRAH SU

GABE MILLER

JACOB CHARTON

JAE LOONEY

JESS DOSS

NICOLAS JARA

NOAH CAUSEY

RAQUEL DIAZ

RIVER VARGASON

STEPHANIE MATA

YEN DINH

YUELEI SONG

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

LUV, ME

is playing in The Newer Queer Cinema

REVELATIONS.

is playing in the the Platinum Showcase


DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

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.

FRAMING AGNES

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

Stephen Ira.

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

WORLD PREMIERE

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.

JEANNETTE

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.

LOVING HIGHSMITH

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.


DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

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.

MANSCAPING

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 |

100 MIN.

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.

SIRENS

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

92 MIN.

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

90 MIN.

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

WORLD PREMIERE

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

imaginable...

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

HOMEGOING (Feature)

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

each other.

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

CAITY (Feature)

LOVESPELL (Feature)

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

reform school.

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.

APPQUEEN (Episodic)

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 (Episodic)

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

SHE/THEY

PURE (Feature)

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

THEY/THEM

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

extraordinary.


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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

American fare.

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

UNCONVENTIONAL

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

UNICORN

THE LADIES


SPECIAL EVENTS

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

schedule permitting)

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

after.

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

movement.

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

DGA LOBBY

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

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.

MAVERICK

ALCHEMY

Awards

PLATINUM

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!

PLATINUM FEATURES

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

ESTUARIES

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

HYPOCHONDRIAC

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

PASSION

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

YOUTOPIA

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.

ALCHEMY PARTY

BIG FREEDIA

700 BLISS (MOOR MOTHER AND DJ HARAM)

SETH BOGART (DJ SET)

MOONILY

COMMANDO

TALLY T

SEVYN (DJ SET)

SUNKEE ANGEL

P_A_G_O_T_O

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LEGACY

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,

and militarism.

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.

PUNKS

DIR. PATRIK-IAN POLK | 2000 | USA | 100 MIN.

SATURDAY | JULY 16 | 4:30PM | DGA 1

IN 35MM

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

and redemption.

Preceded by MADELYNN VON RITZ IS ALMOST FAMOUS Dir. Naz Riahi, Silas Howard

2022 18 min.

THE COCKETTES

THE COCKETTES

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

TRICIA’S WEDDING

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.


MEMBERS AND ANNUAL FUND DONORS

LEGEND

Mike & John August

Gary Carnow

MOGUL

Anonymous

Moses Freyre & Robert Murphy

Alan Koenigsberg & John Dotto

Charles Krozek

Valerie Milano & Andrea Meyerson

Doe Racklin

Kyle Wade

THE STUDIO EXECUTIVE

Robert Blake

Joseph Chianese

Shedrick Davis & Barry Ward

Terrence Franklin & Jeffrey Moline

Ronald Haft

Brett Hofer

Jonathan Howard

Dr. Adam Kawalek & Damien S. Navarro

Matthew Kearns

Tim Kittleson & Michael C.

Donaldson

Katie Krentz

Paul D. Lerner & Stephen Reis

Steven Llanusa & Glenn Miya, M.D.

Scotch Loring & Todd Holland

James McGruder

Jayzen Patria & Joe Keenan

Alex B. Perez

Alan Poul & Ari Karpel

Dominic Sabella

Brian Michael Smith

The Stadler Family

Eric Whitney & Richard Bae

LEGACY CIRCLE

Outfest would like to thank our generous members who support

our year-round efforts to spotlight, discover, educate, mentor, and

preserve the work of LGBTQIA+ storytellers.

THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Stamos Akrivos

Jessica Bair & Brianna Oppenheimer

Jordan Barillas

Michael Barrett

Leslie Belzberg

Marc Better

Eric Braverman & Jonathan Cottrell

Steven Bryan & Josh Schiowitz

Courtney Burr

Robert Colegrove

Brian & Kevin Cordova-Brookey

Nicholas A. Crincoli & Michael J.

Widman

Zackary Drucker

Miguel Duque & Bryant Cameron

Jeffrey Epstein

James Fino

Robert C. Fish & Anthony Logan

Chad Franks

Dr. Donald Freeman & Patrick

Shandrick

Alan I. Gelman & Ashul Agrasyn

Beau Genot

Kevin Goetz

Steven Green & David Cruz

Kip Hargrove

Jackson Hendrick

Gerald Herman

Brehon Humphrey

Rick Hutcheson & Rob Kincaid

Douglas Hutchinson

Bill Ihrke & Dan Do

Mark Allen Itkin & Bradley Bayou

Dr. Patricia Jimenez

Mark Wilson Jordan

Jonathan King

Richard Kleinberger & Mills Chang

Dani Knight

Mark Kruger & Mel Lewis

Jay Lane

Stephen Macias

Jose Malagon & David Gajda

John McCrite

John McHugh-Dennis

Ana Mendy

Weston Miliken

Thomas Mitchell

Eric Morris

Mike Mosallam

Robert Nunez

Jason Orion & Larry Baird

Nicholas Pardon

Jim Petrone & Keith Kauhanen

Giselle Phelps

Mark Pogachefsky

Kristi Reed

Michael Reese

Eddie Robinson

Stephen Sass & Steven Hochstadt

Kyle Schmitz

David Sigurani

David Steinberg

Zackery Alexzander Stephens

Evan Strano & Jeremy Frank

Sklar Toy

Anthony Vayos & Bil Bertini

Farhaad Virani

Mike Werb & Brian Roskam

Tarik Yetken & Florian Gador

D. Zeke Zeidler & Jay Kohorn

BENEFACTOR

Paul D. Lerner & Stephen Reis

INNOVATOR

Cindy Capobianco & Rob

Rosenheck

Gary Carnow

Imelda Corcoran & Victoria Alonso

John Di Minico

Alan Koenigsberg & John Dotto

Mike Rose & Ruben R. Rodriguez

ACTIVIST

Anonymous

David Bohnett Foundation

Chris Ranta

EMPATHY FUND

The Outfest Empathy Fund is an annual funding campaign to support the

continued expansion of our nearly 40 years of programs, through the

generosity of the entertainment community, our alumni, and the individual

you see below. Together we join forces to reach out nationally and

globally to help nurture connection within our community.

TRAILBLAZER

Jessica Bair & Brianna

Oppenheimer

Joseph Chianese

Jeff Collins

Brian & Kevin Cordova-Brookey

Lee Doud

Zackary Drucker

James Hayman

Gerald Herman

Jonathan Howard

Brehon Humphrey

Tim Kittleson & Michael C.

Donaldson

David Koepp

Neil Landau & Trent Farr

Weston Milliken

Annick Muller

Charlie Mustachia & David Courier

Aaron Parry

Alex B. Perez

Christopher Racster

Vanessa Roman

Ronen Rubinstein

H Schuster

Paul Smith

Lev Spiro

The Stadler Family

Zackery Alexzander Stephens

Farhaad Virani

Camille Weisenbach

Philip Winik

Tamara Woolfork & Michele Murray

We greatly appreciate each gift to Outfest and we make every effort to ensure this listing’s

accuracy. For any changes or updates please contact memebrship@outfest.org.

Donors as of June 1, 2022.

“The Outfest Los Angeles summer festival

is our favorite time of the year. It’s great

to be part of a community of people

supporting films and filmmakers who are

bringing LGBTQ+ stories to the world.”

- PAUL D. LERNER AND STEPHEN REIS

Outfest thanks Paul and Stephen for their generous multi-year

commitment to create the “Paul D. Lerner & Stephen Reis Grand

Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature” at the

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festivals through 2031.

Want to find out more about the

benefits of Outfest Legacy Circle?

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the Empathy Fund?


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