The Out In Africa SA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has its 15th birthday outing this month, screening at Killarney Mall Nu Metro in Johannesburg from 4th - 14th September. 

The Festival has something to suit all tastes and moods! The films? Silly, serious, sweet and sexy by turns, something for everyone... and from countries all over the world - Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA.  . And the cherries on top are the fabulous filmmaker guests.

The following guests are confirmed:

Bennett Singer (Director of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin).  Justice Edwin Cameron selected this multiple award-winning documentary which reveals the life of the gay man who mentored Martin Luther King. Cameron will attend some of the screenings and engage with director Bennett Singer and Rustin's life partner Walter Naegle.

Lisa Thrasher (Producer of Itty Titty Bitty Committee) is an Independent Film Producer and serves as the President of Film Production & Distribution for POWER UP (Professional Organisation of Women in Entertainment Reaching UP). She will be running a Producer's Seminar in Johannesburg (see Need to Know section for details)

Also in attendance will be Jamie Babbit, the Director of Itty Titty Bitty Committee. Babbit has enjoyed success as a television producer/director, serving as both for the WB television series Popular, as well as directing episodes of such critically acclaimed shows as Ugly Betty, the L Word, Alias, Nip/Tuck, Malcolm in the Middle and The Gilmore Girls.

Lisa Gornick the Writer and Director of Tick   Tock   Lullaby is London born. Her first job was a Russian Chanteuse cabaret act where she philosophised about life in the UK amid a set of improvised songs. She wrote several plays including Only Men Need Apply about trying to get into politics, and My Daughter Carries the Gun about women's role in resistance. Her first feature, Do I Love You? (2003), a philosophical comedy about love and its labels, won 3 awards at international festivals.

Katrina Deaton, is the Writer, Co-director and actress in Underneath. A Philadelphia native, she attributes her passion for flmmaking to divine intervention. Although writing screenplays is her true love, Katrina claims poetry and song writing are her mistresses. She recently finished writing her second feature Kathy's Daughter, an autobiography, along with a few shorts and TV pilots she's working on distributing.

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