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Lineup Announced for 31st Outfest; Jonathan Groff, Megan Mullally and James Franco Among Selections

By Clint Holloway | Indiewire June 7, 2013 at 12:29PM

Now in its 31st year, Outfest has officially unveiled its selections for the upcoming edition of the festival. After debuting at Sundance back in January, "C.O.G.," based on a David Sedaris story and starring Jonathan Groff, has secured the festival's Opening Night Gala. At the tail end of the festival is "G.B.F.," a teen comedy from "Jawbreaker" director Darren Stein featuring Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne that has nabbed the Closing Night Gala spot.
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Jonathan Groff in 'C.O.G.'
Jonathan Groff in 'C.O.G.'

Now in its 31st year, Outfest has officially unveiled its selections for the upcoming edition of the festival. After debuting at Sundance back in January, "C.O.G.," based on a David Sedaris story and starring Jonathan Groff, has secured the festival's Opening Night Gala. At the tail end of the festival is "G.B.F.," a teen comedy from "Jawbreaker" director Darren Stein featuring Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne that has nabbed the Closing Night Gala spot.

Other highlights of the festival, which runs from July 11 to July 21, include James Franco's "Interior. Leather Bar.," a documentary which uses a re-examination the lost 40 minutes of William Friedkin's "Cruising" as a springboard for an exploration of sexuality and creativity, as well as "Pit Sop," about two men who find love amidst the monotony of their blue-collar world, which will serve as the U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece.

This year's festival will also spotlight five burgeoning talents, both in front of and behind the camera. This year's honorees are: Drew Denny (Writer-Director-Actress, “The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had with My Pants On”), Stacie Passon (Writer-Director, “Concussion”), Lisa Biagiotti (Journalist-Filmmaker, “Deepsouth”), Michael Mayer (Writer-Director, “Out in the Dark”) and Rhys Ernst & Zackary Drucker (Filmmakers-Artists, “She Gone Rogue”).

As previously announced,  Kimberly Peirce, director of "Boy's Don't Cry" as well as the upcoming remake of "Carrie," will be honored with the festival's Achievement Award prior to the opening night of the festival.

"Pit Stop."
Sundance "Pit Stop."

GALA FILMS
C.O.G. - OPENING NIGHT GALA
Dir/Scr: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 2013, USA, 88 min.

PIT STOP - US DRAMATIC CENTERPIECE
Dir: Yen Tan, Scr: Yen Tan, David Lowery, 2013, USA, 80 min.

REACHING FOR THE MOON - INTERNATIONAL CENTERPIECE
Dir: Bruno Barreto, Scr: Carolina Kotscho, Julie Sayres, Matthew Chapman, 2013, Brazil, subtitled, 116 min.

GOD LOVES UGANDA- DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE
Dir: Roger Ross Williams, 2013, USA, subtitled, 83 min. 

ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH - FUSION CENTERPIECE
Dir/Scr: Pratibha Parmar, 2013, UK/USA, 82 min.

G.B.F. - CLOSING NIGHT GALA
Dir: Darren Stein, Scr: George Northy, 2013, USA, 98 min.

U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURES
ASS BACKWARDS
Dir: Chris Nelson, Scr: June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, 2013, USA, 83 min. 

BIG GAY LOVE
Dir/Scr: Ringo Le, 2013, USA, 85 min.

BREAKING THE GIRLS
Dir: Jamie Babbit, Scr: Mark Distefano, Guinevere Turner, 2012, USA, 98 min.

BRUNO & EARLENE GO TO VEGAS
Dir/Scr: Simon Savory, 2013, USA/UK, 97 min. 

CONCUSSION
Dir/Scr: Stacie Passon, 2012, USA, 97 min.

GEOGRAPHY CLUB
Dir: Gary Entin, Scr: Edmund Entin, 2012, USA, 83 min.

THE GO DOC PROJECT
Dir/Scr: Cory Krueckeberg, 2013, USA, 91 min.

"G.B.F."
"G.B.F."

THE HAPPY SAD
Dir: Rodney Evans, Scr: Ken Urban, 2013, USA, 126 min.

HOT GUYS WITH GUNS
Dir/Scr: Doug Spearman, 2013, USA, 110 min.

IN BLOOM
Dir/Scr: Chris Michael Birkmeier, 2013, USA, 87 min.

LAST SUMMER
Dir/Scr: Mark Thiedeman, 2013, USA, 73 min.

THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON
Dir/Scr: Drew Denny, 2012, USA, 95 min. 

SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES
Dir/Scr: Del Shores, 2013, USA, 135 min.

TEST
Dir/Scr: Chris Mason Johnson, 2013, USA, 90 min.

VALENCIA
Dir: Hilary Goldberg, Silas Howard, Cheryl Dunye, Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Lares Feliciano, Dia Felix, Alexa Inkeles, Jerry Lee, Peter Anthony, Sharon Barnes, Cary Cronenwett, Bug Davidson, Samuael Topiary, Olivia Parriott, Jill Soloway, Courtney Trouble, Michelle Lawler, Sara St. Martin Lynne, Chris Vargas, Greg Youmans, 2012, USA, 106 min.

WHO’S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF?
Dir: Anna Margarita Albelo, Scr: Anna Margarita Albelo, Michael Urban, 2013, USA, 83 min.

This article is related to: Outfest, C.O.G., Megan Mullally, Jonathan Groff, Natasha Lyonne, G.B.F., James Franco, Interior. Leather Bar., Festivals, Kimberly Peirce