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Outfest Lets 2010 Lineup Out of the Closet

A scene from "Spork." Image courtesy of Outfest.

J.B. Ghuman, Jr.'s gender-bending high school dance comedy "Spork" will join previously announced opening night film "Howl" in bookending Outfest 2010: The 28th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. In addition to "Spork" as the fest's closing night film, Outfest has just revealed two other gala screenings: Cheryl Dunye's ("The Watermelon Woman") thriller/doc hybrid "The Owls" and Javier Fuentes-León "Undertow (Contracorriente)." Fuentes-León is also a fellow of Outfest's Screenwriting Lab. The fest, LA's oldest, will run from July 8 through July 18. Over the eleven days of the festival, Outfest will screen 147 films from 23 countries and host panels and events across the city. For the complete lineup, check out the Outfest website here.

As was previously announced, "Glee" star Jane Lynch will receive Outfest Achievement Award this year. "Glee" cast member Chris Colfer and director Paris Barclay will present the honor to Lynch on opening night. The Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation will be presenting five films introduced by five filmmakers, musicians, and journalists as a tribute to LGBT film classics: “Clueless,” “Hustler White,” “Mädchen in Uniform,” “Out of the Shadows/Sign of Protest” and “Macho Dancer.” A special series of films will also screen in honor of West Hollywood's 25th anniversary as an incorporated city. These include: “The Broken Hearts Club,” “An Ordinary Couple,” “Is It Just Me?” and “Out of the Shadows.” Outfest will also be spotlighting four films from first-time feature directors who are bound for big things in their 4 in Focus Series. Included in this list are: Myriam Aziza’s “The Evening Dress (La Robe Du Soir),” Javier Fuentes-León’s “Undertow (Contracorriente),” Adriana Maggs’ “Grown Up Movie Star” and Jake Yuzna’s “Open.”

Speaking on this year's lineup, Outfest Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer said, "This year’s incredible line-up celebrates all of the forward-thinking artists that push the boundaries for LGBT rights and equality. From Allen Ginsberg’s quest for personal and artistic liberation to stories that challenge the status quo in the age of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and gay marriage bans, this inspiring collection of films is sure to impact both gay and straight audiences.” Kim Yutani, the fest's Director of Programming noted, ""The Outfest 2010 program showcases the work of veteran filmmakers and first-timers whose voices and stories are vital to the LGBT community. Whether it's brand new feature films, the stellar short film program or our retrospective screenings, these are some of the most exciting voices - from both the past and present - in what will certainly be a dynamic 11-days of Outfest."

Complete Lineup of Feature Films:

Opening Night Gala – “HOWL,” Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (July 8 at 8:00pm – Orpheum Theatre)

Closing Night Gala – “Spork,” J.B. Ghuman, Jr. (July 18 at 8:00pm – Ford Theatre)

U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece – “The Owls,” Cheryl Dunye (July 12 at 8:00pm – DGA 1)

International Dramatic Centerpiece – “Undertow (Contracorriente),” Javier Fuentes-León (July 13 at 8:00pm – DGA 1)

U.S. Dramatic Features
"BearCity," Doug Langway
"Bloomington," Fernanda Cardoso
"Earthling," Clay Liford
"Elena Undone," Nicole Conn
"The Four-Faced Liar," Jacob Chase
"A Marine Story," Ned Farr
"Is It Just Me?," JC Calciano
"My Normal," Irving Schwartz
"Leading Ladies," Daniel Beahm & Erika Randall Beahm
"Open," Jake Yuzna
"Role/Play," Rob Williams
"Violet Tendencies," Casper Andreas
"Stuck!," Steve Balderson
"We Have To Stop Now," Robyn Dettman

International Dramatic Features
"Children of God," Kareem Mortimer
"Fit," Rikki Beadle-Blair
"The Evening Dress," Myriam Aziza
"From Beginning to End," Aluisio Abranches
"Grown Up Movie Star," Adriana Maggs
"The Last Summer of Boyita," Julia Solomonoff
"Hideaway," Francois Ozon
"Light Gradient," Jan Kruger
"I Killed My Mother," Xavier Dolan
"Paulista," Roberto Moreira
"Plan B," Marco Berger
"The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister," James Kent
"The Purple Sea," Donatella Maiorca
"Spring Fever," Ye Lou
"Sasha," Dennis Todorovic
"The String," Mehdi Ben Attia

Documentary Features
"The Adults in the Room," Andy Blubaugh
"Bisexual Revolution," Eric Wastiaux & Laure Michel
"Bear Nation," Malcolm Ingram
"Florent: Queen of the Meat Market," David Sigal
"Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight," Michelle Lawler
"Le Tigre: On Tour," Kerthy Fix
"Gay Days," Yair Qedar
"An Ordinary Couple," Jay Gianukos & Susan Barnes
"Hooters!," Anna Margarita Albelo
"The Other City," Susan Koch
"Other Nature," Nani Sahra Walker
"Postcard To Daddy," Michael Stock
"Out in the Silence," Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson
"Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields," Kerthy Fix & Gail O’Hara
"Out of Annapolis," Steve Clark Hall
"The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls," Leanne Pooley

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  • Emily Arrington | January 15, 2011 3:50 AMReply

    Does anyone know how to get a copy of Spork? I was a principal in this movie and of course I was to get a copy of the film and have yet received one! Thanks it was a blast to film this with my good friend Keith David