The inaugural festival’s line-up will include films both old and new — from the John Waters-directed classic Female Trouble to the Sundance hit The Foxy Merkins. Filmmakers from three of the films will be in attendance for the festival: from the documentary Before You Know It, director PJ Raval and associate producer Curran Nault; from The Foxy Merkins, co-writer and actress Lisa Haas; and from Valencia: The Movie/S, actresses Shawna Elizabeth and Lisa Haas.
“The films in the line-up represent some of the most exciting cinema currently out there, and we’re so happy to be showcasing them locally with Shotgun Cinema.”
– Clint Bowie, NOFS Programming Director
OUTakes marks the first collaboration between the NOFS and Shotgun Cinema, and a first for both organizations at programming films at the historic Marigny venue.
“The Old Firehouse is such a respected hub for local independent film production. We’re excited to contribute film exhibition to this unique venue.”
– Travis Bird, Technical Director of Shotgun Cinema
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the New Orleans Film Society for this inaugural event, and to collaborate on a program that showcases a lot of diversity and quality in LGBTQ films.”
– Angela Catalano, Programming Director of Shotgun Cinema
“Though NOFS programs films throughout the year that feature LGBTQ themes, we realized the time had come for a film program that speaks, not necessarily exclusively, but especially to the many issues that arise in the LGBTQ community — and while we’re at it, entertain the hell out of everyone.”
– John Desplas, NOFS Artistic Director
NOFS Members: $7.00
Tickets are available at the door and online at New Orleans Film Society
OUTAKES FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
The Old Firehouse
720 Mandeville Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
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THURSDAY, JULY 10
To Be Takei | 6:30 PM | 93 min The Foxy Merkins | 8:45 PM | 90 min
FRIDAY, JULY 11
Floating Skyscrapers | 7:00 PM | 93 min Valencia | 9:15 PM | 105 min
Before You Know It
Dir. PJ Raval | Documentary | 2013 | 110 min
Aging is a difficult process, but aging in the LGBTQ community presents different challenges. Director PJ Raval follows three older gay men as they navigate the last years of their life: Ty, an African-American man from Harlem who struggles with his partner’s inability to commit to him under newfound marriage laws; Robert, a Galveston bar owner and drag queen whose bar provides a home for the Texas queer community, and Dennis, a recently out cross dresser who leaves his solitary life in Florida for a gay retirement community in Portland. Each story shares its own unique balance of hope and despair, highlighting the unique circumstances facing the aging gay population. Director PJ Raval and associate producer Curran Nault scheduled to attend.
Dir. John Waters | Narrative | 1974 | 97 min
What would an inaugural LGBTQ film festival be without the inimitable John Waters? The king of camp, Waters has carved a wonderfully raunchy niche for himself within the cinematic landscape, and Female Trouble is no exception. Spoiled Dawn (Divine) gets pregnant after running away from home and becomes a model for two women who photograph other women committing crimes. Trash cinema icon Divine commands every scene she’s in, and Waters’ camera focuses in on her infectious energy. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Female Trouble paved the way for queer cinema and has left an indelible mark on film history.
Floating Skyscrapers (Płynące wieżowce)
Dir. Tomasz Wasilewski | Narrative | 2013 | 93 min
Billed as Poland’s first gay film, Floating Skyscrapers highlights the continued struggle and social stigma attached to the LGBTQ community. Kuba is a promising young swimmer living with his mother and his long-term girlfriend in a tense but seemingly satisfying existence. Sexually voracious, Kuba sneaks into bathroom stalls with male teammates while returning home to sleep with his unsuspecting girlfriend. Kuba’s sexual and emotional motivations change when he meets Michal, an openly gay university student. Although Kuba and Michal fall happily in love, their relationship is plagued by their families’ inability to accept their sexuality and by surrounding hate from the Polish community.
The Foxy Merkins
Dir. Madeleine Olnek | Narrative | 2014 | 90 min
After the cult success of her debut feature Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, director Margaret Olnek returns with a wildly entertaining comedy about the life of an emerging lesbian hooker. Lending new meaning to the phrase “hooker with a heart of gold,” Michelle (Lisa Haas) stumbles through different clients, fulfilling cop fantasies and attempting to please closeted rich Manhattanite women. Under the careful guidance of seasoned hooker Jo (Jackie Monahan), Margaret navigates the world of “hooking” by falling into hilariously misguided events. Smart and laugh-out-loud funny, The Foxy Merkins puts a refreshing and clever new spin on the buddy film. Actor and co-writer Lisa Haas scheduled to attend.
To Be Takei
Dir. Jennifer M. Kroot | Documentary | 2014
George Takei’s life is singular: from WWII internment camp to Star Trek helmsman, from politician and activist to social media genius with millions of followers. This amusing and intimate portrait of Takei’s life highlights his struggles as a Japanese-American, as an actor, and as a publicly closeted gay man, only coming out within the last decade to help fight injustices against the LGBTQ community. To Be Takei tells his powerful story, and playfully follows George and his husband Brad through their jam-packed current-day schedule, uncovering the unique dignity and sense of justice that infuses his work.
Valencia: The Movie/S
Dir. Jerry Lee Abram, Peter Anthony, Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Cary Cronenwett, Cheryl Dunye, Bug Davidson, Lares Feliciano, Dia Felix, Hilary Goldberg, Silas Howard, Alexa Inkeles, Michelle Lawler, Olivia Parriott, Sharon Barnes Rubenstein, Jill Soloway, Sara St. Martin Lynne, Samuael Topiary, Courtney Trouble, Chris E. Vargas, Greg Youmans Narrative | 2013 | 105 min (Editor’s Note: Yes. THAT many directors.)
Based on the memoir of Michelle Tea, queer feminist author and founder of Sister Spit, Valencia: The Movie/s transforms Tea’s life into a queer punk anthology anchored by her witty observations and self-deprecating humor. Divided into chapters, the film features a new Michelle for every part of her life, covering everything from prostitution to her relationships to her budding career as an activist and writer. Prominent filmmakers Cheryl Dunye, Silas Howard, and Jill Soloway are joined by emerging directors such as Aubree Bernier-Clarke, and Courtney Trouble to craft an intimate history of Tea’s life thus far. Actors Shawna Elizabeth and Lisa Haas scheduled to attend.
Dir. Marta Cunningham | Documentary | 2014 | 89 min
In 2008, the small town of Oxnard, California, was shattered by the unthinkable: 8th- grade student Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King twice in the head during class. While initial reports indicated Larry may have been murdered for his effeminate homosexuality, filmmaker Marta Cunningham delves deeper into the lives of both boys to uncover striking similarities between the two. Equal parts horrific and infuriating, this engrossing documentary looks at how the systematic breakdown of family and community can lead to such tragedies and what can be done to potentially prevent future violence.
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Stanley B. Gill
Founder & Editor-in-Chief