Outfest Concludes with "Loggerheads," "Three of Hearts," and "Red Doors" Among Honorees
by Brian Brooks
Capping what Outfest executive director Stephen Gutwillig called, "a 12-day celebration of same-sex celluloid," the Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Film Festival presented its honors Sunday evening at the outdoor Ford Amphitheatre with a comical (and slightly long) ceremony spearheaded by an irreverent Kathy Griffin, drag-hostess "Mama," and other celeb presenters who took the stage to hand over the fest's "Outties" to filmmakers. Notable presenters included Rachel Dratch, Heather Matarazzo, Chastity Bono, Judith Light, Wilson Cruz, Bai Ling, Taylor Dayne, and Janice Dickinson. The ceremony, unintentionally made a bit longer after a snafu in which the wrong prizes were presented to two filmmakers, and later corrected amidst some nervous laughter, was followed by a screening of German filmmaker Marco Kreuzpaintner's "Summer Storm" (Sommersturm).
Director Tim Kirkman's three-part story centered on a gay 20-something on the road after being rejected by his adopted family, "Loggerheads" took the "OUTstanding" American Narrative Feature in the juried prizes. The award included a $5,000 cash prize from 20th Century Fox. Strand Releasing is distributing the movie. The prize in the international category, meanwhile, went to Anahi Berneri's "A Year Without Love."
Susan Kaplan's "Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family" received the jury award in the documentary category. The film, shot over eight years, follows the lives of two gay men who decide to include a woman in their relationship. THINKFilm will release the movie this year. Writer/ director Georgia Lee's film "Red Doors" took two prizes, including the screenwriting nod and the HBO OUTstanding First Narrative Feature award (an audience prize), which includes $5,000. The film is still seeking distributoin. In other audience honors, Sherry Horman's "Guys & Balls" won "OUTstanding" narrative feature, Nicole Conn's "Little Man" took the award in the doc category, while Nick Wauters' "Ryan's Life" won for narrative short and Christopher Harris & REACH LA's "This is How I Love You" took the audience nod for documentary short.
Among other prizewinners, Llil Alexander was honored with the "Freedom Award" for "Keep Not Silent," while Yair Hochner received an "OUTstanding" emerging talent prize for "Good Boys," including $5,000 from Kodak. Director Jenni Olson, meanwhile, received an artistic achievement honor for her film, "The Joy of Life."
Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival officially concluded last night with a screening of Craig Lucas' "The Dying Gaul" at the historic Orpheum in downtown Los Angeles.
[ indieWIRE Editor-in-Chief Eugene Hernandez served as a documentary feature juror a this year's festival. indieWIRE will publish a festival wrap from LA contributor Jonny Leahan in the coming days. For a complete list of winners, please visit: http://www.outfest.org. ]