This year’s Outfest promises to be a terrific one for lesbian and bisexual film fans. The festival which takes place in Los Angeles and has been going strong for 33 years, is showing not only films that have been generating a lot of buzz this season, but also many terrific smaller indie and short films that should definitely be on your list. We’ve compiled our own list of films you should not miss if you are planning to attend the festival which kicks off tonight.
Tig (Directed by Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York)
By now you probably know the brave and bold story about how comic Tig Notaro came out about having cancer during a stand up show in 2012. This documentary follows Tig in her recovery, her rise to fame and her budding relationship with now fianceé Stephanie Allynne. The film will also be able on Netflix starting July 17th.
Thursday, July 9th, 8pm at the Orpheum.
Jenny’s Wedding (Written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue)
This family dramedy starring Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel is making its world premiere at Outfest before it hits theaters and VOD. Heigl plays Jenny, a women who lives with her girlfriend, but has yet to come out to her family. When she finally does and begins to plan her wedding, tensions surface within her family. Will love conquer all? (Probably.)
Friday, July 10th, 7pm at DGA 1
Bare (Written and directed by Natalia Leite)
This little gem of a film, starring Dianna Agron as a Sara, a young women stuck in a small town with few options, is at the top of my list of queer films this season. Agron nails the melancholy of this coming-of-age film, which is beautifully shot and directed. Sara’s romance with Paz de la Huerta‘s Pepper is intriguing and certainly pushes the norms of what we’ve become accustom to in lesbian/bisexual films.
Saturday, July 11th, 9:30pm at DGA 1.
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (Written and directed by Christina Zeidler and John Mitchell)
Elsie is never without a backup plan. A serial monogamist, she quickly discards relationships when something better comes along, but this way of life is taking a toll on her heart. When she actually connects with someone she was quick to disregard, she finds herself in an unfamiliar position.
Saturday, July 11th, 1:30pm at DGA 1
While You Weren’t Looking (Directed by Catherine Stewart)
This drama out of South Africa features the stories of a married queer couple, and their daughter and her new butch girlfriend. Dealing with issues of infidelity, classism, race and family, the film is a fascinating look into the lives of these very complex women.
Saturday, July 11th, 5pm at Redcat
Stuff (Written and directed by Suzanne Guacci)
Married couple Deb and Trish have it all…or do they? The spark of romance has been replaced by the everyday hustle and bustle of raising a family, and their marriage is starting to fray at the seams. When Deb becomes attracted to another mom at her childrens’ school, the drama really starts to unfold.
Sunday, July 12th, 3pm at Harmony Gold