Preview: FilmOut 2014
May 26, 2014 4:06 p.m.
FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT Film Festival, kicks off its 16th year this Friday. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with the festival’s programmer about what to expect.
ANCHOR INTRO: FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT Film Festival, kicks off its 16th year this Friday. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with the festival’s programmer about what to expect.
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Filmout programmer Michael McQuiggan says this year’s festival has been pared down to an intense 3-day event.
MICHAEL MCQUIGGAN: So I had to be real selective. We received over 350 submissions and I kind of had to streamline the festival down to 25 films. So the 25 films that were selected are kind of the best of the best.
One of the best in McQuiggan’s opinion is Gerontophillia about a young man who takes a summer job at a nursing home and discovers he’s attracted to seniors.
CLIP That’s me, I was in rather good shape, don’t you think?… I guess so, I like the way you look now… what medication are you on?
MICHAEL MCQUIGGAN: And I have never seen anything like it, and it’s directed by Bruce LaBruce who kind of, his films are kind of in your face, although this is more subdued than his past work.
Other films range from the opening night romantic comedy Boy meets Girl to the documentary Folsom Forever about a San Francisco neighborhood street fair that grew into an iconic kink and fetish event. Although some films may seem aimed at a narrow demographic, McQuiggan says FilmOut is reaching an ever broadening audience.
MICHAEL MCQUIGGAN: That’s only because we’ve kind of exploded on social media and since we do these monthly films and quarterly marathons that’s brought in a whole different demographic so I am seeing new people at every festival.
FilmOut runs this Friday through Sunday at the North park Theater.
Beth Accomando, KPBS News.