OUTeast Film Festival

Posted by Wayves Volunteer 15/06/2013

Halifax, NS –The OUTeast Film Festival Association is proud to announce the full lineup of films, programs, events and sponsors for the second annual OUTeast Film Festival June 20-23, 2013.

“OUTeast was overwhelmed by the support we received from our community in our first year and we were inspired to offer more opportunities for engagement, entertainment, and empowerment through our programming and events,” said Andria Wilson, Festival Producer.

“We are proud to invest in the next generation of queer storytellers with our Work-in-Progress mentorship program, and to expand our reach through genre and style with the addition of experiential film works in the Khyber Centre for the Arts,” said Wilson.

The 2013 OUTeast Film Festival is once again presented by RBC. “RBC is delighted to be the Presenting Sponsor of OUTeast Film Festival,” says Glen Dormody, Regional Vice President, Halifax, RBC. “Diversity is one of our core values, and partnering with the LGBT community this exciting and insightful event is an excellent way to show that commitment to our customers, our employees and Atlantic Canadians.”

OUTeast recognizes the support of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage, and the Halifax Regional Municipality. OUTeast is made possible with the generous support of Official Venue Sponsor Neptune Theatre, Creative Partner Fogo Creative and sponsors {yellow tail}, The Coast, Rosie Porter of Royal LePage Atlantic, Venus Envy, The Company House, HeavyPetting, Atlantic Film Festival, Cansel Wade and 101.3 The BOUNCE.

Once home to one of Halifax's first gay bars, the Khyber's Turret Room will see its queer history resurrected, launching OUTeast on Thursday, June 20. I have come to ask you to tell me everything you know about the night brings together three works by Canadian artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: Legacy, Night Bird and a glittery performance piece that will transport the queer history of the room beyond its borders, onto to the streets. The installation will run until June 29.

The film program opens with I Am Divine, a documentary charting the legendary icon’s rise to infamy. Following a Toast to Opening Night with Rosie Porter and {yellow tail}, Heavy Petting Halifax will continue the queer dance party in the Neptune Studio Theatre Lobby.

Friday’s program opens with God Loves Uganda, a shocking expose directed by Academy Award Winner Roger Ross Williams. Next up: In order to avoid an X rating for his controversial 1980 film Cruising, William Friedkin cut 40 minutes of footage that has never screened publicly. Interior. Leather Bar., co-directed by and starring James Franco, cleverly re-imagines what may have happened in those lost scenes. After the screenings, OUTeast will partner with Retro @ the CoHo for dance party MMMPop at The Company House.

On Saturday, the stellar shorts program precedes the hit comedy G.B.F., which recently sold out at Toronto’s Inside Out and NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival. After G.B.F. gets the audience reminiscing about their teen years, they have a chance to head back to high school for the Big Gay Prom at the Atrium at the Spatz Theatre. With music from DJ Jules Bangsworth and hosted by Jax of 101.3 The Bounce, OUTeast will offer up all the movie magic of the classic prom scene – gayer than ever.

Sunday features a celebration of the filmmakers and films of the 2013 OUTeast Film Festival at Over Easy, the OUTeast Awards Brunch at The Company House. The first ever Audience Awards for feature and short films, alongside special programming will cap the weekend. Following Over Easy, a matinee presentation with OUTeast’s emerging filmmaker-in-residence Stephanie Young will take place at the Neptune Studio Theatre. This intimate conversation with this recent NSCAD graduate will explore the content and context of her work, and present a screening opportunity for her recent film and current work-in-progress.

Event (Prom & Brunch) tickets and All-OUT Festival Passes are on sale at Venus Envy, 1598 Barrington Street, and online at outeastfilm.com. All screening & brunch tickets are $10 each, with the All-OUT, All Access Festival Pass available for $60. The Prom is a steal at $15. Individual screening tickets are available at the Neptune Theatre Box Office, 1593 Argyle Street or online at neptunetheatre.com.

The OUTeast Film Festival is committed to showcasing work that will challenge, educate, and unite our audiences, and to celebrating artistic excellence in the medium of film. The 2013 OUTeast Film Festival presented by RBC will be held June 20 - 23. All screenings will be at the Neptune Studio Theatre, OUTeast venue sponsor. Fogo Creative is OUTeast’s creative partner and {yellow tail} is the official beverage sponsor. Proud sponsors include The Coast, Venus Envy, The Company House, Rosie Porter, HeavyPetting, Atlantic Film Festival, Cansel Wade and 101.3 The BOUNCE.

More information about OUTeast can be found online at outeastfilm, on our Facebook page, twitter, and youtube.

Editor's Note: Photos are from I Am Divine and Les Invisibles, two of the films screening at this year's OUTeast Film Festival.

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