When the house lights go down Thursday at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, the Dutch documentary Strike a Pose, about two dancers on Madonna’s legendary 1990 “Blond Ambition” tour, begins the biggest Out on Film festival in the event’s 29-year history.
The festival closes Oct. 6 with Other People, a 2016 Sundance Festival favorite directed by Chris Kelly and featuring Jesse Plemons (“Friday Night Lights”), Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live” and Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”). Plemons plays a struggling comedy writer fresh off a breakup and experiencing the worst year of his life. He then returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother (Shannon).
The eight-day event features screenings of 110 feature and short films, documentaries and web series that cover a cross section of LGBT experiences throughout history and around the world. The directors and actors represented come from Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the United States.
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All will either speak or host Q&A sessions. The list, in alphabetical order, includes Nick Corporon (Retake), Jacqueline Gares (Free CeCe), Gregory Harrison (Fair Haven and It’s My Party), Kerstin Karlhuber (Fair Haven), Randal Kleiser (It’s My Party), Doug Langway and Gerald McCullouch (BearCity 3), Andrea Meyerson (Clambake and Letter to Anita), Jasika Nicole (Suicide Kale), Joe Stevens and Bennett Wallace (Real Boy), and Carlton Wilborn (Strike a Pose).
- Sept. 30 | A “Scares Galore” package that features 12 short films.
- Oct. 1 | Out Front Theatre Company, which is new in Atlanta and based at the Brady Street facility once occupied by Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory, will screen The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The company opens its inaugural season with the musical version of the show, running Oct. 20-Nov. 6.
- Oct. 1 | Director Randal Kleiser (It’s My Party, Grease) will receive Out on Film’s Icon Award.
Festival passes, ticket packages and single tickets ($11-$200) are on sale HERE. Check the daily updated schedule for events and start times, and download a list of all events HERE. All shows are at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive NE, in the Midtown Promenade.