The Achievement Award honors an individual whose body of work has made a significant impact on LGBT film and media. John Cameron Mitchell is perhaps best known for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” his glitz-and-glam rock musical about an East German singer scorned by a botched sex-change operation. The musical began as an off-Broadway oddity in 1998 before writer/director Mitchell gave it a second life with his 2001 film version. He recently reprised the title role on Broadway, where it is now being performed by Darren Criss.
Mitchell again broke ground in 2006 as the writer/director of “Shortbus,” a sexually subversive ensemble indie charting the bedroom lives of a diverse cast of New Yorkers. He also directed 2010 Nicole Kidman drama “Rabbit Hole” and executive-produced Jonathan Caouette’s adventuresome movie memoir “Tarnation” in 2004. Mitchell is currently working on a Neil Gaiman adaptation.
Outfest has previously presented the award to James Schamus, Kimberly Peirce, John Waters, Jane Lynch, Bill Condon, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Don Roos, Donna Deitch, Kenneth Anger, Gregg Araki, Todd Haynes, Jane Anderson, Christine Vachon, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Gus Van Sant, Ian McKellen, John Schlesinger and Strand Releasing.
The 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will be held July 9-19, 2015.