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All screenings will begin at 8:30 PM.
Outfest Los Angeles has been depicting the rich diversity of human identity and expression through films that entertain, educate and inspire for more than 30 years. Outfest returns to the Ford to screen four outstanding films Under the Stars as part of the 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival: preceded by the short film Flu$h, documentary Bad Reputation will kick off the screenings on July 18, followed by When The Beat Drops, Postcards from London and Wild Nights with Emily.
About the films:
Bad Reputation: WED July 18 @ 8:30 PM
Rock-and-roll pioneer Joan Jett has been shredding hard since she founded The Runaways back in the 1970s, and at age 60, she shows no signs of slowing down. This breathlessly entertaining documentary spans the many eras and facets of her career, including interviews from a wide range of peers and protégés, including Michael J. Fox, Debbie Harry, Miley Cyrus, Billie Jo Armstrong, Kathleen Hanna, Kristen Stewart, Iggy Pop, and Laura Jane Grace, to name just a few. Revel in Jett’s trademark humble swagger as the film chronicles her journey to becoming one of the most influential figures in punk rock history.
Director: Kevin Kerslake
USA | 98 minutes | 2018
Flu$h: WED July 18 @ 8:30 PM (preceding Bad Reputation)
Roxy, a high femme punk, is caught multi-tasking between a hot date and a hilarious group domination session where her fabulous queer friends learn an important “lesson” from a john.
Director: Heather María Ács
When The Beat Drops: THUR July 19 @ 8:30 PM
Drop into the electric and subversive underground dance scene known as “bucking.” As voguing exploded out of the ballroom scene of NYC, bucking was boldly pioneered in the clubs of the Deep South as a new form of self-expression. This film presents a fresh glimpse into the magnetic artistry and flair behind this emerging dance culture.
In his feature debut, famed choreographer and filmmaker Jamal Sims, who has worked with the likes of Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and RuPaul’s Drag Race, illuminates the warm-hearted and fierce queer black performers who make up one of the leading “bucking” groups in the city of Atlanta. As they train for their biggest competition yet, they face the risk of losing their jobs and family to compete at the top levels of this dance scene.
Director: Jamal Sims
87 min | USA | 2018
Postcards from London: FRI July 20 @ 8:30 PM
Broke and beautiful, Joe (Beach Rats breakout Harris Dickinson) chases his big-city dreams to London and lands in the company of the Raconteurs: an elite gang of escorts who mix sex work with an encyclopedic knowledge of art history. Buzzing with electric energy and awash in Caravaggio, Joe’s journey takes him through the neon-lit labyrinth of Soho and, even more fantastically, transports him into classical paintings themselves. Sculpted like the gods, he becomes a muse for the ages.
Director: Steve McLean
United Kingdom | 87 minutes | 2018
Wild Nights with Emily: SAT July 21 @ 8:30 PM
In this laugh-out-loud period comedy, Molly Shannon transforms 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson from tragic spinster to irreverent lesbian heartthrob. Outfest alum Madeleine Olnek (The Foxy Merkins) reclaims Dickinson’s identity from the throes of patriarchy, exploring her vivacious side and her lifelong romantic relationship with her best friend and brother’s wife Susan (Susan Ziegler). In a film that’s part sketch comedy, part historical burlesque, Molly Shannon’s performance is alive as she kicks up the pieces of this famous legacy.
Director: Madeleine Olnek
USA | 84 minutes | 2018