ImageOut, Rochester's LGBTQ film festival, will get its 2016 season rolling with a screening of "VIVA" on Thursday, March 24 — a month before the film's official US release. The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, screened at Sundance as part of its Spotlight program, and was Ireland's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards. Directed by Irish-born director Paddy Breathnach, "VIVA" tells the story of 18-year-old Cuban hairdresser Jesus who spends time with the performers of a Havana drag club. After Jesus finally gets a chance to perform on the club's stage, he has a violent encounter with his estranged homophobic father, and his life is upended. The 2016 ImageOut Film Festival will run October 6 through October 16.
"VIVA" will screen Thursday, March 24, at The Little Theatre (screen 2), 240 East Avenue. 6:30 p.m. $8 general admission; $6 for 24 and younger, and 65 and older. imageout.org.