Latinx American Experience at Outfest Film Festival 2016

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Latinx American Experience at

Outfest Film Festival 2016

Ovarian Psychos

Ovarian Psycos

Documentary Features

(USA, 2016, 72 min)
Los Angeles Premiere

Directed By: Kate Trumbull-LaValle and Joanna Sokolowski

A group of Xicana women in East L.A. are redefining identity and building community through an irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos. This exhilarating documentary gets deeply personal, as the sisterhood cruise Boyle Heights, fighting to reclaim the streets from the forces of colonization and patriarchy that have oppressed them all their lives. As much a celebration as it is a rebellion, OVARIAN PSYCOS is one ride you don’t want to miss.
Post-Screening Party, July 9: Precinct, 357 South Broadway, 90013

The Nest

The Nest

International Narrative Feat.

(Brazil, 2016, 115 min)

In Portuguese with English subtitles
Directed By: Filipe Matzembacher,
Marcio Reolon

On leave from the military, handsome twenty-something soldier Bruno travels to Porto Alegre determined to find his estranged older brother Leo. What he finds instead is a vibrant queer community that happily embraces him, inviting him into their alt social scene. Through these unconventional new friends, Bruno discovers a new space where he is free to explore his sexuality. Away from home, he’s found a new family and found himself, and his lost brother feels closer than ever.
The Cult
The Cult
preceded by Mad Ladders

Platinum Section

(Brazil, 2015, 70 min)

In Portuguese with English subtitles
Directed By: André Antônio

Screenwriter: André Antônio
In the lugubrious future (a breezy 2040), Earth is abandoned for interplanetary colonization and only the disaffected remain. Too bored to travel and immunized from the need to sleep, they lounge languidly in ornate interiors, whiling away the hours with hookups. This confident first feature brims with vibrant ambiance and lush cinematography, taking its time to reveal the namesake cult and its rituals, which run just this side of Kenneth Anger. It’s Kubrick by way of Coppola (Sofia, that is) with a dash of Ozon to keep things queer.

Whittier Boulevard

Whittier Boulevard precedes Raising Zoey Shorts Programs (USA, 2015, 17 min) Directed By: Michael Patrick Spillers

A rock’n roll fable about Andre, a transgender teen runaway who falls in love with a Rockabilly princess on the streets of East LA.

Raising Zoe

Raising Zoey
preceded by Whittier Boulevard

Documentary Features

(USA, 2016, 54 min)
World Premiere

Directed By: Dante H. Alencastre

Moderator: Raymond Braun
Like many teenagers, Zoey is into makeup, loves drawing, and is planning to start dating boys in high school. But things aren’t always so easy for a transgender 13-year-old girl. We follow her life just after winning a case against her school district for discrimination, as she begins hormone treatments and publicly advocates for change with her mother and sister always by her side. Buoyed by Zoey’s positive spirit, this documentary by Dante Alencastre (TRANSVISIBLE) is uplifting and inspirational.

Forbidden Undocumented and Queer in Rural America

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America

Documentary Features

(USA, 2016, 90 min)

In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Directed By: Tiffany Rhynard

When Moises Serrano was a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico in search of the American Dream. Growing up in the rural South as an undocumented gay man, forbidden to live and love in the country he calls home, Serrano sees only one option — to fight for justice and equality. Driven by a deep love for his family, who have come to accept being treated as invisible, Moises seeks to change the world.

I Promise You Anarchy

I Promise You Anarchy
Te prometo anarquía

International Narrative Feat.

(Germany, Mexico, 2015, 88 min)

In Spanish with English subtitles
Directed By: Julio Hernandez Cordon

Miguel and Johnny like to skate, hang out, and have sex (whether or not Johnny’s girlfriend is in the room). But when their scheme for easy money goes off the rails, the young lovers find themselves in way over their heads. Director Julio Hernández Cordón boldly combines stylish noir and gritty realism in this sexy tale of skate punks, blood trafficking, and romance in Mexico City. Outstanding performances by newcomers Diego Calva and Eduardo Martínez Peña.
Pre-Screening Reception: DGA Atrium

He Hated Pigeons

He Hated Pigeons

International Narrative Feat.

(Canada, 2015, 80 min)

In Spanish with English subtitles
Directed By: Ingrid Veninger

Live Score Performed by: Kayla Briet
Compelled by the last memories of his boyfriend, a heartbroken Elias fulfills a promise to embark on the road trip they planned before his unexpected death. Against the striking backdrop of Chile, Elias travels from the Northern Atacama Desert through Patagonia, down to the “end of the world.” Chance meetings with fellow travelers along the way gradually heal him, ultimately leading to a profound catharsis. A mesmerizing love letter to Chile, starring Pedro Fontaine and Cristobal Tapia Montt.



International Centerpiece

(Argentina, Brazil, 2016, 83 min)

In Spanish with English subtitles
Directed By: Papu Curotto

Sexy and heartfelt, this US premiere explores a second chance at love. Childhood friends Matías and Jerónimo reunite in their hometown of Paso de los Libres, Argentina, on the banks of the Uruguay River. The summer before high school, the teens’ close friendship transformed into something deeper, but their mutual attraction never came to fruition. More than a decade later they meet again, and the chemistry between them is palpable, but now Matías has a girlfriend who has traveled to his hometown for Carnival. Seeing his old friend, now so comfortable and confident in his skin, reawakens Matías’ feelings. This unexpected opportunity forces Matías to reassess his choices and to figure out whether he can turn his back on marriage to a woman in favor of the man he’s always loved. A powerful film that elicits feelings of nostalgia for our own adolescence and for the long-forgotten romances from our past, ESTEROS offers a satisfying glimpse into what might have been (and what might still be).
Centerpiece Post-Screening Reception: DGA Atrium

El Canto del Colibri

El Canto del Colibrí
The Song of the Hummingbird

Special Events

(USA, 2015, 53 min)

In Spanish with English subtitles
Directed By: Marco Castro-Bojorquez

Moderator: Stephen Macias
Introduction by: Sara Ramirez
EL CANTO DEL COLIBRÍ is the intimate testimonial of a group of Latino immigrant fathers who — in the face of personal hardship, faith, and the expectations of machismo culture — find acceptance and love for their LGBTQ children. Marco Castro-Bojorquez’s film, simple in style but vital in content, is an important contribution to fighting stigma and isolation in the Latino/a immigrant LGBTQ community. Followed by a vibrant discussion with the filmmakers, documentary subjects, and members of the community.

Bruising for Besos

Bruising for Besos

U.S. Narrative Features

(USA, 2016, 88 min)
Southern California Premiere

Directed By: Adelina Anthony

Screenwriter: Adelina Anthony
Charismatic Xicana lesbian Yoli is part of the queer/trans artists of color scene in Los Angeles. When she decides to pursue Daña, an alluring Puerto Rican woman, the calmness of her day- to-day life is upended and her tumultuous past resurfaces in the present. Yoli must choose between a familiar pattern of damaging vices — or begin to face the history that haunts her — in order to learn how to love “right.”
Post-Screening Party: Precinct, 357 South Broadway, 90013

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