'Lord Montagu' Documentary: Anti-Gay Persecution Victim Became Successful Entrepreneur

Lord Montagu documentary. 'Lord Montagu' documentary: Anti-gay witch hunt victim became successful entrepreneur and National Motor Museum founder On first blush, the life of a Lord of the Realm, a Peer to the English monarchy, a child born with an actual silver spoon in his mouth and an ancient estate to inherit, would seem wholly irrelevant to a commoner such as myself – and an […]

'Is It Just Me?,' 'Elena Undone': Outfest Movies

JC Calciano's Is It Just Me? (top); Nicole Conn's Elena Undone (middle); Roberto Moreira's Paulista (bottom) JC Calciano's Is It Just Me?, Anna Margarita Albelo's Hooters!, Roberto Moreira's Paulista, and Nicole Conn's Elena Undone are some of the films screening at Outfest 2010 on Friday, July 16. Is It Just Me? is a West Hollywood-set romantic comedy that borrows plot elements from Cyrano de Bergerac: […]

Alicia Silverstone & 19th-Century Lesbian Romance: Outfest Movies

Maxine Peake in James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (top); Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (upper middle); Lio in Myriam Aziza's The Evening Dress (lower middle); Jane Lynch, A Gaythering Storm (bottom) James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Amy Heckerling's 1995 sleeper hit Clueless, Myriam Aziza's La robe du soir / The Evening Dress, and the comedy shorts compilation “From Uranus […]

Sensual Argentinean Gay Drama 'Plan B,' Religious Bigotry in 'Children of God': Outfest

Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro in Marco Berger's Plan B (top); Fernanda Cardoso's Bloomington (bottom) Synopses from the Outfest website for Saturday, July 10. Plan B Best-laid plans are put to the test in this topsy-turvy romantic comedy from Argentina. After being dumped by Anna, Bruno secretly befriends Anna's new boyfriend Pablo in an attempt to stay close to her. When Bruno discovers that Pablo once […]

Incestuous Gay Brothers, Wild Women's Prison & George Takei in Bed: Outfest

Rafael Cardoso and João Gabriel Vasconcellos in Aluízio Abranches' From Beginning to End. Aluízio Abranches' Do Começo ao Fim / From Beginning to End, Donatella Maiorca's Viola di mare / Purple Sea, Steve Balderson's Stuck!, and the two short film showcases “Queerer Than Fiction” and “Flesh 4 Fantasy” are among the presentations at Outfest 2010, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, on Friday, […]

James Franco 'Howl' Outfest Opening Night Gala, Student Academy Awards' Foreign Finalists

Aaron Tveit, James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in Howl Documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl, their debut narrative feature, will be the Opening Night Gala screening at the 28th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Outfest) at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on July 8. Starring James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Aaron Tveit, Treat […]

'Beefcake' & Homoeroticism + Cult Camp Classic 'Can't Stop the Music' & Haunted House Lesbianism

Beefcake: Written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, the 1999 docudrama Beefcake traces the groundbreaking trajectory of photographer/videographer Bob Mizer, whose “health & fitness” work – mostly focused on great-looking, muscular, scantily clad (or fully naked), young white men – helped to further the causes of gay liberation and freedom of speech, and for the normalization of homoeroticism. 'Beefcake': Bob Mizer & the photographic appreciation of […]

Todd Holland, Don Roos, Gay Actors, and The Closet

First, openly gay film director Todd Holland (right) is accused of telling non-100 percent hetero performers to keep their sexuality hidden in the closet. Several days later, another openly gay film director, Don Roos, was reportedly even more blatant about the idea of keeping actors hanging in the closet. Adding insult to injury, those statements were made at a film festival named Outfest, Los Angeles' […]

Gay Boys Shorts & 'American Primitive' + 'Pornography' Horror Thriller & Outfest Awards

July 19: The tale of a poor backwater family struggling against poverty, addiction, and assorted personal and social maladies, Tina Mabry's Mississippi Damned was the jury's pick for best U.S. narrative film at this year's edition of Outfest, Los Angeles' gay and lesbian film festival. Among the other Outfest 2009 jury winners were Stian Kristiansen's The Man Who Loved Yngve, the late 1980s tale (written […]

'Hollywood, Je T'Aime': Q&A with Jason Bushman

Writer-director Jason Bushman's feature-film debut, Hollywood, je t'aime was recently screened at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. The tale of a Frenchman befriended by a handful of social outcasts while looking for Hollywood stardom, Hollywood je t'aime turned out to be a quirky, funny, touching revelation. The good news is that those who missed the film at LAFF will now get the chance to […]

Don Roos to Receive Achievement Award: Outfest

Filmmaker Don Roos, probably best known for the dramatic comedy The Opposite of Sex, will be the recipient of this year's Outfest Achievement Award. Described as “Outfest's highest honor” the Achievement Award “is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media.” The award will be handed to Roos before the Opening Night Gala screening of […]

Outfest Awards Ceremony Photos

The 14th Outfest (Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) Awards were presented at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on July 20. Outfest website Photos: Brian Putnam Best actor winner Tye Olson (Watercolors), presenter Craig Chester, best actress winner Nicole Bilderback (The New Twenty) The stars of Were the World Mine, the jury's choice for best film: Zelda Williams, Nathaniel David Becker and Tanner Cohen […]

From 'Sordid Lives' & Meryl Streep to 'A Jihad for Love' & Peter Berlin: Outfest LGBT Movies

July 9 update: Outfest 2008, the 26th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, kicked off last night at downtown Los Angeles' historic Orpheum Theatre with a screening of Laurie Lynd's Breakfast with Scot, in which a straitlaced gay couple tries to handle an orphaned 11-year-old boy with a passion for feathered boas and rose hand cream. Adapted by Sean Reycraft from Michael Downing's novel, […]

Outfest Movies: From 'The New Twenty' to 'Tru Loved'

The 26th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Outfest 2008, will take place between July 9–21 at seven venues in the LA area, from downtown's historic Orpheum Theatre to the open-air Ford Amphitheatre in the Hollywood Hills. As in previous years, the festival will be headquartered at the Directors Guild of America in West Hollywood. Outfest 2008 will screen no less than 212 films […]

Favorite Boys Shorts & '25 Cent Preview': More Outfest Movies

A series of boys' shorts, girls' shorts, and Outfest 2007 winner 25 Cent Preview, about two San Francisco street hustlers, have been scheduled for the Outfest screenings in the upcoming weeks. The screenings will be held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Director Cyrus Amini is expected to attend the 25 Cent Preview screening.   From the Outfest website: Wednesday, August 29, 7:30pm Rigler Theatre […]

Outfest Winners: The Bible vs. Gays + Down with Traditions in The Philippines

Cyrus Amini's 25 Cent Preview, the story of two down-and-out San Francisco street hustlers, was the Grand Jury's choice for best American narrative feature at the 25th Outfest – the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film's stars, Merlin Gaspers and Dorian Brockington received a joint best actor prize. The best international narrative film was Auraeus Solito's Tuli, about a young Filipino woman […]

Outfest Movies: Electric Orgasms & Transsexual Porn Star Buck Angel + Gay Goes Straight in 'Kiss the Bride'

Outfest 2007 – Thursday A few intriguing titles that will be screened at Outfest on Thursday: Set in London, Alek Keshishian's French-Anglo-American-made romantic comedy Love and Other Disasters (above, 7 p.m., at the Directors Guild in West Hollywood) follows an American (Brittany Murphy) obsessed with both matchmaking and Breakfast at Tiffany's. (I'm not sure if it's the book by Truman Capote or the 1961 bowdlerized […]

Outfest Movies: Does the Bible Justify Anti-Gay Hate? + Restored 'Parting Glances'

Robert Cary's Save Me, the story of a substance-abusing gay man who attempts to be cured of both his addiction and his homosexuality, will open the 25th Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which kicks off this evening at the Orpheum in downtown Los Angeles. Eleven days and 235 features and shorts later – mostly at the Directors Guild in West Hollywood […]

Outfest Awards: Lesbian Romance in 'The Gymnast' & Controversial 'Loving Annabelle'

Outfest – Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Awards Outfest 2006 was held between July 6–17. Among the winners of the 2006 Outfest – the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – were: Ned Farr's The Gymnast, the story of a former gymnast who falls in love with a younger woman, was chosen as the Outstanding American Narrative Feature. (It also won the […]