FRIDAY, MAY 29th (Opening Night)


 

6:00pm  OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Tab Hunter Confidential
(California Premiere)

Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

In the 1950s, Tab Hunter was #1 at the box office and on the music charts. He was Hollywood’s most sought-after star and America’s designated boy-next-door. Romantically linked to Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren, nothing could damage Tab Hunter’s career. Nothing, it seems, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. In TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL we meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us his whole story as a happy, healthy, survivor of the Hollywood roller coaster. Appearances by Debbie Reynolds, Lainie Kazan, John Waters, Connie Stevens, Clint Eastwood, Robert Wagner, George Takei and a multitude of archival interviews!

Special guest in attendance for Q&A session - Tab Hunter

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Bendik & The Monster (2014) - Norway
Run Time: 10 min | Director: Frank Mosvold

In this animated short, a boy encounters a monster underneath his bed who dreams of being a cabaret singer. Bendik helps the monster follow his dreams, while the monster helps Bendik with his mother’s overbearing boyfriend. It’s a touching story of finding yourself and challenging preconceived expectations of identity.

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  Tom In America (2014) - USA/Brazil
Run Time: 16 min | Director: Flavio Alves

For 50 years, Michael (Oscar nominee Burt Young) and Betty (Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland) have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael's long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along.

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SATURDAY, MAY 30th


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11:00am   

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Best of LGBT Shorts:

Short 1:

  Safe Word (2014) - USA
Run Time: 16 min | Director: Todd Lillethun

A gay couple decides to spice-up their relationship but find themselves in peril when fantasy and reality start to blur in this comedic thriller.

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Short 2:

  (West Coast Premiere)
Captive (2015) - Australia
Run Time: 6 min | Director: Michael Noonan

A confused old man receives a disturbing leaflet in the mail and realizes that his name, his home – and the one he calls ‘soul mate’ – are not what they appear to be.

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Short 3:

  09:55 – 11:05, Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B (2014) - Sweden
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Cristine Berglund, Sophie Vukovic

As 67-year-old Ingrid retreats from the outside world to deal with cancer, a younger home-care employee, Frida, knocks on her door and awakens feelings that Ingrid can't shut out.

Short 4:

  Pipe Dream (2015) - USA/Indonesia
Run Time: 14 min | Director: Yudho Aditya

16-year-old resident nerd, Peter Epstein-Takahashi, worries that his penis is too small and struggles to make it bigger before his first blow-job.

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Short 5:

  (West Coast Premiere)
Éden (2014) - Portugal
Run Time: 12 min | Director: Fábio Freitas

“And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.” – Genesis 2:8. In this contemporary portrayal, João and Pedro live in this idyllic garden. However what João wants the most is for Pedro to be happy and the only way he found to make that happen is to support him in his escape with Sara. On the other hand, Pedro learned how to love João and does not want to leave the garden. But one of them ate the forbidden fruit…

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Short 6:

  (West Coast Premiere)
An Afternoon (2014) - Denmark
Run Time: 12 min | Director: Sóren Green

Mathias has decided that “today is the day” to tell Frederik that he is in love with him. But when the time comes, will he be ready to make the first move?

Short 7:

  (West Coast Premiere)
Plunge (2015) - Australia
Run Time: 6 min | Director: Kate Lefoe

A romantic day-trip is shrouded in mystery as the relationship of two young women is revealed.

Short 8:

  Off A Cliff (2014) - Taiwan
Run Time: 5 min | Director: Cédric Jouarie

Jhongwei has something important to say to Damon, his boyfriend, but the time isn't right - Then again, is it ever?

Short 9:

  Sex Date (2014) - USA
Run Time: 16 min | Director: John Sobrack

In a case of mistaken identity gone right, Randall, who is being pursued by the law, finds more than refuge when Kenton mistakes him for his hook-up.
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1:00pm   

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

How To Win At Checkers (Every Time)
(Direct from Berlinale Film Festival)

Year: 2015 | Country: Thailand/USA/Indonesia | Run Time: 79 min | Director: Josh Kim

Young Oat (Ingkarat Damrongsakkul) faces an uncertain future when his older, gay brother Ek (Thira Chutikul), must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. While the parents of Ek's wealthy boyfriend Jai (Arthur Navarat) are able to maneuver their son out of the draw, Ek, has no options. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, Oat takes matters into his own hands resulting in unexpected consequences. The film is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand.

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  Pepper (2014) - USA
Run Time: 18 min | Director: Marc Cleary & Craig Robert Young

When an experienced drag queen encounters a lost boy outside her club, Pepper is reminded of the importance of family with her own estranged son.
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3:00pm  FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Game Face
(California Premiere)

Year: 2015 | Country: USA/Belgium | Run Time: 95 min | Director: Michiel Thomas

This moving documentary shows the quest for self-realization of LGBT athletes and their acceptance in society. Following the parallel stories of athletes Fallon Fox (MMAs first transgender pro fighter) and Terrence Clemens (a rising gay college basketball player in Oklahoma) during their coming out process, GAME FACE sheds light on the obstacles LGBT athletes face throughout their career.

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5:15pm   

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

BFFs

Year: 2014 | Country: USA | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Andrew Putschoegl

One of the funniest films of the festival, BFFs Kat (Tara Karsian) and Samantha (Andrea Grano) have been gifted a weekend vacation to a couple’s retreat. The only problem…the single women are straight! Needing a vacation, they find themselves immersed in an intensive workshop with gay and straight couples fighting to save their relationships. In the process, the lines of friendship begin to blur as they are faced with asking themselves: Could there be something more than just Best Friends Forever? The film also stars television veteran actors, Richard Moll, Jenny O’Hara and Pat Carroll.

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  Bachelorette (2013) - Germany
Run Time: 15 min | Director: Anna Linke

While celebrating a friend’s bachelorette party, Stefanie shockingly surprises the entire group with whom she finds more intriguing.
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7:30pm  BOYS CENTERPIECE

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Paternity Leave
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Matt Riddlehoover

Caught in a moment of passion on the eve of their four-year anniversary, Greg (Jacob York) soon begins feeling nauseated, fatigued, and moody and - most unfortunately - fat. At his wit's end – his boyfriend Ken (Charlie David) insists he see a doctor who's stumped and refers the couple to a specialist. To everyone's amazement, Greg is pregnant! Shock, stress, and fear settle in, and Greg's relationship gets put to the ultimate test in this delightfully funny rom-com. With Chris Salvatore.

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  (West Coast Premiere)
The Cream (2014) - France
Run Time: 8 min | Director: Jean-Marie Villeneuve

Gilbert, a quirky young man, is out for a Sunday jog in the forest. When a muscular, athletic man passes him at tremendous speeds, Gilbert is left confused, curious and ultimately aroused by his secret.

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  (West Coast Premiere)
You. Me. Bathroom. Sex. Now. (2015) - USA/Spain/Venezuela
Run Time: 17 min | Director: Francisco Lupini-Basagoiti

When Antonio discovers his boyfriend of 8 years is cheating on him, he decides to find solace amongst friends: an outrageous drag queen, a wisecracking older man, and one sexy stranger at the neighborhood dive bar. It’s a comedy about a man trying to forget about love, in all the wrong places

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10:00pm   

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story
(West Coast Premiere)

Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 72 min | Director: Michael Stabile

This documentary is a revealing look at Chuck Holmes, San Francisco Falcon Studio’s founder/pornographer turned philanthropist. Holmes helped shaped and create gay identity in the years after Stonewall, and became a founder of gay rights advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT Victory Fund…only to find later in life that while his philanthropic money was welcome, he wasn't. Appearances by John Waters, Jeff Stryker, Chi-Chi La Rue, Holly Woodlawn, Jake Shears, Zak Spears and John Rutherford.

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  (California Premiere)
Hole (2015) - Australia
Run Time: 5 min | Director: Tony Radevski

Two men share an unlikely encounter at a bathroom gloryhole in this insightful animated short.

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  (West Coast Premiere)
Midnight (2015) - USA
Run Time: 20 min | Director: T R Wilkinson

Shane (Sean Paul Lockhart) and Aiden (Anderson Goncalves) are a couple who decide to try an open relationship. As one-on-one encounters turn into group orgies…will their experiment broaden their horizons, or lead to mistrust and paranoia?

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SUNDAY, MAY 31st


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11:00am   

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Wasp
(California Premiere)

Year: 2014 | Country: United Kingdom/France/Lebanon/Switzerland | Run Time: 75 min | Director: Philippe Audi-Dor

Having left England for a romantic escapade in the South of France, Olivier (Simon Haycock) and James (Hugo Bolton) invite Caroline (Elly Condron) along at the last minute. The trio arrives in a little Provencal village, somewhat cut off from the world. Though everything seems calm between the pool, sunshine and a village visit, Olivier finds himself more and more intrigued by Caroline. A tension of sexual jealousy and possessiveness inevitably escalades between the three of them.

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  (California Premiere)
Little Secrets (2014) - Germany
Run Time: 20 min | Director: Remo Kaufmann

While accompanying his girlfriend at a birthday party, Tim recognizes a male lover from years past. They try to hide ancient secrets, but things seem to spin out of control as the evening progresses in this dramatic short film.

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1:00pm  GIRLS CENTERPIECE

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

In The Turn
(California Premiere)

Year: 2014 | Country: USA | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Erica Tremblay

IN THE TURN follows Crystal, a 10-yr-old transgender girl, as she navigates growing up in rural Canada. After being denied the right to join athletics due to her gender, Crystal serendipitously discovers the Vagine Regime, an international queer collective of roller derby players comprised of people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and identities. The Vagine Regime not only accepts Crystal, but actively supports her journey. IN THE TURN weaves Crystal's story into the broader narrative of the evolution of roller derby from a niche sport into a social movement with strong roots in the LGBTQ community.

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  (West Coast Premiere)
cONSensual (2015) - USA
Run Time: 1 min | Director: Jaymee Carvajal

A ‘One Night Stand’ (ONS) is used as a destigmatizing tool against the shame and guilt of exploring female sexuality in this stylized encounter that’s simply Flawles.
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3:00pm  INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT   

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Drown

Year: 2015 | Country: Australia | Run Time: 93 min | Director: Dean Francis

Sundrenched lifeguards, Sydney beaches, male competitiveness and jealousy frame this tense and gripping Australian drama. Surf lifesaving champion Len (Matt Levett) is a legend in the cloistered surf club until the arrival of younger, faster, fitter and openly gay Phil (Jack Matthews). Through the summer, Len’s enraged reaction to Phil begins to reveal his own confusion about his own sexuality climaxing in an intoxicated evening filled with jealousy, homophobic fear and unrequited lust. Can Len accept his identity, or will he only bury it?

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  (West Coast Premiere)
Want It (2015) - United Kingdom
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Lee Haven-Jones

When the owner of a luxurious home returns unexpectedly to find an intruder…the tables are turned, and the intruder finds himself naked and powerless.
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5:00pm  

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Jess & James
(U.S. Premiere)

Year: 2015 | Country: Argentina | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Santiago Giralt

In this sexually-charged, road-trip, coming-of-age tale…Jess (Martin Karich) and James (Nicolas Romeo) feel trapped in their lives. After meeting for a sexual encounter, the two young men set off on a spontaneous road trip across rural Argentina to reunite with Jess’ estranged brother. On their journey, they confront strange occurrences and engage in a ménage à trois affair that brings them closer. Their newly found affection grows, all while discovering a fresh vision of freedom and happiness.

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  (U.S. Premiere)
Ten Minutes Left (2014) - Netherlands
Run Time: 7 min | Director: Joris van den Berg

Rodrigo is recently out and feeling a bit uncomfortable in a gay bar. As closing approaches, the music is switched off, house lights come on and Rodrigo starts to panic. He only has 10 minutes left to find his date!

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7:00pm  CLOSING NIGHT FILM & AFTER PARTY

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

I Am Michael
(California Premiere - Direct from Sundance and Berlinale Film Festivals)

Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 98 min | Director: : Justin Kelly

Based on a true story, I AM MICHAEL depicts gay activist Michael Glatze (James Franco), the managing editor of popular queer San Francisco-based XY magazine as a proud gay man in a loving relationship with his partner Bennett (Zachary Quinto). After Glatze faces a health scare, he turns to Christianity and renounces his homosexuality, eventually becoming a Christian pastor and marrying Rebekah (Emma Roberts). Director Justin Kelly’s piercing exploration is as compelling and complex as Michael’s transformation. With Charlie Carver, Daryl Hannah and Leslie Ann Warren.

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  Tomorrow (2014) - USA
Run Time: 11 min | Director: Leandro Tadashi

New Year's Eve 1999 finds college-bound Clark and Trevor concerned about the future of their friendship, and a request for Clark to be Trevor's wingman ensures things will never be the same again.
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Event Information

Date: May 29th - 31st, 2015

Time: Event starts at 6:00pm on May 29th

Ticket Price: $10-$25 / show

The Observatory - North Park
2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104


Show Schedule

Friday, May 29th

OPENING NIGHT FILM
6:00pm   Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)

Saturday, May 30th

11:00am   Best of LGBT Shorts
1:00pm   How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) (2015)
3:00pm   Game Face (2014)
5:15pm   BFFs (2014)
7:30pm   Paternity Leave (2015)
10:00pm   Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story (2015)

Sunday, May 31st

11:00am   Wasp (2014)
1:00pm   In The Turn (2014)
3:00pm   Drown (2015)
5:00pm   Jess & James (2015)
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
7:00pm   I Am Michael (2015)

 

Party Locations

OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Friday, May 29th, 2015 | 8:45pm-11:00pm
Claire de Lune's Sunset Temple
3911 Kansas St.
San Diego, CA 92104-2910
(619) 795-3630

CLOSING NIGHT AFTER PARTY
Sunday, May 31st, 2015 | 9-10pm
West Coast Tavern
2895 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 295-1688




Click the image below to download
the 2015 LGBT Film Festival Poster.

2015 LGBT San Diego Film Festival

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