Outflix, the city's annual gay film festival, opens Friday night at Malco's Ridgeway Four Theater and runs through Thursday, Sept. 17th. Eighteen films — a mix of fictional feature films, shorts, and documentaries — will screen over the course of the festival.
On Friday, Outflix opens with The Big Gay Musical, a lighthearted film about two actors starring in an off-Broadway musical who learn valuable lessons about accepting who they are. Of course, they only reach this conclusion after a cameo by Rick Skye as Liza Minnelli and plenty of campy showtunes. The Big Gay Musical begins at 8 p.m., after the Outflix opening party at 6:30 p.m.
On Sunday, don't miss Ready? Ok! , the adorable tale of a 10-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a cheerleader. Though his single mother (played by Carrie Preston of True Blood and Transamerica) would rather Josh (Lurie Posten of Step Brothers) excel on the wrestling team, Josh goes on a campaign to raise his own funds for the city's annual cheer camp. The film screens at 7 p.m.
Other highlights include Transpoofed (a short film about transgender dating), Standing-n-Truth (a documentary on people living with HIV/AIDS), and And Then Came Lola (a sexy lesbian romp inspired by the arthouse classic Run, Lola, Run).
For a complete schedule, check out the Outflix website. Tickets are $9 per film or $70 for a festival pass.