Outwatch Virtual Film Series

During this national crisis, Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol and OUTwatch Film Festival are giving you a different way to see LGBTQI films that are not available on other streaming services.

On Friday April 24th, the new venture, Rialto Virtual Cinema is being debuted! It provides you with access for brand new LGBTQI features direct to your home before they are available on other streaming services. Through the Rialto website, you will be directed to the appropriate distributor's portal to purchase your virtual ticket to the feature. You will then be able to watch the feature within a two or three day time period in the comfort of your own home. Rialto Cinemas will receive a portion of each virtual ticket purchase, so by choosing to watch these films you are helping support Rialto Cinemas’ continued operations and services and enable them to return from this national crisis.

There will be four LGBTQI films available from April 24th to April 30th. If there is enough demand, films will be held over for a 2nd week.

These four films had been previously chosen to be shown at the OUTwatch monthly Film Series at the Rialto. These films are not available on other streaming services.

Beyond The Visible Hilma af Klint
"Her paintings are a revelation and like nothing that had come before her."  The Economist

Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka's dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.

"Bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind"— Critic’s Pick - New York Times


Saint Frances
Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances's two moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else's family. 
"A beautiful, unconventional exploration of motherhood" - The Playlist


And Then We Danced
In Georgian with English Subtitles
A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, And Then We Danced follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli-gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak-throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family
“ ... a sensuous drama … conjures the glint of gay desire amidst the lithe but forbidding orthodoxies of a Georgian dance ensemble. Ella Kemp - Sight And Sound


Straight Up
 Todd is a hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive gay twentysomething whose fear of dying alone leads him to a baffling conclusion: he might not be gay after all. When he meets Rory, a whip-smart struggling actress with her own set of insecurities, the two forge a relationship that's all talk and no sex. Writer-Director-Star James Sweeney delivers a razor sharp rom-com that's equal parts Classical Hollywood and distinctly 21st century, exploring just how elastic our definitions of love and sexuality can get.

“... must-see debut… an intriguing and very amusing insight into his millennial take on certain things which may be the same scenarios that we face, but he refreshingly deals with them in his very own way." - Queer Guru



All eyes are on OUTwatch this year as we unveil an entertaining and thought-provoking program for our 2020 season. Keep an eye out all year for events all over Sonoma County, CA.

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