Details on Closing Night celebration
SAN DIEGO, California -- The U.S. premiere of "John Apple Jack," a hit movie from Canada, will be the Closing Night selection to conclude the 16th annual FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival at the North Park Theatre.
A busy day of movie screenings will begin at 11 am with the West Coast premiere of "Boys" from the Netherlands. followed at 12:45 pm by the Girls Centerpiece choice of "Tru Love," another Canadian masterpiece, which will have its West Coast premiere. The International Spotlight will fall on "Floating Skyscrapers," hailing from Poland, at 3 pm.
Tickets are selling like hot cakes for director Stewart Wade's "Such Good People," starring Michael Urie and Randy Harrison, making its West Coast premiere.
Thousands of film lovers crammed the North Park Theatre on Friday and Saturday, pushing attendance toward record levels. Audiences are also voting for their favorite movies and performances, and sticking around for Q&A sessions with the celebrities.
Programming Director Michael McQuiggan and Festival Director Cavin Knight said they are pleased with the turnout, and the filmmakers and celebrities have told the staff and board members that FilmOut is one of the best-run festivals they've ever attended.
To read SDGLN’s Q&A interviews with celebrities involved in FilmOut San Diego’s 16th annual LGBT Film Festival, click HERE.
Here is today's schedule:
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
11 am - WEST COAST PREMIERE
“Boys” (2014), Director: Mischa Kamp, 78 min, Netherlands.
In this beautiful and uplifting romance, two teenage track stars, Sieger (Gijs Blom) and Marc (Ko Zandvliet) discover first love as they train for the biggest relay race of their young lives. During their courtship, the two swim, bike and flirt while sharing ice cream and gentle kisses…gradually finding the courage to be vulnerable with one another. The romance between them unfolds with a palpable sense of longing and an aching sense of heartache as Sieger reluctantly fights his desires. With its authentic and perfectly poignant tone, “Boys” certainly ranks as one of the most wholesomely romantic gay dramas.
With: “Boygame” (2013), Director: Anna Nolskog, 15 min, Sweden.
John and Nicholas are best friends. They both claim to be interested in girls but feel insecure when it comes to their first sexual encounter. So as not to come across inexperienced…they decide to “practice'” with each other.
12:45 pm – GIRLS CENTERPIECE
“Tru Love” (2014), Directors: Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald, 87min, Canada. WEST COAST PREMIERE.
Tru (Shauna MacDonald) is a woman who can’t commit to a relationship for any length of time. Restless by nature and wounded by the past, she goes through life bed-hopping with no anchor to ground her until she meets Alice (Kate Trotter), a beautiful 60-year-old widow who has come to town to visit her workaholic daughter Suzanne (Christine Horne), who is also Tru’s best friend. Despite Suzanne’s opposition, sparks fly between Alice and Tru until a life-changing event changes the paths of everyone involved.
With: “The Kiss” (2013), Director: Filip Gieldon, 21 min, Poland. WEST COAST PREMIERE.
After a night of clubbing, Emilia awakes in the apartment of an unknown woman, Matylda, who claims they slept together. This tense drama is a cat-and-mouse game of discovery, persuasion and flirtation.
3 pm – INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
“Floating Skyscrapers” (2013), Director: Tomasz Wasilewski, 89 min, Poland. WEST COAST PREMIERE [graphic content, 18+ only]
In this sexually-charged film, handsome and self-assured Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk), a promising professional swimmer who indulges in sexual encounters with men in bathroom stalls at the gym, meets young student Michal (Bartosz Gelner) and falls in love. Despite his anonymous activities and living with his controlling girlfriend, his situation is compounded by his own internal conflicts and insecurities as he attempts to keep one foot in the closet. This artful and provocative coming-out drama emphasizes the psychic turmoil of an individual wrought by homophobia.
With: “Caged” (2013), Directors: Dylan Tonk, Lazlo Tonk, 13 min, Netherlands. U.S. PREMIERE.
After discovering that his best friend is gay, two high school students test the limits of their friendship as one faces homophobia, bullying and self-doubt…while the other deals with his own issues of acceptance.
5 pm – WEST COAST PREMIERE
“Such Good People” (2014), Director: Stewart Wade, 95 min, USA.
A cute, contemporary screwball comedy centers on a gay couple, (Michael Urie, “Ugly Betty”) and (Randy Harrison, “Queer as Folk”), who find a million dollars while house sitting in their dream home. Wanting what every couple desires: success, family and a fabulous house in LA…they find themselves in a rat race of greed, jealousy, real estate, sibling rivalry, greyhounds, labradoodles, porpoises and the orphans of Bhutan. — With Scott Wolf, Ana Ortiz, Drew Droege, Alec Mapa and Lance Bass.
7 pm – CLOSING NIGHT
“John Apple Jack” (2013), Director: Monika Mitchell, 89 min, Canada. U.S. PREMIERE.
When handsome, philandering John (Chris McNally) discovers his sister’s fiancé is Jack (Kent S. Leung), his secret childhood crush, passions ignite and his life quickly spirals out of control. Losing his job, his playboy reputation and his underwear…John was easy for Jack to ignore for years. But a newer, penniless, more soulful John may soon prove too difficult to kick to the curb. Set in Vancouver’s trendy East-meets-West restaurant industry, both John and Jack struggle to find a way to blend money, sex, love and family into one sumptuous recipe for life.
With: “A Little Bit Country” (2013), Director: Amy Coop, 8 min. United Kingdom. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE.
Dylan is a teenager who harbors a dark secret. While he may look like any other sulky teen, he hides a side to his personality that inevitably shocks his family.
With: “Gaysian” (2013), Director: Austin Wong, 10 min, Canada.
In this hilarious comedy tackling the thorny subject of racism in dating, an Asian man, Aaron, notices many gay men are taking a “no-Asians” stance. So he decides to change his approach and date men that are only attracted to Asians (Rice Queens). The change provides Aaron unexpected results leading him to reevaluate his own stance on dating.
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