Thursday, June 16, 2011


The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will begin on July 7th and run through the 17th. Now in it's 29th year, Outfest continues to be the leading organization showcasing, nurturing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film images and artistry.

The opening night film is "Gun Hill Road" on July 7th at the Orpheum Theater. It's the story about Enrique (Esai Morlaes) who returns home after three years in prison to discover that his wife has moved on emotionally from him and his teenage son has come out as a transgender woman. He can't except this but he must try to find a way keep his family together as well as avoiding a return to prison. This drama is the first film for writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green.

The closing night film on July 17th at the Ford Amphitheatre is another feature film debut by director, Anne Renton. "The Perfect Family" stars Kathleen Turner as a woman who is desperate to win the "Outstanding Catholic of the Year Award" and is willing to go to any length to make her dysfunctional clan appear to be the model family.

This year's Outstanding Achievement Award goes to the World of Wonder production team of Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato who have brought to the screen the documentaries, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye", "Becoming Chaz" and the feature film, "Party Monster".

As always, there will plenty of films from around the globe, documentaries, shorts, panels, special events and parties that will be of great interest to the LGBT audience.

For tickets and a complete list of films and events, go to: