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First look at #FilmOutSD 16th LGBT Film Festival

SAN DIEGO – “Boy Meets Girl,” a quirky and sweet coming-of-age romantic comedy, will be the Opening Night selection for FilmOut San Diego’s 16th annual LGBT Film Festival.

The slimmed-down 2014 festival will run from Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1 at the historic North Park Theatre in San Diego’s hip North Park neighborhood.

A total of 25 films will be screened during the festival, which has been shortened to three days in 2014 from five days in 2013 for the big blowout celebration of FilmOut’s milestone 15th anniversary.

Director Eric Shaeffer and “Boy Meets Girl” cast members are expected to attend Opening Night ceremonies and be available after the screening for a Q&A session with the audience. They will also attend the popular Opening Night Party at Claire de Lune’s Art Deco treasure, the Sunset Temple, just across the street from the North Park Theatre.

“Boy Meets Girl” stars Michelle Hendley as Ricky, a transgender girl from a tiny town in Kentucky whose lifelong best friend is Robby (Michael Welch of “Twilight” fame). Though Ricky comes from a humble background, she strikes a new friendship with Francesca (Alexandra Turshen), a wealthy debutante waiting for her handsome Marine fiancé to return home from Afghanistan. Sparks fly all around, jealousy erupts, and the plot twists like a hot pretzel.

The Closing Night film comes from Canada and will be having its U.S. premiere in San Diego.

“John Apple Jack,” directed by Monika Mitchell, stars Chris McNally as John, a handsome, philandering gay playboy whose life turns upside down after he learns his sister’s fiancé (Kent S. Leung) is his secret childhood crush. John’s family, which heads a restaurant empire in Vancouver, British Columbia, tires of his sexual antics and disowns him. Can turn mend his ways and find true love? Mitchell’s recipe mixes money, sex, love and family into a delightful adventure.

The Closing Night Party will be held after the Q&A session in the lobby between North Park Theatre and West Coast Tavern.

Other special screenings, all West Coast premieres

Boys Centerpiece: J.C. Calciano’s “The 10 Year Plan”

Girls Centerpiece: Kate Johnston & Shauna MacDonald’s “Tru Love”

Festival Spotlight: Bruce LaBruce’s “Gerontophilia”

International Spotlight: Tomasz Wasilweski’s “Floating Skyscrapers”

Official Sundance and Berlin Film Festival Selections: Hong Khaou’s “Lilting”

The details

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

Individual tickets are on sale as well as a VIP All-Access Pass ($125).

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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.

About FilmOut San Diego

FilmOut San Diego annually affirms the ongoing integrity and boundless imagination of our community and the artists who tell our stories. We believe our work is an integral part of an ongoing effort to build a vibrant, affirming and sustainable LGBT community in San Diego County. We hope you will join us.

“Financial support for FilmOut San Diego is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture. While attending our festival, please spend time in America’s Finest City, support our neighboring restaurants, and enjoy the many museums, parks, beaches and other recreational facilities that out city has to offer.”

FilmOut San Diego’s Monthly Screening Series media sponsors/supporters are: CICA, SDPix, SDGLN, San Diego PRIDE, LIVE Magazine, Gay San Diego, Merrill Lynch, American Institute of Bisexuality, Stella Artois, Gay Travel.Com, SD Uptown News, Missing Ink, Smirnoff, Enterprise, Ascent Real Estate, Roberts Electric Service, GSDBA, RAGE, Flawles, Richard Woods Real Estate, Wells Fargo Bank, Do It In San Diego/BLADE, Mance Creative, Urban Mo’s/Baja Betty’s/Gossip Grill/Hillcrest Brewing Company, Union Bank and West Coast Tavern.

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