For the third straight year, the New Orleans Film Festival will host OUTakes – a sidebar that features LGBT-related films from around the world, from narrative shorts to documentary features.
This year’s festival (including OUTakes) will take place at venues across the city from Thursday, October 10 to Thursday, October 17.
The goal of the OUTakes sidebar is to spotlight contemporary LGBT-themed cinema. This program includes the political (the fight for marriage equality in African-American communities), the provocative (the explicit new French film Stranger by the Lake), and the personal (several portraits of the daily lives and struggles of gay individuals).
“This sidebar calls attention to stories that too often go overlooked,” says Clint Bowie, program director of the New Orleans Film Society. “Since New Orleans doesn’t have a major LGBT film festival like other large cities, we see OUTakes as a way to ensure that this programming finds its way to local audiences.”
- BIG JOY: The Adventures of Jim Broughton
“Follow Your Own Weird” was the maxim by which James Broughton (1913-1999) lived. A pre-Beat-era poet, underground filmmaker, gay man, and artist who dared to live boldly and experiment wildly, Broughton was an out poet during the oppressive and anti-gay McCarthy era and the unofficial bard of the modern gay rights movement.
Co-directors Dawn Logsdon and Eric Slade will be in attendance.
- They Glow in the Dark
A low-key documentary that reveals the complexity and depth of experience of two HIV-positive men in New Orleans, who create art to sell in the French Market and barely eke out a living.
The two subjects of the film—Jim Baysinger and Michael Sterling—will be in attendance for the screening.
- The New Black
A documentary that uncovers the complicated and often combative histories of the African-American and LGBT civil rights movements.
This screening will be free and open to the public. Director Yoruba Richen and co-producer Angela Tucker will be in attendance for the screening.
- Perry and Emile
Over the course of one day, the challenges of life threaten to crush Perrine—underprivileged single mother and college student—and cloud her hopes for a better life for her young son, Emile. Though pushed to the edge, Perrine gains strength from those around her: her son, her partner, and others, retaining hope and the will to fight another day.
Director Brennan Peters will be in attendance for the screening.
- Stranger by the Lake
Winner of the Queer Palm and a directing prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Alain Guiraudie’s exploration of death and desire unfolds entirely in the vicinity.
The festival also boasts about a dozen short films that spotlight stories about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters, including the documentary short film “Mari” from Canadian director Ulysse del Drago, about a transwoman living in Cuba, and the narrative short film “Dear Santa” from director Maura Smith, about a little girl who asks Santa if she can become a boy for Christmas.
* The OUTakes sidebar is funded in part by AT&T, making it possible for many of the directors of these films to attend the festival.
These films join the already announced Spotlight: AFRICA sidebar and the In-Competition Narrative and Documentary Feature Films, as well as the Opening and Closing nights and out-of-competition films (12 Years a Slave, Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, Nebraska, Kill Your Darlings, Visitor, and August: Osage County).
All-Access passes are on sale now for the New Orleans Film Festival on the New Orleans Film Society’s website. Individual tickets will go on sale in the week leading up to the festival.
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