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Ultimate guide to 2013 FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival | VIDEO

SAN DIEGO -- As part of its 15th anniversary celebration, FilmOut San Diego today announced the 35 feature films and shorts that will be shown at the LGBT Film Festival from May 29 to June 2 at the historic Birch North Park Theater.

FilmOut San Diego's LGBT Film Festival is one of the most popular LGBT film festivals in the United States and typically draws moviemakers and stars to America's Finest City to attend the screenings of their movies and to speak during the Q&A sessions with FilmOut audiences.

The 2013 festival highlights include one world premiere, two U.S. premieres, 12 West Coast premieres and two California premieres.

Director Darren Stein's comedy "G.B.F." (standing for Gay Best Friend) will be the Opening Night selection on Wednesday, May 29, making its West Coast premiere. Think "Glee" but more edgy and more outrageous. "Will and Grace" scene-stealer Megan Mullally has a supporting role as the mother of one of the two gay boys in the movie. Two short films, director Dave Scala's Grotto" and director Douglas Horn's “Coffee & Pie,” will be shown ahead of the feature.

"The Opening Night Party, from 10 pm to midnight, will be held for the second consecutive year across the street at the Claire de Lune Sunset Temple," said Michael McQuiggan, programming director for FilmOut. "The space is one of the best-kept secrets in North Park! We will have 10 to 12 food vendors from the San Diego community that will provide delicious concoctions from their menus and the liquor sponsor will be Smirnoff - and there will also be product supplied by Stella Artois.

"The party will enable patrons to mingle with the filmmakers/cast from the Opening Night film 'G.B.F.' and to enjoy a film and party all for the low price of $20/$25," he said.

The quality of film submissions this year was spectacular, McQuiggan said.

"We had over 275 submissions this year for consideration," he said. "We actually had to turn several worthy features away, since we are only a five-day film festival this year. However, since we do a monthly screening as well, the July and August monthly screenings will feature films that we wanted to include in the festival, but to make room for premieres had to push them back a couple of months."

The festival closes on Sunday, June 2, with the screening of director Jeffrey Schwarz's “I Am Divine,” which is getting its California premiere in San Diego. The biographical portrait of the most famous drag superstar (sorry, RuPaul) includes interviews with Divine's muse, John Waters, and the legion of cult legends who worked with him, ranging from Ricki Lake to Mink Stole.

FilmOut will honor the late Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, with a posthumous award after the screening of "I Am Divine."

"The Closing Night Party, from 9 to 10:30 pm, will be held in the upper lobby of the Birch North Park Theatre's in-house restaurant/bar West Coast Tavern," McQuiggan said. "'I Am Divine' is the Closing Night film and complimentary and drink specials along with hors d'ouevres will be provided all for the low price of $15."

Festival tickets are now on sale at the FilmOut San Diego website HERE.

The Ultimate Guide and descriptions that followed are provided by FilmOut.


Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 pm - OPENING NIGHT
Co-presented by CICA

“G.B.F.” (2013), directed by Darren Stein, 94 minutes, U.S.
West Coast premiere

Social warfare erupts in this edgy, outrageous comedy set in a suburban high school when the school’s powerful “Clique Queens” (Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen, Xosha Roquemore) try to turn Tanner (Michael J. Willett) and Brent (Paul Iacono), two closeted gay teenagers, into the must-have social accessory of the year: The Gay Best Friend [“G.B.F.”]. As the girls fight for the edge to make them most popular, the boys deal with dysfunctional parents, down-low jocks and horny Mormons, culminating in a school prom that will blow the top off their town. With Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, Rebecca Gayheart and Jonathan Silverman.

* Shown with “Grotto” (2012), directed by Dave Scala, 7 minutes, U.S.
West Coast premiere

A 20-year-old boy returns to his hometown after a year of big changes away at school.

* Shown with “Coffee & Pie” (2011), directed by Douglas Horn, 15 minutes, U.S.

An anti-romantic comedy about a lesbian couple who must come to terms with the fact that theirs is a love that could never be.


Thursday, May 30 – 5 pm
Sponsored by Stella Artois
Co-presented by The Old Globe, Wells Fargo Bank and La Jolla Playhouse

“Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait Of James Dean” (2012), directed by Matthew Mishory, 93 minutes, USA.

An intimate portrait of James Dean on the cusp of achieving notoriety as both a great actor and an American icon. This film presents a side of James Dean seldom seen. Aware of his own potential to be legendary, he is at once childlike and world-weary; a brute and a romantic; an intellectual and an Indiana shit-kicker; a playboy and a man of great sensitivity. An unflinching and honest exploration of Dean’s complicated sexuality and formative relationships.

Thursday, May 30 – 7 pm
Sponsored by Stella Artois
Co-presented by Roberts Electric Service

“I Do” (2012), directed by Glenn Gaylord, 91 minutes, U.S.

A romantic drama about a complicated love triangle. To stay in the U.S., gay Brit Jack (David W. Ross, who also wrote the screenplay) convinces his lesbian best friend Ali (Jamie Lynn-Sigler) to marry him. Things get messy when he falls for a sexy Spanish architect (Maurice Compte) while his commitment to his brother's widow (Alicia Witt) complicates his decision either to stay or to follow his lover.

* Shown with “Sabbatical” (2012), directed by Glenn Kiser, 12 minutes, U.S.

Phillip and Sam grapple with the concept of taking time apart from each other and dealing with the consequences of coming back together after a mutually agreed-upon separation.

Thursday, May 30 – 9:30 pm
Sponsored by Stella Artois
Co-presented by SDLFF and American Institute of Bisexuality

“Angels Of Sex” (2012), directed by Xavier Villaverde, 105 minutes, Spain/Brazil

Struggling martial artist and dancer Bruno (Llorenz Gonzalez) loves his girlfriend Carla (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), but when he meets fellow dancer Rai (Alvaro Cervantes), serious sparks begin to fly, opening the couple up to new possibilities. A new generation navigates sexual fluidity, torn affections, and open relationships in this steamy love triangle. But once Bruno's clandestine encounters with Rai are revealed, a confused and hurt Carla kicks him out. But she simply doesn't want to give up on her love. Eventually, she agrees that Bruno can date them both as long as he keeps his life with Rai relatively separate.

* Shown with “Undress Me” (2012), directed by Victor Lindgren, 15 minutes, Sweden
U.S. premiere

Mikaela changed sex from male to female. One night out she meets a guy who follows her home. The film examines our perceptions of gender and how our identity can be formed by the perceptions of others.


Friday, May 31 – 5 pm
Sponsored by Gay San Diego
Co-presented by Merrill Lynch

“Raid Of The Rainbow Lounge” (2012), directed by Robert L. Camina, 103 minutes, U.S.

A full-length documentary film recounting the events surrounding the widely publicized and controversial raid of a Fort Worth, Texas gay bar in 2009. Following a sordid aftermath, Fort Worth would become a leader in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) equality. However, that journey was not smooth and without controversies. Witness history unfolds as the film documents that journey from the perspective of eyewitnesses, activists and politicians who helped change the city. (Narrated by television icon and Emmy-nominated actress, Meredith Baxter).

Friday, May 31 – 7:30 pm – BOYS CENTERPIECE
Sponsored by Gay San Diego
Co-presented by Ascent Real Estate: Ron Oster, Josh Bottfeld and David Yoder

“Love Or Whatever” (2012) directed by Rosser Goodman, 84 minutes, U.S.

Corey (Tyler Poelle) had it all — a successful career, a sister (Jennifer Elise Cox) who's his best friend and most of all, a bright future with his boyfriend (David Wilson Page). But, when the boyfriend dumps him for a woman, Corey sets off on a wild journey of self-discovery that leads him to new love (Joel Rush) and a life-changing choice.

* Shown with “P.D.A.” (2012), directed by Patrick Hancock, 7 minutes, U.S.
West Coast premiere

This comedy centers around an urban gay couple who are comically disputing their very different views on holding hands in public, leading to a much bigger exploration of their relationship and more. Also features a quirky original theme song by 1980s pop icon Debbie Gibson, composed specifically for the film.

* Shown with “Dirty Talk” (2012), directed by Jeff Sumner, 12 minutes, U.S.

Nathan, a conservative English teacher, tells his best friend Zach about a one-night stand with a hot Latin man who loves to talk dirty in this short comedy.

Friday, May 31 – 10 pm – AUDIENCE SPOTLIGHT. Ages 18 and older.
Sponsored by Gay San Diego
Co-presented by Urban Mo’s, Baja Betty’s, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Gossip Grill

“The Go Doc Project” (2013), directed by Cory James Krueckeberg, 91 minutes, U.S
West Coast premiere

From the creators of the hit musical "Were The World Mine" comes "The Go Doc Project." Too shy to make a proper introduction, a recent college grad (Tanner Cohen) devises to make a documentary film about the NYC nightlife scene in order to meet the go-go guy (Matthew Camp) he’s cyber-obsessed with. Camera in hand, he follows his subject across the city: into restaurants and bars, onto rooftops and dance floors and ultimately into living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms. “The Go Doc Project” is a hybrid of documentary, narrative and art film forms. It’s a fast, fleeting summer fling in the city. It’s about obsession and love. It’s a young man’s graphic self-exploration as he determines what is right for his own future.

* Shown with “Chaser” (2012), directed by Sal Bardo, 15 minutes, U.S.
West Coast premiere

Alienated from his conservative Jewish family and community, a promising young, gay schoolteacher seeks solace in New York City's barebacking scene.


Saturday, June 1 – noon
Sponsored by ABC10/Azteca America
Co-presented by Blade, Do It In San Diego

“Naked As We Came” (2012), directed by Richard LeMay, 84 minutes, U.S.

After an unexpected phone call, Laura (Karmine Alers) and her brother Elliott (Ryan Vigilant) rush to their family’s country estate to find their mother, Lilly (S. Lue McWilliams), gravely ill and living with a handsome young stranger named Ted (Sturgis Adams). Estranged for some time, the mother sends Laura and Elliott on a path to realizing where their own lives have gone wrong. Lilly, on the other hand, has mellowed from the controlling woman she once was and is hoping to pass on some wisdom to her children. The children find themselves dealing with their own feelings of resentment and broken dreams while trying to figure out how Ted fits into their mother’s life … but Ted has a secret of his own.

* Shown with “Daniël” (2013), directed by Vincent Fitz-Jim, 8 minutes, The Netherlands
West Coast premiere

A poetic film tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage boy who finds first love on a beautiful summer day. The boy meets a girl but finds himself attracted to her brother as they swim in the lake. A tender love story evolves.

Saturday, June 1 – 2:15 pm – GIRLS CENTERPIECE
Sponsored by ABC10/Azteca America
Co-presented by FlawLes

“Margarita” (2012), directed by Dominique Cardona & Laurie Colbert, 90 minutes, Canada

A dramatic comedy about a Mexican maid, Margarita — the titular character (Nicola Correia-Damude) — illegally working in Canada for a posh couple, Ben and Gail (Patrick McKenna, Claire Lautier) and their tenacious teenage daughter, Mali (Maya Ritter). A mainstay in the household for years, Margarita has essentially become a part of the family. Already overwhelmed in a tumultuous relationship with her girlfriend Jane (Christine Horne), Margarita’s problems are compounded when Ben and Gail, swamped with debt and liberal guilt, are forced to fire her. As Margarita struggles to put her life back into perspective, both she and the family she works for start to realize the gravity of the situation, resulting in a potent cocktail of heart, humor and humanity.

Trailer is not yet available.

* Shown with “Polaroid Girl” (2012), directed by April Maxey, 17 minutes, U.S.

A timid, young photographer discovers her inner strength after connecting with a woman who runs an eclectic camera shop.

Saturday, June 1 – 4:30 pm
Sponsored by ABC10/Azteca America
Co-presented by Randall & James/Richard Woods Real Estate

“Pit Stop” (2013), directed by Yen Tan, 80 minutes, USA.
California premiere – official Sundance selection

"Pit Stop" takes a subtle and eloquent approach in telling the parallel stories of two gay men in a small Texas town. Gabe (Bill Heck), a contractor who’s getting over an ill-fated affair with a married man, finds solace in the relationship he still harbors with his ex-wife, Shannon (Amy Seimetz), and their daughter, Cindy. Ernesto (Marcus DeAnda), a Hispanic lumber yard worker in the midst of splitting up with his live-in boyfriend, Luis (Alfredo Maduro), receives news that his former love is in a coma complicating their relationship. Struggles and heartbreaks abound as Gabe and Ernesto meet for a one-night stand and face the possibility they actually might be meant for each other.

PIT STOP (Clip) from Yen Tan on Vimeo.

* Shown with “Prora” (2012), directed by Stephane Riethauser 23 minutes, Switzerland/Germany

Prora, a deserted former Nazi holiday camp and communist military complex on the Baltic Sea, finds teenagers Jan and Matthieu embarking on an adventure that confronts their identities and puts their friendship at risk.

Saturday, June 1 – 7 pm – FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT
Sponsored by ABC10/Azteca America
Co-presented by LIVE and Rage magazines

“Meth Head” (2013), directed by Jane Clark, 107 minutes, U.S.
West Coast premiere

Kyle Peoples (Lukas Haas) never wanted to be the man he has become in his 30s - stuck in a dead end job, engaged to a lover (Wilson Cruz) who is more successful than he and burdened with a family that doesn't understand him. When an innocent night of partying leads to a new family of friends and fun, Kyle sees an opportunity to escape from his former reality. But Kyle's new friendship with Maia (Necar Zadegan) and Dusty (Blake Berris), and their love of crystal meth, eventually cost Kyle everything - his job, his lover and his family. Kyle's escape quickly becomes a trap of desperation and prostitution as they search for their next hit. Taking a toll both physically and mentally, Kyle is forced to choose between life or meth. With Theo Rossi, John W. McLaughlin and Candis Cayne.

* Shown with “T Is For Twig” (2011), directed by Judson Scott, 5 minutes, U.S.
West Coast premiere

Two women go for a hike in the woods with a shocking and unexpected outcome.

* Shown with “It’s Consuming Me” (2012), directed by Kai Staenicke, 4 minutes, Germany

Caught in the mindset of what could have been, a man contemplates and recollects his former relationship… verging on the edge of obsession.

Saturday, June 1 – 10 pm – AGES 18 AND OLDER
Sponsored by ABC10/Azteca America
Co-presented by Micky’s West Hollywood, GayTravel.com and FetishMenSanDiego

“Interior. Leather Bar.” (2013), directed by James Franco & Travis Mathews, 60 minutes, U.S.

California premiere – official Sundance selection

The 1980 film “Cruising” (starring Al Pacino as an undercover cop investigating a murder in the NYC gay leather bar scene) was plagued with controversy, and its director was forced by the MPAA to cut 40 minutes of sexually explicit material. Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews set out to reimagine what might have transpired in those lost scenes in this documentary-style film about the making of a film. The cameras roll as Franco and Mathews assemble a mix of gay and straight men, focusing on the actor (Val Lauren) who portrays Al Pacino. What emerges is a portrait of the fascinating dynamics that drive the filmmakers’ need to challenge normalcy, the interplay of celebrity and experimentation and the dilemma faced by actors struggling with the idea of performing in a sexually explicit, gay, S&M film. The result is a provocative exploration of a radical and transgressive society and its importance to challenge us with new and unconventional ideas.

INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. trailer from Travis Mathews on Vimeo.

* Shown with “Leather And Grace” (2012), directed by Fernando Garcia and Anthony Diaz, 3 minutes, U.S.
West Coast premiere

San Diego filmmakers present their latest music video starring a who’s who from the local LGBT community!

* Shown with “Ritual” (2011), directed by Jörg Fockele, 5 minutes, U.S.

An HIV-positive man's moving, ecstatic and electrifying journey of letting go of fear, doubt and self-hate through the ancient tradition of hook suspension.

* Shown with “Adults Only” (2012), directed by Michael J. Saul, 26 minutes, U.S.
West Coast premiere

Visions of a past relationship leave Matthew (Heath Daniels) broken and isolated until an intimate encounter in a porn arcade opens a peephole to unexpected possibilities.


Sunday, June 2 – noon.
Sponsored by SDGLN and SDPIX
Co-presented by Union Bank, FlawLes, Morrison & Foerster, and Manchester Hyatt

“Submerge” (2012), directed by Sophie O’Connor, 97 minutes, Australia
West Coast premiere

A quintessential Gen Y story, this film explores the pressures put on a young woman to make her mark on the world while juggling the competing demands of family, peers and the belief that she can have it all. For Jordan (Lily Hall), university life brings the promise of new experiences and a chance to break away from her family’s pressure to pursue her burgeoning career as an elite swimmer. Through her newly discovered love of history and romantic involvement with her academic tutor, Angie (Christina Hallett), it opens her eyes to the possibility of a new life path. However, struggling with complications from her liaison, Jordan begins to spiral into a cycle of self-destruction as she is introduced into the subculture of fetish nightclubs and anonymous sex. Her search for answers ultimately come from her own ability to understand that only through submission can she reclaim the control needed to fight her fear of rejection and failure.

Sponsored by SDGLN and SDPIX
Co-presented by SDJFF and Family Health Centers of San Diego

“Out In The Dark” (2012), directed by Michael Mayer, 96 minutes, Israel/U.S./Occupied Palestinian Territory

Nimer (Nicholas Jacob), a Palestinian student, is dreaming of a better life abroad. One fateful night he meets Roy (Michael Aloni), an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love. As their relationship deepens, Nimer is confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept him for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality. When his close friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the West Bank where he is brutally murdered, Nimer must choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy.

* Shown with “The Wilding” (2012), directed by Grant Scicluna, 15 minutes, Australia

When juvenile inmate Malcolm is offered a chance of parole, he is torn between his freedom and protecting the one he loves.

Sunday, June 2 – 4:30 pm
Sponsored by SDGLN and SDPIX
Co-presented by SDAFF and Ivan Solis

“White Frog” (2012), directed by Quentin Lee, 93 minutes, U.S.

After the death of his popular brother Chaz (Harry Shum Jr.), Nick (Booboo Stewart), who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, struggles to carry on. However Chaz’s best friend Randy, (Gregg Sulkin), takes Nick under his wing. As Chaz’s family discovers their deceased son’s secret life, they are forced to reconcile with the boy they thought they knew with the man he really was. Starring Booboo Stewart (“The Twilight Saga”), Joan Chen (“Twin Peaks”), BD Wong (“Law & Order: Special Victims Uni”t), Harry Shum Jr. (“Glee”), Gregg Sulkin (“Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Melissa & Joey”), Kelly Hu (“X2”and “ The Vampire Diaries”) and Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”).

* Shown with “For Rent” (2012), directed by Wes Culwell, 4 minutes, U.S.
World premiere

An inquiry for an apartment rental becomes an unexpected event for one and a calculated plan for the other.

Sunday, June 2 – 7 pm – CLOSING NIGHT
Sponsored by SDGLN and SDPIX
Co-presented by CICA and Imperial Court

“I Am Divine” (2013), directed by JEFFREY SCHWARZ, 85 minutes , U.S.
California premiere

“I Am Devine” is the story of Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead) following his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased, Baltimore youth to an internationally-recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality and in the process revolutionized pop culture. “I Am Divine” is a definitive and entertaining biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon’s rise to infamy, juxtaposed with his emotional complexity and insecurity during the process. Featuring: John Waters, Ricki Lake, Jackie Beat, Sue Lowe, Bebe Zahara Benet, Frances Milstead, David Decoteau, Pat Moran, Dennis Dermody, Michael Musto, Brian Entler (“Lady Bear”), John Epperson (“Lypsinka”), Mink Stole and many more!

I AM DIVINE - Teaser from Jeffrey Schwarz on Vimeo.

* Shown with “Cold Star” (2012), directed by Kai Staenicke, 7 minutes, Germany

A boy experiences new desires while watching a mysterious man at an indoor swimming pool. Forced up
a diving platform by his rowdy friends, he receives unexpected help, which in turn unleashes his friend’s
own inhibitions.

* Shown with “The Divine Decadence Of Cheesecake” (2012), directed by Peter Savieri, 13 minutes, Australia

“Golden Girls” fanatic Ash Flanders is split in two: the more feminine and indolent Ashleigh, and the slightly masculine and elegant Ash. In a desperate hope to connect his two sides, Ashleigh reads a letter detailing an account of old friends Blanche and Dorothy spending an unexpected erotic afternoon together.

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 888-442-9639, ext. 713.