SAN DIEGO, California -- Day 2 of the 16th annual FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival begins at 11 am today and continues until midnight at the North Park Theatre.
Opening Night, by all accounts, was a smash hit. A nearly sold-out audience gave a prolonged standing ovation at the conclusion of "Boy Meet Girl," filmmaker Eric Schaeffer's transgender love story. The film's breakout star, Michelle Hendley, who is transgender herself, earned raves for her acting debut as Ricky. Co-stars Alexandra Turshen and Michael Galante also attended the gala evening along with producer Elisa Pugliese.
To read SDGLN’s Q&A interviews with celebrities involved in FilmOut San Diego’s 16th annual LGBT Film Festival, click HERE.
Today's lineup follows:
SATURDAY, MAY 31
11 am -- WEST COAST PREMIERE
“Lilting” (2014), Director: Hong Khaou, 91 min, United Kingdom. (Official Selection of the Sundance, Berlin and London film festivals).
In this touching and intimate film, a Chinese Cambodian mother (Pei-pei Cheng) mourns the death of her closeted son. Her world is further disrupted by a visit from her son’s partner (Ben Whishaw, “Skyfall”) thought to be just a friend. Through a difficult language barrier, they slowly connect and piece together memories of a man they both loved.
With: “Naked” (2013), Director: José Antonio Cortés, 13 min, Spain.
Intercepted by his conservative father, a message from Javier’s boyfriend causes the entire family to reconsider their own personal relationships in a very provocative way.
1 pm - WORLD PREMIERE
“GIRLTRASH: All Night Long” (2013), Director: Alexandra Kondracke, 85 min, USA.
This kick-ass, high-energy, hilarious musical is about five lesbian women experiencing one epic night! Daisy (Lisa Rieffel) and Tyler (Michelle Lombardo) are two hapless punk rockers trying to make it to a Battle of the Bands contest. They are waylaid by Daisy's sister, Colby (Gabrielle Christian), who has her sights set on hooking-up with Misty (Mandy Musgrave)…the girl of her dreams. As the night spirals out of control, the girls find love, lust, girl-fights, rock & roll…and a whole lot of stoned sorority members. — With a cameo by Heather Thomas and original music by Killola.
With: “Little Vulvah & Her Clitoral Awareness” (2013), Director: Sara Koppel, 5 min, Denmark.
In this dreamy and graphic animated short, a girl wakes up aroused by the birds of pleasure as she sets out exploring nature and discovering her own shivering, orgasmic changes as she develops into a young woman.
3 pm - FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT
“Gerontophilia” (2013), Director: Bruce LaBruce, 82 min, Canada.
Lake (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie), an eighteen-year-old boy, realizes he has an attraction to elderly men. Working as an orderly in a retirement home, the young man develops a romantic and sexual relationship with Mr. Peabody (Walter Borden), an elderly gentleman who lives at the facility. Mr. Peabody shares romantic stories of youth, life and love while confessing his dream to see the Pacific Ocean one last time. Cult filmmaker, writer and photographer Bruce LaBruce creates a fascinating, heartfelt story about love, age and the taboo of “gerontophilia.”
With: “A Last Farewell” (2013), Director: Casper Andreas, 13 min, Sweden.
Both touching and moving, director Casper Andreas (“Going Down in La-La Land”) creates a beautiful portrait of an aging author mourning the death of his long-term partner. Haunted by visions of his late husband, his daughter attempts to mend their broken relationship while he sorts through the impossible task of finding peace in the wake of a devastating loss.
5 pm – WEST COAST PREMIERE
“Waiting In The Wings: The Musical” (2014), Director: Jenn Page, 107 min, USA.
In this star-studded romantic comedy and musical…two entertainers destined for the big time are mistakenly mismatched in a casting office for two VERY different shows. Tony (Adam Huss), a male stripper from New York, is erroneously cast in an Off-Broadway musical and needs to trade in his tear-away briefs for a tux and tap shoes…while Anthony (Jeffrey A. Johns), a naive musical theatre enthusiast from Montana, is cast in an All-Male Strip Show and forced to decide if he can put modesty aside to pay the rent. Both men realize that to make their dreams come true, they’re going to have to learn some new tricks. — With Lee Meriwether, Shirley Jones, Sally Struthers and Christopher Atkins.
7:30 pm – BOYS CENTERPIECE
“The 10 Year Plan” (2014), Director: J.C. Calciano, 94 min, USA. WEST COAST PREMIERE.
Following on the success of his previous hits, “Is It Just Me?” and “eCupid,” director J.C. Calciano is back with another sexy romantic comedy you’re sure to enjoy! Myles (Jack Turner) and Brody (Michael Adam Hamilton) are best friends with two very different ways of finding love. Both displeased with their love lives, they make a pact to be together if neither finds love in ten years. Now two months shy of their deadline, both friends set off to do whatever it takes to avoid ending up as each other’s last resort.
With: “Dinner at 40” (2014), Directors: Carl Byrd, 19 min, USA. WORLD PREMIERE.
This romantic comedy about the anxiety of a gay man turning 40: the panic, the doubt and the supposed loss of youth overwhelm him as he plans to spend a quiet evening at a restaurant with a small group of his closest friends…until unexpected guests, a hot ex-lover (Wilson Cruz), a drag queen (Lady Bunny) and lots of cocktails add to the hilarious mix.
With: “The Phallometer” (2013), Director: Tor Iben, 7 min, Germany.
The phallometric tests were used in the Czech Republic in order to verify the homosexuality of those seeking asylum. This short will astonish and surprise you as one young man’s sexuality is satirically evaluated.
10 pm -- WEST COAST PREMIERE
“Folsom Forever” (2014), Director: Mike Skiff, 72 min, USA.
In 1984, a scrappy little neighborhood in San Francisco - home to many low-income tenants and the heart of the gay male leather scene - faced destruction from the bulldozers of redevelopment and the AIDS crisis. The Folsom Street Fair was created to call attention to gentrification and raise money for AIDS charities. “Folsom Forever” tells the story of how this small street fair grew into the largest outdoor kink and fetish event in the world.
With: “Grind” (2014), Director: Zachary Halley, 32 min, USA. WEST COAST PREMIERE.
In this darkly dramatic musical, Vincent (Anthony Rapp) is a guy uncomfortable in his own skin but witty on his favorite hook-up app. Thane (Pasha Pellosie) is his young, hot model roommate who can't seem to express himself intelligently. Devising a plan that Vincent will speak as Thane on his “grind” profile…they make the perfect combination for Thane to peruse the men of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. However, Vincent gets addicted to the attention…leading to a grim outcome neither had anticipated.
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