The OUTrageous Santa Barbara Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is officially legal, celebrating its 18th birthday this year mostly at downtown’s Metro 4 theaters. The slate hangs its hat on its decidedly international fare this year, with selections from Spain, Africa, Germany, Finland, Canada, and Taiwan that are sure to delight moviegoers.
It all gets started tonight at UCSB’s MultiCultural Center (Thu., Nov. 12, 8pm), which will host free screenings of Voices of Witness Africa, whose director will be in attendance, and Tongzhi in Love, a documentary that examines gay life in China. After that, it’s down to Metro 4, where Humpday will show for the first time in Santa Barbara (Fri., Nov. 13, 8:30pm). Widely celebrated at Sundance, Humpday follows two straight male friends who decide to make gay porn together, promising hilarity and awkwardness aplenty for audience members. It’s followed by a 10:30 p.m. screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show (and, yes, fishnets and singing along are encouraged). Fest organizers snagged a 35mm print of this infamous film, so this is a not-to-miss viewing.
Saturday afternoon kicks off with a batch of lesbian-themed shorts (2pm). Highlights include La Mariachera, filmed in downtown Santa Barbara and featuring S.B. mariachi group Mariachi Integral; 25 Random Things I Did During My Big Fat Lesbian Depression, about, well, what the titles indicates; and U-Haul Rap, a music video that comically answers the question, “What does a lesbian bring on the second date?”