OUTFlix Film Festival is the LGBTQ+ Film Festival of the Mid-South, and it starts SOON!
OUTFlix 2019 will run from Friday, October 4 to Thursday, October 10 at Studio on the Square in Midtown (2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104)
This series of films will be the 22nd annual LGBTQ+ Film Festival put on by OUTMemphis, and we’d love for you to be able to experience this intentional LGBTQ+ representation on the big screen. Over 400 films were submitted this year, and our OUTFlix screening committee has watched and rated them all to make sure that only the best, most representative films make it to the public.
This year, we will have a series of 19 films and shorts blocks over the course of the week available for viewing, including a Seniors shorts block, focused nights like Trans and Latinx, and a number of panels, discussion, and speakers. You won’t want to miss these chances.
The schedule for this festival is as follows:
Friday, October 4 (Opening Night):
Our Dance of Revolution
This untold history of Toronto’s Black queer community spans four decades of passionate activist rebellion. Refusing to be silenced and raging with love, the featured trailblazers demanded a city where they could all live their truths free from the threat of violence. In the spaces they found for loud laughter and sweaty block parties, they also found themselves. Each bit of revolutionary ground was gained collaboratively, whether protesting police brutality, forming feminist collectives or making room for grief and healing in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Their transformative creativity and visionary organizing made Toronto more livable for generations to follow. Our Dance of Revolution celebrates the living legends among us by unearthing what has been made invisible. Come honour this hidden chapter of Toronto’s history and witness the courage it took to dance in the street for the struggle.
The Shiny Shrimps
Matthias Le Goff, an Olympic champion at the end of his career, makes a homophobic statement on TV. His punishment: coach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant and amateur gay water-polo team. They have only one thing in mind: to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where the hottest international LGBT athletes compete. It’s the start of a bumpy and joyful ride – Faster, Higher, Stronger.
Saturday, October 5:
Saturday Morning Shorts Block
Brothers (Runtime 9m)
Cognitive (Runtime 15m)
Out of it (Runtime 10m)
Mariposa (Runtime 18m)
Hiding in Daylight (Runtime 15m)
LIMP (Runtime 20m)
Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America
UNSETTLED is a feature-length documentary revealing the untold stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and who are resettling in the United States. As new leadership in America continues to demonize immigrants and drastically restrict the flow of refugees and asylum seekers into the U.S., UNSETTLED humanizes a group few people know who are desperately trying to create new and safer homes.
Changing the Game
This intimate story takes us into the lives of three high school athletes from across the US – all at different stages of their athletic seasons, each sharing their lives as transgender teens.
MOM + MOM
The story of two women who love each other and of their desire to have a child together. Karole and Ali still don’t know that the enthusiasm of this first attempt will be followed by many vicissitudes, but when the desire becomes stronger than the pain and fatigue, miracles can happen.
After being sent to a youth detention center, 18-year-old Andrej has to fight for his place within the group of inmates while getting closer to Zeljko, their informal leader, and struggling to keep his repressed secret in the dark.
Sunday, October 6:
Seniors Shorts Block
A Great Ride (Runtime 33m)
Time & Again (Runtime 28m)
Hank (Runtime 17m)
The Story of Denise (Runtime 32m)
An Almost Ordinary Summer
Two very different Italian families are spending what should be a typical summer holiday in neighboring seaside houses: the sophisticated, bohemian and neurotic Castelvecchios and the working-class, rather narrow-minded, and loud Petagnas. Normally they would steer clear of each other—let’s face it, these families are kind of red-state/blue-state incompatible—but the two middle-aged dads have an announcement: they are getting married…to each other.
Gay Chorus Deep South
In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance, to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers traveled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma, performing in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices, on a journey towards reconciliation. What emerges is a less divided America, where the lines that divide us—faith, politics, sexual identity—are erased through the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag.
Bathroom Stalls & Parking Lots
Brazilian transplant and his friends take the streets of San Francisco to pursue an American fling. They do whatever it takes to find the guy, even if that means going deep into bathroom stalls and parking lots.
Monday, October 7 (Trans Night):
TransGeek Movie is a documentary exploring the intersection of gender identity and geek culture. We interview people working in science, technology, gaming, science fiction/fantasy, and other geekish pursuits; to give voice to their stories. We explore how people express their authentic selves through geek culture; and how their gender identities have affected their professional development.
The Garden Left Behind
THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND traces the relationship between Tina, a young Mexican trans woman, and Eliana, her grandmother, as they navigate Tina’s transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City. As Tina begins the process of transitioning, Eliana struggles to understand Tina and fears that their life together in America is no longer what they bargained for. Tina finds camaraderie in a small but mighty transgender advocate group, but soon, Tina finds herself having to fight for the life that she’s meant to live—facing violent threats, seemingly insurmountable medical costs, questions about her legal immigration status, and increasing skepticism from the man she loves. Trigger warning: violence against trans community
Tuesday, October 8 (Latinx Night):
This Is My Face
In Chile, people living with HIV fear stigma, and often conceal their condition and remain silent about what they are going through. This is My Face explores what happens when a range of men living with the virus open up about the illness that changed their life trajectories. It follows a creative process whereby they produce photographic portraits that represent their (often painful) memories and feelings, a process which helps them challenge years of silence, shame, and misrepresentation. A lesson in the power of collaborative storytelling.
Second Star to the Right (Segunda Estrella a la Derecha)
Emilia is a 30-something bisexual woman who refuses to grow up as her female friends already did. Angélica, one of Emilia’s friends, is getting married. Her other friends, Clara and Renata, seem to have all their lives figured out: amazing jobs, family, kids – While Emilia is still living with her mother and trying to define her relationship with Mariana. She is also trying to survive as an actress and she teaches acting classes in a cheap school. She feels more comfortable with her students than with people of her same age. Her life will be even messier when she is fired from her job and she is forced to live a ‘standard’ life. Angélica’s bachelorette party would reveal that not only Emilia is unhappy with her life. We are all hiding what we really are.
Wednesday, October 9 (Lesbian Night):
The Revival: Women and the Word
THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color. Their journey to strengthen their community is enriched by insightful interviews with leading Black feminist thinkers and historians, including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nikki Finney, and Alexis Deveaux. As the group tours the country, the film reveals their aspirations and triumphs, as well as the unique identity challenges they face encompassing gender, race, and sexuality. This is a rarely seen look into a special sisterhood – one where marginalized voices are both heard and respected.
Jenna agrees to a sexy weekend fling with materialistic girlfriend Kate and the worldly Mia. But as the night unfolds, Jenna realizes she’s bitten off more than she can chew, and the love triangle begins to crack.
Thursday, October 10 (Closing Night):
Queering The Script
Giving queer fandom a voice in the conversation about LGBTQ+ representation from “Xena” to “The L Word” to “Pose”, QUEERING THE SCRIPT examines the rising power of the fans and audience shaping representation on TV, the relationship between fandom and activism, and what lies ahead for visibility and inclusiveness.
A documentary about people from two towns in Mississippi organizing gay and black pride events in Trump’s backwater America.