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SAN DIEGO – Today is Day 5 of FilmOut San Diego’s 15th annual LGBT Film Festival, which concludes tonight with a Closing Night Party in the lobby between Birch North Park Theatre and West Coast Tavern.

Special celebrity guest today will be Booboo Stewart of "Twilight Fame," who is the star of "White Frog" screening at 4:30 pm. Stewart just flew home to California from Canada, where he is filming "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" and playing the role of James Proudstar/Warpath. Stewart will join "White Frog" director Quentin Lee and others from the movie during the Q&A session.

The first film of the day, "Submerge" (directed by Sophie O'Connor of Australia), starts at noon. The festival closes tonight 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 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 will be from 9 to 10:30 pm," longtime FilmOut programming director Michael McQuiggan said. "'I Am Divine' is the Closing Night film, and the after-party will provide two complimentary drinks along with hors d'ouevres, all for the low price of $15."

Saturday night, FilmOut San Diego set an attendance record with the showing of the James Franco-Travis Mathews director documentary, "Interior. Leather Bar." The board gives a shout-out to the Fetish Men of San Diego for helping to make the movie a near-sellout in the 750-seat theater.

By the time the festival closes, 35 feature films and shorts will have been shown. 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. Q&A sessions will be held today after "Out In The Dark," "White Frog" and "I Am Divine."

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 or at the box office. Today's hottest-selling ticket is for "I Am Divine."


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.


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