It’s already been one of the hottest Outfests on record — both literally as temps soared outside, and figuratively as one of the LGBTQ film festival’s most exciting, diverse and star-studded lineups ever sizzled onto area screens. If you’ve missed the action so far, not to worry — Outfest still has plenty of great things in store for the final weekend of its 35th anniversary edition.
(July 16, 7pm, Theatre at the Ace Hotel)
This year’s closing night film stars Alex Lawther as the unapologetically flamboyant Billy Bloom, who shakes things up at his Florida military academy by running for homecoming queen. Bette Midler and Laverne Cox costar in this adaptation of a James St. James story.
(July 14, 7:30pm, DGA Theater 2)
Trans filmmaker Yance Ford explores the murder of his own brother 25 years ago in this documentary that won the Special Jury Award for Storytelling at Sundance.
EASTSIDERS: SEASON 3
(July 15, 2:20pm, REDCAT)
In this world premiere of the smash web series’ third season, Cal and Thom (Kit Williamson and Van Hansis) head back to the West Coast after having both moved to New York at the end of season 2. Constance Wu, Colby Keller, Stephen Guarino and Willam costar.
(July 14, 7pm, DGA 1)
Part of Outfest’s annual All-Girl Friday at the DGA, Pakistani-American Zaynab cares for her soap-opera-obsessed mother, who wants to find her a husband — but Zaynab instead falls for Mexican-American Alma.
(July 15, 7:15pm, REDCAT)
A longtime arty Outfest favorite, the Platinum Showcase presents bold, daring, and often very risqué shorts. Followed immediately by the five-hour queer performance extravaganza Platinum Alchemy at DTLA’s Lethal Amounts Gallery.
(July 14, 9:30pm, DGA 1 -and- July 15, 12pm, REDCAT)
This year’s collection of seven female-focused shorts includes the latest from the iconic Guinevere Turner, “Post-Apocalyptic Potluck.”
(July 15, 8pm, Theatre at the Ace Hotel)
Alan Cumming stars as a weary survivor of the worst years of the AIDS crisis whose artistic passion is reignited when he falls for a younger man (Zachary Booth from KEEP THE LIGHTS ON). Wilson Cruz, Joey Arias and Justin Bond costar.
(July 15, 12pm, DGA 2)
A panel of noted trans activists, storytellers and advocates discusses transgender media representation.
(July 14, 9:30pm, REDCAT)
Sex-positive director Travis Mathews (INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. and I WANT YOUR LOVE) presents the story of a gay drifter/filmmaker who returns home to the margins of homophobic small-town America to face his own dark and mysterious past.
KEVYN AUCOIN: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IN ME
(July 14, 7pm, REDCAT)
Following its world premiere at Outfest last Friday, an encore screening of this fantastic biographical documentary, including video footage Aucoin himself shot while making up the likes of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Janet Jackson, Liza Minnelli and Cher.
(July 15, 7pm, DGA 2)
LGBTQ audiences were divided over the film’s lesbian-falls-for-straight-guy storyline when it first came out, but how about 20 years later? Director Kevin Smith discusses the movie with one of its costars, Guinevere Turner, after this special screening.
THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN
(July 14, 8pm, Theatre at the Ace Hotel)
Jennifer M. Kroot (TO BE TAKEI) profiles author Armistead Maupin, tracing his journey from Southern aristocrat to closeted conservative to gay cultural chronicler in works like Tales of the City.
TRANSPARENT: SEASON 4
(July 15, 5pm, DGA 1)
A sneak peek of two episodes from the new season of the hit Amazon series, followed by a panel discussion with special guests.