LA Film Festival has 6 LGBTQ-themed movies on the schedule

The LA Film Festival takes place through Thursday and features six LGBTQ-themed movies.

Tickets are $16 each. The films will be screened at Arclight theaters in Culver City and Santa Monica.

The LA Film Festival website has full details on tickets, all festival films, parking and locations.

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Here are descriptions of the festival’s LGBTQ films. Three of them (“Abu,” “And Then There Was Eve” and “Anything” will have their world premieres.


“Replace”  (9:45 p.m. at  Culver City 3) – Afflicted with a skin disease, Kira discovers that she can replace her skin with that of another girl, but this short-term solution only leads to more victims. Will her lover, Sophia, discover Kira’s murderous secret?


“Anything”  (3 p.m. at the Santa Monica 8) Matt Bomer costars as a transgender sex worker in this story of a Mississippi man who, after the death of his wife, moves to Los Angeles to be near to his sister (Maura Tierney). When he moves into a low-rent apartment in Hollywood, he befriends a neighbor, Freda (Bomer).


“Abu”  (5:40 p.m. at Santa Monica 8) – Using family archives and animation, director Arshad Khan shares a personal story of migration from Pakistan to Canada, and the complicated relationship he has with his father (“abu”). Their relationship becomes strained as Khan becomes more open about being gay.

“And Then There Was Eve” (2:50 p.m. at Santa Monica 8)  – After the sudden disappearance of Alyssa’s husband, she a woman enlists the help of his coworker, Eve. But Alyssa finds herself falling in love again as she grieves for her husband.

“My Friend Dahmer” (6 p.m. at Santa Monica 3) –  Before Jeffrey Dahmer was an infamous serial killer, he was a gay teenage outcast with school pressures, family dramas and a penchant for dissolving roadkill in jars of acid.


“Whitney: Can I Be Me” (6:30 p.m. at Culver City 2) –  This documentary shows the public persona and private pain of chart-topping pop singer Whitney Houston, who struggled with addiction and her sexuality.

“Whitney: Can I Be Me” is among the six LGBTQ-themed movies screening at the LA Film Festival. Photo: David Corio/Redferns/Showtime

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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