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iPOP at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire July 25, 2005 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
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iPOP at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

by Brian Brooks and Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival took place July 7-18 throughout the Westside/Hollywood area, although most screenings were conveniently held at the Directors Guild of America building in West Hollywood. Newly elected L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a surprise guest opening night at the historic Orpheum in downtown Los Angeles, but San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was also a show for a screening of "Pursuit of Equality," based on his granting marriage licenses last year. The star wattage continued throughout the fest.




Recently installed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (left) was a surprise show at the opening night ceremony of Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, appearing on stage to a standing ovation, and was the first L.A. mayor to do so. He vowed to return again in fact. Also joining the moment are Outfest executive director Stephen Gutwillig, director of programming, Kirsten Schaffer, and "Mysterious Skin" director Gregg Araki, who was honored that night.


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At a lunch in their honor at the French Consulate in Los Angeles, "Cote d'Azur" directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau celebrate the day after their film opened Outfest. Pictured (left to right) are: Strand Releasing's Jon Gerrans, filmmaker Jacques Martineau, Strand's Marcus Hu, filmmaker Olivier Ducastel, Outfest exec. director Stephen Gutwillig, and Outfest head of programming Kirsten Schaffer.


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The ladies from "Red Doors," winners of two awards at Outfest, kick off the festival at the VIP opening night party, from left to right: Georgia Lee, Jane Chen, and Mia Riverton.


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Producer Andrea Sperling with filmmaker Jamie Babbitt ("But I'm A Cheerleader"). Babbit's new film, "The Quiet" is set to screen next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. Posing for iPOP on Outfest opening night, Jamie planted a wet one on Andrea's lips, before the two headed home to their baby.


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The pre-premiere party at filmmaker Todd Holland's home. "Hard Pill" writer/director/producer John Baumgartner here with new fan, director/writer Bill Condon, who expressed his appreciation of the film after seeing it.


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Director Abe Sylvia with radio host Cary Harrison ("Harrison on the Edge") and actor Clay Adkins ("Feltch Sanders")


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Publicist/actor Mickey Cotrell with Kiwi actor Rena Owen, who Mickey calls the "Bette Davis of New Zealand."


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Filmmaker and fest juror Allan Brocka ("Eating Out") poses on the red carpet at the outdoor "Happy Endings" party hosted by Miss Sixty/Energie. Checking out the shot on the camera display after it was taken, he chuckled, "I looks like I have to pee..."


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Newfest executive director Basil Tsiokos with Outfest executive director Stephen Gutwillig hangin' out.


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Finally, a politician we can be proud of! San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on stage at the DGA after a screening of "Pursuit of Equality", with the filmmakers Mike Shaw and Geoff Callan. The film documents the period leading up to and during period last year when Newsom authorized the city to grant same-sex marriage licenses. To say the least, Newsom. Who stayed after the screening to mix with the crowd chatting, and taking photos with fans, was treated like a rock star. Also pictured here are some of the many people who received marriage licenses during that short time.


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SF Mayor Gavin Newsom workin' the room following the screening of "Pursuit of Equality" at the DGA building with co-directors Mike Shaw and Geoff Callan.


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Hollywood vet Ed Asner joined the festivities at the DGA following the screening of "Pursuit of Equality," mixing with the crowd. You rule Mr. Grant!


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Tammy Faye Messner at Outfest, attended the screening of "Tammy Faye: Death Defying," about her fight with cancer. Messner apologized for her fellow evangelical Christians for "showing hatred" toward gay people following the screening of the film, directed by Chris McKim. Naturally, the audience received her enthusiastically, and many posed with her afterward for photos. Sadly, Ms. Messner appeared on T.V.'s Inside Edition later that week following a doctor appointment with the news that the cancer has returned. We're praying for you Tammy!


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Makers of the short film, "Muni To The Marriage," Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis, which, screened alongside "Freedom of Equality," pose for a photo at the film's afterparty, complete with wedding cake.


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Donna Mills ("Knotts Landing") made it into iPOP recently during a party at the LAFF, and now she's here for Outfest, following the screening for "Pursuit of Equality." She's pictured here with long-time indieWIRE pal, Darren Spurr - a big Abbey fan.


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Jenni Livingston, director of "Paris Is Burning" and the new film, "Who's The Top," with her Laura Teodosio, producer of "Top," at the Outfest closing night VIP reception, backstage at the Ford Amphitheater.


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Actor Chad Allen, with actor/director Craig Chester backstage at the Ford Amphitheater, stopping to smile before heading into the theater for the awards ceremony. Chester's "Adam & Steve" was a hit screening at the Ford earlier in the week.


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Kicking off the award ceremony, Kathy Griffin who didn't hold back that evening! One favorite theme for the evening: Orthodox Jewish lesbians, and Karl Rove (not together though - god no!!!).


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On stage accepting an award, "Ryan's Life" director Nick Wauters, with "Ryan."


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Backstage on awards night, "Loggerheads" director Tim Kirkman with festival programming director Kirsten Schaffer. Kirkman's film won the prize for "OUTstanding American Narrative Feature," which includes $5000 from 20th Century Fox - thanks Fox!


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Hanging out at the closing night party, after the screening of "The Dying Gaul" are producer George Van Buskirk, director Craig Lucas, Stephen Gutwillig, and festival juror and head of programming for France's PinkTV François Trochet.


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