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The Hot Summer Film Festival Preview: Which Movies You Shouldn’t Miss


Queer movie lovers begin the high holy days of cinema tonight in San Francisco as the annual Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival kicks off for 10 glorious days of cinematic gluttony. That other queer film behemoth, Outfest: The Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival runs from July 11-21 unspooling an equally full banquet of delights. Here’s a tip-of-the-iceberg preview of some of the most talked about titles on view at both festivals — many of which will also be playing at this summer’s numerous other LGBT film festivals in such cities as: Palm SpringsProvincetownHoustonLouisvilleDurhamBirminghamPhiladelphia and Kansas City.

Editor’s Note: Writer Jenni Olson also works for LGBT film distribution company Wolfe Video, which distributes several of these films. She is also the executive producer of Test.

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  • EvonCook

    A reasonable question would seem to be WTF happened to NEWFEST, the former New York film festival, that supposedly united with the LA OUTFEST to be saved financially and with better connections to the film industry for better programming (Humm, which incidentally also gave OUTFEST a desirable connection to Lincoln Center)? Now, NEWFEST has been moved first from the traditional multi-decade time slot of June to mid July, and this year is shunted off to a long weekend in SEPTEMBER!!! WTF??? NEWFEST, under Basil and Mr. Love used to be great, multi-screen and almost two weeks long. Now it is pathetic. Shame on New York, and a great loss to a large gay cinema community!

  • Jenni

    @EvonCook: Yes, it is sad that NewFest was moved to the fall but really better than having it not be there at all. Basil and Wellington (and Jeff and Sande before them) built the festival into a wonderful event. But the history of LGBT film festivals in NYC has been a bumpy one (you may know that the reason NewFest is called New is that the original New York Gay & Lesbian Film Festival also closed down way back in the day and NewFest was the revised version). And with that I just have to mention that we are all indebted to the orginal NY Gay Film Fest founder Peter Lowy.

    Plus, you guys also happen to have the BEST LGBT Experimental festival in the world — MIX. Just saying!


  • Dev

    Didn’t see it in the pics, but I’m looking forward to seeing Peter Paige in “Birthday Cake.” I really loved the short film it was based on and it also has Jane Badler from “V.”

  • stfallon1028

    I’m really excited to see Big Gay Love. Jonathan Lisecki made Gayby watchable and Xandr from Buffy as a gogo dancer? I’m in

  • Thad1527

    Well, New Yorkers can always come down to our QFest in Philadelphia. This year it’s July 11 to 22. It’s an event that the locals actually go to (as opposed to our Equality Forum, which gets major press but which nobody local actually attends). We’re getting “Big Gay Love,” “Birthday Cake,” “C.O.G.,” “”G.B.F.”(which is the festival opener), and much much more!! The website is, of course:

  • ocruz

    It sucks that theres nothing like this in the south, and when these movies come out on DVD they are so expensive! and they are never released on netflix or anything like that

  • Rusty

    @ocruz: Some of last years are on Youtube. South where? I’m from Texas.

  • zaneymcbanes

    I always really appreciate these roundups of queer cinema. Thank you Queerty!

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