Outfest 2012 is happening in Los Angeles from July 12 through July 22. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Los Angeles LGBT film festival, we will be sharing interviews with filmmakers and persons involved with movies being screened. See all of our Outfest Interviews here.
As Outfest draws to a close, one film screening this weekend is picking up a lot of steam as it is carrying some real star power to it. The film is White Frog and features young actor and Twilight star Boo Boo Stewart among other stars like BD Wong, Joan Chen, and Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr. When we stopped into the DGA last weekend, the film was already sold out with a sticker noting that only tickets would be available at the door (which is now only available via rush line). The film deals with a family’s death of a son and how it affects his brother, who Stewart plays. It was directed by Quentin Lee and very well may be able to cross over to capture the hearts of tweens and adults all over America. We spoke with Lee about the film, the evolution of LGBT cinema, and LA landscape in the film.
Outfest is one of the most well known LGBT film festivals in the world and has had films shared that have gone on to have profound affects on the world. Can you tell us a little bit yourself and your film? Is this the first time you’ve had a film shown at Outfest?
I’m a filmmaker based in LA and White Frog is my fifth feature. It’s also my third feature in Outfest. My first was Flow, a feature compilation of my UCLA student shorts in 1995. My forth feature The People I’ve Slept With played at the Fusion Gala in 2009. And, now, it’s White Frog in 2012!
There is a lot going on at Outfest this year–and it is the 30th year of the festival! How does your film fit into Outfest? What are you hoping it brings to the wide variety of different films being shared in the festival?
I think White Frog shows the evolution of LGBT cinema toward mainstream as White Frog is not just about LGBT identity but the identity of being disabled and an ethnic minority in America. It’s about a typical American family facing issues of death, identity and transformation that celebrates the diversity of the 30th year of the festival.
People will be coming from all over the world to share and see films at Outfest. What are you hoping people take away from your film?
I hope those who come to my film will have a fun and awesome time watching the movie and hopefully they will think a bit about the movie when they leave the theater.
Similarly, is there anything specifically Angelenos can take away from your film? Your work speaks to multiple audiences; however, are there certain themes, images, or concepts that may hit Angelenos deeper than other viewers?
White Frog is very much a film about Angelenos and living in L.A. It showcases a panorama of LA’s landscape from the suburbs to skid row, a diversity that L.A. embodies.
Looking into the future, what’s next for you and the film after Outfest? Where else will your film be going? What are you hopes for the film?
We hope White Frog will be on both the big screen and the small screen soon. Crossing my fingers!
The film screens tomorrow at 2PM at the DGA. As mentioned, it is essentially sold out but it should be making the rounds and hitting theaters soon. For more on the film, check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter.