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 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.
Wed., July 16, 2014
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