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Oufest to launch Downtown 30 screening series next week with Cher’s breakthrough film role

I love, love, love that this is happening!

Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media, has just announced the launch of the Downtown 30 screening series as part of the organization’s celebration of its 30th anniversary.

The first three titles to be featured in the series are all films that are not currently available on DVD:

Wednesday, April 18: COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN (1982): As Outfest celebrates its 30th anniversary, we begin our series with another great 1982 event, this Robert Altman film that features a memorable trio of lead performances, including Cher’s breakthrough as a serious actress. The Disciples of James Dean are gathering at a dusty and run-down five-and-dime to relive old times, but shocking secrets will be revealed before the reunion is over. Mona (Sandy Dennis) claims that her son Jimmy is the child of the Rebel Without a Cause himself, sassy waitress Sissy (Cher) has her own surprising truths to reveal — and what’s the story with Joanne (Karen Black), a big-city stranger who seems to know a lot about these women, even though they’ve never met before? This deliriously dishy drama features a powerful ensemble cast that includes Kathy Bates making one of her earliest big-screen appearances. Scr. Ed Graczyk, based on his play; dir. Robert Altman. 109 min.

Wednesday, May 23: JOHNNY GUITAR (1954): Director Nicholas Ray upends any preconceived notions about gender roles of the old West, with a baroque adventure that climaxes with butch Joan Crawford and an even butcher Mercedes McCambridge facing off in one of the screen’s most unforgettable gunfights. Whether you read the film as a Freudian Western or a metaphor about McCarthy-era witch hunts and Red-baiting, JOHNNY GUITAR goes over the top and stays there for its entire running time. The extraordinary ensemble cast also includes Sterling Hayden, Ernest Borgnine, Ward Bond, Scott Brady and John Carradine — not to mention a theme song sung by Peggy Lee. (Fun fact: This is the movie that Carmen Maura’s character in WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN is overdubbing into Spanish.) Scr. Philip Yordan, based on the novel by Roy Chanslor; dir. Nicholas Ray. 110 min

Wednesday, June 13: LITTLE DARLINGS (1980): In this epic summer-camp comedy, rich bitch Tatum O’Neal and streetwise Kristy McNichol make a bet to see who can lose their virginity first. O’Neal puts the make on counselor Armand Assante while McNichol works her wiles on Matt Dillon from the neighboring boys’ camp. (From their matching haircuts to their soft-butch demeanors, McNichol and Dillon are like a junior version of Lily Tomlin and John Travolta in MOMENT BY MOMENT.) One of the frankest films about adolescent female sexuality to ever make it out of the Hollywood studio system, LITTLE DARLINGS remains quotably hilarious and features early work by two future lesbian icons, McNichol and Cynthia Nixon (who co-stars as a teen hippie-chick). Scr. Kimi Peck and Dalene Young; dir. Ronald F. Maxwell. 96 min.

The monthly series will take place at the Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main Street in Los Angeles, and will present new and classic films of interest to LGBT audiences. Screenings begin at 8:00pm.

“As Outfest celebrates three decades of excellence, we look forward to boosting our year-round presence in Los Angeles with this new monthly series,” said Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer. “Downtown 30 will be one of many ways that we hope to get Outfest members and the film community at large excited about our landmark anniversary year.”

To purchase tickets,

(Downtown 30 will take a hiatus in July for the 30th annual Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, July 12-22, but will return in August.)

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3 Remarks

  1. Come Back to the Five… is one of the best movies ever, it’s perfection, the story, directing and of course the cast! Everyone shines, Cher, Sandy, Karen! Don’t miss it!

  2. I agree. Sandy Dennis is brilliant. And don’t forget great performances by both Kathy Bates and Sudie Bond.

  3. I hope Come Back to the 5 & Dime gets its deserved dvd release~~~

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