The 31st annual Atlanta Out on Film Festival starts up on Thursday, Sept. 27th and runs through Sunday, Oct. 7th. The festival has added three days and is now in 3 venues: Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, the Outfront Theatre Company, and the Plaza Theatre.
Opening night film on Thursday, Sept. 27th at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema is ‘When the Beat Drops,” a documentary made with love by actor/choreographer/director Jamal Sims, “When the Beat Drops” follows a crew of gay African-American men as they pioneer the Southern-rooted underground dance scene known as “bucking.” Created in the South, it was born as a response to being shunned from majorette routines, due largely to homophobia. Together with his crew of fellow gay African-American men, Anthony Davis- an Atlanta-born kid with a love of dance – helped grow bucking into a national movement, complete with fierce competitions. In the process, Director Jamai Sims, along with fellow cast and crew will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film.
The Out on Film Festival has over sixty feature films in the festival with movies that fill just about every taste. Highlighted films include: “Lez Bomb,’ a comedy with Cloris Leachman, Bruce Dern, Steve Guttenberg, and Kevin Pollak. “1985” a drama about the early days of the AIDS crisis with Corey Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, and Jamie Chung. “Studio 54” an acclaimed documentary about the infamous New York disco. “Ideal Home” a comedy with Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan playing a bickering gay couple whose life is turned upside down by a ten-year-old boy who claims he is their grandson. “Wild Nights with Emily’ starring Molly Shannon, retelling the legendary poet Emily Dickinson’s life. “Snapshots’ a drama where past secrets come out to collide with present secrets, starring Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams and directed by Melanie Mayron. ‘Mapplethorpe’ a drama that looks at the life of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (Matt Smith) who set the art world on fire with his controversial photographs.
VIP all-access passes are available. You can also buy three tickets for thirty dollars in advance. Individual tickets are available online and at the box office, though it is recommended that you buy your tickets early as many of the festival screenings sell out. For more information go to the Out on Film website at www.outonfilm.org