Gay and Lesbian Film Fest Goes WAY Out
Longtime local film festival changes it up
The newly re-christened Way OUT West Film Fest arrives October 13 through 22, with art shows, lectures, parties, brunches and—of course—a diverse collection of more than 34 features, documentaries and shorts from around the globe. Venues in this year’s mix include Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE), South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE) and Flix Brewhouse (3236 La Orilla NW).
The fest gets up and running on Friday, Oct. 13, at Guild Cinema (7pm) with the Opening Night Film, director Francis Lee’s UK drama God’s Own Country. The film centers on a young Yorkshire lad who grudgingly works on his parents’ farm by day and drinks to excess by night, seeking furtive sexual experiences with other men whenever he can. But when a Romanian migrant worker shows up to assist the family, our protagonist finds an opportunity for something more lasting and emotional. The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature at Frameline Film Festival, a Directing Award in World Cinema at Sundance and the Best First Feature Award at Toronto’s Inside Out Festival.
Way OUT West’s Centerpiece Film is Vincent Gagliostro’s semi-
Way OUT West shuts it down on Sunday, Oct. 22 (7pm) at Flix Brewhouse with the down-and-dirty biopic Tom of Finland. Dome Karukoski, considered Finland’s most successful filmmaker, directs this look into the life of Tom of Finland (a.k.a. Touko Laaksonen), whose erotic portraits of hyper-masculine, magnificently endowed men in uniform have become an icon of gay culture.
Nestled between these high-profile tent poles are all sorts of hidden gems. There’s Jennifer Reeder’s comedy-drama Signature Move, in which a closeted lesbian Pakistani Muslim lawyer studies lucha-style professional wrestling (Sunday, Oct. 15, 8pm at Guild Cinema). Tom Gustafson’s disco-infused fantasy Hello Again (Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6:30pm at Guild Cinema) covers a little over 100 years’ worth of sexual proclivities in 11 musical vignettes. Jennifer M. Kroot delivers her vibrant new literary documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (Friday, Oct. 20, 7pm at Flix Brewhouse). For something completely different, you can take in the mind-bendingly odd Mexican sci-fi film The Untamed (Saturday, Oct. 14, 11:15pm at Guild Cinema), in which orgasmic aliens take over Earth (or something to that effect).
For a complete schedule of screenings, parties and other events taking place over the course of the festival’s 10 days, go to wayoutwestnm.com. Ticket prices are $11 general admission or $9 for Way OUT West members. A 4-movie punchcard will set you back $40. An 8-movie punchcard is $75. Full festival passes go for $125. Advance tickets are available at Self Serve in Nob Hill (3904B Central SE).