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Out on Film celebutantes add to festival hype

imageIf you’ve kept a close eye with us on Atlanta’s upcoming LGBT film festival, you’ve seen trailers from many of this year’s films in an exciting, diverse lineup. Now the special guests are starting to pour in.

Out on Film is less than two weeks away, and organizers are making sure there are people to meet as well as films to see. On Thursday, Logo confirmed that “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan favorite Shangela (photo) and “A-List: Dallas” star Chase will appear at the Oct. 6 closing night party.

Many directors will also accompany their films to town. That includes writer-director Stephen Cone with his Oct. 3 hot ticket “The Wise Kids” (view trailer) and Christopher Hines, the native Atlantan behind popular films “The Adonis Factor” and “The Butch Factor.” He brings two of this year’s festival biggies: the world premiere of “Man 2 Man: A Gay Man’s Guide to Finding Love” and the documentary “Legalize Gay.”

Both Hines films screen as part of Project Q Atlanta Day at Out on Film on Oct. 2. The “Legalize Gay” screening, which will be seen on Logo later this year, also includes Spelman College activist Jeshawna Wholley, who appears in the film and was honored at the White House. Want more special guests? How about getting up close and personal with porn-star-turned-actor Sean Paul Lockhart (aka Brent Corrigan)? He stars in “Judas Kiss” (view trailer) and will be at the Oct. 6 Closing Night screening.

Want more? Actress Fawzia Mirza will be joining Wendy Jo Carlton at the screening of “Jamie and Jessie are Not Together” on Saturday, Oct. 1, and as if Saturday night’s screening of “Leave it on the Floor” weren’t a must-see already, performers James Alsop and Phillip Evelyn from the film are now confirmed to be there.

Those are just a hint of the celebutantes and movies on tap during the weeklong cinematic celebration. If you haven’t picked up your copy of the official Out on Film program guide by Project Q Atlanta and Fenuxe yet, view the full festival schedule here.