Recommended films to watch at OUTFEST 2014 (July 10-20th)
Recommended films at OUTFEST 2014 ...
For more information, tickets, and schedule, please go to www.outfest.org/fest2014
DIOR & I - 'Dior and I', a documentary that chronicles the creation of Raf Simons' first Haute Couture collection for the House of Dior, directed by Frédéric Tcheng.
JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD - The ghost of a dead bullied teen-ager starts to appear to a straight-laced track star, played by Cameron Monaghan (from tv series "Shameless").
BOYS' SHORTS - one of the most and best popular group of short films every year
MATCH - When Julliard ballet instructor Tobias (Patrick Stewart) agrees to an interview with doctoral candidate Lisa (Carla Gugino) and her husband Mike (Matthew Lillard), the conversation soon turns to Tobias' swinging sex life in the late 1960s.
THE CIRCLE - Teddy Award winner at this year's Berlin Film Festival, THE CIRCLE captures an extraordinary romance set against the backdrop of Switzerland's thriving post-WWII underground gay movement. Director Stefan Haupt has fashioned a gorgeous hybrid of a film, uncovering a vibrant love story between a singer and schoolteacher who bravely defied the constraining laws of their era.
QUICK CHANGE - Eduardo W. Roy Jr.'s gripping thriller exposes an important real-life issue with the help of brilliant performances from cast members recruited among Manila's trans community.
LYLE - Gaby Hoffman gives an electrifying performance as Leah, a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil.
X/Y - Gender stereotypes get flipped upside the head in Ryan Piers Williams' sexy and subversive dramatic feature X/Y.
BOYS - an adorable coming of age story about two track runners. I saw this film at the FilmOut San Diego and I was fascinated by how it was made with great acting from two leads.
SALVATION ARMY - Exquisitely shot and achingly personal, first-time filmmaker Abdellah Taïa recounts his own odyssey as a gay Muslim searching for a country and a companion he can call his own in what is easily one of the most powerful, acclaimed queer films in recent years. SALVATION ARMY won over audiences at its world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, subsequently screening at the Toronto Film Festival and New Directors/New Films in New York City.
PERFECT COWBOY - a gifted singer reunites with his partner after getting out of prison but soon starts a friction with their teen-ager son.
CUPCAKES - Six non-professionals turn into Universong competitors! Colorful, musical, and infectious as a pop song, is a delirious sugar rush of a comedy, the latest from Eyton Fox (Yossi & Jagger)
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP - a true story about marriage equality pioneers Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan, the first legally married same-sex couple in the United States. In 1975, when Australian Sullivan applied for a green card as the spouse of Filipino-American Adams, the INS responded, "You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots." Their subsequent lawsuit against the U.S. government was the first step in a march that continues today.
BOULEVARD - Robin Williams plays a married man who begins an unsettling relationship with a young hustler. Director Dito Montiel (A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS) explores a middle-aged man's sexual awakening with grace and dignity, anchored by a poignantly understated performance by Williams.
THE WAY HE LOOKS - a sensation at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, where it swept the Teddy Award and FIPRESCI prize, a coming-of-age story of a blind teen who is starting to fall in love.
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR - After a toxic breakup with her girlfriend Maxine (Rebecca Henderson), Shirin (Desiree Akhavan) desperately throws herself into the Brooklyn dating scene in hopes of finding a man or woman able to bury her resentments. In English and Farsi, with English subtitles... Gala Screening.
LILTING - Richard (Ben Wishaw) reach out to his partner's Chinese Cambodian mother after his partner's sudde death... Outfest this year's Centerpiece Gala Screening movie.
SPACE STATION 76 - Outfest's Closing Night Film, sci-fi comedy from first-time director Jack Plotnick (known for acting in films like GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS and GODS AND MONSTERS). Mixing a perfectly absurdist view of 1970s science fiction with equal parts farce and tragedy, this film -- based on the L.A. stage hit -- has a heart beating within its beige polyester astronaut uniforms. The arrival of Jessica (Liv Tyler) on Space Station 76 sets off any number of revelations among the crew, from the closeted captain (Patrick Wilson) to the unhappily married mechanic (Matt Bomer), whose wife (Marisa Coughlan) is falling for her analyst -- who happens to be a robot. Comedy, tragedy, cigarettes, disco, zero gravity, asteroids, and Qiana: SPACE STATION 76 has it all.
TIGER ORANGE - Two estranged gay brothers attempt to make amends in Wade Gasque's charming small-town drama. Starring porn star-turned-leading man Frankie Valenti (aka Johnny Hazzard).
LAST WEEKEND - Celia (Patricia Clarkson) gathers her family at their lake estate for one last, nostalgic weekend before selling the property. But neither her gay son Theo (Zachary Booth) nor the other guests share her interests. An outstanding performance from Patricia Clarke, directed by Tom Dolby and Tom Williams.
BAD HAIR - a panicked single mother lashes out at her effeminate 9-year-old son for potentially being gay. Filmed with unflinching honesty, BAD HAIR tackles racial and sexual prejudices within an impoverished section of Venezuela without making villains of its characters. Filmmaker Mariana Rondón's film floored audiences and critics at the Toronto International Film Festival, earning praise for its striking camera work and harrowing portrayal of desperation and abuse.
THE 10 YEAR PLAN - Two best friends make a pact that if they're still single by age 35 they'll settle down together, but as the fateful date approaches, they must come to terms with the depth of their feelings.
GERONTOPHILIA - A handsome teen refuses to feel shame about his unquenchable appetite for older men.
FUTURO BEACH - When Brazilian lifeguard Donato fails to save a swimmer from drowning, he seeks out the victim's friend Konrad, a handsome German biker. The two men begin a passionate affair, and Donato soon decides to follow Konrad to Berlin. Years later, their seemingly peaceful life is threatened by a visitor from Donato's past. Director Karim Aïnouz (MADAME SATÃ) delivers a visually stunning, emotionally resonant tale about three men struggling across oceans of love, loss, and heartache. In German, Portuguese, with English subtitles.
WINTER JOURNEY - a fiery romantic tale that confronts Russia's homophobic campaign of hate ... a story of an alcoholic opera protégé who unwittingly crosses paths with a violent outlaw.
THE THIRD ONE - celebrates the awkwardness and euphoria of a one-night-stand gone right, culminating in an explicit, ten-minute threesome that's as erotic as it is playful. Warning: explicit and graphic sex.
BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS - openly gay Olympic champion Greg Louganis, BACK ON BOARD reveals the complicated life of an athlete whose grace, beauty, and courage sparked a worldwide fascination with diving. This intimate portrait chronicles his public triumphs and private struggles as an HIV-positive sports icon as he re-emerges on the world stage to combat prejudice, promote tolerance, and return to the diving world.
Greg Louganis talks about his new documentary film "Back on Board: Greg Louganis":
TOM AT THE FARM - Filmmaker Xavier Dolan (HEARTBEATS, LAURENCE ANYWAYS) goes full Hitchcock in this mind-bending ode to mad mothers and their sociopathic sons. On a decrepit farm in the middle of nowhere, Tom (Dolan), a meek, gay copywriter, pays his respects to the mother and older brother of his deceased boyfriend. But the longer he stays, the more helpless he becomes against the violent advances of the dashing but psychotic older brother and the sinister agenda of a truly nightmarish matriarch.
THE DOG - In 1972, John Wojtowicz made headlines holding up a bank for money for his lover Ernie's gender reassignment surgery. The standoff formed the basis of the film DOG DAY AFTERNOON with Al Pacino. Discover what's the real story behind in this documentary drama feature directed by Allison Berg and François Keraudren.
INTERNATIONAL MALE - best new gay short films from international countries
NEW QUEER LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA - a collection of best gay Latin-American films
INSIDE LOOKING - (panel discussion) a look inside the HBO's gay tv series "Looking"
TO BE TAKEI - Actor-turned-activist GEORGE TAKEI reveals the ways racism affected him well into his acting career. Now 76, nine years after formally coming out, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage equality.