Outfest Los Angeles 2020 to combine drive-in and virtual experiences for 160+ screenings

Outfest is having a drive-in!

The 2020 edition of Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival will run from August 20-30 featuring new centerpiece films, premieres, and hand-curated programs debuting daily. Outfest LA’s diverse 2020 slate - with over 70% of films directed by female, trans, and POC filmmakers - will include high-profile films originally scheduled for festivals disrupted by COVID-19 earlier in the year. Moviegoers will be able to access all films via www.outfestla2020.com​ where they'll also be able to buy an All-Access Pass for this year's events beginning on Friday, August 14th.

Outfest LA’s Centerpiece selections include U.S. Centerpiece selection ​Shiva Baby​, starring Rachel Sennott, Dianna Agron, and Fred Melamed; Documentary Centerpiece ​Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story, ​which catalogs the career resurgence of the musician of trans experience well into his 70s; International Centerpiece ​Monsoon,​ directed by Sundance and Outfest alum Hong Khaou (Lilting)​ and starring Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians)​; and Breakthrough Centerpiece ​The Obituary of Tunde Johnson,​ the feature directing debut of ​Everybody Hates Chris co-creator Ali LeRoi.

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The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

Outfest’s Closing Film will be the world premiere of Outfest alum Travis Fine’s (​Any Day Now​) century-spanning triptych ​Two Eyes​, in which queer and trans-identified people from three different time periods in the American West discover how their identities fall within a multitude of sexuality and gender expressions. The film’s ensemble includes Kiowa Gordon (​The Twilight Saga)​ , Benjamin Rigby (​Alien: Covenant​), Nakhane Toure (​The Wound)​, musician Ryan Cassata, and non-binary activist and famed performer Kate Bornstein. The film will premiere both on the digital platform and as the final drive-in feature.

The digital portion of the festival will be powered by the Vimeo OTT platform, making it accessible across all major platforms. Viewers at home will also be able to customize their own festival experience, with a personalized watch list tool, on-demand viewing, and simple navigation that have become the standard for rich in-home entertainment experiences.

For the outdoor cinephiles, the “Outfest LA Under the Stars”, drive-in experience will take place at the stunning Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, where for two extended weekends the Festival will be hosting a series of drive-in screenings across six-nights on two lots, including both kick-off and closing events. Drive-in screenings will launch with a special, drive-in only Los Angeles premiere of Sundance 2020 title ​The Nowhere Inn​, starring musicians Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein in a reality-bending send-up of Clark’s musical persona, St. Vincent. A mix of pre-recorded and live virtual Q&As are expected with cast and crew across all programs.

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Becoming A Man In 127 Easy Steps

Other films include Tribeca selections ​P.S. Burn This Letter Please; Cowboys​ starring Steve Zahn, Jillian Bell, Ann Dowd, and young trans actor Sasha Knight;​ musician Big Freedia’s anti-gun advocacy doc ​Freedia Got A Gun, and recent Emmy-nominee Scott Turner Schofield's Becoming A Man In 127 Easy Steps

For the full Outfest Los Angeles 2020 lineup, head to www.outfestla2020.com​.

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