Filmmakers have told long told cinematic stories about how it was to come out to one's parents or a sweet first crush or standing tall for marriage equality, and Outfest has long served as the lively, multi-day, multi-venue happening where those tales got top billing, a red-carpet roll-out, and lots of audience love.
The founded-in-1982 cineparty remains a standard-setter, a true-blue rounder-upper of great talents, avant garde films, mainstream films, documentaries of a moving and sometimes devastating and often cheer-loudly-in-joy sort, and starry panels and parties galore.
The 2015 Outfest unfurls from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 19 at several venues around Southern California.
On the docket? The grid is packed with tony titles. Writer-director Peter Greenaway's "Eisenstein In Guanajuato" is the 2015 International Centerpiece screening, while "Nasty Baby," which promises to subvert "the entire quirky-cute indie canon," is the U.S. Centerpiece.
"54: The Director's Cut," starring Ryan Phillippe, screens at Hollywood Forever on Thursday, July 16.
A "Grey Gardens" spoof featuring comedians Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, the "gender-bending melodrama" French work "The New Girlfriend," the "cross-cultural," moms-being-too-involved love story of "Baby Steps," and the atmospheric "Sisters of the Plague," a scary flick spotlighting the guide of a haunted house, are other stand-outs in a full and fabulous field.
Venues? There's one near you, from the Director's Guild of America on Sunset to REDCAT downtown.
Tickets? They're mostly fifteen bucks per screening, though some are $10. If you want to see a few films, consider a package.
Star sightings and chances to hobnob with favorite filmmakers? They do happen; Outfest is one of the prime places to debut new work and meet the fans.
Watching compelling and personal tales told in every genre, with a LGBT perspective or mien or flair or theme? A beautiful thing, and one that's inspired other festivals all over the world for over three story-filled decades.