If you haven’t made plans yet to attend this year’s Outfest LGBT Film Festival, you should probably get on that sooner rather than later. Every year, L.A.’s Outfest LGBT Film Festival programs 10 days of queer screenings, panels and special events, and this year — on its 35th anniversary — the festival is doubling down on its films for, by and about women. Half of the features being shown at this year’s event are directed by women.
The Ladies Almanack
Fans of lesbian literature will enjoy this experimental, fiction-fused take on the real women who were a part of Djuna Barnes’ famous tome, “The Ladies Almanack.” Daniel Shy directs this artistic offering with Guinevere Turner and Eileen Myles playing roles amongst a large ensemble cast of characters like Gertrude Stein, Radclyffe Hall and Sylvia Beach.
Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas)
Alex wants to push boundaries by creating a television series about a lesbian. Unfortunately, Manila TV executives aren’t ready for that yet — and Alex isn’t ready to come out to her best friend, Jess, who she’s crushed on since they were kids. This romantic comedy out of the Philippines is charming, comical and cute AF.
Black queer women in Brooklyn are the focus of this digital series from Chanelle Aponte Pearson, who won a Gotham Award for her nuanced approach to a polyamorous relationship that tests not only the couple at the center, but the community around them.
Breeda Wool, Shiri Appleby, Jemima Kirke and Leisha Hailey all pop up in this series following a newly single bisexual 20-something, Isobel, who begins dating again, with the help of her lesbian BFF.
Fawzia Mirza co-writes and stars in this feature about Zaynab, a Pakistani-Muslim lesbian whose feelings for a Mexican woman, Alma, force her to connect with her zoned out widow of a mother. The world of Lucha Libre wrestling Zaynab is part of just adds to the fun.