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FilmOut Kicks Off 19th Year With Docs, Rom-Coms And A Block Of Horror

San Diego’s LGBT film festival runs Friday through Sunday at Observatory North Park

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"Room For Rent," from Brazilian filmmakers Matheus Farias and Enock Carvalho, screens as part of FilmOut San Diego's first ever queer horror film block on Saturday June 10 at 10:00 PM.

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FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT film festival, kicks off on Friday at the Observatory North Park. Here’s a preview.

FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT film festival, kicks off on Friday at the Observatory North Park. Here is a preview.

FilmOut celebrates its 19th anniversary, and its opening night film, “A Very Sordid Wedding,” is already sold out. The film is the sequel to Del Shores’ 2000 feature film “Sordid Lives” and 2008 TV series. Many of the original cast members are returning for the sequel and at the festival for opening night. Shores will also be attendance. He received FilmOut’s Career Achievement Award in 2012.

You cannot get into opening night nor its after party, but FilmOut programmer Michael McQuiggan said there is plenty more to see at the three-day festival.

As a horror fan, McQuiggan is thrilled to be presenting FilmOut’s first ever queer horror block of shorts at 10 p.m., Saturday. McQuiggan has been dedicated to showcasing gay horror. He screened “Hellbent,” a film referred to as the first gay slasher film, back in 2004. He has also programmed a number of brilliant but dark films such as “Drown” and “Down River” as a contrast to the brighter rom-coms that also play at the festival.

Matheus Farias is a Brazilian filmmaker who is having “Room for Rent,” a film he co-directed with Enock Carvalho, showcased as part of the horror block.

“We are thrilled and honored to have our film being screened at FilmOut San Diego at this block of horror genre films,” Farias said. “Where are the queer characters in horror films? Maybe FilmOut San Diego will have the answer for that question.”

Carvalho added, “We are lovers of horror films, so seems natural that we use this genre to tell stories while making films. The idea for the film came when we were both talking about a tale of two women having a date. They would go to an apartment owned by one of them, and the end of the night would go terribly wrong. The idea for the film already came with a dark and mysterious mood, probably because these references were all in our mind.”

In addition to the horror block, McQuiggan is excited about the closing night documentary, “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” about the beloved San Francisco author of “Tales of the City.”

“It’s basically a film about his life, and it has lots of interviews with people like Ian McKellan, Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, and Charles Busch to name a few,” McQuiggan said. “And people who like documentaries that we screened in the past like ‘I Am Divine’ and ‘Tab Hunter Confidential,’ this is right up that same alley so you won’t be disappointed.”

FilmOut runs Friday through Sunday and will screen some 40 shorts, features and documentaries at the Observatory North Park.

Check out the Cinema Junkie Podcast #119 on Thursday all about Queer Horror.


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