Now in its second year at NOFF, the OUTakes sidebar spotlights the best in contemporary LGBT-themed cinema.
From the hard-hitting documentary feature film Love Free or Die, which examines a gay bishop’s faith, to the short fiction film “Shopping,” about the repressed lives that two lesbians are forced to lead, this year’s selections in OUTakes offer a variety of perspectives on LGBT life. The sidebar includes films that have won awards at film festivals worldwide (like Ira Sachs’ Keep the Lights On, which won a Teddy Award at Berlinale and went on to screen at Sundance), as well as world premieres (like the transgender short film “Charlie,” from French director Philippe Thimel).
Fourteen of the twenty films in this year’s OUTakes lineup will have filmmakers in attendance to take part in post-film Q+A’s and conversations.
Call Me Kuchu
Friday, October 12 at 6:00PM | Theatres at Canal Place 2 & Sunday, October 14 at 8:45PM | Theatres at Canal Place 2
In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, veteran activist David Kato labors to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or “kuchus.” But Davidâ€™s formidable task just became much more difficult. A new “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” proposes death for HIV-positive gay men, and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. Director Katherine Fairfax Wright in attendance.
Face 2 Face
Sunday, October 14 | 8:30PM Chalmette Movies & Tuesday, October 16 | 6:15PM Chalmette Movies
Face 2 Face is a feature-length documentary that follows the 11,000-mile cross-country voyage of Emmy-winning director, Katherine Brooks. Director Katherine Brooks in attendance.
Sunday, October 14 at 6:45PM | Prytania Theatre
Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30PM | Prytania Theatre
A steamy July 4th night brings four people together in two tales of seduction and conflicted desire. Director Joshua Sanchez in attendance.
Saturday, October 13 at 9:30PM | Theatres at Canal Place 2
Fourplay is an anthology of four tales of sexual triumph and travail. Director Kyle Henry in attendance.
Wednesday, October 17, at 7:45PM | Theatres at Canal Place 1
Jenn and Matt are best friends from college who are now in their 30s. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writerâ€™s block and canâ€™t get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child togetherâ€¦ the old-fashioned way.
Keep the Lights On
Monday, October 15, at 8:45PM | Theatres at Canal Place 2
Tuesday, October 16, at 8:30PM | Theatres at Canal Place 2
Keep the Lights On chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction. Documentary filmmaker Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth, Damages) meet through a casual encounter, but soon find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk takers â€“ compulsive, and fueled by drugs and sex.
Love Free Or Die
Thursday, October 18 at 6:00PM | Contemporary Arts Center
Love Free or Die (Special Jury Prize winner Sundance 2012) is a film about religion, homosexuality and human rights; how tradition and scripture are used by many to reject a faithful minority and amid the growing calls in the US and beyond to adopt inclusion. The film follows Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christendom.
Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings
Saturday, October 13 at 11:59PM | Prytania Theatre
This hysterically funny and outrageous camp zombie comedy was a smash hit in The Philippines last year.
Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads
Monday, October 15 at 8:15PM | Contemporary Arts Center
After years of performing in dive bars and bathhouses around New Orleans, semi-celebrity and loose chanteuse Varla Jean Merman (Jeffery Roberson) is watching her audience get older by the minute. In a last-ditch effort to prop up her sagging career, Varla decides to go after a younger crowd – kids. Varla Jean & The Mushroomheads is a mockumentary chronicling the daffy diva’s attempts to mount a low-budget children’s television show.
The sidebar will also include a lecture on queer film by Jonathan Pope Evans, who will speak on queer film before the screening of the shorts program “American Dreams, American Nightmares: A Queer Perspective.” Evans holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and currently teaches acting and directing at Chap- man University’s College of Performing Arts as an associate professor. He is also an accomplished filmmaker, having won the Best International Short Film Award at the Berlin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for his short “Sepulte (The Buried).” Jonathan Couette, director of the acclaimed documentary Tarnation and Walk Away Renee said, “Jonathan Pope Evans is one of the most promising voices in cinema for 2013.”