Friday, June 21, 2013

2013 OUTFEST FILM FESTIVAL


The schedule for the 2013 Outfest Film Festival has been announced and it will once again deliver a diverse collection of films from across the globe that focuses on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

"C.O.G.", a film by writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, will kick off the festival this year on Thursday, July 11th. This eccentric film, based on a short story by David Sedaris from his book, "Naked", stars Jonathan Groff as a recent college graduate who travels cross-country by bus to Oregon where he discovers a world that he is completely unfamiliar with.

The selection for the U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece is "Pit Stop". Creating a sensation at this year's Sundance Film Festival, this film by Yen Tan focuses on the relationship between a straight contractor (Bill Heck) and a gay man (Marcus DeAnda) in a small Texan town:

The Documentary Centerpiece is "God Loves Uganda", the latest from Oscar-winning filmmaker, Roger Ross Williams. This film follows anti-gay evangelicals as they spread their disturbing message to the African nation of Uganda and in turn, help create a dangerous and deadly environment for the LGBT community there. However, an Ugandan clergy bravely fight back against this wave of hate and intolerance:



Another documentary of note is "Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth" that takes a look at the inspirational life of the acclaimed, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of "The Color Purple":


Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth - Trailer from Kali Films on Vimeo.

Last year's hit musical-comedy, "Pitch Perfect" starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will be this year's sing-along Under The Stars event on July 17th at the Ford Theatre:



The festival concludes on July 21st with "G.B.F." (which stands for "gay best friend"), a delightfully wacky comedy directed by Darren Stein ("Jawbreaker") and written by Outfest Screenwriting Lab participant, George Northy:



For additional information and the complete listing of films, please go to:
OUTFEST 2013