We’re gonna have a full preview of the LGBT summer film festival circuit in the coming days, but we do have major programming news from one of the biggest examples. Outfest has announced its 2015 galas, including Opening and Closing Night, for this July’s Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival.
The festival will open with “Tig” – a documentary about comedian Tig Notaro who became a media sensation and critical smash overnight after she turned her cancer diagnosis into a stand-up set. The film will screen at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on July 9.
Additional gala screenings include: Sebastián Silva’s Berlin Teddy Award winner “Nasty Baby” starring Silva and Kristin Wiig (U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece); Winner of the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival “The Summer of Sangaile” by Alanté Kavaïté (International Centerpiece); Golden Berlin Bear–nominated “Eisenstein in Guanajuato” by auteur Peter Greenaway (International Centerpiece); the Sundance Grand Jury Prize–nominated “Best of Enemies” by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon (Documentary Centerpiece); and Malcolm Ingram’s documentary on LGBT athletes, “Out to Win” (Documentary Centerpiece).
The festival will close on July 19 with “The New Girlfriend” – the gender-bending melodrama from François Ozon, starring five-time Cesar Award nominee Romain Duris and two-time Cesar Award nominee Anais Demoustier.
“This year’s gala selections underline the fact that our community is empowered openly identifying as LGBT,” said Christopher Racster, Interim Executive Director of Outfest. “The program truly represents Outfest’s commitment to use the power of film to reflect our community; highlighting our struggles and our triumphs, and ultimately creating greater understanding and change within society.”
“We’re excited to be presenting an exceptional collection from modern masters, as well as welcoming back returning alums, and showcasing remarkable debuts,” added Outfest Director of Programming Lucy Mukerjee-Brown. “Whether it’s celebrating the increasing visibility of LGBT athletes, or portraying contemporary social class matters, our galas are an exceptional collection of movies that showcase the complexity and timeliness of LGBT issues. This year’s filmmakers have raised the bar, exploring unique characters while also delivering a cinematic experience of the highest quality.”
The complete lineup for the 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will be announced on June 3. The festival runs July 9-19, 2015.