The 23rd annual Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, begins Friday and runs through Oct. 7 at the Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Dr., and Ansley Park Playhouse, 1545 Peachtree St.
The event includes 31 feature films and 25 short films and kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the local debut of “You Should Meet My Son” by former Atlantan Keith Hartman. Two of the films in this year’s festival, “Quentin Crisp: Final Encore” and “Fishnet,” are world premieres. Both films will be shown on World Premiere Night, Oct. 4 at Ansley Park Playhouse.
Other films include “Howl,” with Golden Globe winner James Franco; “Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!” with Lainie Kazan; “BearCity” with “CSI” star Gerald McCullouch; “Role/Play: The Movie” with Matt Montgomery; “Violet Tendencies” with “Facts of Life” star Mindy Cohn.
Also featured will be “I Killed My Mother,” “Undertow,” “The Adonis Factor,” “The Four-Faced Liar,” “Ticked Off Trannies With Knives,” “Children of God,” “Leading Ladies,” and “Making the Boys.”
Guests will include Keith Hartman; Marja-Lewis Ryan, the star and writer of “The Four-Faced Liar;” Evgeny Afineevsky, director of “Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!”, Christopher Hines, director of “The Adonis Factor;” Gerald McCullouch, star of “BearCity,” Rob Williams, Matt Montgomery and Steve Callahan, the director and stars of “Role/Play: The Movie,” Brian Pelletier, director of “Fishnet;” Robert Gaston, director of “Flight of the Cardinal;” and Trevite Willis, producer of “Children of God.”
There will be a special appearance by Reichen Lehmkuhl of Logo’s new reality series “The A-List” on Saturday.
There are numerous local ties. Much of “The Adonis Factor” was filmed in Atlanta, several Atlantans are in the cast, and the film is directed by former Atlantan Christopher Hines. Gerald McCulloich is a former Atlantan and Diane Cardea lives in Atlanta. Her film “Quentin Crisp: Final Encore” was filmed in Atlanta. In addition, Cindy Abel, director of the marriage equality shorts, lives in Atlanta and Erik Gernard, director of the short film “Tech Support,” is a former Atlantan.