OUTwatch – Wine Country’s LGBTQI Film Festival Brings the Best of International Queer Cinema to the North Bay

OUTwatch – Wine Country’s LGBTQI Film Festival will happen November 6 – 8, 2015, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. This year’s theme is Films For Us. For its second year as one of Wine Country’s fastest-growing film festivals, OUTwatch will showcase six fantastic feature films and two thought-provoking documentaries. Festival sponsors and festival pass holders are invited to attend the VIP Opening Night Party, a catered affair replete with live entertainment and tastings of Orpheus Wines. The Saturday Spotlight Dance Party will be held after the day’s final screening. There will be a live deejay, munchies, and wonderful beer and wine in the Center’s amazing new party space and patio. On Sunday, all ticket holders are invited to the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social on Sunday. Iron Horse Vineyards will serve its special Rainbow Cuvee and Moustache Baked Goods will serve sweet treats.

OUTwatch is determined to bring the best of International LGBTQI Cinema to the North Bay. The festival has expanded to three days of screenings. This year, the schedule is: Friday, November 6 – 7:30 p.m. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), is a Thai film about two young lovers from very different backgrounds as they prepare to face the draft. Saturday, November 7 – Noon From This Day Forward is an honest and thought provoking documentary about a transgender woman whose wife doesn’t divorce her, made by their now adult daughter. 2:15 p.m. The Surface is a though-provoking feature about a young man finding his way in the world that’s reminiscent of the films of the Queer New Wave. 4:30 p.m. Alto is a lesbian mob comedy, in which a surprising attraction, the mob, and family traditions pave the road to hilarity. 8 p.m. All About E is a breath-taking and gorgeous lesbian thriller from Australia. Sunday, November 8 – Noon Two 4 One is a Canadian comedy about a transman and his lesbian ex, which won the audience award for Best Film at Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival. 4:30 p.m. Reel in the Closet, LGBTQI home movies are discovered and preserved in the latest call-to-action documentary by North Bay filmmaker Stu Maddox.

If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Co-producers Gary Carnivele, Jody Laine and Shad Rheistein or Directors Mikki del Monico or Stu Maddox, please call Gary Carnivele at 707.225.1302 or email garycarnivele@gmail.com.

Festival Passes: $75. Each film: $10. Address: 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Phone: 707.829.4797 Web site: www.outwatchfilmfest.org

The Sebastopol Center for the Arts is one of the most vibrant arts organizations in Sonoma County, and in Northern California. The non-profit presents exhibits, performances, classes and events, in the visual, performing, literary and film arts – it means there’s always something happening at SCA. Address: 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Phone: 707.829.4797 Web site: www.sebarts.org.