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

Indiewire 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.

INTERNATIONAL DRAMATIC FEATURES

ANIMALS
Dir: Marçal Forés, Scr: Marçal Forés, Enric Pardo, Aintza Serra, 2013, Spain, subtitled, 91 min. 

BEYOND THE WALLS
Dir/Scr: David Lambert, 2012, Belgium, subtitled, 98 min.

BWAKAW
Dir/Scr: Jun Robles Lana, 2012, Philippines, subtitled, 110 min.

EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME
Dir/Scr: Raúl Fuentes, 2012, Mexico, subtitled, 95 min.

FREE FALL
Dir: Stephan Lacant, Scr: Stephan Lacant, Karsten Dahlem, 2013, Germany, subtitled, 100 min. 

IGLOO
Dir: Diego Ruiz, Scr: Diego Ruiz, Shawn Garry, 2013, Chile, subtitled, 86 min.

IN THE NAME OF…
Dir: Malgoska Szumowska, Scr: Malgoska Szumowska, Michal Englert, 2013, Poland, subtitled, 102 min.

IT’S ALL SO QUIET
Dir/Scr: Nanouk Leopold, 2013, Germany/ Netherlands, subtitled, 93 min.

THE LAST MATCH
Dir: Antonio Hens, Scr: Abel González Melo, Antonio Hens, 2012, Cuba, subtitled, 94 min.

LOVE ME NOT
Dir: Gilitte Leung, Scr: Gilitte Leung, Hedy Yau, 2012, China, subtitled, 92 min.

OUT IN THE DARK
Dir: Michael Mayer, Scr: Michael Mayer, Yael Shafrir, 2012, Israel/Palestine/USA, subtitled, 96 min.

SOONGAVA: DANCE OF THE ORCHIDS
Dir/Scr: Subarna Thapa, 2012, Nepal/France, subtitled, 85 min.

SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER / GOING SOUTH
SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER Dir: Leesong Hee-il, 2012, South Korea, subtitled, 37 min.
GOING SOUTH Dir: Leesong Hee-il, 2012, South Korea, subtitled, 45 min.

TO HEAVEN
Dir: Diego Prado, Scr: María Eugenia Cortajerena, 2012, Argentina, subtitled, 82 min.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
AFTER TILLER
Dir: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson, Scr: Greg O’Toole, Martha Shane, Lana Wilson, 2012, USA, 87 min.

BAYOU MAHARAJAH: THE TRAGIC GENIUS OF JAMES BOOKER
Dir: Lily Keber, 2013, USA, 93 min.

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT
Dir: PJ Raval, 2013, USA, 110 min..

BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
Dir: Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, Dawn Logsdon, 2012, USA, 83 min. 

BORN THIS WAY
Dir: Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman, 2013, USA, subtitled, 82 min. 

BRIDEGROOM
Dir: Linda Bloodworth Thomason, 2013, USA, 80 min.

CONTINENTAL
Dir: Malcolm Ingram, 2012, USA/Canada, 95 min.

DEEPSOUTH
Dir: Lisa Biagiotti, 2012, USA, 72 min.

GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA
Dir/Scr: Nicholas Wrathall, 2013, USA, 89 min.

I AM DIVINE
Dir: Jeffrey Schwarz, 2013, USA, 86 min. 

IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO
Dir: Liam Sullivan, Scr: Ian Harvie, 2013, USA, 71 min. 

KINK
Dir: Christina Voros, Scr: Christina Voros, Ian Olds, 2012, USA, 79 min.

LESBIANA: A PARALLEL REVOLUTION
Dir/Scr: Myriam Fougère, 2012, Canada, 63 min.

MAMA RAINBOW
Dir: Fan Popo, 2012, China, subtitled, 80 min. 

THE OTHER SHORE
Dir: Timothy Wheeler, 2013, USA, 96 min.

TRANSVISIBLE: THE BAMBY SALCEDO STORY
Dir: Dante Alencastre, 2013, USA, subtitled, 60 min.

TWO: THE STORY OF ROMAN & NYRO
Dir: Heather Winters, Scr: Curtis Shaw Child, Heather Winters, Desmond Child, 2013, USA, 71 min.

PLATINUM SECTION

PLATINUM SHOWCASE

HARD Dir: Vanessa Roveto, 6 min.
PASSIONS OF ST. AQUEDUCT Dir: Tony Stinkmetal, 2 min.
SHE GONE ROGUE 
Dir: Zackary Drucker, Rhys Ernst, 22 min.
THE BASKET Dir: 
Narcissister, Josef Kraska, 5 min.
THE ASSUMPTION Dir: 
Navid Sinaki, 6 min.
INVISIBLE Dir: Brian Bress, 6 min.
SHAPING UP Dir: William E. Jones, 2 min. 
FOR FLO Dir: Cary Cronenwett, 11 min.
SHELLEY WINTERS Dir: Luther 
Price, 11 min.
OUT OF THE STRONG COME FORTH WITH A 
SWEETNESS WEAKNESS Dir: Jonesy, 15 min.

SAN DIEGO SURF
Dir: Andy Warhol, 1968/1996, USA, 90 min.

TOUCH
Dir/Scr: Shelly Silver, 2013, USA, subtitled, 68 min.

CRIMINAL QUEERS
Dir: Chris E. Vargas, Eric A. Stanley, 2013, USA, 70 min.

THE TRANSPARENT TRAP: A POWER POINTLESS PRESENTATION BY DYNASTY HANDBAG
Dir: Ben Walters, Gavin Butt, 2012, UK, 118 min.

LAST DANCE: QUEER TAKES ON THE END OF DAYS
HEALING Dir: Stephanie Barber, 12 min. IPSE DIXIT Dir: Harry Dodge, 4 min. A DAY FOR CAKE AND ACCIDENTS Dir: Steve Reinke, Jessie Mott, 4 min. LAST MEN Dir: Adam Shecter, 6 min. IF THERE BE THORNS Dir: Michael Robinson, 13 min. INSIDE VELVET K Dir: Luther Price, 10 min. TABLEAU Dir: Nao Bustamante, 18 min. EARTHSHIP 2013 Dir: A.K. Burns, 8 min. ELATION 4 Performer: Colin Self, 25 min.

TURNING
Dir: Charles Atlas, 2012, Denmark/USA, 76 min.

INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.
Dir: Travis Mathews, James Franco, Scr: Travis Mathews, 2012, USA, 60 min.

PLEADING IN THE BLOOD: THE ART OF RON ATHEY

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

THE 15th ANNUAL HOME VIDEO GONG SHOW

B. RUBY RICH PRESENTS THE WITNESSES
Dir: André Téchiné, Scr: André Téchiné, Laurent Guyot, Viviane Zingg, 2007, France, subtitled, 112 min. 

THE BATTLE OF AMFAR
Dir. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 2013, USA, 40 min.

PITCH PERFECT: THE SING-ALONG
Dir: Jason Moore, Scr: Kay Cannon, 2012, USA, 112 min.

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL
Dir. Gary Takesian, 2010, USA, 40 min.

SECOND SHOT
Dir: Annie Price, Scr: Dara Nai, Nancylee Myatt, Claudia Cogan, 2013, USA, 70 min.

KEEP THE PROMISE: THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS
Dir. Marc Smolowitz, Jorg Fockele, 2013, USA, 44 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