Five for Fighting

Five films that push the boundaries at this year's Outfest

"Two Spirits"
Presented by GLAAD, "Two Spirits" is a short documentary that examines the American Indian tradition allowing gay, lesbian and transgendered people to function as respected members of Native American communities across the U.S. First-time director Lydia Nibley's documentary challenges western ideas about gender and sexuality while honoring the memory of Fred Martinez Jr., a Navajo "boy who was also a girl," found murdered outside Cortez, Colo., in 2001.

Featuring performances from Ana Gasteyer, Sandra Bernhard and Alan Cumming, this indie drama -- nominated for a 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize -- explores the awkward sexual awakening of Ben (Ashley Springer) and Alexa (Emmy Rossum) as they pursue the confused and aimless Johnny (Zach Gilford). Hijinks ensue as all three high school seniors learn that the transition to adulthood is always shaky, especially when it comes to experimenting with a more fluid sexuality.

"Mississippi Damned"
A young black lesbian begins a lifetime struggle with her sexuality as her sister sets her sights on studying music in New York and their cousin dreams of making it big in the NBA. Wanting to break out of a cycle of poverty and violence is not enough, in this heartwrenching story about several generations of the same family who battle each other and the demons they share in a small Mississippi town.

"College Boys Live"
A cross between a gay porn site and interactive reality TV (members can chat with the house's occupants), has been in operation for more than 10 years. George O'Donnell's documentary examines the motives of the house's founder (and resident) Zac Adams, the lives of the young residents and their collective struggle to prevent their home from being shut down by a local homeowners' association.

"Patrik, Age 1.5"
Sven and Goran, looking to complete their lives with the adoption of a child, fall victim to a snafu when a bureaucratic typo leads them to believe their new son Patrik is an infant. In reality, he is a homophobic 15-year-old. With the color saturation of a Volkswagen commercial, "Patrick 1.5" questions whether gay men can really get married, adopt kids and live happily ever after in the picture-perfect suburbs.