"Lilies", "Broadway Damage", "Fire" Take Top Outfest Prizes
by Eugene Hernandez
Los Angeles' OUTFEST '97 ended with the presentation of juried
and audience awards during a ceremony at the Directors Guild of America
in Los Angeles."Lilies," directed by John Greyson, was awarded the Grand
Jury Prize for OUTstanding Narrative Feature, while the top audience
award went to "Broadway Damage," directed by Victor Mignati and "Fire,"
directed by Deepa Mehta. "A Queer Story," written and directed by Shu Kei,
was given a Special Jury Award for Significance of Queer Culture in
In the documentary category, the Grand Jury Prize was awarded to "Hide &
Seek," directed by Su Friedrich. Companions- Tales From The Closet,"
directed by Neant-Falk and Nina Bebrgstrom, was awarded an honorable
mention by the jury as an OUTstanding Documentary Feature and "You Don't Know
Dick," directed by Bestor Cram, was awarded the OUTstanding
Documentary Award. Other documentary winners include: "A Summer Dress,"
directed by Francois Ozon (OUTstanding Narrative Short); "Martyrs And
Saints," directed Simeon Hutner (OUTstanding Documentary Short Film); "The
Nellie Olesons," directed by Laura Black (OUTstanding Documentary Short
Video Fiction); "Zero Budget," directed by Emma Hindley (OUTstanding Short
The Jury Award for OUTstanding screenwriting went to David Lee for the
film, "Never Met Picasso." Alexis Arquette was presented the OUTstanding
Actor award for his performance in "Never Met Picasso," while Shabana Azmi
was given the OUTstanding Actress award for her role in "Fire."
Additionally, filmmaker Ira Sachs was awarded the OUTstanding Emerging
Talent prize for "The Delta."