In the beguiling 17-minute short EL PAISA, Carmelo (David Ty Reza) is a vaquero mágico, proudly walking the daytime streets of East Los Angeles in full cowboy adornment. Dismissed by some as a paisa—politely translated as “country bumpkin”—he is comfortable
Among filmmakers telling queer stories far removed from the relative safe spaces of the industrialized north, writer-director Babatunde Apalowo has come to the world’s attention with his feature debut ALL THE COLOURS OF THE WORLD ARE BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE.
Meet Jamie Diaz—if you haven’t already made her acquaintance. Convicted in 1996 of aggravated robbery, Diaz is serving a life sentence in a Texas penitentiary for men. Diaz—a trans woman—has used these past decades for personal and artistic growth, developing
Fantastic in both the literal and poetic senses, Georden West’s PLAYLAND is a loving, haunting look inside Boston’s late, great Playland Café (1937–1988), yet another erased queer space in an unforgiving urban landscape. Brought back to life in West’s highly
Decades before Andrew Lloyd Webber fired Patti LuPone as Norma Desmond and replaced her with Glenn Close, another drama over the musical makeover of Sunset Boulevard played out in California and New York. In the mid-1950s, a fledgling songwriting team
In JUMP, DARLING—written and directed by Phil Connell in his feature debut—Cloris Leachman plays irascible, plain-spoken Margaret, resident of rural Ontario and survivor of an alcoholic husband. Recognizing the same tendencies in her grandson Russell (Thomas Duplessie)—who has recently decamped to
OUTFEST LA 2021 kicks off this summer with a free pre-fest screening of the delightful SWAN SONG. The in-person event will conclude with a Q & A with writer-director Todd Stephens and star Udo Kier. Later this week, SWAN SONG opens