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Midday Movies: FilmOut

LGBT Film Festival Turns 15

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

Aired 5/29/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:
Michael McQuiggan, Programmer for FilmOut

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

Beth Accomando, KPBS Arts and Culture Reporter

Transcript

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.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 29, 2013 at 8:58 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

So did they select a horror title?

I never thought about the lack of gay horror movies.

Seems like an untapped niche!!

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JeanMarc | May 29, 2013 at 10:59 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

I just can't imagine how to make a horror movie gay. Have a gay murderer or something?

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | May 30, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

I guess you folks have not been attending FilmOut or if you have you have not sought out any of the horror titles that Michael McQuiggan programs. Films like Hellbent, Zombies of Mass Destruction, Bite Marks, Psycho Beach Party, The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror, Socket, and Eugene... to name a few. There are also a number of shorts but I can't recall the names. And there is only one horror short at this year's FilmOut, no features.

A gay horror film just means that the filmmaker or writer was gay or that a prominent character is gay or that some kind of gay theme is addressed.

Thanks.

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JeanMarc | May 30, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

You've got me there, I don't normally attend gay-themed events. I feel so uncultured now :(

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | May 30, 2013 at 9:45 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Well I just go wherever I can find good films... or even fun bad films.

Thanks for your interest.

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Missionaccomplished | May 30, 2013 at 11:04 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

He also programs the monthly film screenings and quarterly marathons that are helping FilmOut crossover to a broader audience."

Pun intended or not, Beth?

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Missionaccomplished | May 30, 2013 at 11:14 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION has NOTHING in its very brief IMBD write up, to indicate that that it is a "gay horror" film. In fact, it was part of the formerly named After Dark Film Fest which consisted of eight indy American horror films.

By your wide definition and rather desperate definition, Beth, GASLIGHT would be considered "gay cinema" simply because it was directed by George Cuckold I mean Cukor.

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JeanMarc | May 30, 2013 at 4:03 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Cuckold? HAH!

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