There’s a new film festival in town, presented by the New Orleans Film Society and Shotgun Cinema with a focus on LGBT themes.
The OUTtakes Film Festival will be screened July 10 through July 13 at The Old Firehouse, 720 Mandeville St. in the Faubourg Marigny.
The inaugural festival’s lineup will include films both old and new, from the John Waters-directed classic “Female Trouble” to the Sundance hit “The Foxy Merkins,” according to organizers.
Filmmakers from three of the films will be in attendance for the festival: Director PJ Raval and associate producer Curran Nault from “Before You Know It,” co-writer and actress Lisa Haas of “The Foxy Merkins” and “Valencia” actress Shawna Elizabeth.
“The films in the lineup represent some of the most exciting cinema currently out there, and we’re so happy to be showcasing them locally with Shotgun Cinema,” programming director Clint Bowie said.
It’s an angle that is overdue, said NOFS artistic director John Desplas.
“Though NOFS programs films throughout the year that feature LGBTQ themes, we realized the time had come for a film program that speaks, not necessarily exclusively, but especially to the many issues that arise in the LGBTQ community,” Desplas said, “and while we’re at it, entertain the hell out of everyone.”