KANSAS CITY - Out Here Now, Kansas City’s annual LGBT film festival, returns to the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport June 22-29. Featuring eight days of film premiers, audience choice screening and more, the festival bills itself “More Films. More Fun. More Fabulous.”
Among the films being screened are animated short films, documentaries, romantic comedies, global films, and films for youth. Check out www.outherenow.com for a complete lineup and a synopsis of each film being shown.
However, this year’s Centerpiece Screening is of particular note. It’s the new film from the creators of the acclaimed drama, Judas Kiss, and adapted from the young adult novel of the same name by Lambda Literary Award-winning author (and Kansas City area native), Jay Bell.
Something Like Summer traces the tumultuous relationship of Ben and Tim, secret high school sweethearts who grow over the years into both adulthood enemies and complicated friends.
Benjamin Bentley (Grant Davis) the only guy at his Texas high school with the courage to come out of the closet, dooming himself, as he believes, to a life of loneliness. Putting up with the bullies and his classmates’ whispered condemnations keeps him from pursuing his dream of being a singer, despite the encouragement of his best friend, Allison (Ajiona Alexus). Instead, Ben spends his summer vacation stalking the handsome athlete who just moved to town, Tim Wyman (Davi Santos).
The film follows the course of true love over the span of a dozen years, from awkward adolescence through challenging adulthood, featuring seven classic and original musical numbers. It also stars Ben Baur.
Author Jay Bell will be returning to Kansas City for this premiere of the screen adaption of his novel. Originally from Olathe, Bell attended primary school in Johnson County and has an undergraduate degree from KU.
Also in attendance will be lead actor Ben Baur, star of the LGBT-themed web series Hunting Season. Baur and Bell will offer an Audience Q&A following the screening, which takes place June 24 at 7:30pm. l