OUTFEST UNDER THE STARS: DRIVE-IN SCREENINGS

AT CALAMIGOS RANCH & RESORT, MALIBU HILLS, CALIFORNIA

 Sprawling over 4,000 acres, join us for two-three day weekends of drive-in screenings at the beautiful Calamigos Ranch and Resort in the Malibu mountains just above Calabasas. It’s a unique opportunity to watch and celebrate safely with the Outfest community. Some screenings will include exclusive Q&As and live performances.

DRIVE-IN SCHEDULE

Location: 

Calamigos Ranch, 327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

FRIDAY AUGUST 21

OUTFEST KICK OFF SCREENING

The Nowhere Inn

Friday August 21 at 8:00 pm

Outdoor Theatres 1 & 2

FILM INFO

Annie Clark’s musical persona St. Vincent has grown across six albums into a legendary rock alter-ego on the level of Ziggy Stardust — she’s a gloriously strange vinyl-clad goddess equally adept at thrashing on an electric guitar and a theremin. In director Bill Benz’s mock-documentary The Nowhere Inn, Clark is approached by her real-life friend (and fellow queer icon, and indie rock legend in her own right) Carrie Brownstein to star in a film exploring Clark’s life, both onstage and off. But what’s to be done when your rock star friend reveals herself to be fairly normal when the concert’s over? Perplexed by hours of bland footage, Brownstein urges Clark to bring more of her onstage self in front of the camera, driving a wedge between the friends and pushing Clark to enact increasingly bizarre and provocative scenarios for the camera’s benefit…or maybe for its punishment.

What results is a reality-bending send-up of fame and the creative process, and a razor-sharp rebuke of the notion that we’re entitled to access to our favorite artists’ private selves. It’s also a completely hilarious, ever-escalating journey into the surreal that encompasses everything from off-kilter family sing-alongs to a scene-stealing cameo by the always game Dakota Johnson. Heralding a new era where queer representation can exist in increasingly adventurous forms, The Nowhere Inn is a perfect place for Outfest to kick off our entirely new outdoor experience in 2020.

SATURDAY AUGUST 22

FEATURE FILM: Cicada + Boys Shorts

Saturday August 22 at 7:45 pm

Outdoor Theatre 1

FILM INFO

Summer 2013, New York City: polysexual Millennial goofball Ben bounces from gig to gig almost as often as he changes lovers; Sam is an even-keeled tech worker whose outward cool conceals hidden scars. The two meet-cute at a local bookstore, but secret hurts re-emerge when sensational coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial triggers in Ben the telltale signs of PTSD. As their relationship progresses, will their complicated struggles of survivorship unite them or create an insurmountable emotional wedge? Buried traumas, cultural divides and religious stigma are deftly examined in this tenderly introspective, sexy, and disarmingly funny debut feature from writer/director/actor Matthew Fifer.

FEATURE FILM: Cowboys + Trans Shorts

Saturday August 22 at 8:00 pm

Outdoor Theatre 2

FILM INFO

Rural Montana is the stage for a modern-day Western with a tale of rescue, family betrayal, and a father and son on the lam in director Anna Kerrigan’s captivating feature. Steve Zahn stars as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned man recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (remarkable young trans actor Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wild, pursued by a police detective (Ann Dowd) whose resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe’s family. Working from Kerrigan’s sensitively-written screenplay, her cast brings to vivid life a story that is both ace entertainment and a clear-eyed examination of 21st-century parenthood.

SUNDAY AUGUST 23

FEATURE FILM: Shiva Baby

Sunday August 23 at 7:45 pm

Outdoor Theatre 1

FILM INFO
A near college graduate, Danielle, begins the day with a visit to her sugar daddy, then rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva to mourn a relative she can barely remember. Upon arrival, she’s accosted by various estranged family members about her frazzled appearance and her lack of post-grad plans, while her confident ex-girlfriend, Maya, is applauded by everyone for getting into law school. Danielle’s day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife, Kim (Glee’s Dianna Agron), and their ever-wailing baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off judgments from both her family and Maya, keep her secrets intact, and confront her insecurities without completely losing it.

FEATURE FILM +  LIVE CONCERT

Three Chords and a Lie + Performance by Brandon Stansell

Sunday August 23 at 8:00 pm

Outdoor Theatre 2

FILM INFO

A decade after being ostracized for coming out to his strict, Southern Baptist family, rising country star Brandon Stansell is going home. This is his journey back: to Chattanooga where he grew up and learned to love country music; to the family he’s been estranged from for ten years, and to the people and places that fuel so much of the beauty, and pain in his songs.

These songs have seen him begin to make his mark in an industry that is famously resistant to LGBTQIA+ artists. We follow him as he takes an album of new material on the road where, in an act of healing and reconciliation, he invites his family to hear him perform for the very first time. The only question that remains is…will they come?

FRIDAY AUGUST 28

ALL GIRL FRIDAY

FEATURE FILM: Ahead of the Curve + Girls Shorts

Friday August 28 at 7:45 pm

Outdoor Theatre 1

FILM INFO

The spectrum of Lesbian visibility in America breaks down into two timelines: Before and After Curve Magazine. When founder Franco Stevens maxed out a dozen credit cards in the late 1980s and took that cash to the racetrack in the hopes of creating a publication by and for women interested in women, she not only bet on the right horse — she bet on making history.

NOCHE ICÓNICA

FEATURE FILM: La Leyenda Negra + LatinXcellence Shorts

Friday August 28 at 8:00 pm

Outdoor Theatre 3

FILM INFO

Join us for a celebration of queer Latinx/Afro-Latinx culture, beats, films, and voices.

Acompáñennos para una celebración de la cultura, ritmos, películas y voces LGBTQ Latinx y Afro-Latinx.

Aleteia, a gifted high school student in Compton with designs on a college scholarship, has spent her teenage years balancing her academic prowess with her need to speak out through underground activism. The daughter of El Salvadoran immigrants — and undocumented herself — she maintains a tough exterior until her intended path forward in life is rerouted by two events: a new maybe-more-than-friendship with popular girl Rosarito, and the potential revocation of her temporary protection status. With its stylish black-and-white photography and unabashed political streak, Patricia Vidal Delgado’s irresistible debut feature evokes the unpredictable, energetic style of ’90s American indies, and announces a bold new filmmaking voice.

SATURDAY AUGUST 29

FEATURE FILM: Minyan

Saturday August 29 at 7:45 pm

Outdoor Theatre 1

FILM INFO

Adapted from an award-winning short story by David Bezmozgis, director Eric Steel’s first narrative feature exists at the crossroads between 1980s New York’s gay scene in the era of the emerging AIDS crisis and Brighton Beach’s bustling Jewish community. At the center is 17-year-old David, the son of Russian immigrant parents whose coming-of-age is influenced both by his budding relationship with a handsome East Village bartender, and his friendship with an elderly gay Jewish couple in his building who might find themselves on the wrong end of their community’s strict rules. Brimming with authenticity, both to the period and the cultural traditions it explores, Steel’s film is a revelatory examination of family, tradition, and the occasional need to break free from both.

FEATURE: P.S. Burn this Letter Please

Saturday August 29 at 8:00 pm

Outdoor Theatre 3

FILM INFO

SNEAK PREVIEW! In 2014, a trove of letters was discovered in the storage locker of Los Angeles DJ and talent agent Reno Martin chronicling the joys, squabbles, and everyday lives of New York City drag queens during the 1950s and 60s. Gorgeously told through vintage home movies, photos, and interviews with the queens themselves, this fascinating look at Pre-Stonewall gay culture rewrites what we know about the clandestine, transcontinental networks that sustained queer people when female impersonation and homosexuality were criminal offences.

SUNDAY AUGUST 30

CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING

FEATURE FILM: Two Eyes

Sunday August 30 at 8:00 pm

Outdoor Theatre 1

FILM INFO

In late 19th century Montana, an artist (Benjamin Rigby, Alien: Covenant) seeking inspiration explores the landscape with his Native American guide (Kiowa Gordon, The Twilight Saga), and finds his conceptions of himself and of the world around him challenged. In 1970s Barstow, California, a questioning youth’s (Uly Schlesinger) mundane existence is given a shot of adrenaline by the arrival of a new exchange student (Jessica Allain) who envelops them within her own lust for life. In present-day Wyoming, a trans teenager (Ryan Cassata) works through his self-destructive feelings with his perceptive, non-binary therapist (Kate Bornstein). How these three stories interweave and inform one another is the crux of Outfest alum Travis Fine’s (Any Day Now) new feature film, a gorgeous ode to embracing love, sexuality, gender, and life in all of their beautiful expressions.

FEATURE FILM: Dramarama

Sunday August 30 at 7:45 pm

Outdoor Theatre 3

FILM INFO

It’s the end of summer, 1994, and theater nerd Gene is preparing for his high school drama friends’ final murder mystery slumber party. The theatrical hostess, Rose, will fly off to start college the next morning, followed by earnest Claire, magnetic Oscar, and sarcastic Ally. Yet Gene has bigger problems than being left behind by his best friends: he wants to come out of the closet – but is terrified of what his sheltered Christian confidants might think. Jonathan Wysocki’s nostalgic, funny debut feature is a poignant love letter to drama nerds, late bloomers, and the intense friendships of youth.