Outfest Celebrates its 30 Years of LGBT Cinema

By: Christopher Donaldson

As the oldest continuous film festival in Los Angeles, Outfest—which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year—has carried the torch of LGBT cinema longer than anyone could have ever imagined.

To mark the occasion, a monthly screening series at LA’s Downtown Independent theater will showcase new LGBT releases or films not available on DVD.

Like Nicholas Ray’s 1954 feature-length Johnny Guitar, a certain kind of movie that defies categorization in part because it is at once a Freudian Western, a feminist Western, a high-camp Western, a classic Western, a subversive political Western and on and on and on.

Best of all—even for a film about a butch saloon-owner, her ex-lover, her equally butch nemesis and the McCarthy-era witch hunts—it stars Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Ernest Borgnine and Ben Cooper (plus a theme song sung by Peggy Lee). Now, how gay is that?


Wednesday, May 23
8:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information on Outfest's Downtown Screening Series, click here.