SAN DIEGO -- FilmOut San Diego's 13th annual LGBT Film Festival continues today with screenings starting at noon at the historical Birch North Park Theatre. A total of seven movies and short films will be shown today.
Here is a sneak preview of films on tap for Saturday, Aug. 27:
"What Happens Next" (2010), directed by Jay Arnold, runs 98 minutes. Showing at noon Saturday, Aug. 27. Tickets cost $10.
This charming romantic comedy is about billionaire/socialite Paul Greco (Jon Lindstrom - "As the World Turns," "General Hospital" and "Port Charles") who seems to have it all. Upon the sale of his lucrative business, his retirement, and more money and time than he knows what to do with, his overbearing (but well-meaning) sister Elise (the always fabulous Wendie Malick - "Just Shoot Me," "Hot In Cleveland") decides giving Paul a dog would be the perfect start. With little else to do, Paul assumes the daily dog walking routine in the park and encounters Andy Chance (Chris Murrah), who walks his dog on the very same schedule. What starts as a casual daily meeting in the park, eventually develops into something a bit more questionable.
"Casserole Club" (2011), directed by Steve Balderson, runs 95 minutes. Showing at 2 pm Saturday, Aug. 27. Tickets cost $10.
A group of mod 1960s-era suburban housewives begin a recipe club to test out their new casseroles. When the gatherings become increasingly focused on boozy flirtation, and more than recipes start getting swapped, the story moves swiftly from stylized and campy to a drama about irresponsibility, selfishness, and damaged people. Cast includes Susan Traylor, Kevin Richardson, Pleasant Gehman, Hunter Bodine, Starina Johnson, Garrett Swann, Jennifer Grace, Michael Maize, Daniela Sea and Mark Booker.
"Circumstance" (2011), directed by Maryam Keshavarz (France/Iran), runs 107 minutes. Showing at 4 pm Saturday, Aug. 27. Tickets cost $10.
A suspenseful tale of love and family upended by obsession and suspicion, this extremely provocative coming-of-age story cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture, where a young woman's most electrifying passions can become the most dangerous of secrets. The Audience Award winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Maryam Keshavarz's debut feature boldly takes filmgoers inside a modern Iran rarely witnessed by outsiders: an exhilarating, invisible realm of illicit nightclubs where young hipsters risk arrest, and their futures, as they experiment with sex, drugs and defiance, all while trying to evade the authorities. Starring Nikohl Boosheri and Sarah Kazemy.
The Festival Spotlight will shine on "Gun Hill Road" (2011), directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green, runs 88 minutes. Showing at 6 pm Saturday, Aug. 27. Tickets cost $10.
Fresh from the Sundance Film Festival! After three years in prison, macho Enrique (Esai Morales) returns to the Bronx to find the world he once knew has turned upside down. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (newcomer Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique’s grasp and understanding. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isaiah Whitlock Jr.), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom.
"Gun Hill Road" is paired with "Unimaginable" (2010), directed by Rod Guajardo, running 21 minutes. Explores domestic violence within a same-sex relationship asking the ultimate question, How much does love have to hurt before it is not love?
"The Wish Makers Of West Hollywood" (2011), directed by David Grotell, runs 88 minutes. Showing at 8:15 pm Saturday, Aug. 27. Tickets cost $10.
An homage to the 1954 classic "Three Coins In A Fountain." This comedic film charts the journey of three men (recent FilmOut Comedy Benefit comedian Justin Martindale, Ari Sorrentino and Ara Thorose) finding love in West Hollywood with aspirations to fulfill their dreams and aspirations, during a summer which will change their lives. In a world of You Tube celebrities, unemployment, downward mobility, and socializing through Facebook, they make a wish in a fountain to find love, fame, and transcendence. Will any of them do it? With the always fantastic Oscar nominated (Anna) Sally Kirkland!
"The Wish Makers Of West Hollywood" is paired with "Speed Dating" (2011), directed by Brian Evans and Mary Niederkorn, running 4 minutes. Story about an imaginative woman finding the man of her dreams in more ways than one.
"Deleted Scenes" (2010), directed by Todd Verow, runs 90 minutes. Showing at 10:15 pm Saturday, Aug. 27. Tickets cost $10.
Told through a series of deleted scenes, this edgy, sexy, fragmented film is filled with hot men who are not afraid to show their skin, this film is a tale of love, passion and dysfunction. When 30-something Sean (Michael Vaccaro) meets Eastern European immigrant Wolf (Ivica Kovacevic), sparks fly. They return to Sean’s apartment and begin an intense sexual affair. Wolf is easy going, turning tricks to supplement his living, while Sean is needy, talkative and neurotic. Creating a stable relationship is fraught with problems. With Wolf disappearing for hours at a time and Sean doing drugs the two of them seem to be headed down a path of destruction.
FilmOut San Diego’s 13th annual LGBT Film Festival will concludes Aug. 26-28.
Almost 60 films and shorts will be shown at the historical Birch North Park Theatre.
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A festival pass for the three remaining days of the festival is only $50 and includes the Closing Night party at Urbn Coal Fired Pizza in North Park.