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 is thrilled to announce our move to Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol.  We join an impressive list of film festivals that call Rialto Cinemas home, including the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. The weekend of October 12 – 14, we will present seven critically-acclaimed films and the first of two exciting additions to the festival. Sunday Cinematic Salons, a discussion of queer film, and LGBTQI Classic Film Revival, a presentation of groundbreaking films that changed the landscape of cinema.

OUTwatch is determined to bring the best of International LGBTQI Cinema to the North Bay.  This year, the schedule is: Friday, October 12 7:30 p.m.  Mapplethorpe An unflinching look at the life of acclaimed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe from his rise to fame along with best friend rocker Patti Smith in the 1970s to his untimely death from AIDS in the 1990s.  Saturday, October 13 Noon  Man Made Follow four men, their partners and families through the challenges and joys of transitioning as they prepare for Trans FitCon, the world’s only transgender bodybuilding competition.  2:30 p.m.  Ideal Home A glamorous foodie couple’s (Steve Coogan; Paul Rudd) lives are turned upside-down when a 10-year-old grandson shows up and threatens to change their lifestyle forever in this hilarious and endearing comedy. 5 p.m. The Rest I Make Up  María Irene Fornés, was a lover of Susan Sontag and an integral member of New York’s experimental theater scene. Grappling with memory loss, she still radiates inquisitive curiosity and unquenchable creativity in this emotional documentary.  Sunday, October 14 1 p.m. Dykes, Camera, Action! This important documentary explores what happened when lesbians picked up cameras and changed how queer women are seen in film. Includes insightful interviews with pioneering filmmakers like Su Friedrich, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Rose Troche, and Barbara Hammer. Afterwards, Film scholar Jane Winslow will lead a discussion about the topics and issues raised in the film. 3 p.m. The Watermelon Woman OUTwatch is thrilled to bring this newly restored lesbian classic to the big screen.  Cheryl and Tamara are making a video about their search for the mysterious film actress from the 1930s known only as the ‘Watermelon Woman.’

Tickets available at the theater or at www.outwatchfilomfest.org.