Skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

Midday Movies: FilmOut

LGBT Film Festival Turns 15

Grace Towers in

Credit: Grace Towers

Above: Grace Towers in "Leather and Grace," co-directed by Fernando Garcia and Anthony Diaz.

Michael McQuiggan, Programmer for FilmOut

Fernando Garcia, Co-director, "Leather and Grace"

Beth Accomando, KPBS Arts and Culture Reporter


FilmOut, San Diego's LGBT Film Festival, kicks off its 15th year tonight with the teen comedy "BGF" at the Birch North Park Theater.

Programmer Michael McQuiggan screens about 700 films a year in order to find the best films to showcase each year at FilmOut. He was a bit disappointed to find few gay-themed horror titles to choose from but did manage to find one short to include. He also programs the monthly film screenings and quarterly marathons that are helping FilmOut crossover to a broader audience.

Opening night will showcase the teen comedy "GBF," that has been generating a lot of buzz, and closing night will be the documentary, "I am Divine," about the iconic John Waters' star. FilmOut will also be giving a posthumous award to the late Divine for her audacious career shocking mainstream America with films like "Pink Flamingos," "Female Trouble" and "Polyester."

The festival showcases dozens of films ranging from romantic comedy to documentary, music video to compelling drama.

The music video "Leather and Grace" was made here in San Diego and stars Grace Towers, who was the subject of the recent Circle Circle dot dot play, "Deconstruction of a Drag Queen." The short was co-directed by Anthony Diaz (Grace Towers is his drag alter ego) and Fernando Garcia.

You can check out "Leather and Grace" here on the small screen.

FilmOut runs tonight through Sunday at the Birch North Park Theater.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.