Friday, May 29th - Opening Day, 6 pm
Tab Hunter: Confidential
In the 1950s, Tab Hunter was #1 at the box office and on the music charts. He was Hollywood’s most sought-after star and America’s designated boy-next-door. Romantically linked to Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren, nothing could damage Tab Hunter’s career. Nothing, it seems, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. In TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL we meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us his whole story as a happy, healthy, survivor of the Hollywood roller coaster. Appearances by Debbie Reynolds, Lainie Kazan, John Waters, Connie Stevens, Clint Eastwood, Robert Wagner, George Takei and a multitude of archival interviews!
Special guest in attendance for Q&A session - Tab Hunter
Bendik & The Monster (2014) - Norway
Run Time: 10 min | Director: Frank Mosvold
In this animated short, a boy encounters a monster underneath his bed who dreams of being a cabaret singer. Bendik helps the monster follow his dreams, while the monster helps Bendik with his mother’s overbearing boyfriend. It’s a touching story of finding yourself and challenging preconceived expectations of identity.
Tom in America (2014) - USA/Brazil
Run Time: 16 min | Director: Flavio Alves
For 50 years, Michael (Oscar nominee Burt Young) and Betty (Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland) have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael's long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along.
Ticket Price: $25.00 (Includes admission to Opening Night Party)
CO-PRESENTED BY SMIRNOFF & STELLA ARTOIS
SATURDAY, MAY 30th - 11 am
Best of LGBT Shorts
Safe Word (2014) - USA
Run Time: 16 min | Director: Todd Lillethun
A gay couple decides to spice-up their relationship but find themselves in peril when fantasy and reality start to blur in this comedic thriller.
Captive (2015) - Australia
Run Time: 6 min | Director: Michael Noonan
A confused old man receives a disturbing leaflet in the mail and realizes that his name, his home – and the one he calls ‘soul mate’ – are not what they appear to be.
09:55 – 11:05, Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B (2014) - Sweden
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Cristine Berglund, Sophie Vukovic
As 67-year-old Ingrid retreats from the outside world to deal with cancer, a younger home-care employee, Frida, knocks on her door and awakens feelings that Ingrid can't shut out.
Pipe Dream (2015) - USA/Indonesia
Run Time: 14 min | Director: Yudho Aditya
16-year-old resident nerd, Peter Epstein-Takahashi, worries that his penis is too small and struggles to make it bigger before his first blow-job.
(2014) - Portugal
Run Time: 12 min | Director: Fábio Freitas
“And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.” – Genesis 2:8. In this contemporary portrayal, João and Pedro live in this idyllic garden. However what João wants the most is for Pedro to be happy and the only way he found to make that happen is to support him in his escape with Sara. On the other hand, Pedro learned how to love João and does not want to leave the garden. But one of them ate the forbidden fruit…
An Afternoon (2014) - Denmark
Run Time: 12 min | Director: Sóren Green
Mathias has decided that “today is the day” to tell Frederik that he is in love with him. But when the time comes, will he be ready to make the first move?
Plunge (2015) - Australia
Run Time: 6 min | Director: Kate Lefoe
A romantic day-trip is shrouded in mystery as the relationship of two young women is revealed.
Off A Cliff (2014) - Taiwan
Run Time: 5 min | Director: Cédric Jouarie
Jhongwei has something important to say to Damon, his boyfriend, but the time isn't right - Then again, is it ever?
Run Time: 16 min | Director: John Sobrack
In a case of mistaken identity gone right, Randall, who is being pursued by the law, finds more than refuge when Kenton mistakes him for his hook-up.
CO-PRESENTED BY ROBERT'S ELECTRIC SERVICE
SATURDAY, MAY 30th - 1 pm
How To Win At Checkers (Every Time)
(Direct from Berlinale Film Festival)
Year: 2015 | Country: Thailand/USA/Indonesia | Run Time: 79 min | Director: Josh Kim
Young Oat (Ingkarat Damrongsakkul) faces an uncertain future when his older, gay brother Ek (Thira Chutikul), must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. While the parents of Ek's wealthy boyfriend Jai (Arthur Navarat) are able to maneuver their son out of the draw, Ek, has no options. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, Oat takes matters into his own hands resulting in unexpected consequences. The film is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand.
Pepper (2014) - USA
Run Time: 18 min | Director: Marc Cleary & Craig Robert Young
When an experienced drag queen encounters a lost boy outside her club, Pepper is reminded of the importance of family with her own estranged son.
CO-PRESENTED BY PACIFIC ARTS & ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR
SATURDAY, MAY 30th - 3 pm (Festival Spotlight
Year: 2014 | Country: USA/Belgium | Run Time: 99 min | Director: Michiel Thomas
This moving documentary shows the quest for self-realization of LGBT athletes and their acceptance in society. Following the parallel stories of athletes Fallon Fox (MMAs first transgender pro fighter) and Terrence Clemens (a rising gay college basketball player in Oklahoma) during their coming out process, GAME FACE sheds light on the obstacles LGBT athletes face throughout their career.
CO PRESENTED BY CICA & MERRILL LYNCH
SATURDAY, MAY 30th - 5:15 pm
Year: 2014 | Country: USA | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Andrew Putschoegl
One of the funniest films of the festival, BFFs Kat (Tara Karsian) and Samantha (Andrea Grano) have been gifted a weekend vacation to a couple’s retreat. The only problem…the single women are straight! Needing a vacation, they find themselves immersed in an intensive workshop with gay and straight couples fighting to save their relationships. In the process, the lines of friendship begin to blur as they are faced with asking themselves: Could there be something more than just Best Friends Forever? The film also stars television veteran actors, Richard Moll, Jenny O’Hara and Pat Carroll.
Bachelorette (2013) - Germany
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Anna Linke
While celebrating a friend’s bachelorette party, Stefanie shockingly surprises the entire group with whom she finds more intriguing.
CO-PRESENTED BY FLAWLES, WELLS FARGO, GOSSIP GRILL & PINK EGG MEDIA
CO-PRESENTED BY ASCENT REAL ESTATE, TITLE 365 AND RAGE
SATURDAY, MAY 30th - 10 pm
Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story
(West Coast Premiere)
Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 72 min | Director: Michael Stabile
This documentary is a revealing look at Chuck Holmes, San Francisco Falcon Studio’s founder/pornographer turned philanthropist. Holmes helped shaped and create gay identity in the years after Stonewall, and became a founder of gay rights advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT Victory Fund…only to find later in life that while his philanthropic money was welcome, he wasn't. Appearances by John Waters, Jeff Stryker, Chi-Chi La Rue, Holly Woodlawn, Jake Shears, Zak Spears and John Rutherford.
Hole (2015) - Australia
Run Time: 5 min | Director: Tony Radevski
Two men share an unlikely encounter at a bathroom gloryhole in this insightful animated short.
Midnight (2015) - USA
(West Coast Premiere)
Run Time: 20 min | Director: T R Wilkinson
Shane (Sean Paul Lockhart) and Aiden (Anderson Goncalves) are a couple who decide to try an open relationship. As one-on-one encounters turn into group orgies…will their experiment broaden their horizons, or lead to mistrust and paranoia?
CO-PRESENTED BY TRIBAL & MICKY'S WEST HOLLYWOOD
SUNDAY, MAY 31st - 11 am
SPONSORED BY GAY SAN DIEGO & UPTOWN NEWS
Year: 2014 | Country: United Kingdom/France/Lebanon/Switzerland | Run Time: 75 min | Director: Philippe Audi-Dor
Having left England for a romantic escapade in the South of France, Olivier (Simon Haycock) and James (Hugo Bolton) invite Caroline (Elly Condron) along at the last minute. The trio arrives in a little Provencal village, somewhat cut off from the world. Though everything seems calm between the pool, sunshine and a village visit, Olivier finds himself more and more intrigued by Caroline. A tension of sexual jealousy and possessiveness inevitably escalades between the three of them.
Little Secrets (2014) - Germany
Run Time: 20 min | Director: Remo Kaufmann
While accompanying his girlfriend at a birthday party, Tim recognizes a male lover from years past. They try to hide ancient secrets, but things seem to spin out of control as the evening progresses in this dramatic short film.
CO-PRESENTED BY AMERICAN INSTITUTE of BISEXUALITY & UNION BANK
SUNDAY, MAY 31st - 1 pm
In The Turn
Year: 2014 | Country: USA | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Erica Tremblay
IN THE TURN follows Crystal, a 10-yr-old transgender girl, as she navigates growing up in rural Canada. After being denied the right to join athletics due to her gender, Crystal serendipitously discovers the Vagine Regime, an international queer collective of roller derby players comprised of people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and identities. The Vagine Regime not only accepts Crystal, but actively supports her journey. IN THE TURN weaves Crystal's story into the broader narrative of the evolution of roller derby from a niche sport into a social movement with strong roots in the LGBTQ community.
cONSensual (2015) - USA
Run Time: 1 min | Director: Jaymee Carvajal
A ‘One Night Stand’ (ONS) is used as a destigmatizing tool against the shame and guilt of exploring female sexuality in this stylized encounter that’s simply Flawles.
CO-PRESENTED BY FLAWLES, GOSSIP GRILL, SAN DIEGO DERBY DOLLS & PINK EGG MEDIA
SUNDAY, MAY 31st - 3 pm
Year: 2015 | Country: Australia | Run Time: 93 min | Director: Dean Francis
Sundrenched lifeguards, Sydney beaches, male competitiveness and jealousy frame this tense and gripping Australian drama. Surf lifesaving champion Len (Matt Levett) is a legend in the cloistered surf club until the arrival of younger, faster, fitter and openly gay Phil (Jack Matthews). Through the summer, Len’s enraged reaction to Phil begins to reveal his own confusion about his own sexuality climaxing in an intoxicated evening filled with jealousy, homophobic fear and unrequited lust. Can Len accept his identity, or will he only bury it?
Want It (2015) - United Kingdom
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Lee Haven-Jones
When the owner of a luxurious home returns unexpectedly to find an intruder…the tables are turned, and the intruder finds himself naked and powerless.
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CO PRESENTED BY CICA & WEST COAST TAVERN
Ticket Price: $15.00 (Includes admission to Closing Night Party)