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FilmOut: Day 4 kicks off at NOON with weekend crammed with great movies

SAN DIEGO -- Starting at noon today and Sunday, FilmOut San Diego's 14th annual LGBT Film Festival kicks off a full weekend packed with short films and full-length movies that will please just about everyone's movie tastes.

Dozens of movies will unspool at the historic Birch North Park Theatre, which has been buzzing since Opening Night on Wednesday with film fans and filmmakers chatting it up in the spacious lobby, meeting at the crowded bar at the attached West Coast Tavern, or perhaps by happenstance while exploring the hip and trendy neighborhood of North Park.

Arriving early at the festival was Steven Tylor O'Connor, director of the short film "A Fairy Tale." His movie will be part of the "Best of LGBT Shorts," which will be shown at noon today. He spent the entire day and evening at the Birch, making friends out of strangers, such as Davey Wavey of GayTravel.com travel blog fame.

The vibe of the festival has been electrifying, according to FilmOut staff and board members. The feedback from the filmmakers has been nothing but positive.

Rolla Selback, director of the Girls Centerpiece selection "Three Veils," flew into San Diego on Saturday night to speak at the Q&A after her remarkable film was shown. Selback thanked San Diego Gay & Lesbian News for the feature story published on May 24, and marveled at the venue.

"I've shown my film at many festivals already, but this by far is the most wonderful one yet," Selback said.

The FilmOut audience was fascinated by the unique perspective of the film, which looks at how women's and lesbian rights are trampled in the Muslim community that otherwise boasts of a rich and vibrant culture. In her film, she intertwines the lives of three Muslim women and how they react to the strict patriarchal society even here in Southern California.

Sandon Berg -- executive producer, producer and writer for "Morgan," the Boys Centerpiece -- also held a Q&A with the audience, which I led. Berg told SDGLN that the Birch is a great place to see a movie.

The details

What: 14th annual LGBT Film Festival

Where: Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

Tickets: $10. Order online HERE.

Here is what is on tap for today at FilmOut:


Saturday, June 2 – noon
Sponsored by ABC-10/Azteca America
Co-presented by GSDBA and Ivan Solis/ Lawyer’s Title


“33 Teeth” (2011), directed by Evan Roberts, 7 minutes, USA.
West Coast premiere

Eddie is a hormonal 14-year-old boy living alone with his mother in the suburbs. One day after school, he accidentally spies on his attractive older neighbor, Chad, as he steps out of the shower …

“Under Pressure” (2011), directed by Kate Lefoe, 6 minutes, Australia.
West Coast premiere

When gunshots ring out at school, library geek Alex finds herself hiding with popular girl Ruby, Alex's secret crush. Will Alex find the courage to reveal her true desire amid the overwhelming fear and confusion?

“Gaysian Dream” (2011), directed by Bernie Espinosa and Rod Andrada, 9 minutes, USA.

In this Glee-inspired musical short, a gay Asian boy, AndyMike, discovers an antique box while house sitting for his friend, Mark. The box contains a magical DVD that transports AndyMike into the dreamlike world of seven sassy Asian drag queens known as 'The Gaysians'.

“Ms. Thing” (2012), directed by Karen X. Tulchinsky, 7 minutes, Canada.

Jill, an emotionally volatile urban lesbian who is looking for love in all the wrong places until unexpectedly, she finds total fulfillment in an unusual package. And, she is not alone. The craze she discovers is revolutionizing lesbian communities across the nation.

“Smart Phone” (2012), directed by Paul Mathieu, 9 minutes, USA.

Story of one man's obsessive relationship with the latest love of his life, his new phone. Man + Mobile = Heartbreak.

“Poker Face” (2011), directed by Becky Lane, 13min, USA.

A rowdy “girls' night out” poker game takes a turn when a woman receives a call from relatives about a death in her estranged family. Secrets are revealed and intimate friendships are called into question as the group comes to terms with seeing a friend in a new light.

“Andie” (2011), directed by Paul Baker, 7 minutes, USA.
World premiere

Andrew is a young boy who loves his doll. He is happy being himself, but his mother and kids at summer camp are uncomfortable with it. Will Andrew have to give up his doll?

“Clubscene: The Under-Ager” (2011), directed by Adriano Valentini, 10 minutes, Canada.

After a night of clubbing, under-ager Murray asks his older buddy, Gabe, for some advice.

“A Fairy Tale” (2011), directed by Steven Tylor O’Connor, 10 minutes USA.
West Coast premiere

A story of Jack and Jill on the night of their senior Prom. When Jill goes to the prom with Price Charming, she leaves her brother all alone. Suddenly, Jack's sassy, drag queen, fairy godmother shows up to save the day. She whisks him away to the prom to meet his own prince charming and finally have a happy ending.

“Hardwood Throughout” (2012), directed by Greg Ivan Smith, 7 minutes, USA.
West Coast premiere

A Realtor tries her best to hide an embarrassing secret from her client while showing an important home.

“Do You Have A Cat?” (2012), directed by Jason Sax, 10 minutes, USA.
World premiere

Most women have dozens of dating standards. Marissa (Samantha Sloyan) has one: You cannot, cannot own a cat. Violently allergic, she falls from feline-infested beds to dander-infused couches, looking for a love that won't leave her snot-nosed and sniffling. Getting more and more fed up, she turns to her best friend (Amber Benson) for advice, but she's at the end of her rope. Will she find Mr. or Ms. Right before her face explodes?

“Half Share” (2011), directed by Jesse Archer & Sean Hanley, 28 minutes, USA.

Half-Share? Quarter-Share? Men who impersonate Cher? The gays on Fire Island speak a different lingo and for a newcomer like Mac, it's way more than a mouthful! Practically heterosexual and fresh out of a fourteen-year relationship, Mac packs his Birkenstocks and his emotional baggage for a summer share. What he envisions as relaxing, reflective beach-time turns into high camp hysteria after Mac’s eccentric housemates take a fish out of water and fling him headfirst into the glittery gay shark-pond! Starring gay comedians Jack Plotnick, Alec Mapa, Jeffrey Archer!

Saturday, June 2 – 2:30 pm
Sponsored by ABC-10/Azteca America
Co-presented by Pink Egg Media and Wells Fargo Bank

“Kiss Me” (2012), directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining, 105 minutes, Sweden.

This is a love story with a twist: two stepsisters-to-be fall in love, creating turmoil and heartbreak for everyone involved. The film pushes us into the unexpected — and for Mia, the film’s main character – the unexpected is exactly where she ends up. Beautifully shot, warmly humorous and boasting an excellent Swedish cast (Lena Endre, “Millenium”; Krister Henriksson, “Wallander”; Joakim Nätterqvist, “Arn the Knight Templar”; Tom Ljungman, “Patrik 1.5”) The film tells a strong probing story. It also features a fantastic soundtrack, including singer songwriter Jose Gonzales and Robyn.

With: “Connected” (2012), directed by Adam Marcus, 7 minutes, USA.
U.S. premiere

Unhappy in her marriage, Debra invites Michelle over for wine and advice. Soon, a comedy of misunderstandings ensues until true motives and feelings are brought to the surface. Is living a lie really living?

Saturday, June 2 – 4:30 pm
Sponsored by ABC-10/Azteca America
Co-presented by Pink Egg Media, Do It In Gay San Diego and BLADE Magazine

“Zenne Dancer” (2012), directed by M. Caner and Mehmet Binay, 104 minutes, Turkey.
West Coast premiere

This gorgeously shot, handsomely mounted, deeply moving film about an unusual trio: Daniel (“Giovanni Arvaneh”), a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values. Can (“Kerem Can”), a flamboyant, out and proud male belly dancer with lots of love and support from his family, and Ahmet (“Erkan Avci”) born to an eastern and conservative family whose quest for honesty and liberty results in a tragic end. The film has been inspired by the true story of Ahmet Yildiz, who was murdered for being gay at the age 26 by his own father in 2008.

With: “Bang Bang” (2012), directed by Raphael Lungo 20min, Belgium.
U.S. premiere

Amedea has a lot of thing for be happy. Amedea is rich. Amedea has a brother who is a fashion designer, Giorgio Vivarelli. Amedea loves Giorgio. Giorgio loves Jimmy. Amédéa is jealous. Amédéa wants to reconquer Giorgio with the help of Yves. Amédéa mixes reality and dreams. Amedea lives in a labyrinth. Can she find an issue?

Saturday, June 2 – 7 pm – FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT
Sponsored by ABC-10/Azteca America
Co-presented by Diversionary Theatre, The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse

“That’s What She Said” (2012), directed by Carrie Preston, 84 minutes, USA.

FilmOut favorite Carrie Preston (“True Blood,” “29th & Gay,” “Feet Of Clay,” “Ready? OK!”) returns with her second feature film fresh from Sundance. Bebe (Marcia DeBonis) is getting ready for the most romantic date of her life, and she needs her BFF (Anne Heche) there to cheer her on. Too bad about the whole bitter and jaded thing. And the clingy stranger with the bad habit (Alia Shawkat). And the rain. And the barf. And, oh yeah, the thing with the dildo. Friendship. It's amazing how hard it can get. Executive produced by local San Diegan’s James Vasquez and Mark Holmes (also of “29th & Gay,” “Ready? OK!”), This is sharply written and expertly cast.

With: “The Not So Subtle Subtext” (2010), directed bySarah Rotella, 6 minutes, Canada.
West Coast premiere

Explores the sub-textual nature of Xena and Gabrielle's relationship in the television series “Xena: Warrior Princess.

Saturday, June 2 – 9:30pm
Sponsored by ABC-10/Azteca America
Co-presented by RAGE

“The Endless Possibility Of Sky” (2012), directed by Todd Verow, 85 minutes, USA.
U.S. premiere

Sex and drugs-getting hooked and getting off –can be addicting. For Drew (Brad Hallowell), eking out a mundane life in Waterville, Maine, it is resisting the illicit pleasure in New York; for Mistress Datina, Philly, it means operating a sex and drug den to cope with her life. In his visually and sexually stimulating film, director Verow introduces multiple characters and overlapping narratives that portray the physical and emotional faces of addiction. For Rob (newcomer Rob Ordonez), drugs and sex are means of finding a bed to sleep in every night - while they provide Christian (Michael Vaccaro) a means of dealing with his helplessness and loss. A writer records these characters and their unforgettable stories. The themes are universal, but the possibilities are endless.

With: “Bug Chaser” (2012), directed by: Ian Wolfley, 19 minutes, USA.
West Coast premiere

Nathan's one-night stand ends abruptly when his date finds an alarming growth on his body. As it rapidly gets larger, Nathan gets sicker. He looks to alcohol, the Internet, and a needle for help, but to no avail. Drunk and desperate, Nathan finally reaches out to an unlikely source: a former hook-up, a nurse, who can't believe what he sees.