Out for the weekend

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Wexner Center's annual Out@Wex program fits a lot of perspectives into three days of programming. Before it winds down Saturday night, the fest will cover five countries and formats from experimental to documentary, ensemble drama to hardcore comedy.

After opening scenes in which young activists prepare to make their case and be screamed at or arrested, tonight's opening-night selection Equality U follows a national bus tour that visits conservative religious and military colleges to respectfully ask for tolerance of all sexual orientations. A Q&A with featured participant Kayla Bonewell, an interfaith chaplain, will follow the screening.

Friday brings Love Songs, Christophe Honore's musical ode to the French New Wave with a gorgeous and game ensemble.

It's followed by Bruce La Bruce's Otto, or Up with Dead People, the comedic, sexually explicit story of a new breed of gay zombie that's the strangest zombie movie I've ever experienced - no small feat.

Saturday opens with Fatih Akin's wonderful, far-flung drama The Edge of Heaven, leading into Born in Flames, Lizzie Borden's 1983 debut feature about a future uprising by black lesbian separatists, then a documentary about enforced gender stereotypes, Straightlaced: How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up.

The Lollipop Generation wraps things up - a Super-8-shot tale of a young runaway's wacky encounters by "matriarch of queercore" G.B. Jones.


March 12-14 at the Wexner Center

Web: wexarts.org