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Outfest 2009 Sets Sights On LGBT Rights

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 1, 2009 at 11:02AM

"At a time when the film industry is constantly shifting, Outfest once again proves to be ahead of the curve by pushing boundaries with a diverse, provocative and entertaining crop of new films," said Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest, in regard to their 2009 programming. "In response to the passing of Proposition 8 in California and similar bans against gay marriage and adoption across the United States, we are proud to put a particular focus on LGBT rights and equality, and believe that this is a great time for the entire Los Angeles community - gay or straight - to come out and support one another during Outfest 2009."
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"At a time when the film industry is constantly shifting, Outfest once again proves to be ahead of the curve by pushing boundaries with a diverse, provocative and entertaining crop of new films," said Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest, in regard to their 2009 programming. "In response to the passing of Proposition 8 in California and similar bans against gay marriage and adoption across the United States, we are proud to put a particular focus on LGBT rights and equality, and believe that this is a great time for the entire Los Angeles community - gay or straight - to come out and support one another during Outfest 2009."

With that, Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents its programming for the 27th edition of the festival. The oldest continuously running film festival in Los Angeles, Outfest with feature 181 films from 25 countries over a ten-day event that will put focus on LGBT Rights in response to Prop 8.

LGBT Rights-themed titles include a 40th Anniversary Screening of "Before Stonewall," as well as "On These Shoulders We Stand," "Patrik Age 1.5," "City of Borders," "Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement," "Fish Out of Water," "Misconceptions," "Fig Trees," and a 25th Anniversary Screening and Restoration World Premiere of "Choosing Children." "Children," one of the first movies about lesbian families, is documentary from Debra Chasnoff and Kim Klausner, and will be the fest's Legacy Project Gala film. Chasnoff's new film, "Straightlaced - How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up," will also screen.

Two Sundance alums will bookend the festival. Peter Bratt's "La Mission," starring Benjamin Bratt will serve as the festival's Opening Night Gala, while Adam Salky's "Dare," written by David Brind, and starring Emmy Rossum, Alan Cumming and Zach Gilford, will close it. Other gala screenings include the drama "Mississippi Damned" as the U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece, the mystery thriller "El Nino Pez (The Fish Child)" as the International Dramatic Centerpiece, and "Fig Trees," a "documentary opera" about AIDS activism by John Greyson, as the Platinum Centerpiece.

"Outfest 2009 represents the broadest spectrum of LGBT stories, as told by an equally diverse group of filmmakers," said Kimberly Yutani, Director of Programming for Outfest, in a statement. "Featuring a slate of films from first-time and established filmmakers, this year's program truly represents the commitment of Outfest to challenge, entertain and bring our audiences a dynamic 11-day experience, starting with our opening night gala presentation of 'La Mission'."

Additionally, the festival's "4 in Focus" series will celebrates a quartet of feature film debuts: Nancy Kissam's "Drool", H.P. Mendoza's "Fruit Fly", Jason Bushman's "Hollywood, je t'aime" and E.E. Cassidy's "We Are The Mods".

Outfest runs July 9 to 19 in seven venues across Los Angeles. Below is a partial list of feature films in the festival's lineup, for more information and for a complete listing of films in the Festival, please check out the festival's website.


Galas
Opening Night Gala - La Mission (Writer/Director: Peter Bratt)
Closing Night Gala - Dare (Director: Adam Salky; Writer: David Brind)
Outfest Legacy Project Gala (Restoration Premiere) - Choosing Children (Directors: Debra Chasnoff and Kim Klausner)
U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece - Mississippi Damned (Writer/Director: Tina Mabry)
International. Dramatic Centerpiece - El Nino Pez (The Fish Child) (Writer/Director: Lucia Puenzo)
Platinum Centerpiece - Fig Trees (Director: John Greyson)

A scene from Adam Salky's "Dare." Image courtesy of Outfest.

U.S. Dramatic Features
American Primitive (Director: Gwendolyn Wynne, Screenplay: Gwendolyn Wynne & Mary Beth Fielder)
And Then Came Lola (Directors/Screenplay: Ellen Seidler & Megan Siler)
Drool (Director/Screenplay: Nancy Kissam)
Fiona’s Script (Director/Screenplay: Florencia Manovil)
Fruit Fly (Director/Screenplay: H.P. Mendoza)
Hannah Free (Director: Wendy Jo Carlton, Screenplay: Claudia Allen)
Hollywood, je t’aime (Director/Screenplay: Jason Bushman)
Lucky Bastard (Director/Screenplay:: Everett Lewis)
Make the Yuletide Gay (Director/Screenplay: Rob Williams)
Misconceptions (Director: Ron Satlof, Screenplay: Ron Satlof & Ira Pearlstein)
Motherland (Director/Screenplay: Doris Yeung)
Pornography (Director/Screenplay: David Kittredge)
Rives Wash Over Me (Director: John C. Young, Screenplay: John C. Young & Darien Sills-Evans)
We Are the Mods (Director: E.E. Cassidy. Screenplay: E.E. Cassidy & Bruce Pavalon)


International Dramatic Features
Ander (Director/Screenplay: Roberto Caston)
The Baby Formula (Director: Alison Reid, Screenplay: Richard Beattie)
Bandaged (Director: Maria Beatty, Screenplay: Claire Menichi)
Boy (Director: Auraeus Solito, Screenplay: Jimmy Flores & Arturo Calo)
Chef’s Special (Director: Nacho G. Velilla, Scr: Nacho G. Velilla, Oriol Capel, Antonio Sanchez & David S. Olivias)
The End of Love (Director/Screenplay: Simon Chung)
An Englishman in New York (Director: Richard Laxton, Screenplay: Brian Fillis)
Ghosted (Director: Monica Treut, Screenplay: Astrid Stroner & Monjka Treut)
Give Me Your Hand (Director: Pascal-Alex Vincent, Scr: Pascal-Alex Vincent, Martin Drouot & Oliver Nicklaus)
Greek Pete (Director/Screenplay: Andrew Haigh)
Lion’s Den (Director: Pablo Trapero, Scr: Alejandro Fadel, Martin Mauregui, Santiago Mitre & Pablo Trapero)
The Man Who Loved Yngve (Director: Stian Kristiansen, Screenplay: Tore Renberg)
Mr. Right (Director: Jacqueline Morris, Screenplay: David Morris)
Patrik, Age 1.5 (Director/Screenplay: Ella Lemhagen)
Raging Sun, Raging Sky (Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Cielo) (Director/Screenplay: Julian Hernandez)
To Faro (Director/Screenplay: Nana Neul)


Documentary Features
After The Storm (Director: Hilla Medalia)
Against A Trans Narrative (Director/Screenplay: Jules Rosskam)
Beautiful Darling (Director/Screenplay: James Rasin)
City of Borders (Director: Yun Suh)
College Boys Live (Director: George O’Donnell)
Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Director/Screenplay: Greta Olafsdottir & Susan Muska)
Fish Out of Water (Director/Screenplay: Ky Dickens)
It Came From Kuchar (Director/Screenplay: Jennifer Kroot)
Lady Trojans/Training Rules (Lady Trojans Director: Elizabeth Hesik; Training Rules Director: Dee Mosbacher)
Off and Running (Director: Nicole Opper)
On These Shoulders We Stand (Director/Screenplay: Glenne McElhinney)
Pop Star on Ice (Director/Screenplay: David Barba & James Pellerito)
Prodigal Sons (Director: Kimberly Reed)
Sounds Like Teen Spirit (Director: Jamie J Johnson)
Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen (Director: Kortney Ryan Ziegler)
Two Spirits: Sexuality, Gender, and the Murder of Fred Martinez (Director: Lydia Nibley)

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