The 6th Annual Oakland International Black LGBT Film Festival

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Najarra Townsend as Tru in Pariah

AUGUST 14 – 17, 2008


Classic Film Showing – Mahogany
35mm, USA:109 min

Films TBA

Friends and Lovers: Ski Trip 2
Directed By: Maurice Jamal

Award winning Director, Maurice Jamal returns to Oakland with the premiere of his new film FRIENDS AND LOVERS: SKI TRIP 2. Part romantic comedy, part drama, part Hollywood spoof and all signature Jamal, the story follows the lives, loves and mishaps of three diverse couples living in Los Angeles, and their eccentric circle of friends.

Cover of "The Ski Trip"
Cover of The Ski Trip. Featuring a multiracial cast that crosses orientation and gender, FRIENDS AND LOVERS is a bold, brazen and totally outrageous look at life in LA. TRT: 90 mins. Date & Time TBA.

U People
Directed By: Hanifah Walidah, and Olive Demetrius

In a brownstone in Brooklyn, a film about a film unfolds, and not just any film…but a documentary steeped with sexy, intelligent women who have gathered together to make a unique music video. The talented filmmakers capture what happens when 30 hot and sharp women of color convene, revealing a blend of experiences and perspectives that are rarely voiced. U PEOPLE is a powerful and engaging romp that enters a world seldom represented – and you’re invited to the party. TRT: 77 min. Date & Time TBA.

Directed by Kirk Shannon-Butts

Out 100 honoree Director Kirk Shannon-Butts tells the story of Keith who is a reserved, straitlaced transplant to New York City from Los Angeles; Nathan is a street-smart, pot-smoking Brooklynite who lives on the edge — or so he’d like Keith to believe. At first glance, nothing about these two young African American college students suggests romantic compatibility. But a casual courtship gradually develops amidst minor bickering and disagreements — those familiar interstices inside which nascent love restlessly takes shape.
USA, 2007, 75 TRT: Date & Time TBA

The Incredibly True Adventures of Sistas of the Canyon
Directed By: Jasmyne Cannick and Ellene Miles

Voices of mothers, sisters, daughters, girlfriends, and lesbian women spanning different generations, shapes and sizes redefine unity and sisterhood by testing their physical and emotional boundaries that begin at the mountaintop. TRT: 23 min. Date & Time TBA

Directed By: Dee Rees

Pariah is a coming-of-age drama about a lesbian teenager who unsuccessfully juggles multiple identities to avoid rejection from her friends and family.
TRT: 27 min. Date & Time TBA

Tru Loved
Directed By: Stewart Wade

We proudly conclude Outfest 2008 with a new film by Stewart Wade (COFFEE DATE), a charming romantic comedy and an unabashed gay contribution to the canon of teen films. Tru (short for Gertrude, as in Stein) is the new kid at her So Cal suburban high school. She has two moms, two dads, and everybody thinks she¢s the big dyke on campus. Talented Najarra Townsend as Tru and other rising actors carry the film, as familiar faces like Jasmine Guy, Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura from STAR TREK!), Jane Lynch, Alec Mapa, and Bruce Vilanch round out the stellar supporting cast. TRT: 103 min. Date & Time TBA

Location: Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd., Oakland, CA 94606

For more details and an updated scheduled check out the website.


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