Outfest Announces Lineup for 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival

Outfest - the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen - today announced the complete programming lineup for the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival presented by HBO. The nation's leading LGBT festival will be held July 7-17, 2016.

The 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival opens with Samuel Goldwyn Films' "The Intervention", Clea Duvall's engaging directorial and screenwriting feature debut starring Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat and Clea Duvall; and closes with Vertical Entertainment's "Other People" - a 2016 Sundance Film Festival standout, written and directed by Saturday Night Live's Chris Kelly and starring Jesse Plemons, Zach Woods, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow, Molly Shannon and June Squibb. Additional gala screenings include: U.S. Centerpiece "Spa Night" (Dir/Scr: Andrew Ahn), International Centerpiece "Esteros" (Dir/Scr: Gerald "Papu" Curotto), Documentary Centerpiece "Kiki" (Dir: Sara Jordenö), Legacy Centerpiece "Different From The Others" (Dir: Richard Oswald), and Special Centerpiece "King Cobra" (Dir: Justin Kelly) starring James Franco, Christian Slater, Keegan Allen, Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone.

"I am proud and honored to present a program that focuses on the most talented queer voices across all media - from film to television to the web," says Christopher Racster, Executive Director of Outfest. "Each year we see a snapshot of the lives of LGBT people from around the world. Honest reflections and celebrations of our experiences. These depictions take us on intensely personal journeys, which increasingly show that our similarities are greater than our differences. At a time when the cultural zeitgeist is using differences to drive us apart, these films intimately show us that each of our stories matter and each need a platform to be heard, understood, and respected."

With 162 films from 19 different countries, Outfest Los Angeles once again brings together the highest quality of LGBTQ film in the world along with highlighting efforts in the mainstream media to tell those stories. The 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will return to the Ford Theatres after a two-year renovation of the historic venue. The much anticipated comedy, "Ghostbusters" will kick off the screenings on July 13 with Documentary Centerpiece "Kiki", "Bearcity 3", "Modern Love", and Closing Night Gala "Other People" following on the subsequent days.

"It is an amazing year for LGBT cinema," adds Outfest Director of Programming Lucy Mukerjee-Brown. "Outfest Los Angeles continues to raise the profile of queer film, and launch the careers of LGBT filmmakers. This year we are particularly proud to spotlight women in the industry with 43% of the festival's content helmed by female directors. Relatedly, at a time when there is some concern about film production in Los Angeles, it was heartening to see local, independent filmmakers making use of the rich diversity of this city to propel their storytelling. The Made in LA spotlight pulls together the mosaic of cultures that make up this city and reminds us that despite our differences, we are one community."

Spotlight screenings include the Season 2 premiere of Hulu's "Difficult People"; a tribute screening of "The Hunger" in honor of David Bowie; HBO's "Looking: The Movie" and "The Trans List"; Tig Notaro's new comedy series "One Mississippi" from Amazon as well as the Season 3 premiere of "Transparent"; and TBS' new comedy series "Search Party".

Outfest Los Angeles will also be showcasing three digital series which includes the world premiere of "For Ex-Lovers Only" from director/screenwriter Andrew Gitomer, the Season 2 world premiere of "The Chadwick Journals" from directors Deondray Gossett and Quincy LeNear and the 2016 GLAAD Media Award winner for Outstanding Digital Journalism, "Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church" from director Clay Cane.

Tickets and Information
For more information and for a complete listing of films in 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, log on to outfest.org or call 213-480-7065, Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 6:00pm.

Outfest members receive benefits such as free tickets, priority entrance to screenings or ALL ACCESS passes. Tickets go on sale to members beginning Thursday, June 9. General admission tickets to individual films go on sale beginning Tuesday, June 14. Contact the Box Office for membership, tickets and event information by calling 213-480-7065 or visit Outfest.org. Special ticket packages are also available.

The 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is proudly presented by HBO, a partnership that has spanned 20 years. Grand Sponsors include Delta Air Lines, Entertainment Partners, and Frontiers Media. Premiere Sponsors are Clear Channel Outdoor, Comcast NBCUniversal, Directors Guild of America, DIRECTV, GetPrEPLA.com, The Grove, Merrill Lynch, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. For more information about sponsorship, visit www.outfest.org/sponsor.

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ABOUT OUTFEST Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the world's leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 35,000 LGBT films and videos. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is eleven days of world-class films, panels, and parties. ABOUT HBO
Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world's most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services - HBO and CineMax - to approximately 131 million subscribers worldwide. The services offer the popular subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and CineMax On Demand, as well as HBO GO and MAX GO, HD feeds and multiplex channels. HBO NOW, the network's internet-only premium streaming service, provides audiences with instant access to HBO's acclaimed programming in the U.S. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO and CineMax programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide. 2016 OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBT FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP
GALA FILMS:

THE INTERVENTION - Opening Night Gala
Dir/Scr: Clea Duvall, 2016, USA, 90 min

KING COBRA - Special Centerpiece
Dir/Scr: Justin Kelly, 2016, USA, 91 min

SPA NIGHT - U.S. Centerpiece
Dir/Scr: Andrew Ahn, 2016, USA, 90 min

ESTEROS - International Centerpiece
Dir/Scr: Geraldo "Papu" Curotto, 2016, Argentina/Brazil, 83 min

KIKI - Documentary Centerpiece
Dir: Sara Jordenö, 2016, Sweden/USA, 94 min

DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS - Legacy Centerpiece
Dir: Richard Oswald, 1919, Germany, 54 min

OTHER PEOPLE - Closing Night Gala
Dir/Scr: Chris Kelly, 2015, USA, 97 min

U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURES

AVA'S IMPOSSIBLE THINGS
Dir/Scr: Marina Rice Bader, USA, 2016, 80 min

AWOL
Dir: Deb Shoval, USA, 2016, 85 min

BEARCITY 3
Dir: Doug Langway, USA, 2016, 120 min

BRUISING FOR BESOS
Dir: Adelina Anthony, USA, 2016, 88 min

DADDY'S BOY
Dir/Scr: Daniel Armando, USA, 2015, 78 min

FIRST GIRL I LOVED
Dir/Scr: Kerem Sanga, United States, 2016, 91 min

FRONT COVER
Dir: Ray Yeung, USA, 2015, 87 min

HUNKY DORY
Dir: Michael Curtis Johnson, USA, 2016, 88 min

I LOVE YOU BOTH
Dir: Doug Archibald, USA, 2015, 90 min

LAZY EYE
Dir: Tim Kirkman, USA, 2015, 86 min

MILES
Dir: Nathan Adloff, USA, 2016, 90 min

DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN... (aka MODERN LOVE)
Dir/Scr: Joshua Tunick, USA, 2016, 92 min

PUSHING DEAD
Dir/Scr: Tom E. Brown, USA, 2016, 110 min

RETAKE
Dir/Scr: Nick Corporon, USA, 2015, 98 min

SLASH
Dir/Scr: Clay Liford, USA, 2016, 100 min

SUICIDE KALE
Dir: Carly Usdin, USA, 2015, 78 min

WOMEN WHO KILL
Dir/Scr: Ingrid Jungermann, USA, 2016, 93 min

INTERNATIONAL DRAMATIC FEATURES

ALMOST ADULTS
Dir: Sarah Rotella, Canada, 2015, 90 min

BABY BUMP
Dir: Kuba Czekaj, Poland, 2015, 89 min

BEING 17
Dir: André Téchiné, France, 2016, 116 min

BLUSH
Dir: Michal Vinik, Israel, 2015, 84 min

CLOSET MONSTER
Dir: Stephen Dunn, Canada, 2015, 90 min

DEPARTURE
Dir/Scr: Andrew Steggall, France, United Kingdom, 2015, 109 min

FIRE SONG
Dir: Adam Garnet Jones, Canada, 2015, 85 min

GIRL GETS GIRL
Dir/Scr: Sonia Sebastian, Spain, 2015, 88 min

GIRLS LOST
Dir: Alexandra-Therese Keining, Sweden, 2015, 106 min

HE HATED PIGEONS
Dir/Scr: Ingrid Veninger, Canada, 2015, 80 min

HOLDING THE MAN
Dir: Neil Armfield, Australia, 2015, 127 min

I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY
Dir: Julio Hernández Cordón, Germany, Mexico, Mexico, 2015, 88 min

LOVE
Dir: Viet Max, Vietnam, 2015, 105 min

THE NEST
Dir: Filipe Matzembacher, Brazil, 2016, 115 min

PARIS 05:59: THEO & HUGO
Dir: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau, France, 2016, 97 min

SUMMERTIME
Dir: Catherine Corsini, France, 2015, 105 min

WHERE ARE YOU GOING HABIBI?
Dir/Scr: Tor Iben, Germany, 2015, 80 min

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

COMING OUT
Dir: Alden Peters, USA, 2015, 71 min

FILM HAWK
Dir: JJ Garvine & Tai Parquet, USA, 2016, 75 min

FORBIDDEN: UNDOCUMENTED AND QUEER IN RURAL AMERICA
Dir: Tiffany Rhynard, USA, 2016, 90 min

JEWEL'S CATCH ONE
Dir: C. Fitz, USA, 2016, 85 min

LAST MEN STANDING
Dir: Tim Hussin & Erin Brethauer, USA, 2016, 66 min

MAJOR!
Dir: Annalise Ophelian, USA, 2015, 91 min

OVARIAN PSYCOS
Dir: Joanna Sokolowski & Kate Trumbull-LaValle, USA, 2016, 72 min

THE PEARL
Dir: Jessica Dimmock & Christopher LaMarca, USA, 2016, 97 min

PLAZA DE LA SOLEDAD
Dir: Maya Goded, Mexico & Netherlands, 2016, 78 min

RAISING ZOEY
Dir: Dante Alencastre, USA, 2016, 54 min

REAL BOY
Dir: Shaleece Haas, USA, 2015, 74 min

SCRUM
Dir: Poppy Stockwell, Australia, 2015, 54 min

SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR
Dir: Deborah S. Esquenazi, USA, 2016, 90 min

STRIKE A POSE
Dir: Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan, Netherlands, 2016, 83 min

UNCLE HOWARD
Dir: Aaron Brookner, UK & USA, 2016, 96 min

WEEKENDS
Dir: Dong-Ha Lee, South Korea, 2016, 98 min

WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED
Dir: Gillian Armstrong, Australia, 2015, 95 min

PANELS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

GHOSTBUSTERS
Dir/Scr: Paul Feig, 2016, USA, 116 min

THE HUNGER
Dir: Tony Scott, 1983, UK/USA, 97 min

LOOKING: THE MOVIE
Dir: Andrew Haigh, 2016, USA, 86 min

POLITICAL ANIMALS
Dir: Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares, 2015, USA, 88 min

THE TRANS LIST
Dir: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2016, USA, 51 min

UNCLE GLORIA
Dir: Robyn Symonds, 2016, USA, 76 min

FOR EX-LOVERS ONLY
Dir/Scr: Andrew Gitomer, 2016, 26 min

THE CHADWICK JOURNALS
Dir: Deondray Gossett & Quincy LeNear, 2016, USA, 63 min

HOLLER IF YOU HEAR ME: BLACK & GAY IN THE CHURCH
Dir: Clay Cane, 2015, USA, 60 min

SPECIAL EVENTS - TV Show Previews:
DIFFICULT PEOPLE (Hulu)
ONE MISSISSIPPI (Amazon)
SEARCH PARTY (TBS)
TRANSPARENT (Amazon)

SPECIAL EVENTS - Panels & Workshops:
SAG PANEL: THE BUSINESS OF ACTING: MAKING DIVERSITY WORK FOR YOU
FILMMAKER WORKSHOP WITH SEED & SPARK: CROWDFUNDING
FILMMAKER WORKSHOP WITH SEED & SPARK: VIRTUAL REALITY

PLATINUM SECTION: EXPERIMENTAL FILMS & LIVE EVENTS

OUTFITUMENTARY
Dir: K8 Hardy, USA, 2016, 82 min

THE CULT
Dir: André Antônio, Brazil, 2015, 70 min

DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE
Dir/Scr: Yony Leyser, Germany, 2015, 92 min

OUTFEST UCLA LEGACY PROJECT

BOUND
Dir: Lana and Lilly Wachowski
USA, 1996, 109 min

BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE
Dir: Howard Brookner, USA, 1983, 90 min

THE WATERMELON WOMAN
Dir/Scr: Cheryl Dunye, USA, 1996, 90 min

LEGACY/PLATINUM CO-PRESENTATION

NO SKIN OFF MY ASS
Dir: Bruce La Bruce, 1990, Canada, 73 min