Editor's note: This is the third of a six-part series detailing the six days of the upcoming LGBT Film Festival. Part 4 will run on Thursday, Aug. 11.
SAN DIEGO – FilmOut San Diego’s 13th annual LGBT Film Festival will be conducted over two weekends: Aug. 19-21 and Aug. 26-28.
Almost 60 films and shorts will be shown at the historical Birch North Park Theatre.
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Sneak preview of films on Sunday, Aug. 21
SDGLN will be previewing the film festival through the opening night.
"You Should Meet My Son!" (2010), directed by Keith Hartman, runs for 86 minutes. Shows at noon Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $10.
One of the funniest films at the festival this year: Mae (Joanne McGee) just wants to see her son Brian (Stewart Carrico) happily married. She's introduced him to every eligible girl in town. But for some reason, he never seems to hit it off with them. And then Mae learns the shocking truth: Her son is gay! But while Mae doesn't know much about gay men, she is sure of one thing-- her son deserves to be happy. What's a proper Southern lady to do? Find that boy the perfect husband!
"You Should Meet My Son!" is paired with "Changing Times" (2010), a four-minute short by director Keith Hartman.
The 15th anniversary screening of "It’s My Party" (1996) will be part of FilmOut's honoring of director Randal Kleiser. The film, which runs 110 minutes, will be shown at 2 pm Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $10. Kleiser will appear at the screening with some of the stars of the film, and they will participate in a Q&A session afterward. Kleiser will also lead a workshop that afternoon for local actors.
In this bittersweet comedy drama, a man Nick Stark (Eric Roberts) nearing the end of his life seeks closure with his family and friends when he begins to display symptoms of full-blown AIDS. Wanting to go out with his dignity intact, Nick decides to throw one last party, which will give him the opportunity to say goodbye to everyone while he's still lucid -- shortly after which he intends to take his own life with painkillers. Appearing as Nick's friends and family are Margaret Cho, Olivia Newton-John, Bronson Pinchot, Bruce Davison, Sally Kellerman, Marlee Matlin, Greg Louganis, Dennis Christopher, Steve Antin, Paul Regina, Christopher Atkins & Roddy McDowall. Writer/Director Kleiser loosely based this film on his own personal experience.
"Hold Your Peace" (2011), directed by Wade McDonald, runs for 96 minutes. Showing at 4:14 pm Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $10.
Aiden (Chad Ford) is asked to be the best man at his ex-boyfriend Max’s (Tyler Brockington) commitment ceremony. Rather than risk going alone, he finds the most unlikely of dates in his roommate's (Aleisha Force) more 'stereotypical' friend, Lance (Scott Higgins). As time goes on, he discovers that things are far more complex than he thought he could handle. A gay romantic comedy with a lot of heart, it explores how we all decide who we're going to spend our lives with, and what happens when we try to deny what's really in our hearts.
The Girls Centerpiece offering is "Bloomington" (2010), directed by Fernanda Cardosa, and running 83 minutes. Showing at 6 pm Sunday, Aug. 21.
Ex-child actor Jackie (Sarah Stouffer) leaves the entertainment world behind and heads to college at a Midwestern university, where she meets engaging professor Catherine (Allison McAtee), who has a reputation for breaking the hearts of other women. Jackie ignores her friends' advice and begins a fervid romantic relationship with Catherine, which is eventually threatened when Jackie has an opportunity to return to acting.
"Bloomington" is paired with "Tracks" (2010), directed by Deana Williams, and running 24 minutes.
Julie is an 18-year-old runaway who reluctantly meets Tasha, a headstrong 15 year old and in the span of a week develop a friendship. This quickly turns into their first romantic relationship, which then threatens to tear the very fabric of both their worlds.
"Hollywood To Dollywood" (2011), directed by John Lavin, runs 81 minutes. Showing at 8:15 pm Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets cost $10.
Twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane have written a script with a plum roll for one of their idols, Dolly Parton. They embark on a cross-country journey to personally deliver it to her, which begins at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame heading East for Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The journey is one of discovery for the brothers, as they examine their relationship with their parents; their hopes, fears and ambitions. Featuring Cameos from Leslie Jordan, Beth Grant, Chad Allen, Ann Walker, Oscar winner Lance Black, and Dolly herself.
"Hollywood To Dollywood" is paired with "Bedfellows" (2010), directed by Pierre Stefanos, and running 15 minutes. “The course of true love never did run smooth. A phrase made all the more true when the lovers in question both possess a penis.”
"Off World" (2010), directed by Mateo Guez, runs 76 minutes. Showing at 10:15 pm Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets cost $10.
A young Toronto man, Lucky (Marc Abaya), returns to the Smokey Mountains in Manila, Philippines for the first time since his adoption by Canadian parents when he was just a year old. Aided by NGO worker Julia, (Cheryl Ramos), Lucky tracks down his surviving brother, who lives and works as a transsexual hustler. Confronted for the first time with the realities of Smokey Mountain, Lucky struggles to reconcile his desire to reclaim his past with the truth about where he came from unveiling the majesty and strength of the human spirit.
"Off World" is paired with "Charlotte" (2010), directed by Daniel Monks, a 4-minute short from Australia. A beautiful, young woman in desperate need of love musters up the courage to go on her first Internet date.