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.
What to do, where to go and what to see
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.