Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, has announced its line-u for the 26th annual event, which will take place Oct. 3-10 at Landmark Midtown Cinema.

The opening night film is Darren Stein’s “G.B.F,” a comic romp about a high school student who comes out and sends repercussions through the entire school. “‘G.B.F.’ is a gay ‘Mean Girls,’ says Jim Farmer, Out On Film’s festival director. “Not only is it fresh and funny, with great dialogue but it has a cast of up and coming young talent – Michael Willett (‘United States of Tara’), Paul Iacono (‘The Hard Times of RJ Berger’), Xosha Roquemore (‘The Mindy Project’), Sasha Pieterse (‘Pretty Little Liars’) and Andrea Bowen (‘Desperate Housewives’) – and a supporting cast that includes Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne.”

The closing night film is Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s (“Designing Women”) award-winning “Bridegroom,” which tells the true story of Shane Bitney Crone, who lost his partner Tom in an accident and was banned from the funeral from Tom’s parents. Crone made a YouTube video about the incident titled “It Could Happen to You” that went viral, has been seen by millions of people, and lead to the film. “I think ‘Bridegroom’ is the best gay romance since ‘Brokeback Mountain,” says Farmer. Crone is expected to attend the festival.

The eight-day festival will feature approximately 75 feature films, documentaries, short films and premieres from all over the world. “We are very proud of this year’s schedule, which I think is the best and deepest in our history,” says Farmer. “There’s literally something for everyone.”
Other centerpiece screenings include Jeffrey Schwarz’s affectionate “I Am Divine,” a look at Glenn Milstead, aka drag sensation Divine, who became a star in John Waters’ films; Del Shores’ “Southern Baptist Sissies,” a filmed adaptation of his award-wining play; “Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe starring as Allen Ginsberg in “Kill Your Darlings,” “Noah’s Arc” veteran Doug Spearman and his sleek “Hot Guys With Guns;” “Were the World Mine’s” Tom Gustafson’s sexy “Getting Go: The Go Doc Project;” and Anna Margarita Albelo’s inventive, satirical “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf,” starring Albelo, Guinevere Turner and Carrie Preston.

Some of this year’s documentaries are “Before You Know” P.J. Raval’s examination of the aging LGBT population; the aforementioned “I Am Divine;” “Breaking Through,” Cindy Abel’s look at LGBT politicians, local and national, and their stories of self-doubt and triumph; and “The Rugby Player,” Scott Gracheff’s film about United 93’s Mark Bingham and his relationship with his mother Alice Hoagland. Both Gracheff and Hoagland are expected to attend the festival. “Valentine Road,” the highly acclaimed look at the murder of 15-year-old Larry King in a suburban schoolyard in California, will have a special pre-festival screening on Tuesday, October 1st at the Philip Rush Center.

Expected guests include Darren Stein (“G.B.F.”), Shane Bitney Crone (“Bridegroom”), Doug Spearman (“Hot Guys With Guns”), Del Shores (“Southern Baptist Sissies”), Guinevere Turner and Anna Margarita Albelo (“Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?”), Scott Gracheff and Alice Hoagland (“The Rugby Player”), Cindy Abel (“Breaking Through”), Jeffrey Schwarz (“I Am Divine”), Tom Gustafson (“Getting Go: The Go Doc Project”), Jim Tushinksi (“I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole”), Charlie David “(Truth”) and Chad Darnell (“Birthday Cake”).

Festival passes and three-packs are on sale at outonfilm.org. Individual tickets will be available soon.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.