THERE IS a heightened and exciting edge to the Galway Film Fleadh's Out On Film strand this year, given it comes after Ireland’s historic marriage equality referendum and the equally momentous affirmation of same-sex rights in the USA.
The strand, which concentrates on contemporary LGBT films and documentaries from around the globe, features Swiss filmmaker Marcel Gisler’s documentary Electroboy (Thursday July 9, 10.30pm ), which explores the world of former model and current Swiss electronic musician and party organizer Florian Burkhardt.
Aldo Garay’s Teddy-winning documentary The New Man (Town Hall studio, July 9, 6.15pm ), is an intimate but far-reaching character study of Stephania, a Nicaraguan living an undefined life between two genders.
Russian film Stand (Friday 10, 10.15pm ), examining homophobia in that country, tells the story of two gay men who witness a homophobic assault and then go in search of evidence in an attempt to unravel whbat happened.
Misfits (Sunday 12, 9.30pm ) follows three members of an LGBT youth support group in the Oklahoma Bible Belt. Other highlights include Dressed As A Girl (Saturday 11, 6.15pm ) which celebrates the London East End drag performance phenomenon in a behind-the-scenes account of the lives of some of its most celebrated performers. The Royal Road (Saturday 11, 8.15pm ), Jenni Olson’s poetic film essay on such diverse topics as unavailable women, nostalgia, butchness, and California’s post-colonial past.
All Out On Film screenings will take place in the Town Hall Theatre studio. See www.galwayfilmfleadh.com.