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Today, Los Angeles kicks off their 25th annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender filmmaking at the Outfest Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

The oldest continuous film festival in Los Angeles, this year Outfest 2007 features 235 films and videos from 26 countries in 9 different venues over 12 days.

Of particular interest, Outfest will once again present films from African Diaspora, films made or about African American same-gender loving people.

On Saturday night, the World Premiere of “Don’t Go,” a new lesbian series from friend and filmmaker Amber Sharp will take place at the Directors Guild of America (9:30 p.m.). “Don’t Go” tells the story of the intimate story of the lives and loves of a group of friends living in a Los Angeles fourplex and stars Skyler Cooper (Bone), Janora McDuffie (Cindy), Melange LaVonne (Jaden), Yaniv Moyal (Jess), Guinevere Turner (Melody), and Nisha Ganatra (Shanti).

I have my debut in “Don’t Go” in a role that many of you may not be familiar with my skills in and it’s not acting or writing.

In addition to “Don’t Go,” Outfest is also screening “Starrbooty,” the new film from RuPaul which also stars white drag queen Charles Knipps aka Shirley Q. Liquor.  You know the one that likes to make fun of Blacks  and calls it humor.  It will be interesting to see if  Knipps shows up for the screening.  Boy I would love to say a few words to him.

At any rate, if you’re in Los Angeles and love good film with interesting stories, then you have got to attend Outfest.  I’ve highlighted films that are about or by Blacks below.  For a complete listing of films from their selection this year and to buy tickets, visit them online at www.outfest.org.

Continuing reading to check out other films by or about Black SGL people…

Outfest African Diaspora 2007 Selections

25 Cent Preview
(USA, 2007, 90 mins)
Saturday, July 14th 7:00pm
Showcase Theatre $12.00 

Monday, July 16th 9:30pm
Laemmle Monica $12.00 

Edgy and brutally honest, Cyrus Amini’s gritty cinéma-vérité drama is an unflinching yet compassionate portrait of two young hustlers cruising the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. Marcus, a smoldering dirty blonde surfer-type, is the protégé, best friend and sometime partner of “DotCom,” a seasoned street hustler and aspiring singer. When Marcus’s troubled past resurfaces, their lives are soon changed forever. Bristling with authenticity, 25 CENT PREVIEW crescendos to a

The Believers
Wednesday, July 18th 9:30pm
Barnsdall Theatre $12.00 

Sunday, July 22nd 2:15pm
DGA 2 $12.00 

Hallelujah – the world’s first transgender gospel choir has taken the stage! THE BELIEVERS revolutionizes popular conceptions about faith, gender identity and sexuality. Director Todd Holland is granted intimate access as choir members open up about the pain – and joy – that has brought them together. Buoyed by the transcendent force of music, we witness people who are brave enough to be their true selves and we experience the healing power of acceptance in this moving film that quite literally sings.

Blueprint
(USA, 2007, 75 mins)

Thursday, July 19th 7:15pm
Barnsdall Theatre $12.00 

Two attractive young African-American college students are drawn to one another despite contrary personalities. As Keith’s time in New York City nears its end, he meets free-spirit Nathan. Keith finds himself slowly opening to new possibilities BLUEPRINT focuses special attention on place and mood, eschewing traditional narrative for a fresh, intriguing approach to storytelling.

The DL Chronicles
(USA, 2007, 70 mins)

Saturday, July 14th 9:30pm
Showcase $12.00 

Two new episodes of the smart, provocative series THE DL CHRONICLES introduce a pair of gorgeous men living secret sexual lives. Boo is an ex-convict who can’t change his lying and cheating ways, while Mark faces the absurd reality of living on the downlow in his own home. Boldly dealing with the complex issue of men on the DL, these new episodes inspire discussion within communities of color while providing unadulterated, joyous entertainment..

Don’t Go
(USA, 2007, 60 mins)

Saturday, July 14th 9:30pm
DGA 1 $12.00 

A self-described “Melrose Place” meets “The L Word” meets “227”, DON’T GO is a highly entertaining pilot episode of a new ensemble dramedy that introduces a group of sexy, diverse characters (including Guinevere Turner and Nisha Ganatra) living in a Los Angeles fourplex. With its unexpected soap operatic twists, DON’T GO beautifully balances intrigue and romance with humor and pathos, all the while challenging stereotypes and mainstream representations of people of color with fierce authenticity.

On the Downlow
(USA, 2007, 54 mins)

Saturday, July 21st 7:00pm
Barnsdall Theatre $12.00 

Sunday, July 22nd Noon
DGA 2 $12.00 

Director Abigail Child provides an intimate portrait of five young African American men from Cleveland who live their life “on the downlow.” Not quite in the closet, but definitely not out, these men confide their personal views on downlow living and how it affects the men and women who love them. Ultimately, they acknowledge that the gay community represents another type of family in an environment that is often hostile to them.

Starrbooty
(USA, 2007, 83 mins)

Saturday, July 21st 9:30pm
Showcase $12.00 

Legendary drag glamazon RuPaul kicks butt as super-model/secret agent Starrbooty in this gut-busting exploitation film that would make John Waters proud. When Starrbooty learns her niece has been kidnapped by her archrival, Annaka Manners, Starrbooty realizes she must go undercover as a street hooker and go “all the way” to rescue her. Sexy, salacious, popping with scandalous full-frontal nudity and chock-full of delectably insane characters, STARRBOOTY features audacious drag queens and hunky gay porn studs.