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OUTFEST ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF THE 2013 OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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OUTFEST ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF THE 2013 OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

OPENING NIGHT GALA: C.O.G

US DRAMATIC CENTERPIECE GALA: PIT STOP

DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE GALA: GOD LOVES UGANDA

INTERNATIONAL CENTERPIECE GALA: REACHING FOR THE MOON

FUSION CENTERPIECE GALA: ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH

CLOSING NIGHT GALA: G.B.F.

Los Angeles, June 6, 2013 – Outfest – the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen – has announced the complete programming lineup for its 31st Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. The nation’s leading LGBT festival will be held July 11 to 21, 2013.

As previously announced, Outfest 2013 will open with Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “C.O.G.,” based on the short story by David Sedaris, on Thursday, July 11. Prior to the opening night screening, the organization will honor writer-director Kimberly Peirce with its 17th annual Achievement Award.

The festival closes on Sunday, July 21, with Darren Stein’s comedy “G.B.F.,” written by Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellow George Northy, and starring Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne and Andrea Bowen.

Other gala screenings include: “Pit Stop” (U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece), Yen Tan’s quietly powerful Sundance darling, in which the Outfest alum provides an evocative glimpse into the lives of two Southern gay men; veteran Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barreto returns with “Reaching for the Moon” (International Dramatic Centerpiece), a steamy tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary lesbian artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures; ”God Loves Uganda” (Documentary Centerpiece), in which Academy Award–winner Roger Ross Williams provides powerful insight into the ignorance (cloaked in religion) exported by the United States to the rest of the world; and Pratibha Parmar‘s “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” (Fusion Centerpiece), a compelling and inspirational documentary about Alice Walker’s extraordinary journey from sharecropper’s daughter to activist, journalist, poet and Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist of The Color Purple.

“Our line-up celebrates a powerful new generation of storytellers, as well as Outfest alumni and veteran filmmakers, who pave the way to an even brighter future for the LGBT community,” says Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest. “This year’s program confirms Outfest as a leader in LGBT rights and cultural expression, ensuring that our stories are created, shared and protected.”

Other highly anticipated titles in this year’s festival include Travis Mathews and James Franco’s “Interior. Leather Bar.”, a provocative re-imagining of the lost 40 minutes of “Cruising”; the James Franco-produced  documentary “Kink,” in which director Christina Voros takes us into the painful but oh-so-pleasurable world of five San Francisco–based BDSM workers; Linda Bloodworth Thomason’s award-winning “Bridegroom,” a powerful and poignant feature about love, loss and the courage of one young man to stand up for same-sex equality; Jeffrey Schwarz’s “I Am Divine,” a documentary about the legendary drag performer Divine; “The Battle of amFAR,” a triumphant short film by Outfest Achievement Award winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, which focuses on the landmark AIDS advocacy group; and world premieres of “Igloo,” the feature film directorial debut by Chilean actor Diego Ruiz, and Del Shores’ hilarious and heartbreaking screen adaptation of his hit play “Southern Baptist Sissies”.

“The films in this year’s festival feature a variety of heroes and role models from around the world who fought tenaciously to create a more enlightened society. These movies highlight the humanity, hilarity and honesty of the LGBT community,” said Director of Programming Kristin Pepe (KP).

The Ford Amphitheatre will once again host the Under the Stars series, kicking off with our annual sing-along, featuring the hit musical comedy “Pitch Perfect,” starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Other screenings include the sexy and provocative “Test”; “Hot Guys with Guns,” a hilarious thriller that marks the debut of actor Doug Spearman (“Noah’s Arc”) as writer-director; the Hitchcock-inspired thriller “Breaking the Girls,” directed by Outfest alum Jamie Babbit and written by Guinevere Turner (“American Psycho”); as well as the Closing Night Gala “G.B.F.” directed by Darren Stein (“Jawbreaker”). This event is part of the Ford Theatres 2013 Summer Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County. For a complete Ford Summer Season schedule, directions to the theatre and parking information, visit www.FordTheatres,org

This year, Outfest is proud to feature three graduates of the annual Outfest Screenwriting Lab that are returning to the festival as completed motion pictures: U.S. Centerpiece “Pit Stop” by Yen Tan and David Lowery, “Hot Guys with Guns” by Doug Spearman and Closing Night Gala “G.B.F.” by George Northy.

As part of its Outfest Forward program, Outfest will present OutSet shorts – a screening of five short films written, produced and directed by a new generation of storytellers, the 2013 graduates of OutSet, the Young Filmmakers Project from LifeWorks and Outfest, created to empower and educate LGBTQ youth to tell their stories through film.

Five in Focus: Outfest spotlights the exciting new talent, on both sides of the camera, behind a quintet of powerful films. The 2013 selections include: Drew Denny (Writer-Director-Actress, “The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had with My Pants On”), Stacie Passon (Writer-Director, “Concussion”), Lisa Biagiotti (Journalist-Filmmaker, “Deepsouth”), Michael Mayer (Writer-Director, “Out in the Dark”) and Rhys Ernst & Zackary Drucker (Filmmakers-Artists, “She Gone Rogue”).

Tickets and information

For more information and for a complete listing of films in the Festival, log on to www.outfest.org/fest2013 or call 213-480-7065.

Memberships are currently on sale at Outfest.org/membership. Outfest members receive benefits such as free tickets, priority entrance to screenings or all access passes. Tickets go on sale to members beginning June 13. General admission tickets to individual films go on sale beginning June 17.  Contact the Box Office for membership, tickets and event information by calling 213.480.7065 or visit Outfest.org. Special ticket packages are also available.

The 2013 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is presented by HBO. Grand Sponsors include Absolut and Ease Entertainment.  Other sponsors at the Premiere Level include: Clear Channel, The Directors Guild of America, DIRECTV, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, Merrill Lynch, Southwest Airlines and Variety. Official Sponsors include: Bloomingdale’s, Coca-Cola, COMCAST | NBCUniversal, Equality Rewards, Lichter, Yu and Associates, Orbitz, Propaganda Creative Group, Room & Board, Stella Artois, Tech Pal, UBER and Wells Fargo. Day Sponsors are CNN Films, David Geffen Foundation, FrontiersLA, GayCast, HERE TV, Hollywood & Highland, Instinct, Lifetime, Logo TV and Queerty. For more information about Outfest Los Angeles 2013 sponsorship, visit www.outfest/org/sponsor.

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. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is eleven days of world-class films, discussions and parties.

OUTFEST LOS ANGLES 2013 LINE-UP

GALA FILMS

C.O.G. – OPENING NIGHT GALA

Dir/Scr: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 2013, USA, 88 min.

PIT STOP – US DRAMATIC CENTERPIECE

Dir: Yen Tan, Scr: Yen Tan, David Lowery, 2013, USA, 80 min.

REACHING FOR THE MOON – INTERNATIONAL CENTERPIECE

Dir: Bruno Barreto, Scr: Carolina Kotscho, Julie Sayres, Matthew

Chapman, 2013, Brazil, subtitled, 116 min.

GOD LOVES UGANDA- DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE

Dir: Roger Ross Williams, 2013, USA, subtitled, 83 min.

ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH – FUSION CENTERPIECE

Dir/Scr: Pratibha Parmar, 2013, UK/USA, 82 min.

G.B.F. – CLOSING NIGHT GALA

Dir: Darren Stein, Scr: George Northy, 2013, USA, 98 min.

U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURES

ASS BACKWARDS

Dir: Chris Nelson, Scr: June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, 2013, USA, 83 min.

BIG GAY LOVE

Dir/Scr: Ringo Le, 2013, USA, 85 min.

BREAKING THE GIRLS

Dir: Jamie Babbit, Scr: Mark Distefano, Guinevere Turner, 2012, USA, 98 min.

BRUNO & EARLENE GO TO VEGAS

Dir/Scr: Simon Savory, 2013, USA/UK, 97 min.

CONCUSSION

Dir/Scr: Stacie Passon, 2012, USA, 97 min.

GEOGRAPHY CLUB

Dir: Gary Entin, Scr: Edmund Entin, 2012, USA, 83 min.

THE GO DOC PROJECT

Dir/Scr: Cory Krueckeberg, 2013, USA, 91 min.

THE HAPPY SAD

Dir: Rodney Evans, Scr: Ken Urban, 2013, USA, 126 min.

HOT GUYS WITH GUNS

Dir/Scr: Doug Spearman, 2013, USA, 110 min.

IN BLOOM

Dir/Scr: Chris Michael Birkmeier, 2013, USA, 87 min.

LAST SUMMER

Dir/Scr: Mark Thiedeman, 2013, USA, 73 min.

THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON

Dir/Scr: Drew Denny, 2012, USA, 95 min.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES

Dir/Scr: Del Shores, 2013, USA, 135 min.

TEST

Dir/Scr: Chris Mason Johnson, 2013, USA, 90 min.

VALENCIA

Dir: Hilary Goldberg, Silas Howard, Cheryl Dunye, Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Lares

Feliciano, Dia Felix, Alexa Inkeles, Jerry Lee, Peter Anthony, Sharon Barnes, Cary Cronenwett, Bug Davidson, Samuael Topiary, Olivia Parriott, Jill Soloway, Courtney Trouble, Michelle Lawler, Sara St. Martin Lynne, Chris Vargas, Greg Youmans, 2012, USA, 106 min.

WHO’S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF?

Dir: Anna Margarita Albelo, Scr: Anna Margarita Albelo, Michael Urban, 2013, USA, 83 min.

INTERNATIONAL DRAMATIC FEATURES

ANIMALS

Dir: Marçal Forés, Scr: Marçal Forés, Enric Pardo, Aintza Serra, 2013, Spain, subtitled, 91 min.

BEYOND THE WALLS

Dir/Scr: David Lambert, 2012, Belgium, subtitled, 98 min.

BWAKAW

Dir/Scr: Jun Robles Lana, 2012, Philippines, subtitled, 110 min.

EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME

Dir/Scr: Raúl Fuentes, 2012, Mexico, subtitled, 95 min.

FREE FALL

Dir: Stephan Lacant, Scr: Stephan Lacant, Karsten Dahlem, 2013, Germany, subtitled, 100 min.

IGLOO

Dir: Diego Ruiz, Scr: Diego Ruiz, Shawn Garry, 2013, Chile, subtitled, 86 min.

IN THE NAME OF…

Dir: Malgoska Szumowska, Scr: Malgoska Szumowska, Michal Englert, 2013, Poland, subtitled, 102 min.

IT’S ALL SO QUIET

Dir/Scr: Nanouk Leopold, 2013, Germany/ Netherlands, subtitled, 93 min.

THE LAST MATCH

Dir: Antonio Hens, Scr: Abel González Melo, Antonio Hens, 2012, Cuba, subtitled, 94 min.

LOVE ME NOT

Dir: Gilitte Leung, Scr: Gilitte Leung, Hedy Yau, 2012, China, subtitled, 92 min.

OUT IN THE DARK

Dir: Michael Mayer, Scr: Michael Mayer, Yael Shafrir, 2012, Israel/Palestine/USA, subtitled, 96 min.

SOONGAVA: DANCE OF THE ORCHIDS

Dir/Scr: Subarna Thapa, 2012, Nepal/France, subtitled, 85 min.

SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER / GOING SOUTH

SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER Dir: Leesong Hee-il, 2012, South Korea, subtitled, 37 min.

GOING SOUTH Dir: Leesong Hee-il, 2012, South Korea, subtitled, 45 min.

TO HEAVEN

Dir: Diego Prado, Scr: María Eugenia Cortajerena, 2012, Argentina, subtitled, 82 min.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

AFTER TILLER

Dir: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson, Scr: Greg O’Toole, Martha Shane, Lana Wilson, 2012, USA, 87 min.

BAYOU MAHARAJAH: THE TRAGIC GENIUS OF JAMES BOOKER

Dir: Lily Keber, 2013, USA, 93 min.

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT

Dir: PJ Raval, 2013, USA, 110 min..

BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON

Dir: Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, Dawn Logsdon, 2012, USA, 83 min.

BORN THIS WAY

Dir: Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman, 2013, USA, subtitled, 82 min.

BRIDEGROOM

Dir: Linda Bloodworth Thomason, 2013, USA, 80 min.

CONTINENTAL

Dir: Malcolm Ingram, 2012, USA/Canada, 95 min.

DEEPSOUTH

Dir: Lisa Biagiotti, 2012, USA, 72 min.

GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA

Dir/Scr: Nicholas Wrathall, 2013, USA, 89 min.

I AM DIVINE

Dir: Jeffrey Schwarz, 2013, USA, 86 min.

IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO

Dir: Liam Sullivan, Scr: Ian Harvie, 2013, USA, 71 min.

KINK

Dir: Christina Voros, Scr: Christina Voros, Ian Olds, 2012, USA, 79 min.

LESBIANA: A PARALLEL REVOLUTION

Dir/Scr: Myriam Fougère, 2012, Canada, 63 min.

MAMA RAINBOW

Dir: Fan Popo, 2012, China, subtitled, 80 min.

THE OTHER SHORE

Dir: Timothy Wheeler, 2013, USA, 96 min.

TRANSVISIBLE: THE BAMBY SALCEDO STORY

Dir: Dante Alencastre, 2013, USA, subtitled, 60 min.

TWO: THE STORY OF ROMAN & NYRO

Dir: Heather Winters, Scr: Curtis Shaw Child, Heather Winters, Desmond Child, 2013, USA, 71 min.

PLATINUM SECTION

PLATINUM SHOWCASE

HARD Dir: Vanessa Roveto, 6 min. PASSIONS OF ST.

AQUEDUCT Dir: Tony Stinkmetal, 2 min. SHE GONE ROGUE

Dir: Zackary Drucker, Rhys Ernst, 22 min. THE BASKET Dir:

Narcissister, Josef Kraska, 5 min. THE ASSUMPTION Dir:

Navid Sinaki, 6 min. INVISIBLE Dir: Brian Bress, 6 min.

SHAPING UP Dir: William E. Jones, 2 min. FOR FLO Dir:

Cary Cronenwett, 11 min. SHELLEY WINTERS Dir: Luther

Price, 11 min. OUT OF THE STRONG COME FORTH WITH A

SWEETNESS WEAKNESS Dir: Jonesy, 15 min.

SAN DIEGO SURF

Dir: Andy Warhol, 1968/1996, USA, 90 min.

TOUCH

Dir/Scr: Shelly Silver, 2013, USA, subtitled, 68 min.

CRIMINAL QUEERS

Dir: Chris E. Vargas, Eric A. Stanley, 2013, USA, 70 min.

THE TRANSPARENT TRAP: A POWER POINTLESS PRESENTATION BY DYNASTY HANDBAG

Dir: Ben Walters, Gavin Butt, 2012, UK, 118 min.

LAST DANCE: QUEER TAKES ON THE END OF DAYS

HEALING Dir: Stephanie Barber, 12 min. IPSE DIXIT Dir: Harry Dodge, 4 min. A DAY FOR CAKE AND ACCIDENTS Dir: Steve Reinke, Jessie Mott, 4 min. LAST MEN Dir: Adam Shecter, 6 min. IF THERE BE THORNS Dir: Michael Robinson, 13 min. INSIDE VELVET K Dir: Luther Price, 10 min. TABLEAU Dir: Nao Bustamante, 18 min. EARTHSHIP 2013 Dir: A.K. Burns, 8 min. ELATION 4 Performer: Colin Self, 25 min.

TURNING

Dir: Charles Atlas, 2012, Denmark/USA, 76 min.

INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.

Dir: Travis Mathews, James Franco, Scr: Travis Mathews, 2012, USA, 60 min.

PLEADING IN THE BLOOD: THE ART OF RON ATHEY

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

THE 15th ANNUAL HOME VIDEO GONG SHOW

B. RUBY RICH PRESENTS THE WITNESSES

Dir: André Téchiné, Scr: André Téchiné, Laurent Guyot, Viviane Zingg, 2007, France, subtitled, 112 min.

THE BATTLE OF AMFAR

Dir. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 2013, USA, 40 min.

PITCH PERFECT: THE SING-ALONG

Dir: Jason Moore, Scr: Kay Cannon, 2012, USA, 112 min.

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

Dir. Gary Takesian, 2010, USA, 40 min.

SECOND SHOT

Dir: Annie Price, Scr: Dara Nai, Nancylee Myatt, Claudia Cogan, 2013, USA, 70 min.

KEEP THE PROMISE: THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS

Dir. Marc Smolowitz, Jorg Fockele, 2013, USA, 44 min.