FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd (Opening Night)


 

7:00pm  OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Kiss Me, Kill Me
(California Premiere)

Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 101 min | Director: Casper Andreas

In this twist on classic L.A. film noir, director Casper Andreas (Violet Tendencies) and screenwriter David Michael Barrett (Such Good People) present this sexy new gay thriller. Dusty (As the World Turns’ Van Hansis) blacks out while confronting his cheating boyfriend Stephen, (Queer as Folk gay icon Gale Harold). When Dusty awakens, he learns someone has been murdered and he's the prime suspect! The gorgeous and talented cast includes Brianna Brown (Devious Maids), Yolonda Ross (HBO's Treme), Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye), Matthew Ludwinski (Going Down in LA-LA Land), Kit Williamson (Madmen), D.J. "Shangela" Pierce (RuPaul's Drag Race), Allison Lane (The Dark Place), Jackie Monahan (The Foxy Merkins), Craig Robert Young (The Last Ship), Michael Maize (Mr. Robot) & Jonathan Lisecki (Gayby). Sit back and enjoy this over-the-top, entertaining guilty pleasure!

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B. (2015) - Germany
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Kai Stänicke

Torn between a loveless relationship with “K” and her feelings for another woman.

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Ticket Price: $30.00 (Includes admission to Opening Night Party)


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SATURDAY, JUNE 4th


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11:00am   

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Best of LGBT Shorts:

Short 1:

  The Tormentors (2015) - Australia
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 16:35 min | Director: Darren L. Downs

Maxwell Caulfield stars in this gritty and confronting film that addresses workplace discrimination and the turmoil caused, when a middle-classed family’s values and beliefs are challenged.

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Short 2:

  Wedlocked (2015) - USA
Run Time: 11:34 min | Director: Puppett

Once upon a time, before the 2015 SCOTUS ruling, three women become entangled on their quest for a gay divorce. With Drew Droege, Sally Kirkland and Guinevere Turner.

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Short 3:

  Back Again (De Vuelta) (2015) - Spain
(U.S. Premiere)
Run Time: 13 min | Director: Gabriel Dorado

Alex returns to his village on the night of San Juan hoping he can recover a love he once lost.

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Short 4:

  The Future Perfect (2015) - Canada
Run Time: 12 min | Director: Nick Citton

An isolated time traveler questions his latest mission, compromising his future in the process. With Robert Baker and Zachary Quinto.

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Short 5:

  Girl Night Stand (2015) - USA
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 9 min | Director: Jenna Laurenzo

A young woman questions her sexuality after having a one night stand with another woman.

Short 6:

  Vessels (2015) - USA
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Arkasha Stevenson

A young transgender woman considers a dangerous black market surgery that may be her only option in gaining a more feminine body.

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Short 7:

  Buddy (2016) - Netherlands
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Niels Bourgonje

When a young man is asked by his ex-lover to support him during an HIV test, he sees an opportunity to find out if there’s still a chance for reconciliation.

Short 8:

  Spare Parts (2015) - USA
Run Time: 7 min | Director: Yasmin Al-Manaseer

Coming-of-age story about two adolescent girls in love with a little too much parental involvement.

Short 9:

  Spoken In Jest (2015) - Mexico
Run Time: 5:23 min | Director: Rolando Treviño

Leo knows Ana has a thing for gay men so he pretends to be Roger’s boyfriend to get close to her but things may not be what they seem.

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Short 10:

  My Life Is A Dream (2015) - USA
Run Time: 9 min | Director: Brian Benson

Follow perky and portly Cousin Wonderlette on a disturbingly funny journey where she encounters demented housewives, greedy swine, sexual deviants, and worse her drunk mother.

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1:15pm  GIRLS CENTERPIECE

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

ToY
(Southern California Premiere)

Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 93 min | Director: Patrick Chapman

Story of a young, wealthy, talented but naive artist named Chloe (Briana Evigan). She inherited not only her late mother's wealth, but also the thing that took her mother's life and which she's desperate to keep secret. Chloe's newest work leads her to Kat (Kerry Norton), a beautiful but aging call girl. As Kat's career options grow more desperate, and as Chloe fights her own demons, the two women grasp on to each other, offering each other second chances while trying to escape their inevitable decline. ToY shows how sex is given and taken and bought and sold, out of love, lust, pain and desperation…and often just to survive. With Daniel Hugh Kelly, Bre Blair, Matt O'Leary, Paul Rae, and Ana Foxx.

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  Blind Date (2015) - USA
(World Premiere)
Run Time: 7 min | Director: Adrienne Lovette

Two romantics spend an unexpected night together in New York City and find a new meaning to the term “blind date.”

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  Partners (2015) - USA
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 7 min | Director: Joey Ally

When a slump in Kate and Leigh's sex life occurs, it forces them to reconsider their relationship and realize how intertwined their lives have become.

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3:30pm  FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Upstairs Inferno

Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 96 min | Director: Robert L. Camina

This outstanding documentary examines the true story of the largest gay mass murder in US history. On June 24, 1973, an arsonist deliberately set fire to the stairwell of the New Orleans gay bar, the UpStairs Lounge, trapping patrons and killing 32 people. Emotional interviews by survivors, family members, and friends of the victims recount this horrific event, made worse by the callous behavior of the city’s police and fire departments, churches, media, and citizens. This lesser-known historic tragedy, four years after Stonewall, is finally being given its place in gay history. Narrated by Christopher Rice

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  Intrinsic Moral Evil (2015) - Netherlands
Run Time: 10:45 min | Director: Harm Weistra

Three dancers play a game with the viewer's perception and expectations. Is it a memory, a dream, a search for identity? Is it about the losing of a friendship or about coming of age?

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5:45pm   

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Coming In
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2014 | Country: Germany | Run Time: 104 min | Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner

Notoriously hip Tom Herzner (Kostja Ullmann) is “THE” hair stylist for men in Berlin. He's attractive, glamorous, runs a posh salon and is an openly out celebrity who is seen as a role model for the gay community. But when he plans his first hair-product line, the cosmetic company feels targeting men is too restrictive. So to get an idea of what women want, Tom is forced to work incognito at an edgy hair salon run by the sassy, gut-honest Heidi (Aylin Tezel). Heidi's selfless and unpretentious nature gives Tom a whole new perspective and helps him create a shampoo that will drive both sexes crazy. But his main source of amazement is Heidi. Sophisticated, upscale comedy at its most enjoyable!

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  The Memory Of You (2014) - Sweden
(U.S. Premiere)
Run Time: 11:32 min | Director: Nils Åsén

Adam is going to dinner with his wife, when he is disrupted by something from his past. A story about a love that never was, shot in one single take.

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8:00pm  BOYS CENTERPIECE

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Shared Rooms
(U.S. Premiere)

Year: 2016 | Country: USA | Run Time: 73 min | Director: Rob Williams

This witty, sexy, gay romantic comedy explores the meaning of home and family through three interrelated stories of gay men finding connections during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day – a married couple who take in a teenage relative who was kicked out of his home after his parents discovered he was gay; a pair of roommates forced to share a bed for the week, much to the delight (and horror) of the one harboring a secret crush on the other; and two men looking for a quick hookup who end up finding a much stronger connection. With Justin Xavier Smith, Eric Allen Smith, Daniel Lipshutz, Robert Werner, Christopher Grant Pearson, Alec Manley Wilson, David Vaughn, Alexander Neil Miller.

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  Bed Buddies (2015) - USA
(U.S. Premiere)
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Reid Waterer

A comedy about three gay friends who wake up after sleeping together and try to make sense of the unclear line between friendship and love.

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10:00pm   

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Paris 05:59 (THÉO AND HUGO)
(West Coast Premiere) Direct from Berlinale Film Festival
**Contains graphic sex**

Year: 2016 | Country: France | Run Time: 97 min | Director: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau

An audaciously graphic sexual and lengthy opening takes us inside a Parisian sex club, where two young men (Geoffrey Couët & François Nambot) have eyes only for each other. They soon leave and settle into a romantic night wandering the streets of Paris. However, something happens that forces both men to question their ideas about love, personal responsibility and desire. The two leads are electrifying; their physical performances matched by the emotional intensity of their post-sexual journey. Taking place over several hours, this film could unfold in almost any city and anyone who has sex in the modern gay world will identify with the issues it raises.

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  Sauna the Dead: A Fairy Tale (2016) - United Kingdom
(U.S. Premiere)
Run Time: 20 min | Director: Tom Frederic

A jaded narcissist is trapped in a gay bathhouse with zombies, and finds his survival may depend on the one thing he didn’t come there for: a human connection.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 5th


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11:00am  INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT   

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Downriver
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2015 | Country: Australia | Run Time: 96 min | Director: Grant Scicluna

James (Reef Ireland) has served time for his involvement in the suspected drowning of a young boy in a river years earlier, although the body was never found. Ravaged with uncertainty, dealing with an estranged family and forced to face the dead boy’s mother, James sets out on a journey of self-discovery, shocking revelations and danger as questions surrounding the boy’s death brim to the surface. Old friendships and family ties are tested as James must find his path to the truth in this dark, brooding, intense and powerful film.

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  Little Elephant (2015) - United Kingdom,
(U.S. Premiere)
Run Time: 4:41 min | Director: Kate Jessop

Differing opinions between a British Indian woman and her father are discussed in this creative animated short.


  Easy: A 3-Minute Love Story (2015) - USA
Run Time: 3:30 min | Director: Robert Guthrie

Two high school guys are in love. One is Christian, the other Jewish. One father disapproves, the others parents are thrilled. Who cares that it’s not perfect. They got this.

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1:00pm   

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

S&M Sally

Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Michelle Ehlen

When Jamie (Michelle Ehlen) finds out her girlfriend Jill (Jen McPherson) has spent time exploring BDSM, her insecurities about falling behind in the bedroom push her to propose that they start going to underground clubs. Jamie decides to use the pseudonym “Sally” so she can stay anonymous but still look like she's using her real name, which apparently she thinks makes her look cool. Identifying as the butch one in a traditional butch/femme couple, Sally assumes she will take the dominant role in their escapades, with Jill as her submissive, but Jill has ideas of her own. Meanwhile, their close friends Lola (Shaela Cook) and David (Scott Teiji Takeda) start dating the polyamorous bisexual Sebastian (Adrian Gonzalez), who proposes to have a threesome. They humorously agree expecting the other one to back out first. But will they? A hilarious and fun comedy for any persuasion!

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  Escape (2015) - USA
(San Diego State University, Filmmaker Premiere)
Run Time: 8:45 min | Director: Simha Pradeep Katasani

A strong and independent lesbian welder struggles to deal with her abusive partner. A striking encounter with a stranger pushes her to take a decision.


  Step (2015) - Sweden
(U.S. Premiere)
Run Time: 6:41 min | Director: Alva Lindenbaum

A narrow hallway at a home party and a desperate search for a contact. How do you create a space independent of another person when you are totally focused on their attention?

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3:00pm   

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Closet Monster

Year: 2016 | Country: USA | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Stephen Dunn

This wholly original, spellbinding drama-fantasy tells the story of Oscar Madly (Connor Jessup), a creative and driven teenager who hovers on the brink of adulthood. Destabilized by his dysfunctional parents, unsure of his sexuality, and haunted by horrific images of a tragic gay bashing he witnessed as a child, Oscar dreams of escaping the town he feels is suffocating him. A talking hamster (voiced by Isabella Rossellini), imagination and the prospect of love help him confront his surreal demons and discover himself.

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  Noam (2015) - Israel
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Boaz Foster

Noam auditions for his high school play despite his parent’s disapproval. From the moment he steps onto the stage he falls in love: with its lights, colors, sounds and its sense of freedom. Above all, he falls in love with Shay, who is also competing for the lead male role.

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5:00pm  

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Front Cover

Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 87 min | Director: Ray Yeung

This charming, nuanced comedy/drama follows Ryan (Jake Choi), a gay New York City fashion stylist, who has rejected his Asian upbringing. He is given an assignment that could change his life. For a photo shoot, he needs to style Ning (James Chen), a closeted, popular foreign actor trying to make it big in the US. After a rocky start, an unlikely friendship develops between them, leading Ryan to examine his cultural identity and make a major decision about an enticing new path for his life and career that might (or might not) involve Ning.

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  True Colours (2015) - Australia
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 10 min | Director: David Valent

An increasingly desolate teenage schoolboy creates a coded language using paint colour sample cards to express his secret desires and feelings for the object of his affection.


  Family Values (2015) - USA
(World Premiere)
Run Time: 3 min | Director: Val Singhal

When Dylan comes out to his parents at the dinner table, the evening takes an unexpected turn.

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7:00pm  CLOSING NIGHT FILM (SNEAK PREVIEW)

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Flatbush Luck
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2016 | Country: USA | Run Time: 93 min | Director: : Casper Andreas

Former Wall Street hotshot Jimmy (Tanner Novlan) and his buttoned-up cousin Max (Robby Stahl) make meager livings as telephone repairmen in their native Brooklyn neighborhood, slaving away to meet the demands of their increasingly yuppie clientele. Jimmy wants nothing more than to return to his fast-paced high life, while Max is starting to have second thoughts about his upcoming wedding and sexuality. When Jimmy overhears illegal insider trading during a routine house call, he convinces Max that they should tap the phone line to cash in on the scheme - hoping the money will solve their problems. But when stock tips turn to murder plots, the hapless men are unable to go to the police and soon find themselves in over their heads and flat out of luck. Wonderfully written by Andreas and James Balletto. With Briana Marin, Natalie Britton & Juahn Cabrera.

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  Lady Of The Night (2014) - France
Run Time: 10 min | Director: Laurent Boileau
Created by: Attie Albertus

The annual dinner commemorating the death of Cornelius revives Samuel's memories. He retires to his room, desperate, seeking refuge where he becomes a Queen of the Night, in tribute to his lost love.


  Dinner With Jeffrey (2015) - USA
(U.S. Premiere)
Run Time: 13 min | Director: Sam Greisman

Oliver has just come out of the closet and is struggling with the feeling that he has to change who he is to fit in with other gays, when his gay uncle Jeffrey takes him to dinner and tries to teach him about the 'gay lifestyle.'

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Event Information

Date: June 3rd - 5th, 2016

Time: Event starts at 7:00pm on June 3rd

Ticket Price: $10-$30 / show

The Observatory - North Park
2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104


Show Schedule

Friday, June 3rd

OPENING NIGHT FILM
7:00pm   Kiss Me, Kill Me (2015)

Saturday, June 4th

11:00am   Best of LGBT Shorts
1:15pm   ToY (2015)
3:30pm   Upstairs Inferno (2015)
5:45pm   Coming In (2014)
8:00pm   Shared Rooms (2016)
10:00pm   Paris 05:59 (THÉO AND HUGO) (2016)

Sunday, June 5th

11:00am   Downriver (2015)
1:00pm   S&M Sally (2015)
3:00pm   Closet Monster (2016)
5:00pm   Front Cover (2015)
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
7:00pm   Flatbush Luck (2016)

 

Party Locations

OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Friday, June 3rd, 2016 | 8:45pm-11:00pm
Sunset Temple
3911 Kansas St.
San Diego, CA 92104-2910
(619) 795-3630

CLOSING NIGHT AFTER PARTY
Sunday, June 5th, 2016 | 9-10pm
West Coast Tavern
2895 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 295-1688