Our must-watch picks for Out on Film include a little something for every taste – from comedies to dramas to documentaries, sexy to serious, and from national to local flair.
By Elijah Sarkesian
The annual Out on Film festival is coming to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Oct. 1, and through the festival’s close on Oct. 8, over 90 titles will play as part of this year’s event.
That’s a lot of content, but we know that under the direction of festival director Jim Farmer, there will be something for every L, G, B and T in the village. This year’s slate includes a wide number of comedic and dramatic narrative films, documentaries covering everything from sports to porn icons, loads of shorts, and special events with the people involved in creating some of the featured films.
With so many films to watch, you may have a hard time selecting which ones you want to see. We know your pain. Of course the easy answer is to buy a festival pass at outonfilm.org, but if you need a list of must-see selections, we’ve got you covered.
For starters, be sure to join us for ‘David Atlanta Night’ on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The features that night include murder mystery Kiss Me, Kill Me and Jinkx Monsoon’s documentary Drag Becomes Him. Look for reviews of those films in this issue. Our meet-and-greet after-party with out actor Van Hansis of Kiss Me, Kill Me follows at Blake’s on the Park.
Until then, are plenty of other Out on Film entries that caught our attention. We’ve selected 10 of them, including the moving and sexy “Into the Grayscale” (main image), as the ones we’re most looking forward to watching, and we submit them to you here for your consideration.
Fourth Man Out
Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:15 p.m.
Out on Film opens with a comedy about a guy who’s not normally seen in gay cinema. Adam (Evan Todd) is your standard Millennial overgrown man-child. He’s an auto mechanic who loves hockey, beer and hanging out with his three best friends. He’s also gay, and he’s ready to come out. Fourth Man Out is a wickedly funny look at what it’s like to come out when you don’t fit the stereotypes.
Addicted to Fresno
Friday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Most people know Natasha Lyonne from Orange is the New Black, but gay audiences have followed her since she starred in But I’m a Cheerleader. She reunites with that film’s director, Jamie Babbit, as Martha, one half of a pair of sisters whose lives as hotel maids get complicated when a dead body enters their lives. Judy Greer, the epitome of “Hey, I recognize her from something…,” co-stars as the other sister, Shannon.
Tab Hunter Confidential
Saturday, Oct. 3 • 6:10 p.m.
In the 1950s, Tab Hunter was on top of the world as America’s favorite boy-next-door actor and singer. If you want a modern-day comparison, think Nick Jonas right before he started showing off his body last year: both wholesome and sexy. He was linked to actresses like Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren, but he was secretly gay. Decades later, Hunter offers a look back at his time in Hollywood and the relationships kept hidden from the public eye.
54: The Director’s Cut
Saturday, Oct. 3 • 8 p.m.
You know how a lot of director’s cuts of films don’t add much to the film? This is not one of those. 54: The Director’s Cut restores over half an hour of footage to the 1998 cult classic, including some hot, specifically gay content that Miramax films demanded be cut from the original theatrical cut. The film focuses on Shane (Ryan Phillippe) as he gets sucked into the never-ending party of Studio 54.
Sunday, Oct. 4 • 3 p.m.
Queer Moxie offers something unique for Out on Film: an in-depth look at Atlanta’s queer performance art scene. This labor of love has been in production since 2009, with co-director Heather Provoncha shooting hundreds of hours of footage featuring scores of local entertainers. The film covers a variety of performance forms, from drag and burlesque to comedy and spoken word.
Sunday, Oct. 4 • 7:15 p.m.
We may be celebrating marriage equality now, but it’s important to remember why it was an important victory. This (based on a true) story reminds us. New Jersey police lieutenant Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and her registered domestic partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) are forced to fight for Hester’s pension benefits when she’s diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Liz in September
Monday, Oct. 5 • 8:15 p.m.
If you like your films with a heavily female cast, Liz in September is perfect. Party girl Liz (The L Word’s Patricia Velasquez) loves to spend her birthday every year with friends at a Caribbean beach resort. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, she wants to keep things a secret so she can enjoy one more time at the resort. When her friends dare her to seduce a young woman, she ends up getting more than she expected.
In the Grayscale
Monday, Oct. 5 • 9:10 p.m.
In the entry that Out on Film describes as “perhaps the sexiest film” playing this year, “straight” married architect Bruno struggles with his latest project – a civic landmark in Santiago, Chile. The project brings him into contact with Fer, an openly gay man with whom he begins an affair. As Bruno comes to terms with his sexuality, he finds that he’s more comfortable somewhere between gay and straight.
Tuesday, Oct. 6 • 7:20 p.m.
Former Atlantan Gerald McCullouch, known for CSI and films like BearCity, serves as both director and star for Daddy. Colin (McCullouch) has it all – a great job, a line of hot young guys, and a best friend who’s always there for him. When Colin gets involved with an intern (Jaime Cepero), the friendship is put to the test, and the future he envisions begins to fall apart.
Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story
Tuesday, Oct. 6 • 9:20 p.m.
Prepare for things to get heated. Seed Money looks at the life of Chuck Holmes, the mogul who launched Falcon Studios in 1972 and redefined gay porn. He fought plenty of battles against the FBI and vice squads, but he encountered a whole new challenge when he attempted to enter the gay rights movement of the 1990s, where his money was frequently more welcomed than his presence.
Out on Film takes place Oct. 1-8 at Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. Visit outonfilm.org