About The Miseducation of Cameron Post:
Desiree Akhavan won us over in 2014 with her hilarious feature debut Appropriate Behavior, and she brings her trademark wit and sass to this impressive follow-up feature. An adaptation of Emily M. Danforth’s celebrated queer YA novel, the film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival for its warm, charismatic, and fearless performances.
Set in the early 90s, the film follows lesbian teen Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz, Carrie), sent to a religious conversion camp after she gets caught hooking up with her female best friend. At the camp, Cameron reluctantly undergoes various tactics used to “cure” same-sex attraction from persistent faith leaders Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.), who are intent on “saving” LGBTQ teens. While some of the campers embrace the treatment, Cameron resists, and instead forms an alliance with the rebellious duo Jane (Sasha Lane, American Honey) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck, The Revenant). The heartfelt bond shared among the three friends gives them the strength they need in order to rise up and live their truth.
Akhavan’s unapologetically queer lens delivers a refreshing take on the troubling topic of conversion therapy (which is, to this day, still used in some states) while exploring the themes of self-love, identity, and chosen family, all with unexpected flourishes of humor.
About Closing Night Gala:
The 2018 Outfest Los Angeles wraps up another year closing the night on a special note. It kick-offs at The Theatre at ACE Hotel by bringing back the Award Ceremonies for everyone. You will not want to miss who takes home the audience awards along with the prestigious jury awards. Following that, The Miseducation of Cameron Post will provide just the perfect ending to our fortnight of over 200 films. Come dance the night away as the festival closes at one of the hip locations in DLTA. Your first cocktail is on us as you reminisce and share your favorite memories from the last 11 days.
SUN | July 22 | The Theater at Ace Hotel | 7:00 PM
Director: Desiree Akhavan
USA | 90 minutes | 2018
Closing Night Gala After Party:
Desiree Akhavan is the writer-director-star of Appropriate Behavior, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, went on to play at Outfest Los Angeles and was nominated for Best First Screenplay at the Indie Spirit Awards. She is also the co-creator and star of the web series “The Slope.” She lives in London, where she is filming a comedy series for Hulu & Channel 4 that was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Story Lab.