Saturday, September 3, 2011

Out On Film & Reel Abilities: 2 Film Festivals announce line-ups, put tickets on sale

Posted By on Sat, Sep 3, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Cho Show!
  • Cho Show!

In the midst of "Clusterfest," let's take a second to look ahead to a pair of noteworthy film festivals right around the corner (mini-clusterfest? the return of clusterfest?)

Line-ups have been announced. Tickets are now on sale:

Out On Film, Atlanta's LGBT film festival for 24 years, invites everyone to celebrate pride in the movies from September 29 - October 6 at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

The Inaugural Reel Abilities Film Festival, dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities, will unspool from October 1 - 6 at a variety of greater Atlanta venues, including the Buckhead Theater, the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, Lefont Sandy Springs, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, and the Emory Center for Ethics.

See the complete 2011 Out On Film line-up here: http://www.outonfilm.org/films.html

Out On Film 2011 Highlights include:

The Green, a gay high school teacher in an upscale New England town is railroaded in this not-for-kitch melodrama given heft by a strong cast including Cheyenne Jackson, Julia Ormond and Ileana Douglas.

From Hollywood to Dollywood, a documentary about twin brothers who set-off in an RV to hand-deliver a script they've written for their idol, Dolly Parton.

Wish Me Away, a documentary about country singer Chely Wright's decision to come out as a lesbian.

We Were Here, David Weissman's multi-award winning documentary look back at the emergence of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s illuminating the profound personal and community issues raised by the so-called “Gay Plague” as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed.

In addition, this year's line-up includes a number of Atlanta-focused films:

Cho Dependent, a stand-up performance film by Atlanta actress & comic Margaret Cho shot at Atlanta's Tabernacle

Man 2 Man: A Gay Man’s Guide to Finding Love, former Atlantan Christopher Hines’ documentary on finding and keeping Mr. Right.

Through the Eyes of the AIDS Storm: Jesse Peel a documentary look at the Atlanta activist.

The festival, beefing -up into full-fledged festival mode, includes an impressive roster of visiting filmmakers, and

Tickets and Passes are now on sale here: http://outonfilm.org/tickets.html

The Out On Film team is busy Tweeting and Facebook posting. (You should follow them if you want to keep up to speed on new happenings—oh look! "It looks like Sean Paul Lockhart, aka Brent Corrigan, will be one of our guests on closing night.")

See the complete 2011 Reel Abilities Film Festival line-up here: http://www.reelabilitiesatl.org/films/

Hidden Beauty
  • Courtney Bent
  • Hidden Beauty

Highlights include:
Warrior Champions, the emotional and inspiring story of a group of severely wounded American Soldiers, as they fight to turn nightmares of war into Olympic dreams.

Henry O!, the documentary about Henry Olium the Tampa Bay Rays Spanish language radio broadcaster, who is blind.

Shooting Beauty, the the inspirational story of a aspiring fashion photographer Courtney Bent whose career takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center for people living with significant disabilities.

Go West, Young Man
  • http://www.dariusgoeswest.org/
  • Go West, Young Man

The local focus film this year is Darius Goes West the 2007 (has it really been four years?) feature doc about Athens GA teen Darius Weems with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy whose unflinching humor and his extraordinary laugh are an inspiration. Follow Weems and his friends as they take a life-changing cross-country journey with the goal of getting his wheelchair customized by Xzibit on MTV’s "Pimp My Ride." The film won prizes at over twenty film festivals and inspired a national movement.

The festival closes with "The Golden Goals," an awards ceremony recognizing the stars of Georgia's developmentally disabled community. To nominate an individual, visit http://www.reelabilitiesATL.com/goldengoals.

Tickets and Passes are now on sale here: http://www.reelabilitiesatl.org/tickets/

The Reel Abilities team is busy posting updates to Facebook.

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