Out on Film Announces Late Breaking Additions for the Film Festival

Wednesday September 23, 2020


Out on Film presented by WarnerMedia has announced the late-breaking additions to the already impressive lineup of films and events for the 33rd edition of the Atlanta-based LGBTQIA+ film festival (September 24-October 4). Out on Film will partner with HBO Max to sneak preview two episodes of their upcoming series "Equal," and they have also added Lauren Fash's locally-filmed thriller "Through the Glass Darkly," as well as a Special 40th Anniversary Drive-in screening of Alan Parker's classic "Fame."

These additions join a lineup of films, honorees, panels, and events highlighted by the Opening Night screening of Cindy Abel's celebrated documentary "Surviving the Silence," the Closing Night screening of Monica Zanetti's crowd-pleasing prom comedy "Ellie and Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)," special anniversary screenings, the presentation of Out on Film's Icon Award to Margaret Cho, and a "Conversation of Film" with "Scream" and "Dawson's Creek" scribe Kevin Williamson.

Out on Film Festival Director, Jim Farmer, said, "If there is one thing that we always keep in the forefront of our minds at Out on Film, it is the idea that a film festival should be a 'festival.' There should be fun, excitement, and events that celebrate film and our love of it. These three new additions underline that in very different ways. Being able to offer a special sneak preview of episodes from HBO Max's "Equal" is an Out on Film-exclusive for our audience. Screening a film like "Through the Glass Darkly" is another nod to our locally-based independent filmmakers, who are such an important part of our film family. And "Fame." That film is a celebration. It is a certified joy spiced with some heartbreak that everyone can connect to — certainly our LGBTQIA+ film fans, but well beyond too. It is a perfect example of a film that can build bridges between all audience members, and that is one of the best results that can happen from attending a film festival."

Out On Film teams with HBO Max to present an East Coast Premiere sneak preview of "Equal," an upcoming four-part documentary series on the LGBTQ+ pioneers who helped change the course of American history through their activism. The film festival will screen two episodes from the series.

Those episodes include; Episode Two: "Transgender Pioneers." Directed by Kimberly Reed, it charts the events of an August night in 1966 when trans people rose up against police harassment in San Francisco's Tenderloin: Compton's Cafeteria. Subjects include Christine Jorgensen (Jamie Clayton), Lucy Hicks Anderson (Alexandra Grey) and Jack Starr (Theo Germaine), who chose to live their lives as they chose amidst a society that criminalized their lives. Also screening will be Episode Three: "Black is Beautiful, Gay Is Good!" Directed by Stephen Kijak, the episode chronicles the lives of Lorraine Hansberry (Samira Wiley), Bayard Rustin (Keiynan Lonsdale) and José Sarria (Jai Rodriguez), who made a run for county supervisor, years before Harvey Milk.

Lauren Fash's made-in-Georgia (filmed in Jasper, Ellijay, and Nelson) psychological thriller, "Through the Glass Darkly," is rich in atmosphere and three-dimensional characters. A year after her daughter disappears, Charlie (Robyn Lively of "Teen Witch") remains hopeful, despite that fact that another girl from Elrod, Georgia has gone missing. Convinced there is a connection, Charlie draws suspicion and contempt from local law enforcement and townspeople as she stops at nothing to expose its most devastating and darkest secret. The excellent ensemble cast includes Shanola Hampton of "Shameless," "Designing Women" vet Judith Ivey and Atlanta's Bethany Anne Lind.


On Saturday, October 3 at 7:45 PM, film fans can head out to The Springs Cinema & Taphouse and revel in Alan Parker's "Fame" (1980). The film, which focuses on the talented and not-so-talented students who go through dramatic and entertaining ups and downs during a year at a high school for the performing arts in New York City was and still is a signature film for anyone aspiring for fame and those that even entertained the idea in their wildest dreams. Fair warning that some may be inspired to dance on the hoods of their cars to "Hot Lunch Jam."

For information on purchasing passes, tickets, and additional details on Out on Film, please go to outonfilm.org.

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