Feature Films and Documentaries (Published Mar. 1, 2020)
OutLove International Film Festival shows full-length feature films that educate, enlighten and entertain, and further shows our community living lives of happiness, love and respect.
We also show documentaries that depict LGBT+ lives in their raw state, but our film festival’s overall message is happiness, love and respect.
It is too early to put together a list of full-length feature films and full-length documentaries that we will show at our film festival, but here is a sample of recent feature films and documentaries (2019-2020) that support our film festival’s overall message of happiness, love and respect. COVID-19 pushed many of these films from canceled 2020 film festivals to online so you can see the films on Amazon Prime and Walmart VUDU. Some studios show their newly acquired 2020 films on their online platforms. Internet search engines can tell you what is playing and which online provider.
In 2020 and 2021, some LGBT+ film festivals adopted an online experience: online ticket sales and convenient stay-at-home film viewing of latest LGBT+ feature films and documentaries. We greatly encourage you to participate in and show your support for our long-standing community film festivals while these opportunities are available.
Our mission is an in-person community experience where everyone meets and greets and gets to know our local for-profit and non-profit support networks. When it is safe to have our local in-person film festival, you can add our community celebration to your calendar.
And Then We Danced. Feature Film. Male Interest. Language: Georgian with English subtitles.
Merab has been dancing since he was ten. He aspires to make the National Ballet and he feels confident, until Irakli shows up. Irakli is strong, handsome, and confident in a way someone can be when they have always been better than everyone else. (Synopsis by Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
Before You Know It. Feature Film. Female Interest. Language: English.
In this quirky Sundance Film Festival favorite, director Hannah Pearl Utt (who also co-wrote and stars) infuses tenderness and complex emotion, into the absurd misadventures of Rachel and Jackie, sisters living in a dysfunctional life in New York City.
If only Rachel didn’t have to take care of her extended family, living above their small theater in Greenwich Village. Then, maybe she could finally take a woman out on a second date.
Utt’s winning comedy is grounded by an incredible cast, including co-writer Jen Tullock, Alec Baldwin, Tim Daly, and Mike Colter.
A worthy entry in the pantheon of NYC comedies, Before You Know It charms as it tackles extreme co-dependence, madcap hijinks, and familial dynamics, with hilarity and poignancy. (Synopsis by Austin All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival)
Benjamin. Feature Film. Male Interest.
In this charming romance, Benjamin is a young filmmaker in London, boyishly handsome, awkwardly brilliant, and full of self-doubt. He must navigate the pretentious local arts scene to build his career, and, his love life sucks. He bogs himself and others down in obscure philosophical banter. (Synopsis by Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
End of the Century. Feature Film. Male Interest. Language: Spanish with English subtitles.
Time bends in this sexy film about the chance meetings of two scruffy, handsome men. Ocho meets Javi while vacationing in Barcelona. The electricity between them is immediate. (Synopsis by Tampa Bay
International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
From Zero to I Love You. Feature Film. Male Interest. Language: English.
Pete Logsdon is just a guy in Philadelphia whose fear of intimacy creates his history of getting involved with married men. His father and his soon-to-be step-mother are on him to settle down and find someone who’s actually available. Instead, he finds a man named Jack who is fifteen years into a perfect marriage, has two beautiful children, an enviable wife, and is firmly inside the closet. Could this be the one? Featuring strong chemistry between the leads, director Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc) creates authentic characters in this highly engaging, obstacle-filled, romantic comedy. (Synopsis by OUTshine Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale)
Sell By. Feature Film. Male Interest.
In a city of eight million people, everybody has a love story. Scott is mired as a ghost painter for a famous artist, while his boyfriend is rocketing to stardom as an Instagram fashion icon.
Featuring Scott Evans, Augustus Prew, Kate Walsh, and Patricia Clarkson, Sell By asks timeless questions—how do you know who’s right for you, and, how do you know whether to stay together or let go? (Synopsis by TheFilmCollaborative.org)
The Sympathy Card. Feature Film.
Female Interest. Language: English.
When Emma’s cancer takes a turn for the worse, she presents her new wife Josie with a deathbed order: find someone new while Emma is still around to approve of her choice.
Reluctantly, Josie embarks on a painfully awkward pursuit to honor Emma’s wishes. After many hilarious failures, Josie finds herself developing feelings for Siobhan, her free-spirited florist. As her surprising bond with Siobhan deepens, Josie faces the dilemma of a time-limited present with Emma versus a possible future with Siobhan.
The Sympathy Card is an unconventional comic love triangle about three women wrestling with living in the present, mortality and bad first dates. (Synopsis by OUTshine Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale)
Vita & Virginia. Feature Film. Female Interest. Language: English.
Set amidst the bohemian high society of 1920s England, Vita and Virginia tells the scintillating true story of a literary love affair that fueled the imagination of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers.
Vita Sackville-West is the brash aristocratic wife of a diplomat, who refuses to be constrained by her marriage, and defiantly courts scandal through her affairs with women. When she meets the brilliant but troubled Virginia Woolf, she is immediately attracted to the famed novelist’s eccentric genius and enigmatic allure.
So begins an intense, passionate relationship, marked by all-consuming desire, intellectual gamesmanship, and destructive jealousy, that profoundly transforms both women, and inspires Woolf to write one of her greatest works. (Synopsis by Austin All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival)
The Archivettes. Documentary. History. Female Interest. Language: English.
“Our history was disappearing as quickly as we were making it.” With that realization, Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians.
For more than 40 years, through many of the major milestones in LGBTQ+ history, the all-volunteer organization has literally rescued history from the trash.
Now, the co-founders are in their mid-70s, and the group faces a number of challenges,
including a transfer of leadership, the rise of digital technology, and a renewed call to activism in a politically charged moment. (Synopsis by Austin All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival)
Dykes, Camera, Action! Documentary. History. Female Interest. Language: English.
Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen. But, between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they build visibility, and transformed the social
imagination about queerness.
Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others, share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives, and, discuss how they’ve expressed queer identity through film. (Synopsis by TheFilmCollaborative.org)
For They Know Not What They Do. Documentary. General Interest. Language: English.
From the Director of For the Bible Tells Me So, this new documentary takes us on a journey of understanding and sheds light on religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation in America. At the core of the story are four families whose faith is their source of strength and, sometimes, a source of pain. (Synopsis by Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
Gay Chorus Deep South. Documentary. General Interest. Language: English.
In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states, and the divisive 2016 federal election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Joined by ally The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, they bring a message of music, love and acceptance, to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. The journey brings them into people’s homes, churches and concert halls, for a celebration of the power of music, to unite us in a time of difference. (Synopsis by TheFilmCollaborative.org)
Milk. Documentary. History. 2008. General Interest. Language: English.
Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black, the film stars Sean Penn as Milk and Josh Brolin as Dan White, a city supervisor who assassinated Milk and Mayor George Moscone. (Synopsis by Wikipedia.org)
An Almost Ordinary Summer. Feature Film. Male Interest. Language: Italian with English subtitles.
When two grandfathers from different backgrounds fall in love, telling their families is the last hurdle before their wedding.
What better way to get it over with than to bring them all, unsuspecting, to neighboring beach houses, drop the bomb, and watch the fireworks begin? (Synopsis by Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
Good Kisser. Feature Film. Female
Interest. Language: English.
Jenna agrees to a sexy weekend fling with her materialistic girlfriend Kate and the worldly Mia, but as the night unfolds, Jenna notices discomfiting details about them, and, the love triangle starts to crack. (Synopsis by TheFilmCollaborative.org)
More Beautiful for Having Been Broken. Feature Film. Female Interest. Language: English.
Devoted FBI Agent McKenzie “Max” De Ridder has recently lost her mother. In the wake of grief, she forms a bond with a young boy with special needs and an
unexpected—and at first tense, then loving—relationship with his mother. (Synopsis by Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
Song Lang. Feature Film. Male Interest. Language: Vietnamese with English subtitles.
Winner of 20+ festival awards to date, this stunning Vietnamese debut feature is sure to delight fans of world cinema, heart-wrenching romance, and glorious musical performances. Set in 1980s Saigon, Song Lang tells the unlikely love story of a ruthless debt-collector and the male lead of a Cai Luong opera company, as they discover they are kindred spirits in a violent world gone mad. (Synopsis by TheFilmCollaborative.org)
Straight Up. Feature Film. Male
Interest. Language: English.
A highly entertaining romantic comedy with a twist: a love story without the thrill of romance. Hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive, gay twenty-something Todd (Sweeney) wants to try being straight. Not because he thinks being gay is bad. He just thinks he is bad at being gay. (Synopsis by Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
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