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NewFest Films: 'Futuro Beach' and 'Gerontophilia'

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Bruce LaBruce's newest provocation is intergenerational romance

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

Help, he’s drowning! In good movies so don’t rush to the rescue. Both the opening and closing night films of this week’s satisfying NewFest (July 24th-29th), NYC's annual LGBT film festival in partnership with OutFest, begin with a drowning. Both drownings become romantic catalysts for the lifeguard, but the films couldn’t be more different in tone or purpose so it’s surely a coincidence. NewFest got the order right, opening with the dramatic punch and ending with a sweet drive into the sunset.

In the Brazilian/German film FUTURO BEACH, which opens the annual LGBT film festival tomorrow, two tourists are hit by violent waves. Lifeguards rush in to save them but only one survives. Donato (Wagner Moura) shaken up by losing his first swimmer, seeks out the survivor's friend, a sporty motorbike enthusiast named Konrad (Clemens Schick) to explain the process for dealing with the body. Soon they're angrily rutting, caught up in the disorienting and wrenching drama. Their hookup appears destined to burn bright and die quick due to its emotionally disconnected start and its rapid and frank visual presentation -- English language cinema still lags far behind European cinema in its depictions of sex; the full frontal here is presented as if it’s no big deal.

MORE ON BOTH FILMS AFTER THE JUMP...

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WATCH: An Exclusive Look at Rodney Evans's New Film 'The Happy Sad'

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Relationships in New York--gay, straight, white, black--are rarely simple, as Rodney Evans's new film 'The Happy Sad' makes abundantly clear.  Centering on two couples, one comprised of two black men and the other of a white man and a white woman, 'The Happy Sad' examines the intricacies of race, sexuality and monogamy in modern America, and the ways that lines tend to blur when love and sex are involved.

Evans's first film, the 2004 Sundance Special Jury Prime winner 'Brother to Brother,' featured Anthony Mackie as a young art student who befriends an elderly man and through him learns about the homophobia and racism he faced as a gay black writer during the Harlem Renaissance.

After playing as part San Francisco's Frameline37 and LA's Outfest this year, 'The Happy Sad' opens in New York and Los Angeles on August 16.  In the following clip, provided exclusively to Towleroad, Aaron (Charlie Barnett) and Marcus (Leroy McClain) discuss how they would respond as a couple if one of them tested positive for HIV.  It's funny, it's sweet and it's deadly serious--check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

(photo courtesy of Miasma Films)

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News: Outfest, James Duke Mason, Nate Silver, GaymerX, Space

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi This year's big winners at Outfest include Bridegroom, Reaching for the Moon, and Test. See full list here.

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6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Nate Silver ditches the New York Times for ESPN.

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi GaymerX debuts next month in San Francisco: "GaymerX represents the commonplace social segregation of LGBTs in the world and in gaming. But it's a necessary development. It's taken thirty-odd years for video games to seriously face issues about homophobia in online communities, and the lack of gay characters in games. But they are now being addressed at GaymerX."

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6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi GLSEN study shows that LGBT youth are harassed online more often than their straight peers: "A national survey of 5,680 students in grades 6-12, indicates LGBT teens were three times more likely to be cyberbullied (42% vs. 15%) and more than a quarter (27%) generally felt unsafe online."

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Apple has apparently purchased HopStop.com.

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6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Ian McKellen flirts with Michael Fassbender at Comc-Con: "I just want to say it's great to be back in California. I feel safe here now that you've gotten rid of Proposition 8. I'm looking for a husband."


News: Meningitis, Puerto Rico, Rob Ford, China, Russia

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Epidemiologists puzzled over NYC's Meningitis outbreak: "What is concerning is that it is largely restricted to men who have sex with men. So we don’t really understand why that is.” Have you been vaccinated?

Pr6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Thousands marched in support of gay rights in the capital of Puerto Rico of San Juan: "Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and Sen. Ramón Nieves Pérez, who sponsored the sweeping anti-LGBT non-discrimination bill the Senate on Thursday passed by a 15-11 vote margin, unfurled an LGBT Pride flag from the balcony of City Hall as marchers passed."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Britney Spears claims the leaked version of her upcoming single is just an early demo.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Colin Egglesfield knows how to wear a t-shirt.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d North Korea launched three short-range guided missiles in a northeastern direction earlier today.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Sookie flips the paparazzi the bird.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The very first film to be adapted from a David Sedaris short story set to open Outfest.

6a00d8341c730253ef0191023e55b9970c-800wi6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Gawker wants to raise $200,000 so they can purchase and publish the videotape of anti-gay Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. Also, don't expect to hear Ford air his weekly radio show this weekend.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Some promising yet frustrating news out of China on the International Day Against Homophobia: "Activists said they felt encouraged when the communist party's official mouthpiece China Central Television published a Weibo post on Friday morning advocating respect for the LGBT community. But the post was soon deleted without any explanation."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Could Smell-O-Vision be coming back - in a mobile form?

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Reacting disapprovingly to today's momentous legalization of same-sex marriage in France, Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov said this morning that his country will now consider changing its child adoption policy with France.


Meredith Baxter Discusses Her Public Coming Out At Outfest

Meredith Baxter, who came out as a lesbian last December, participated in a panel discussion I attended yesterday at Outfest yesterday that focused on coming out in Hollywood. She was joined by several other openly gay creative types working in Hollywood as well as publicist Howard Bragman, who famously orchestrated coming outs by Chely Wright and Baxter. When asked about how should would tell the world that she is gay, Baxtyer joked to the audience, “I thought I might put an ad in the paper, kind of like a little birth announcement that would say, 'OK, I'm gay – Meredith.'”

Mb She also explained how Bragman handled her public coming out and how overwhelmed she was by all of the media attention:

"When it became apparent that this was not in my control any longer I was put in touch with the lovely Howard Bragman and he sort of put things into motion in ways that I thought was way over the top...an article in...People Magazine....followed by on air with Matt Lauer saying to national television 'hello im a lesbian!'"

Baxter added, "It was not in my plan but I will say that an enormous amount of relief followed that. I didn't expect it. I didn't know to look for that. I didn't know to want that. But now the feeling is 'Fuck it. Everyone knows. I don't have to worry about anything.'"

When asked if she was still pursuing acting roles, Baxter said that she was indeed. "Certainly I am. It's just been a long, slow period. It was tough before I came out. It just hasn't gotten better." She then turned to Bragman and said, "as someone had actually predicted it would be..."

Speaking of Outfest: Sasha, a German film about a teen boy who struggles to come out to his immigrant Montengrin family, is a gem of a film, and I'm not just saying that because my parents came from that country as well. It's touching, sweet, awkwardly funny and totally worth a peek.

(photos via Greg in Hollywood)

Finally, the big winners at Outfest were announced earlier this afternoon. The full list is AFTER THE JUMP.

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Watch: Jane Lynch All Over Outfest

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It's been quite a week for Jane Lynch. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Glee, received an Achievement Award at Outfest, and yesterday she sat down to discuss her career as part of a panel at the film festival.

She took the time to talk about how frightening the aspect of coming out was to her and her fear of what it might do to her career. She got over the fear part pretty quickly.

"It's funny, when I was younger I used to lie in bed and think, 'What will I do if I ever get famous and they find out I'm gay?' I would really angst about that. It just happened so naturally and I didn't hide anything...It's the people that came before me that have really blazed a trail for me. Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Melissa Etheridge, Kd Lang, those people that stood up when it wasn't popular and said, 'I'm gay - deal with it'. I never let anything like my sexuality stop me from pursuing what I wanted to do and what I do has nothing to do with my orientation really...I play straight people all the time, I think I'm an actor first before I'm a gay person."

While accepting her Achievement Award during Outfest's opening night gala, Lynch had some very appreciative things to say about her Glee co-star and fellow Emmy nominee, Chris Colfer. Yes, she essentially called him an old lady - but she meant it as a compliment:

"The entire world has just embraced you and who you are, but none more than gay and lesbian kids who now have a courageous and fashion-forward role model and uber cool guy to look up to. It's a lot to put on your young shoulders, but I don't worry about you because you have a wise old grandma that lives in you, keeping your feet on the ground and making sure everyone has enough to eat."

Watch a highlights reel of her panel discussion in which the actress goes so far as to say that Glee has given some fans of the impactful show "a reason to live." That's AFTER THE JUMP.

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