Outfest: LA’s LGBT Film Festival Opens Friday

Outfest is Los Angeles’ LGBT Film Festival (founded in 1982 by UCLA students) and it happens on Andaz West Hollywood’s doorstep; films are screened at different venues throughout Los Angeles; the festival headquarters & main box office are within walking distance of the hotel at the Director’s Guild of America (DGA). Most shows are $14 and you can become a member for discounts and free screenings.

 

Here are a few screenings/events that shouldn’t be missed

 

Life Partners: The longest relationship between best pals Sasha (Leighton Meester, “Gossip Girl”) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs, “Community”) have ever managed to maintain is with each other. Rapidly approaching their 29th birthdays, the two decide they can’t spend the rest of their lives watching “America’s Next Top Model” with each other on the couch, so they brave the world of internet dating. While lesbian Sasha fends off the advances of unhinged reality-TV vet Trace (Adam Brody, “The O.C.”), “Damsels in Distress”), who seems like he might be her Mr. Right. Can this friendship be saved? With a hilarious supporting cast including Gabourey Sidibe, Abby Elliott, and Julie White, this riotous look at love and courtship in L.A. reminds us that, gay or straight, we’re all in the same leaky love boat together.

 

Crazy B*tches: Eight “crazy b*tches” reunite for a weekend of gossip and girl-talk at a remote cabin in the woods. A few drinks into their weekend, they learn a gruesome crime that occurred at their campsite. Dismissing it as a tall tale, the gang continues their celebration with red wine, hanky-panky and cat fights – until one of them disappears. As the fun-filled holiday turns into a race against death, the girls turn both to and on each other. The fierce, first-rate cast includes Outfest favorites Guinevere Turner, Cathy DeBuono and Candis Cayne.

 

Club King: Mario Diaz: For the past 20 years, Mario Diaz has crafted his own iconic image as the premier LGBT nightlife king, throwing some of the sexiest and wildest parties from New York to L.A., including BFD, and Full Frontal Disco. Club King combines Diaz’s personal reflections with candid interviews and archival footage from the East and West Coast’s hottest queens (including Jackie Beat), go-go boys, and singers like Justin Vivian Bond, resulting in a dizzyingly wild party unlike any other.

 

Boys’ Shorts: Whether it’s forbidden desire, growing older and wisder, waking up from a hazy hookup, grieving over a loved one, or the often tumultuous life journey all boys share, Outfest’s signature showcase once again proves that the future of queer film is in very capable hands. These tales take us on a wild ride with incredibly funny, touching, (occasionally explicit), and ultimate reaffirming offerings. Did we mention how sexy they are?

Mad Movie Night with Drew Droege and Dave Holmes: Join comedians Drew Droege (known for his Chloe Sevingy impersonations)and Dave Holmes (former MTV VJ), along with their special guests, as they take the audience on a guided tour of one of the most wonderfully awful movies ever made. They’re keeping the stinker a secret, but you’ll howl as these talented entertainers comment, talk back to the screen, and generally transform trash into hilarity. Queer cinema will never be the same.

 

Film X: One of the most acclaimed queer films of 2014 is sneaking into the lineup as the season’s biggest surprise! Starring A-list comedic talents and already a winner of a prestigious festival award, Film X (they aren’t giving it away just yet) will make its Los Angeles premiere at the Harmony Gold Theater. Don’t miss out on one of Outfest’s best kept screenings.

 

Inside Looking: HBO’s “Looking” represents an audacious step forward for the representation of queer lives on mainstream television, but it is also a compelling drama about funny and fascinating characters. Join Executive Producer Andrew Haigh (Weekend) and members of the cast and crew (schedules permitting) for a behind the scenes look at one of the year’s most provocative and talked about new series – and a peel at what’s coming in Season Two.

 

Longtime Companion 25th Anniversary: A group of friends welcomes the excitement and challenges of the 1980s, but not long after the New York times runs a story about a new “gay cancer”, they find themselves dealing with the mounting AIDS epidemic. The poignant and powerful Longtime Companion was a groundbreaking theatrical feature examining the harrowing impact of the arrival of HIV/AIDS. The extraordinary ensemble mixed veterans (Bruce Davison, earned a well-deserved Oscar nominations) with newcomers on the cusp of stardom (Mary-Louise Parker and Campbell Scott, and Dermot Mulroney). Join cast and crew as they reflect upon the silver anniversary of this landmark drama.

 

Pat Rocco’s Birthday Party: In the 1960s and 70s, Pat Rocco directed dozens of gay erotic short films and shot extensive documentary footage of the burgeoning gay rights movement. This year, the incredible filmmaker, activist and all-around human being turns 80. Join festival; goers for a titillating program of gems from Rocco’s hulking catalog, including the world premiere of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project-restored “Sign of Protest” (1970), which documents a gay liberation march opposing the homophobic sign at Barney’s Beanery with unexpected gaiety (pun intended). Other highlights will include special celebrity guests and rare appearances by Rocco himself as he accepts an achievement award honoring his incomparable contributions to LGBT history and culture.

 

VENUES

 

DGA: DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA

(Festival Headquarters & Main Box Office)

most of films are screened here

7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90046

Major Cross Streets: Between Crescent Heights and Fairfax Avenue

Walking distance from the hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/jYjuA

 

SUNDANCE CINEMAS SUNSET 5

one block from festival headquarters

8000 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Major Cross Streets: Between Crescent Heights and Laurel Avenue

*This venue is 21 and older only (no exceptions for Outfest ticket holders)

Walking distance from the hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/UQiiJ

 

HARMONY GOLD THEATRE

one block from festival headquarters

7655 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90046

Major Cross Streets: Corner of Sunset Blvd. and Crescent Heights

Walking distance from the hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/8STe3

 

VILLAGE: LA GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER’S VILLAGE

AT ED GOULD PLAZA (FAMILY FUN DAY)

A few miles from Andaz

1125 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles, 90038

Major Cross Streets: One block east of Highland, north of Santa Monica Blvd.

Short cab/Uber ride: https://goo.gl/maps/2ANxr

 

FORD THEATRE (a few miles away)

(Under the Stars & Closing Night)

2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 90068

Short cab/Uber ride: https://goo.gl/maps/BFNyp

 

REDCAT: ROY AND EDNA DISNEY/CALARTS THEATRE AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

631 W. 2nd St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90012

Major Cross Streets: Hope (Entrance on 2nd Street)

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/o5Mf7

 

ORPHEUM THEATRE

(Opening Night Gala)

842 S. Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles, 90014

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/J2PD9

 

View the 2014 Film Guide

 

 Watch 2014 Outfest Teaser

 

For more information visit http://www.outfest.org/fest2014/index.html

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