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C.O.G SELECTED AS OPENING NIGHT GALA OF 31st OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

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DAVID SEDARIS ADAPTATION “C.O.G” SELECTED AS OPENING NIGHT GALA OF 31st OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

KIMBERLY PEIRCE TO RECEIVE 2013 OUTFEST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

July 11-21, 2013

Los Angeles, May 17, 2013 – Outfest – the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen – announced today that Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “C.O.G.,” the first film adaptation of David Sedaris’s work, has been selected as the Opening Night Gala of the 31st Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival on Thursday, July 11.  “C.O.G.” is written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, based on the short story by David Sedaris, and stars Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson and Troian Bellisario.

Outfest will also present its 17th annual Achievement Award to writer/director Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry,” “Stop-Loss,” “Carrie”). The Achievement Award is Outfest’s highest honor and is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media. The Achievement Award will be presented to Peirce prior to the Opening Night Gala screening of “C.O.G.” on Thursday, July 11 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

“One of Outfest’s principal goals has been to celebrate the many voices of LGBT storytelling on film, and we couldn’t be more excited to honor Kimberly Peirce’s extraordinary filmmaking career while also heralding writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s stunning sophomore feature capturing David Serdaris’ hilarious tone. The mix promises to make this our most memorable Opening Night,” commented Kirsten Schaffer, Outfest Executive Director.

Outfest has previously given this award to 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 nation’s leading LGBT film festival, and the oldest film festival in the city of Los Angeles, will be held July 11 – 21, 2013.

The complete lineup for Outfest Los Angeles 2013 will be announced at the beginning of June.

The 2013 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is presented by HBO.  Grand Sponsors include Absolut and Ease Entertainment.  For more information about Outfest Los Angeles 2013 sponsorship, visit www.outfest/org/sponsor.

About C.O.G

Recent college graduate David (Jonathan Groff, “Glee”) decides to get close to nature, and the working class, by spending a summer picking apples in Oregon with his friend Jennifer. Even after she blows him off, he charges ahead on a picaresque journey that will take him from orchard to processing plant to an arts and crafts workshop, guided along the way by an increasingly eccentric and motley bunch of mentors. Whether trying to interpret the possible flirtations of co-worker Curly (Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”) or resisting the religious hard-sell from Bible-thumping Jon (Denis O’Hare, “True Blood”), David finds himself on the most complicated path of all — figuring out who he is and what he wants. The first feature based on the writings of David Sedaris, C.O.G. captures the author’s stringently funny perspective and establishes writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (making a triumphant follow-up to his acclaimed debut EASIER WITH PRACTICE) as a gifted young storyteller.

Kyle Patrick Alvarez is a 29-year-old, Los Angeles–based writer-director. C.O.G. is his second feature film, and premiered in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In 2010, his writing and directorial debut, EASIER WITH PRACTICE, won him the prestigious “Someone to Watch” Award at the Independent Spirit Awards while also being nominated for Best First Feature.

About Kimberly Peirce

Kimberly Peirce staked her place as a writer and director of singular vision and craft with her unflinching debut feature, BOYS DON’T CRY, which became one of the most acclaimed and talked about films of the year, earning numerous honors including the Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe for the film’s star, Hilary Swank. Chloe Sevigny was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and along with Swank won the Independent Spirit, National Board of Review, CFCA, BSFC, NSFC, Boston, Chicago and LA Critics Awards for acting.

The film received the Independent Spirit Award, the International Critics prizes for Best Film at the London and Stockholm film fests, the Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival, and was named “Best American Feature” by Janet Maslin. Peirce won honors as Best Debut Director from the National Board of Review and Best New Filmmaker from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

The next film Peirce directed and co-wrote, STOP-LOSS, starred Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Abbie Cornish and Ryan Phillipe, and was a topical and emotionally penetrating drama inspired by real-life stories of American soldiers, including her own brother, fighting in Iraq and coming home.  Peirce was honored with the Hamilton Behind the Camera True-Grit as well as the Andrew Sarris Directing Awards.

For her latest film, Peirce was honored to direct a contemporary version of Stephen King’s classic horror tale, CARRIE. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz as an outcast teenager with telekinetic powers, and Julianne Moore as her domineering, religious mother, CARRIE will be released in the fall. The film also stars Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde and introduces Ansel Elgort.

An advocate on a broad spectrum of social issues, Peirce received the People for the American Way, the GLAAD Media, the Lambda Legal Defense, and the Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project Awards for BOYS DON’T CRY. She was recently the featured speaker at Yale Transgender Awareness Week and the University of Iowa’s Pride Week.  In conjunction with STOP-LOSS, Peirce spoke before the National Press Club and along with Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH), before members of Congress on behalf of Soldiers and the Stop-Loss Compensation Act, which subsequently passed.

Peirce can be seen featured on the DVD and BLU RAY re-releases of THE GODFATHER TRILOGY, CHINATOWN and RAGING BULL as well in the documentary THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED.  She was featured along with Steven Soderbergh, the Duplass Brothers and James Mangold as part of the Directors Guild of America’s 75th Anniversary tribute to “GAME CHANGERS IN INDEPENDENT FILM.”

Peirce received her BA from the University of Chicago, her MFA from the Columbia University Graduate Film Program, and is a graduate of Sundance Institute’s Writing and Directing Film Labs.  She served on the 2011 Sundance Film Festival US Dramatic Jury. She is a member of the WGA, the Academy of Motion Pictures, and serves on the Directors Guild of America Independent Film Committee and the Academy Directors Branch Executive Committee.

About Outfest Los Angeles
Eleven days of world-class films, discussions and parties, Outfest Los Angeles ranks among the world’s leading events for LGBT cinema. Presenting nearly 150 new and classic short and feature films from around the world, panels featuring notable figures from all facets of the film industry and other special programs, Outfest Los Angeles shares our stories, pays tribute to legendary screen careers, unites our community and inspires new generations of filmmakers and filmgoers. Directors, producers, actors and writers from every corner of the globe converge upon the Directors Guild of America, the Ford Amphitheatre, the historic Orpheum Theatre and other Los Angeles locations to share their work and their knowledge with an audience of over 40,000.

About Outfest

Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world to audiences of nearly a million, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos.