Good Mourning, Lucille. July 13 at DGA is the must-see feature from Ken Roht of 99-Cent Theatre fame, The Perfect Cowboy, while the next day the promising roller-coaster of a screenwriting lab unfolds. On July 15, shit gets heavy and inspiring at the Sundance Sunset, with a showing of Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, about former Navy SEAL Christopher Beck's new life as a transgender private citizen. In possibly the most anticipated guilty pleasure, on July 16 it's The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along under the stars at the Ford Amphitheatre. Carry on with New Queer Latin American Shorts back at REDCAT on July 17; All-Girl Friday at the DGA on July 18; the annual Home Video Gong Show at REDCAT July 19; and, if you're still standing on the 20th, hit the awards brunch at the DGA on Sunday morning, and the closing-night gala back at the Ford that night. Get out there. All details at outfest.org.
Outfest returns to Los Angeles with nearly 200 cinematic offerings ranging from the classic to the brand-new, in short, documentary and feature categories — plus parties, panels and readings — spread across 11 days at half a dozen historic and happening venues. After the opening-night gala at the Orpheum, programs start on July 11. You can download the full program at outfest.org, but a quick overview gives a sense of the dynamic eclecticism (and disco naps and car mileage) in store for audiences. July 11 features a big showcase night at REDCAT, where at noon on July 12 they also show one of the quirkiest films with a most moving backstory, the wry murder mystery