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2020 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival Announces Livestream Headliners and “Under the Stars” Drive-in Schedule

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Cheryl Dunye, John Cameron Mitchell, Lily Tomlin and newcomer country artist, Brandon Stansell, headline special events at The 2020 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festiva presented by WarnerMedia. The festival proudly announced their full livestream and “Under the Stars” drive-in screenings schedule today. 

Outfest LA’s “Under the Stars” drive-in experience will take place at the 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, and will also feature Patricia Vidal Delgado’s feature directorial debut and poignant coming of age story, La Leyenda Negra about a a soon-to-be undocumented teenager fighting for her right to stay in America. Country artist Brandon Stansell will perform a live drive-in set prior to a screening of his documentary Three Chords and a Lie, while the final drive-in screening will be the world premiere of Outfest’s closing film, Two Eyes, directed by Travis Fine, and featuring a century-spanning story of queer and trans people from three time periods in the American West learning to express their identities and finding community. Screening will be preceded by a live musical set by cast member Ryan Cassata, as well as a pre-recorded musical set by cast member Nakhane out of London. The drive-in screenings are sponsored by Outfest Los Angeles’s Automotive Sponsor Hyundai. 

In the digital space, the Tony Award® winning John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will host a livestream marathon listening party of his critically acclaimed musical podcast, Anthem: Homunculus, featuring performances by Mitchell, Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo, Patti LuPone, Nakhane, Denis O’Hare and Laurie Anderson, among others. The 10 episode series, created and written by Mitchell and Bryan Weller and produced by Topic Studios, features more than 30 original songs. The podcast will be paired with specially-created visuals, live drop-ins and Q&A with Mitchell and possible special guests. Lily Tomlin and her longtime life partner Jane Wagner will join Outfest Los Angeles for a livestream discussion with director Joan Churchill about the long-unavailable 1986 documentary Lily Tomlin: The Film Behind the Show, which charted the creation of Tomlin’s Broadway smash, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Legendary queer filmmaker Cheryl Dunye and producer Effie Brown will also do a live Q&A about Dunye’s 2001 HBO original film Stranger Inside, previously unavailable to stream and available on Outfest’s digital platform for free during the entire festival run. Outfest’s annual Trans Summit will also migrate to the digital space, with keynote addresses and panel discussions from groundbreaking trans and non-binary artists.

Outfest Los Angeles’ outdoor program and streaming platform will bring 160+ films, including 35 world premieres, 10 North American premieres and 4 U.S. premieres to Los Angeles for 2020. This year’s Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival will run August 20-30, and will be accessed via www.outfestla2020.com for one All-Access Pass to OutfestNow (app now available for Roku, AppleTV, Android, ioS), where centerpiece films, premieres, and hand-curated programs debuting daily.  Select packages of Festival Favorites will also be available for direct purchase. 

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.

Please find the 2020 Outfest LA livestream schedule below. 

LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE:

 • FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st

 • 7:00 PM – STRANGER INSIDE: Live digital Q&A with director Cheryl Dunye, producer Effie Brown & cast. Moderated by: Outfest Legacy Project Manager Brendan Lucas.

 • TUESDAY, AUGUST 25th

 • 5:00 PM – SHIVA BABY: Live digital Q&A with director Emma Seligman, producers, and cast members Rachel Sennott, Dianna Agron, and Danny Deferrari. Moderated by Outfest Director of Festival Programming Mike Dougherty.

 • 7:00 PM –  LILY TOMLIN: THE FILM BEHIND THE SHOW: Live digital Q&A with director Joan Churchill, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Wagner. Moderated by Outfest Legacy Project Manager Brendan Lucas.

 • THURSDAY, AUGUST 27th

 • 9:00 PM – THE OBITUARY OF TUNDE JOHNSON (Breakthrough Centerpiece): Live digital Q&A with director Ali LeRoy, writer Stanley Kalu, and star Steven Silver. Moderated by filmmaker LaQuann Dawson of GLAAD’s NEON project. 

 • FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th

 • 7:00 PM – BLOODSISTERS: LEATHER, DYKES, & SADOMASOCHISM LIVE DIGITAL PANEL with director Michelle Handelman, Leather community legend Queen Cougar & other special guests. Moderated by Brendan Lucas.

 • SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH

 • 12:00 PM – TRANS SUMMIT; Livestream Keynote Address & Panels 

 • 2:00 PM – LIVE LISTENING MARATHON OF “ANTHEM: HOMUNCULUS” musical podcast, hosted by John Cameron Mitchell with special guests.

Please find the 2020 Outfest LA “Under the Stars” drive-in schedule below. 

DRIVE-IN SCREENINGS SCHEDULE:

WEEKEND 1

 • FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st:

 • 8:00 PM – THE NOWHERE INN

 • SATURDAY, AUGUST 22nd: 

 • 7:45 PM – Boys Shorts + CICADA 

 • 8:00 PM – Trans Shorts + COWBOYS 

 • SUNDAY, AUGUST 23rd:  

 • 7:45 PM –  SHIVA BABY 

 • 8:00 PM – Brandon Stansell concert / THREE CHORDS AND A LIE 

WEEKEND 2

 • FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th:  

 • 7:45 PM – Girls Shorts + AHEAD OF THE CURVE 

 • 8:00 PM – Latinx Shorts + LA LEYENDA NEGRA 

 • SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th:  

 • 7:45 PM – MINYAN 

 • 8:00 PM – P.S. BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE 

 • SUNDAY, AUGUST 30th:  

 • 8:00 PM – TWO EYES – live music pre-show by Ryan Cassata, pre-recorded musical set by Nakhane 

 • 7:45 PM – DRAMARAMA 

As a nonprofit organization, Outfest relies heavily on the Outfest Los Angeles Film Festival to support its year-round activities. This year it will offer a $59.99 Festival pass that will provide viewing access to all the films and panels as well as a subscription to Outfest’s new streaming platform for the next year.

Visit www.outfestla2020.com 

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