San Diego's LGBT Film Fest: Another Reason to Hit Up America's Nicest City
By Neal Broverman
In addition to the gorgeous beaches, friendly inhabitants, and the never-dull Hillcrest neighborhood, here's another reason to visit San Diego: FilmOut, the city's exceptional LGBT movie festival.
The event begins Wednesday, May 29 with opening night film, G.B.F., and a kick-off party across the street at Claire de Lune's Sunset Temple. Other notable screenings beside G.B.F. — a high school movie in the vein of Mean Girls and co-starring Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, and Rebecca Gayheart — include a documentary on Divine, a portrait of James Dean (pictured), an immigration drama co-starring The Sopranos' Jamie Lynn-Sigler, a searing portrait of meth abuse with Wilson Cruz and Lukas Haas as partners, and Interior. Leather Bar., James Franco's art film centered around Cruising, the controversial 1980 gay-themed Al Pacino film.
FilmOut takes place at Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Avenue in the hipster North Park neighborhood. Most of the screenings include short LGBT-themed films and live Q&As with writers, directors, and talent. The closing party, on June 2, happens at the West Coast Tavern, just a few doors down.