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FilmOut: What's showing on Day 4 of LGBT Film Festival | VIDEO

SAN DIEGO – Today is Day 4 of FilmOut San Diego’s 15th annual LGBT Film Festival, and there is one day left after this.

Thirty-five feature films and shorts are being shown at the LGBT Film Festival, which concludes Sunday, June 2 at the historic Birch North Park Theater.

Today's hottest ticket is "Interior. Leather Bar." co-directed by James Franco and Travis Mathews. The 60-minute film is paired with three shorts, "Leather And Grace," "Ritual" and "Adults Only." The Fetish Men of San Diego are co-presenting the screening, and the leather and fetish community has been snapping up tickets like mad. Because of the adult content, admission is limited to those 18 and older.

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. After the first three days of the 15th annual festival, organizers say that this year's attendance is outstanding and is en route to shatter box office records.

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

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


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.

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.


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