Outfest 2019: Documentary Overview

The 37th Outfest

July 18-28

Nearly 70 feature are included in the lineup of this venerable LGBTQ event, including 24 documentaries.


Nonfiction is represented in the fest’s spotlight slots via opening night presentation CIRCUS OF BOOKS, Rachel Mason’s look back at her parents’ iconic gay porn bookstore; and Documentary Centerpiece CHANGING THE GAME, Michael Barnett’s portrait of trans high school athletes, both of which premiered at Tribeca. Outfest’s signature strand devoted to innovation, Platinum, includes Vishnu Dass’ STEVEN ARNOLD: HEAVENLY BODIES, on the life and work of the multimedia artist, a protégé of Salvador Dalí.


The majority of the remaining doc lineup also debuted at other fests earlier in the year, but the event does offer two world premieres: Elegance Bratton’s PIER KIDS, which follows the queer and trans youth of color community of NYC’s Christopher St Pier; and Megan Rossman’s THE ARCHIVETTES, about the pioneering Lesbian Herstory Archives. Other recent titles include: Graham Kolbeins’ QUEER JAPAN, a survey of queer Japanese individuals; Harrod Blank and Sjoerd Dijk’s WHY CAN’T I BE ME? AROUND YOU, a profile of a mechanic and racecar driver as she transitions from male to female; and Genevieve Roudane’s LAS CHUNTÁ, about a small Mexican town’s tradition of a crossdressing competition.

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