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Out On Film adds musical to 2011 festival

imageJust a couple of weeks after confirming that country singer Chely Wright’s coming out story and a documentary on the early years of AIDS will screen at Atlanta’s LGBT film festival this year, organizers announced Thursday that “Mary Lou,” the latest work by acclaimed director Eytan Fox will be part of the Out On Film lineup as well.

Fox made a huge splash at the festival a few years ago with the compelling feature “The Bubble,” the story of a gay relationship between an Israeli and a Palestenian in Tel Aviv. He takes a totally different tack with “Mary Lou,” an infectious musical that’s been called a gay version of “Mamma Mia” and “Glee.” Yes, apparently those could be gayer.

“Mary Lou” (photo) tells the story of Meir, a young gay man in search of the mother who abandoned him during his 10th birthday party. In his quest, Meir winds up in Tel Aviv, where he becomes a popular drag queen named Mary Lou. It’s all set to the recordings of Israeli ‘70s pop icon Tzvika Pick.

The film, originally a miniseries, took the Israeli equivalent of an Emmy and has been winning raves at Jewish and LGBT film festivals since hitting the road as a feature-length film.

As Out On Film prepares the Sept. 29-Oct. 6 festival, organizers are staying busy with events for gay cinophiles. They just hosted a DVD release party for some of 2010’s fest favorites, and as part of next week’s seven-day roster of Stonewall Week events, Out on Film teams with Atlanta Pride to sponsor Brunch and a Movie on June 26 at the Rush Center with a screening of the film “March On.”