On March 24, the University of Southern California will hold the 5th Annual Don Thompson LGBT Film Festival, which will present works from eight LGBT student filmmakers. Awards will be handed out by a film jury that includes actor George Takei, director Randal Kleiser (Grease, It’s My Party), and Laura McGinnis of The Trevor Project. The event will be hosted by CNN film critic Grae Drake.
Among the films featured will be Tsuyako from director Mitsuyo Miyazaki, who created the film as a thesis project. Tsuyako depicts a love story between two women in post-war Japan and won an audience award at Outfest last year. You can watch the film’s trailer below.
Five years ago, the Don Thompson LGBT Film Festival was started as a small scholarship festival by a local LGBT running group, but has become an annual event for the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association. Needless to say, the filmmakers featured in the festival are following in some truly impressive footsteps. USC’s filmmaker alumni list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood, and includes such directors as Bryan Singer, Greg Araki, Judd Apatow, and George Lucas to name just a few. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, you can visit the festival’s website here.