First Five Selections for the 35 Anniversary Out on Film Festival
Updated: Aug 1
Welcome to the 35th Anniversary of Out on Film! The festival is a celebration of who we are, where we come from, and who we hope to become. We are bringing stories from around the globe depicting hope, love, courage and the struggles and triumphs of finding our place in world.
All Man: The International Male Story
Directed by Bryan Darling and Jesse Finley Reed
83 minutes | United States | 2022
More than outrageous fashions, hunky models, and scandalous undies, ALL MAN: THE INTERNATIONAL MALE STORY is a journey across three decades of the International Male catalog's lasting impact on fashion, masculinity, and gay rights. With revenues at its peak of $120 million and circulation of over 3 million, the catalog successfully appealed to both gay and straight audiences, and helped transform conservative notions of American masculinity towards a more carefree, cosmopolitan, and confident expression. Written by Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jones and narrated by Matt Bomer (MAGIC MIKE, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, etc…), ALL MAN is a character-driven portrait of a band of outsiders who changed the way men looked and how the world looked at them. This is their story - a modern day fairy tale that really did come true. #DocumentaryFeature
Black As U R
Directed by Michael Rice
84 minutes | United States | 2022
A post-Trump society wracked by Covid-19 and economic recession, America is experiencing radical and constant change. On May 25, 2020 George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer who suffocated Floyd as bystanders pleaded with him to relent. That evening protests erupted and the city of Minneapolis went up in flames. The murder had sparked a firestorm of national and international protest.
Minneapolis now had the world’s attention, yet in the same week in the same city a young black trans teenager named Iyanna Dior was brutally attacked following a fender bender in a convenience store parking lot. Iyanna had sought shelter inside the store, but was dragged outside and viciously beaten by a mob of young black men and woman screaming homophobic slurs. A few blocks away, black Americans were chanting that ‘Black Lives Matter’. But it seemed from Iyanna’s experience that in fact not all ‘Black Lives Matter’. Or do they only matter if you’re black and heterosexual?
BLACK AS U R poses to Black America a highly confrontational and much avoided question. Why do we as a people protest against racial injustice, but disregard the injustices experienced by black queer people? After all, we are just as black as you are. In this incendiary documentary, filmmaker Micheal Rice takes the audience on a journey through the homophobia that characterizes many black spaces, both contemporarily and via an autobiographic look into his own upbringing in the south.
BLACK AS U R is the first step in confronting the African American community about queerphobia, via the seering stories of queer black people. #DocumentaryFeature
In From the Side
Directed by Matt Carter
134 minutes | United Kingdom | 2022
The lives of a London gay rugby team, both on and off the pitch, are explored in this assured feature which reveals the many different games that people play. When an injured player from the A-team is selected to play with the Bs as part of his recovery, tensions are already high. Initial suspicion turns to physical lust for two of the team members and personal loyalties are stretched as they try to conceal the affair, not only from their own partners but also their teammates. Alexander Lincoln and Alexander King give magnetic performances as the lovers, alongside an excellent ensemble cast. #NarrativeFeature
Directed by Daresha Kyi (CHAVELA)
91 minutes | United States | 2022
Did you know there are over 30,000 conservative, Christian mothers in America who accept their LGBTQ+ children and identify as “mama bears”? Although they may have grown up as evangelical Christians, mama bears are willing to risk losing friends, family and faith communities to keep their children safe — even if it rips their worlds apart. MAMA BEARS explores this growing movement through the lives of three diverse mothers and their LGBT+ offspring. #DocumentaryFeature
When Time Got Louder
Directed by Connie Cocchia
114 minutes | Canada | 2022
Departing for college, Abbie leaves behind her parents and brother, Kayden, who is non-verbal and has autism. As Abbie falls in love with her new independence and budding relationship with a woman, her parents try to teach Kayden more independent life skills as they help him transition from high school to adulthood and adjust his routine without Abbie. Due to Abbie’s absence, Kayden’s struggles increase as he cannot communicate with his sister . When Abbie returns home for the holidays she discovers Kayden is in the hospital, and as a family they must find a solution for his future.
WHEN TIME GOT LOUDER touches upon the immense impact autism has on siblings and parents, and shows the importance of sibling connection and the unconditional bond between family. With a focus on authenticity, Kayden is played by a young man on the autism spectrum, as well as displays artwork from the autism community on screen, and all of the licensed music in the film being from the autism and LGBTQ+ communities. #NarrativeFeature