Outfest 2008: The 26th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Orpheum Theater downtown Los Angeles. Running through July 21, in addition to the 212 films from 25 countries, Outfest hosts over a dozen panels and special events and nearly 50 parties, for more than 50,000 attendees at eight venues across Los Angeles including West Hollywood, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Downtown.

Favs among this year’s lineup includes the world premiere of Hanifah Walidah and Olive Demetrius’ U PEOPLE. In a brownstone in Brooklyn, a film about a film unfolds, and not just any film…but a documentary steeped with sexy, intelligent women who have gathered together to make a unique music video. The talented filmmakers capture what happens when 30 hot and sharp women of color convene, revealing a blend of experiences and perspectives that are rarely voiced. U PEOPLE is a powerful and engaging.

For more information and for a complete listing of films in the Festival, log on to www.Outfest.org or call 213-480-7065. Festival tickets go on sale on June 9th to Outfest members and on June 16th to the general public. Special ticket packages are also available. Outfest’s 26th film festival is presented by HBO® and the grand sponsors are Absolut and Heineken.

Oh and my lil short THE INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF SISTAS OF THE CANYON is screening in front of both of the U PEOPLE screenings.

2008 Outfest African Diaspora Selections

U People

Documentary Features
(USA, 2008, 77 mins)
(In English)
World PremiereIn a brownstone in Brooklyn, a film about a film unfolds, and not just any film…but a documentary steeped with sexy, intelligent women who have gathered together to make a unique music video. The talented filmmakers capture what happens when 30 hot and sharp women of color convene, revealing a blend of experiences and perspectives that are rarely voiced. U PEOPLE is a powerful and engaging.

POST-SCREENING RECEPTION
AFTER-PARTY
SAT 7/12
2:30pm
REDCAT
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$12 Buy Tickets

FRI 7/19
7:15pm
DGA – Directors Guild of America
7920 Sunset Blvd. (2 blks west of Fairfax)
Los Angeles, CA
$12 Buy Tickets

IN COLLABORATION WITH: ULOAH (UNITED LESBIANS OF AFRICAN HERITAGE)
Directed By: Hanifah Walidah,
Olive Demetrius

www.iloveupeople.com

The Incredibly True Adventures of Sistas of the Canyon

precedes U People
Directed By: Jasmyne Cannick,Ellene Miles
Voices of mothers, sisters, daughters, girlfriends, and lesbian women spanning different generations, shapes and sizes redefine unity and sisterhood by testing their physical and emotional boundaries that begin at the mountaintop.

SAT 7/12
2:30pm
REDCAT
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

FRI 7/18
7:15pm
DGA – Directors Guild of America
7920 Sunset Blvd. (2 blks west of Fairfax)
Los Angeles, CA

POST-SCREENING RECEPTION
AFTER-PARTY

IN COLLABORATION WITH: ULOAH (UNITED LESBIANS OF AFRICAN HERITAGE)

The Polymath, Or the Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman

Documentary Features
(USA, 2007, 75 mins)
“I think of myself as I walk through life as the world’s most ordinary, dull, boring black faggot,” says Samuel R. Delany, but THE POLYMATH proves this literary legend to be anything but. Recounting a variety of tales – from his grandfather’s memories of slavery to Delany’s own sexual adventures in 1960s Manhattan, where he averaged about 100 different partners a week – Delany comes off as a witty, racy raconteur, bringing the recent past alive with both intellectual and carnal fervor.
SAT 7/12 12:30pm
SUN 7/13 3:30pm
Fairfax: Regency Fairfax Theatre
7907 Beverly Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90048
Major Cross Street: Fairfax

Recommended Parking: Valet parking in front of theatre for $5 per vehicle. Street parking on Beverly, Fairfax, Orange Grove, and Ogden Drive (check signs for restrictions).

IN COLLABORATION WITH: THE BLACK AIDS INSTITUTE
Directed By: Fred Barney Taylor

Steam

U.S. Dramatic Features
(USA, 2007, 117 mins)
World PremiereThree very different women find comfort and wisdom in a weekly retreat to the steam room. Doris (Ruby Dee), recently widowed, discovers a deep connection with a charming neighbor, while Laurie (Ally Sheedy), a divorced single mother, begins dating her son’s younger soccer coach, and Elizabeth (Kate Siegal) a beautiful college student, develops a relationship with Naila, a sexy bisexual. As these three navigate new relationships they learn as much about their friends and family as they do themselves. Filled with charming dialogue and sweet intensity, STEAM is a gem of a film.

SAT 7/12
9:30pm

Fairfax: Regency Fairfax Theatre
7907 Beverly Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90048
Major Cross Street: Fairfax

Recommended Parking: Valet parking in front of theatre for $5 per vehicle. Street parking on Beverly, Fairfax, Orange Grove, and Ogden Drive (check signs for restrictions).

IN COLLABORATION WITH: LUTHERANS CONCERNED LOS ANGELES
Directed By: Kyle Schickner
SCR: Kyle Schickner

Closing Night: Tru Loved

Galas
(USA, 2008, 103 mins)
A new film by Stewart Wade (COFFEE DATE), a charming romantic comedy and an unabashed gay contribution to the canon of teen films. Tru (short for Gertrude, as in Stein) is the new kid at her So Cal suburban high school. She has two moms, two dads, and everybody thinks she’s the big dyke on campus. However, Tru is thrilled when Lo, a boy, asks her out. He’s gorgeous, the school’s star quarterback, and on their second date he takes her to see…the Marvelous Wonderettes?
Did Tru’s world just get even gayer?

Blessed with her vivid imagination and strong sense of self, Tru sets out to discover her place at her school by founding a gay-straight alliance. With a fierce determination to fight for equal rights, Tru might just succeed in getting everybody around her to toss out their preconceived notions, open their minds, and be true to themselves and those they love.

Talented Najarra Townsend as Tru and other rising actors carry the film, as familiar faces like Jasmine Guy, Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura from STAR TREK!), Jane Lynch, Alec Mapa, and Bruce Vilanch round out the stellar supporting cast.
SPONSORED BY: Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman,Warren & Richman, L.L.P.
Directed By: Stewart Wade
SCR: Stewart Wade

MON 7/21
8:00pm

Orpheum
Orpheum Theatre
(Opening Night Gala and Closing Night)
842 S. Broadway, Downtown, 90014

Recommended Parking: Detailed information for Opening Night Gala and Closing Night ticket holders will be mailed or emailed.

www.truloved.com

Whirlwind

U.S. Dramatic Features
(USA, 2008, 99 mins)
World Premiere
When a tight-knit group of New York City friends meet a hunky, fun stranger, they couldn’t be happier to have him join their clique. But when that stranger begins to mysteriously undermine the existing friendships, manipulating each for his own damaging pleasure, the faux fur really begins to fly. With a great ensemble cast, WHIRLWIND explores the complexity of gay male friendships and reminds us to keep our enemies close and our friends closer.

TUE 7/15
9:30pm

Fairfax: Regency Fairfax Theatre
7907 Beverly Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90048
Major Cross Street: Fairfax

Recommended Parking: Valet parking in front of theatre for $5 per vehicle. Street parking on Beverly, Fairfax, Orange Grove, and Ogden Drive (check signs for restrictions).

IN COLLABORATION WITH: CHRISTOPHER STREET WEST ASSOCIATION, INC. and THE CENTER FOR INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY COUNSELING

SPONSORED BY: Write Brothers
Directed By: Richard LeMay
SCR: Jason Brown

www.jupiterboxproductions.com

The World Unseen

Under the Stars at the Ford
(UK, 2008, 94 mins)
Set in 1950s South Africa, THE WORLD UNSEEN is a gorgeous depiction of love in the face of oppression. Free-spirited, sexy Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community – and the new apartheid government – by running a café with Jacob, her mixed-race business partner. When she meets the breathtakingly beautiful Miriam, their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her, setting in motion a chain of events that changes both women forever.

ELEVEN RESTAURANT AND NIGHTCLUB

IN COLLABORATION WITH: WOMEN ON A ROLL

SPONSORED BY: Border Grill and Ciudad
Directed By: Shamim Sarif
SCR: Shamim Sarif

SAT 7/19
8:30pm

Ford: John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
(Under the Stars)
2580 Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood, 90068
Directions: The Ford is located just off the 101 Freeway, north of the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal City. From the south, use the Cahuenga exit and Follow the Ford signage. From the north, use the Barham exit and travel south on Cahuenga, follow Ford signage.

Recommended Parking: Onsite, $5 per vehicle, stacked parking for ticket holders only. Offsite, there is a free shuttle to the Ford that stops at the Universal City Metro Station at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga in the “kiss and ride” area. Parking is free in the Metro Station lot. Shuttles start two hours before show time.

www.theworldunseenfilm.com