Started six years ago as a small scholarship fundraiser by Los Angeles running group, LA Frontrunners, the Don Thompson LGBT Film Festival has blossomed into a USC Lambda signature event celebrating the work of USC’s up-and-coming LGBT and Ally filmmakers. Join us for the film screenings and awards followed by a cocktail reception with light appetizers.
Proceeds from the festival benefit the Don Thompson Scholarship in Cinematic Arts. Named in memory of the former head of Reference Services at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Library, the scholarship is awarded to a student sharing Thompson’s love of the LGBT community and the cinematic arts.
Thanks to our Sponsors
Los Angeles Frontrunners
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Christine Marie Ofiesh ’74
Amy Ross PhD ’86 & Connie Hammen
Haylen von Koppen
Kirk Snyder ’85
West Coast Beverage
We are proud to welcome the following honorary jury members who will award prizes to our screened films (participation subject to professional conflicts):
Randal Kleiser ’68, MA ’74
Director of The Blue Lagoon, Flight of the Navigator, White Fang, and the 1996 AIDS drama It’s My Party. His first film Grease is the most successful movie musical ever made.
Managing editor of The Advocate magazine, its website and its sister magazine, HIV Plus. He also serves as an editor for Curbed LA, covering real estate, architecture and urban planning.
Tina Mabry ’05
Best known as the director of Mississippi Damned, she was named among the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in Filmmaker Magazine and was featured in The Advocate magazine as part of their “Top 40 Under 40” issue.
Jason Clodfelter ’00
Senior Vice President, U.S. Drama Development and Programming for Sony Pictures Television where he guides the development of scripted programming for drama series, working on projects for both broadcast and cable.
Director of LGBT documentary “On the Shoulders We Stand” who founded Impact Stories, a California oral history and documentary film project.
Stand-up comedian, television personality and one of OUT magazine’s “Out 100.” He is best known for his online impersonations of Chloe Sevingy.
Heterophobia | Michael Roma Class of 2015
Imagine a world in which there exists a queer majority and heterosexual minority. Follow Alex and Nathaniel, a straight couple who deal with societal pressures to hide their true identities.
Teens Like Phil | Dominic Haxton ’07
Phil and Adam are closeted gay teens at a conservative private school. They used to be best friends but after an unexpected encounter in the park their friendship unravels.
Niagara | Leopold Dewolf MFA Student
Two guys drive with one million dollars in a bag. One of them wonders how he's going to steal it all from his lover. A road trip begins...
Genderfreak | Rebecca Louisell MFA ’12
When Rachel, the “token straight girl” in her group, bumps into new kid Sammy, who doesn’t identify as he or she, the two come together to take Wexler High by punk rock musical storm!
Bingo Night | Conor Fetting-Smith MFA Student
The characters of Bingo Night put their own spins on an old game, while following their dreams of becoming successful performers. Bingo Night pulls back the curtain and shows us their hopes, their struggles and their closets. It's more than just a game – it’s bingo!
Dream Girl | Tulica Singh MFA Student
Laura is about to marry Daniela, the girl of her dreams, but quickly realizes that the scene in front of her is just too good to be true.
HEW | Laurie Tsou MFA ’11
A contemporary homage to Camille Claude when she was together with Auguste Rodin (the father of modern sculpture and "Thinker"). HEW is an interpretation of an imagined, modern Camille Claudel and her tipping point into madness.
What else do you need to know?
We are pleased to announce that thanks to Repurpose and Food Fetish, the food and beverage waste for the event will be entirely compostable.
Online registration is now closed. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.