Outefest, Los Angeles's LGBT film fest kicks off tonight, and brings dozens of features, documentaries, and shorts to the big screen. Here are a few highlights on the program that I'm particularly looking forward to.
Bruno & Earlene Go To Vegas
Synopsis: Earlene (Ashleigh Sumner) arrives at Venice Beach after running away from a desperate situation, only to become fast friends with Bruno (Miles Szanto) an Australian skater who is also lost. Together, they set out into the desert to find themselves.
Why I'm Pumped: This feature is apparently the first LGBTQI road trip/western, and the trailer promises sandy, dusty, moody shots.
Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution
Synopsis: A parallel revolution was born out of the feminist movement of the 1970's, coming to an end around 1995. Filmmaker Myriam Fougère takes us on a journey to meet the lesbian writers, philosophers, and activists who were key players in creating a revolutionary sisterhood around the world.
Why I'm Pumped: One of the woman in the trailer uses the term, "Island of Women." Enough said.
Synopsis: Frazzled and fabulous Chloe and Kate have been inseparable ever since tying for last place at a kiddie beauty pageant. Years later, when the pageant announces a reunion, the two attempt to redeem themselves in front of former rival Laurel. But on their way to the gathering, the two girls make a wrong turn and confront a colorful cast of characters including drug addicts, a feminist farming collective, and strip club hooligans.
Why I'm Pumped: Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael did this seemingly insanely ridiculous comedy on a serious budget. Also Alicia Silverstone plays an antagonist, so double-excitement.
Reaching For The Moon (Flores Raras)
Synopsis: Grappling with writer's bock, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) travels to 1950s Rio de Janeiro to visit her college friend Mary (Tracy Middendorf). Hoping to find inspiration on Mary's sprawling estate, Elizabeth winds up with much more -- a temptestuous relationship with Mary's bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares, that rocks the staid writer to her foundation. Alchoholism
Why I'm Pumped: This was directed by a pro (Bruno Barreto) and re-imagines a story in history worth telling — I mean Elizabeth Bishop wrote North & South. Literary nerds unite!