The 41st Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival presented by Warner Bros. Discovery and Genesis Motor America is set from July 13 through 23, 2023; “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” to serve as Opening Night Film while “Chasing Chasing Amy” will close the festival — both films are made by trans artists, a first in the history of Outfest
By Oliver Carnay
Based on Benjamin Alire Saenz’s beloved and best-seeling young adult novel, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” center on the friendship between two teenage Mexican-American boys in 1987 El Paso who explore a new, unusual friendship and the difficult road to self-discover. The film stars Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales in the lead roles, with Egenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, Veronica Falcon and Kevin Alejandro round out the cast. The film is produced by Dylan Sellers and Chris Parker of Limelight Productions, Big Swing Productions’ Valerie Stadle, Ben Odell and Eugenio Derbez of 3Pas Studios and Lin Manual-Miranda’s 5000 Broadway Productions. The film premiered at the 2022 International Film Festival to rave reviews and will be released by Blue Fox Entertainment in the U.S.
Although in many ways this moment is bigger than myself, or any individual, I feel ready to step into it as a representation of what’s possible when we refuse the naysayer. To step into it as a representation of what is possible when we refuse to let our identity hold us back. I stand as an example that anything is possible when we move with intention, resilience, and purpose to show that we are more than what you define us as. How fitting to get to do it with this story, a story rooted in the invitation to see the love around us and to stand in our very truth. I can confidently say that on Outfest’s opening I will be standing in my truth. I’m forever grateful to this important organization and for this opportunity to celebrate.”