FRIDAY, JUNE 9th (Opening Night)


 

7:00pm  OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY

Friday, June 9th, 2017

A Very Sordid Wedding
(Southern California Exclusive San Diego Premiere)

Year: 2017 | Country: USA | Run Time: 109 min | Director: Del Shores

Our Opening Night film is the follow up to the 2008 prequel Logo series and the 2000 feature film of the cult smash hit Sordid Lives. Picking up several years later in 2015, the hilarity ensues with all of your favorite characters. This socially relevant sequel explores what happens when marriage equality comes to a small Texas town that is not quite ready for it through the comedy of the ‘Sordid’ characters. Sharply written by Shores, expect to experience a gamut of emotions. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser with the expected belly laughs. The film boasts an impressive cast roster: Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan & Caroline Rhea - along with stars from the original film and TV series including Ann Walker, Rosemary Alexander, Newell Alexander, Lorna Scott, Kirk Geiger, Sarah Hunley, David Cowgill, David Steen, Scott Presley and Sharon Garrison. New faces include Dale Dickey, Carole Cook, Emerson Collins, Alec Mapa, Aleks Paunovic, Ka therine Bailess, T. Ashanti Mozelle, Levi Kreis and Whoopi Goldberg.

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He Could’ve Gone Pro (2017) - USA
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 13 min | Director: McGhee Monteith

When Debbie comes home for Christmas, she and her mother Gayle are forced to confront the truth about their family's past over a tense holiday lunch.

Ticket Price: $45.00 (Includes admission to Opening Night Party)


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SATURDAY, JUNE 10th


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11:00am   

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Best of LGBT Shorts:

Short 1:

  Sisak (2017) - India
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Faraz Arif Ansari

Story of two gay men in Mumbai who meet and fall in love in regular train journeys. Burdened with the larger social (and legal) scorn the two are unable to say anything to each other.

Short 2:

  And Why Not? (Et Pourquoi Pas?) (2016) - France
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 12 min | Director: Nicolas Fay

Virginie is waiting for an old girlfriend she lost touch with but met up with again on the social networks.

Short 3:

  Lily (2016) - Ireland
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 21 min | Director: Graham Cantwell

Lily, a school girl with a secret, is on the cusp of becoming a young woman.

Short 4:

  Por Un Beso (2016) - Spain
(Southern California Premiere)
Run Time: 5 min | Director: David Velduque

Tomas and Andrea are standing opposite at a zebra crossing in Gran Via and their eyes meet.

Short 5:

  Swim (2016) - USA
(Southern California Premiere)
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Mari Walker

As summer draws to a close a young trans girl finds freedom in a secret midnight swim.

Short 6:

  Scar Tissue (2017) - Belgium
(US Premiere)
Run Time: 14 min | Director: Nish Gera

Sami has fled Aleppo and now resides in Amsterdam, where a chance meeting occurs with Johan and over the course of a night, truths are revealed and confronted.

Short 7:

  Alpha (2017) - USA
(World Premiere)
Run Time: 4 min | Director: Ben Rodriguez

Francisco forces his boyfriend David to sneak out with him to their vacation rental pool to have sex.

Short 8:

  Pussy (Cipka) (2016) - Poland
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 8 min | Director: Renata Gasiorowska

A young girl spends the evening alone and decides to have a sweet, solo pleasure session.

Short 9:

  The Wanker (Pajero) (2016) - Spain
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 8 min | Director: Aitor Gonzalez Iturbe

Juan has a problem, or so he thinks. Actually he’s about to discover that he has quite a few of them.

Short 10:

  It’s A Boy (2016) - USA
(San Diego Premiere)
Run Time: 5 min | Director: Trent Nakamura

Young newlyweds, Sherri and Tom, are in the middle of an ultrasound when Dr. Kinsey reveals the exciting news. A baby boy! Who's also gay!

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1:15pm  FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

The Lavender Scare
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2017 | Country: USA | Run Time: 76 min | Director: Josh Howard

Our Festival Spotlight documentary shines a spotlight on a mostly forgotten chapter of American history that has never received the attention it deserves. With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that ruins tens of thousands of lives and thrusts an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.

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  Golden Boys (2016) - Canada
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 8 min | Director: Jill Riley

When three longtime friends break into their old private school, long forgotten memories come back to the surface, forcing them to grapple with the true consequences of having been the school’s Golden Boys.

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3:15pm  

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Pushing Dead

Year: 2016 | Country: USA | Run Time: 108 min | Director: Tom E. Brown

Yes, it’s a comedy! When Dan, a struggling writer (James Roday from Psych) and HIV-positive for 20+ years, ill-advisedly deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much income. In this new era of sort-of universal care, his only options are long shots: take on a helpless bureaucracy, or come up with $3000 a month to buy his medication. He longs for companionship, but dreading the inevitable “Hi, I’m positive” talk, he has successfully avoided the dating scene. But he’s not the only one with relationship problems. His nightclub-owning boss, Bob (Danny Glover), is trying to adjust to the single life after his wife Dot (Khandi Alexander) of 45 years tosses him out of the house. And Dan’s best friend, Paula (Robin Weigert), tired of endless disappointing dates finds life is much easier with a stuffed animal.

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5:30pm  

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

A Million Happy Nows
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2017 | Country: USA | Run Time: 80 min | Director: Albert Alarr

Veteran actress Lainey Allen (Crystal Chappell) is tired of being sidelined for younger talent on the soap opera she has starred in for twenty years. Coupled with finding it harder to retain her lines, she decides not to renew her contract, and she and her publicist/partner, Eva Morales (Jessica Leccia), move to a beach house overlooking the ocean on the Central California coast. The move highlights some small changes in Lainey's personality - mild depression that Eva puts down to leaving the show. But when Lainey starts to forget more than can be attributed to stress, Eva insists on a visit to the doctor – which then chronicles Lainey and Eva's changing relationship as they struggle to deal with a new diagnosis. Thoughtfully poignant and deftly written and performed, do not miss this emotionally moving film – with cameo’s galore from some of your favorite daytime serial drama’s.

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  August In The City (2017) - USA
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 16 min | Director: Christie Conochalla

Two young women find themselves completely drawn to each other but one fears the repercussions of society in 1978 Brooklyn.

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7:45pm  BOYS CENTERPIECE

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Something Like Summer
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2017 | Country: USA | Run Time: 109 min | Director: David Berry

Our Boys Centerpiece film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name. Benjamin Bentley (Grant Davis) the only guy at his Texas high school with the courage to come out of the closet, dooming himself, as he believes, to a life of loneliness. Putting up with the bullies and his classmates’ whispered condemnations keeps him from pursuing his dream of being a singer, despite the encouragement of his best friend, Allison (Ajiona Alexus). Instead, Ben spends his summer vacation stalking the handsome athlete who just moved to town, Tim Wyman (Davi Santos). Epic in scope and wonderfully written and performed, the film follows the course of true love over the span of a dozen years, from awkward adolescence through challenging adulthood, featuring seven classic and original musical numbers and the artwork of a talented young artist. Also starring the wonderful Ben Baur! With Jana Lee Hamblin, Ron Boyd, Tristan Decker & Riley Stewart.

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  Apollo (Apollon) (2016) - France
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 8 min | Director: Loic Dimitch

Apollo is a teen hung up by the social ideals of masculinity, and dreams about having the perfect body and endowment.

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10:00pm   

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

FrightOut LGBT Shorts:

Short 1:

  Tonight It’s You (2016) - USA
(Southern California Premiere)
Run Time: 17 min | Director: Dominic Haxton

CJ ventures out for a late night hook-up when things take a dark turn, leading him into something much more sinister than he could ever imagine.

Short 2:

  Room For Rent (2016) - Brazil
(US Premiere)
Run Time: 20 min | Director: Enock Carvalho & Matheus Farias

Leticia lives by herself. When she meets Gabriela at a party and brings her home, strange movements begin to develop in her dark and mysterious apartment.

Short 3:

  Hi, It’s Your Mother (2016) - Canada
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 5 min | Director: Daniel Sterlin-Altman

A shocking tragicomic stop-motion animated film about a mother’s love for her child (and also some carnal pleasure).

Short 4:

  Demons (2017) - USA
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Jesse Klein

Matt is a closeted serial killer on the hunt for love and acceptance in a pretty messed up world.

Short 5:

  PYOTR495 (2016) - Canada/Germany
(Southern California Premiere)
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Blake Mawson

16-year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and attacks bolstered by Russia's LGBT propaganda law, but Pyotr has a dangerous secret.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 11th


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11:00am   

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Local San Diego Filmmaker Shorts:

Short 1:

  Evil Alan (2017) - USA
(World Premiere)
Run Time: 10 min | Director: Jonathan Hammond

Alan has a Grindr date who is not from his town. Or dimension.

Short 2:

  Sleep On It (2017) - USA
(World Premiere)
Run Time: 7 min | Director: Benjamin Howard

A quarrel puts things into perspective for a young couple mattress hunting for their first apartment.

Short 3:

  Legally Wed (2017) - USA
(World Premiere)
Run Time: 12 min | Director: Michael Solorio

A sister’s conservative views cause a rift between her and her gay brother as they experience a funeral, a wedding, and life.

Short 4:

  Silent (2016) - USA
(Southern California Premiere)
Run Time: 13 min | Director: Paul Baker

Two closeted film stars wrestle with their desires and their cynicism before facing their public again.

Ticket Price: $10.00


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12:15pm   

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

CAS
(U.S. Premiere)

Year: 2017 | Country: Netherlands | Run Time: 48 min | Director: Joris van de Berg

Pepijn and Sjors’ steady, seven-year relationship is shaken up after they allow a young student named Cas to sleep on their couch until he finds a place of his own.



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  An Evening (En Aften) (2016) - Denmark
(California Premiere)
Run Time: 9 min | Director: Soren Green

Friends Frederik and Mathias share a common experience but have very different reactions.

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1:15pm  INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Even Lovers Get The Blues
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2016 | Country: Belgium | Run Time: 95 min | Director: Laurent Micheli

Our International Spotlight film is a liberating portrait of the love and sexual lives of disenchanted and passionate young people. Ana sleeps with Hugo, Dahlia with Graciano, Leo with Louis and Arthur with everybody. They are lovers, friends, and share their daily lives as young city dwellers in their thirties who live in Brussels. Until a heartbreaking event comes to break this balance. Between parties, work, and love arise questions, deep desires and the urgency to live, at any cost.

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3:00pm  GIRLS CENTERPIECE

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Signature Move
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2017 | Country: USA | Run Time: 82 min | Director: Jennifer Reeder

Our Girls Centerpiece film is a socially relevant comedic and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a Pakistani, Muslim lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma (Sari Sanchez), a confident Mexican-American woman. Zaynab’s recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) has moved in and spends her days watching Pakistani TV dramas while searching for a potential husband for her only daughter. Alma’s mother is a former professional Luchadora, which Zaynab finds fascinating, as she has recently taken up lucha-style wrestling with a former pro wrestler. Zaynab tries to keep her secrets from her mother, who knows more than she lets on.

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  Balcony (2015) - United Kingdom
(Southern California Premiere)
Run Time: 17 min | Director: Toby Fell-Holden

In a neighborhood rife with racial tension, a local girl falls for a recent immigrant who is the victim of prejudice and shame.

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5:15pm   

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Handsome Devil
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2017 | Country: Ireland | Run Time: 95 min | Director: John Butler

Dyed-hair, subversive rock music loving Ned (Fionn O’Shea) attends a boarding school where everything is all about rugby. Initially, he is happy living in his dorm alone and content with drawing as little attention to himself as possible when Ned’s world is rocked when new kid and rugby star Conor (Nicholas Galitzine), gets assigned to his room. Both Ned and Connor form an unlikely friendship which forces them to reckon with questions of loyalty and self-interest.

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  Devil Wears A Suit (2017) - Australia
(World Premiere)
Run Time: 20 min | Director: Eli Mak

A high-concept drama/sci-fi about a religious boy who must decide whether to ‘cure’ his homosexuality with an injection or be ostracized from his community forever.

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7:00pm  CLOSING NIGHT FILM & PARTY

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2017 | Country: USA | Run Time: 91 min | Director:Jennifer M. Kroot

Our Closing Night film examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot’s documentary about the creator of Tales Of The City moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan), Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70’s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

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  Dusk (2017) - United Kingdom
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Jake Graf

Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society.

Ticket Price: $25.00 (Includes admission to Closing Night Party)


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Event Information

Date: June 9th - 11th, 2017

Time: Event starts at 7:00pm on June 9th

Ticket Price: $10-$45 / show

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

Show Schedule

Friday, June 9th

OPENING NIGHT FILM
7:00pm   A Very Sordid Wedding (2017)

Saturday, June 10th

11:00am   Best of LGBT Shorts
1:15pm   The Lavender Scare (2017)
3:15pm   Pushing Dead (2016)
5:30pm   A Million Happy Nows (2017)
7:45pm   Something Like Summer (2017)
10:00pm   FrightOut LGBT Shorts

Sunday, June 11th

11:00am   Local San Diego Filmmaker Shorts
12:15pm   CAS (2017)
1:15pm   Even Lovers Get The Blues (2017)
3:00pm   Signature Move (2017)
5:15pm   Handsome Devil (2017)
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
7:00pm   The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017)

 

Party Locations

OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Friday, June 9th, 2017 | 9:30pm-12:00am
Sunset Temple
3911 Kansas St.
San Diego, CA 92104-2910
(619) 795-3630

CLOSING NIGHT AFTER PARTY

Sunday, June 11th, 2017 | 9:00pm-11:00pm
West Coast Tavern
2895 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 295-1688