Out on Film Festival September 23rd – October 3rd, 2021

Out on Film

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Out on Film (www.outonfilm.org) is celebrating its 34th edition as Atlanta’s LGBTQIA+ film festival. Out on Film will take place from September 23rd – October 3rd at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, Out Front Theatre Company, and virtually online. Out on Film has grown to become one of the major LGBT film festivals in the country and is an Oscar-qualifying film festival. The festival will be made up of LGBTQIA+ movies from around the world, including 43 features (25 narrative films, 18 documentaries) and a vast array of short films and web series.

Firebird

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Opening night is an event not to be missed with the Southeastern premiere of Peeter Rebane’s Firebird on Thursday, September 23rd at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema (931 Monroe DR NE). The drama is set during the height of the Cold War when a troubled soldier forms a forbidden love triangle with a daring fighter pilot and his female comrade, all in the shadow of a Soviet regime where if caught in a same-sex relationship, it can put you in prison for years. The film stars Tom Prior, Oleg Zagorodnii, and Diana Pozharskaya.

Closing night is on Sunday, October 3rd, at the Out Front Theatre Company (999 Brady Ave NW), where the world premiere of the documentary Keep the Camera’s Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way will take place. The film from the team of William T. Horner and Stacey Woelfel gives us a look at the life of Pedro Zamora, who gained fame on MTV’s The Real World. Pedro’s appearance on the ground-breaking show utilized that platform to open up his life, joy, and influence to the world until his death at the age of 22.

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Keep the Cameras Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way

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Highlights of the festival include the documentary Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music about a group of gay women songwriters who gave us some of the greatest hits in country music, Jump, Darling, featuring the last starring role of Oscar-legend Cloris Leachman and One Four Three, a thriller from writer/director Jade Winters, is about a woman who has amnesia and is struggling to remember not only who attacked her but who she is.

The 2021Trailblazer Award will be given virtually to Amanda Bearse. Bearse, who grew up in Atlanta,  and after some feature-film appearances, became a household name playing the next-door neighbor Marcy D’Arcy on the long-running Fox comedy series Married…With Children. Bearse made headlines when at the height of the series, Bearse came out as a lesbian. Amanda Bearse has gone on to become an outstanding director of television shows and has been known for her activism in the LGBT community. A special ‘In Conversation’ event with Amanda Bearse will be available virtually on September 23rd.

Amanda Bearse

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Be sure to check out the website www.outonfilm.org for details on a festival that in 2020 USA Today readers picked as one of the top 20 film festivals in North America.

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The 34th edition of the Out on Film festival runs from September 23rd through October 3rd.