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FilmOut: Final day of movies caps off TONIGHT with world premiere of "Nate & Margaret"

SAN DIEGO -- The world premiere of "Nate & Margaret" will bring to a close FilmOut San Diego's 14th annual LGBT Film Festival, capping off an outstanding lineup of films that are on tap today, starting at noon.

Don't forget the Closing Night Party, which this year will be held in the lobby between the Birch North Park Theatre and West Coast Tavern, which is hosting the farewell event.

Filmmakers planning to attend the festival today include Francisco Lupini, director of "To Suffer Like Fingers That Don't Bleed" and "The Empty Nest" that make up Best Of Latino Shorts; and Nathan Adloff, director of "Nate & Margaret."

No doubt Adloff is full of emotions today as his film gets its first viewing in front of an audience. Adloff told San Diego Gay & Lesbian News that he showed a rough-cut of the movie last year for a test audience. "The response was tremendously positive!" he said in the SDGLN.com interview.

Tyler Ross and Natalie West star in this quirky buddy movie about a 19-year-old gay kid who befriends a 52-year-old straight woman who aspires to be a stand-up comic.

Fans of German cinema are urged to see "Romeos" and "Men To Kiss" to see two entirely different styles of filmmaking. Sabine Bernardi crafts a sexy but compelling story about a 20-year-old girl named Lukas (Rick Okon) who is transitioning into a boy. Lukas begins going out to Cologne's hot gay nightclubs, where he meets a cocky and confident Fabio (Maximilan Befort). Lukas and Fabio fall in love, except Lukas' big secret will test their romance in not certain terms. There is a breathtaking moment in the film when the issue to transgenderism is explained in such poignant terms that even a homophobe could finally understand what it feels like to be trapped in the wrong body.

On the other hand, "Men To Kiss" is hilarious, sexy and a bit wacky. The uber hot Frank Christian Marx stars in this delightful comedy set in Berlin, the gay capital of Europe.

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:


Sunday, June 3 – noon
Sponsored By: SD PIX and SDGLN
Co-presented by San Diego Latino Film Festival and LIVE Magazine

BEST OF LATINO SHORTS: Francisco Lupini films featuring Soledad Lopez
West Coast premieres

“To Suffer Like Fingers That Don’t Bleed” (2011), directed by Francisco Lupini, 36 minutes, Venezuela/Spain.

Acclaimed romance novelist Helena Martin reunites with her estranged mother, a famous film star who abandoned her 15 years ago, with plans of revealing she's written an autobiography about their scarred lives together.

“The Empty Nest” (2012), directed by Francisco Lupini, 24 minutes, Venezuela/Spain.

A sex therapist embarks on a mission to reconnect with her angsty son after discovering his troubles may stem from the huge problem tucked inside his trousers.

Tickets are $5.

Sunday, June 3 – 1:15 pm
Sponsored by SD PIX and SDGLN
Co-presented by CEVA and Micky’s West Hollywood

“Romeo’s” (2011), directed by Sabine Bernardi, 94 minutes, Germany.

Lukas (Rick Okon), 20, is a prisoner in his own body. As a pre-op transgendered person, he is constantly finding himself trapped in uncomfortable, compromising positions. His best friend, Ine (Liv Lisa Fries) introduces him to the gay scene in Cologne where he meets the confident and gorgeous, Fabio (Maximilan Befort). The two develop a romantic relationship that tests the boundaries of love. Romeo’s forgoes stereotypes and conventions to offer an honest and humorous examination of the most basic of human conditions: friendship, sex, and love.

Sunday, June 3 – 3 pm
Sponsored by SD PIX and SDGLN
Co-presented by San Diego Asian Film Festival

Speechless (2012), directed by Simon Chung, 92 minutes, China
West Coast premiere

In a remote part of Southern China, a mysterious Westerner (Pierre-Matthieu Vital) appears on a riverbank, completely naked. Taken to the police station and afterwards to the hospital, he refuses to speak. While the doctors soon resign, the hospital’s orderly, Jiang (Gao Qilun), befriends the stranger. When Jiang learns that the Westerner is about to be transferred to a mental asylum, he decides to rescue him and takes him to his uncle’s village. There, he accidentally discovers a secret past that provides a key to the mysterious stranger’s past.

Sunday, June 3 – 4:45 pm
Sponsored by SD PIX and SDGLN
Co-presented by FlawLes

“Jamie & Jesse Are Not Together” (2011), directed by Wendy Jo Carlton, 96 minutes, USA.

This is Carlton’s second directorial effort after last year’s FilmOut favorite “Hannah Free.” Jamie (Jacqui Jackson) is moving from Chicago to New York in two weeks, hoping to become a Broadway actress. Her best friend Jessica (Jessica London-Shields) is bummed, because she thinks she is in love with Jamie. As moving day gets closer, Jessica tries to make Jamie jealous by dating other women. But Jessica’s plan backfires, in a way she could never imagine. This wonderfully performed romantic comedy (with musical numbers) is a sexy, entertaining romp with broad appeal, exploring universal themes of jealousy, insecurity, and falling in (and out) of love.

Sunday, June 3 – 6:30pm
Sponsored by SD PIX and SDGLN
Co-presented by Roberts Electric Service

“Men To Kiss” (2012), directed by Frank Christian Marx, 83 minutes, Germany.
West Coast premiere

Colorful balloon dresses, long party nights in Berlin’s trendy clubs and erotic evenings on the dining table – this is the chaotic relationship of the unequal couple of Ernst (Marx) and Tobias (Udo Lutz). Though opposites attract, respectable banker Ernst is often unsure, whether bubbly and always cheerful Tobias takes their relationship as seriously as he does. Soon they rise to a challenge of every relationship: everyday living together and mutual trust. The sudden appearance of Uta (Alexandra Starnitzky), Ernst’s eccentric school friend, fundamentally changes their relationship. Uta forges out a scheming plan, which Ernst completely falls for. Together with his friends, Tobias spares no efforts to checkmate the unwelcome guest as soon as possible – and sets events in motion that increasingly get out of control. This entertaining comedy about love, friendship and Berlin, full of vivid dialogues and emotional moments, that captivates the viewer with its taking characters from the first minutes on.

Sunday, June 3 – 8:15pm – CLOSING NIGHT
Sponsored by SD PIX and SDGLN
Co-presented by CICA

“Nate & Margaret” (2012), directed by Nathan Adloff, 80 minutes, USA
World premiere

Nate is 19, an aspiring filmmaker. Margaret is 52, an aspiring stand-up comedian. Their quirky friendship is put to a test when Nate reveals to his spinster friend that he has his first boyfriend. Tyler Ross plays Nate and Natalie West plays Margaret.

Closing Night Party

The Closing Night Party will be in the lobby between North Park Theatre and West Coast Tavern. The restaurant and bar will provide complimentary food.

Tickets for the Closing Night film cost $10, and the Closing Night Party is free.

Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to (877) 727-5446, ext. 713.