Entertainment Outfest Sets Lineup for Virtual Film Festival With Malibu Drive-in Events

19:55  10 august  2020
19:55  10 august  2020 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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Outfest (est. 1982) is now a global LGBTQIA+ arts, media and entertainment non-profit whose Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some benefits of a "normal" festival may be impacted, but this year we're going to give you complete access to watch the 2020 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival !

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Outfest is going online.

Los Angeles' LGBTQ film festival is shifting to a virtual event this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a roster that includes more than 160 films including 35 world premieres, 10 North American premieres and four U.S. premieres. Not all will be virtual, however. The festival has lined up "Outfest LA Under the Stars," a series of drive-in events — a first in its 38-year history — to be held at Malibu's Calamigos Ranch.

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The festival features LGBTQ films from 33 countries in 26 different languages. “For the second year in a row, more than two-thirds of Outfest Los Angeles’ content is directed by women, people of color In addition to the movies, the festival includes such events as a Trans Summit with keynote speaker

Now in its 37th year, Outfest serves up an inclusive and intersectional slate of programming, two-thirds of which includes content directed by women, people of color and trans filmmakers. “As my tenure comes to an end I am most proud of Outfest ’s increased.

The venue will host screenings across six-nights on two lots, including kick-off and closing events, launching with the L.A. premiere of Sundance title The Nowhere Inn, starring musicians Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein in a reality-bending twist of Clark’s alt-pop star persona St. Vincent. Other drive-in events will be announced in the coming weeks. The WarnerMedia-presented Outfest runs Aug. 20-30 and can be accessed at the festival's website.

The slate, which includes more than 70 percent of films directed by women, transgender and POC filmmakers, includes films originally scheduled for other festivals, like Tribeca selections P.S. Burn This Letter Please; Cowboys starring Steve Zahn, Jillian Bell, Ann Dowd and Sasha Knight; and Big Freedia’s anti-gun advocacy doc Freedia Got A Gun; SXSW premiere titles including The Carnivores and Outfest LA’s U.S. centerpiece selection Shiva Baby, starring Rachel Sennott, Dianna Agron, and Fred Melamed.

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Outfest's other centerpiece selections include Posy Dixon's documentary Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story; international centerpiece Monsoon, directed by Sundance and Outfest alum Hong Khaou (Lilting) and starring Henry Golding; and breakthrough centerpiece The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, the feature directing debut of Everybody Hates Chris co-creator Ali LeRoi.

Outfest’s closing film will be the world premiere of Outfest alum Travis Fine’s century-spanning triptych Two Eyes, in which queer and trans-identified people from three time periods in the American West discover how their identities fall within a multitude of expressions. The film’s cast includes Kiowa Gordon, Benjamin Rigby, Nakhane Toure, musician Ryan Cassata, and non-binary activist and performer Kate Bornstein. The film will premiere on the digital platform and as the final drive-in feature.

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Outfest audiences are always in-the-know. Follow your favorite film from this year’s festival to its next screen on Edge Media Network From LGBT indies to Created for the inaugural Los Angeles Biennial, Made in LA at the Hammer Museum in 2012, the film was also included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial

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Other notable screenings include Three Chords and a Lie about gay country music artist Brandon Stansell’s return to his conservative hometown, which will be presented with a drive-in concert; and the world premiere of Emmy-nominated actor Scott Turner Schofield’s one-man show Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps, in which viewers can interactively choose which of Schofield’s 127 segments to watch.

"In this brand new, uncharted territory of digital festivals, we are honored that so many wonderful films have entrusted Outfest LA to be their festival home," said Mike Dougherty, Outfest director of programming. "I’m incredibly excited that this stunning array of diverse talent — which represents Outfest’s continued mission to showcase the best work from LGBTQIA+ artists — will be more accessible than ever before."

Added executive director Damien S. Navarro: "This year’s film festival is not only a reflection of Outfest’s historic trajectory — mixing innovation with media to cast an ever-widening net of diverse and global stories — it is also a testament to Outfest’s commitment to thrive in a moment in which the future of live events, independent film, and our own rights are threatened."

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The festival will feature 28 world premieres across features, short films and special events , including Rodrigo Bellott’s Tu Me Manques inspired by his hit play from Bolivia, and Elegance Bratton’s documentary Pier Kids, which follows the queer and trans Poc youth who gather at New York City’s

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Films will be in competition for jury and audience awards. U.S. narrative feature jurors include filmmaker James Sweeney (Straight Up); Neon's director of acquisitions Ayo Kepher-Maat, Neon; and film critic Caden Mark Gardner. International narrative feature jurors are former AFI Fest and Film Independent artistic director Jacqueline Lyanga; Inside Out Toronto director of programming Andrew Murphy, and filmmaker Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca). Documentary jurors include filmmakers Sam Feder (Disclosure); Ben-Alex Dupris (Outfest winner Sweetheart Dancers), and Daresha Kyi (Chavela). International narrative shorts jurors are filmmakers Daniel Laabs (Outfest winner Jules of Light and Dark), Lauren Wolkstein (The Strange Ones); and Aurora Guerrero (Gentefied). U.S. narrative short jurors include actor Brian Michael Smith (911: Lone Star), and filmmakers Gillian Horvat (I Blame Society) and Carly Usdin (Suicide Kale).

The full lineup can be found here.

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