So ends another Outfest Film festival and it was another impressive event that brought us LGBT films that inspired, enlightened and empowered. First, here are the big award winners from the fest with "Nasty Baby" by Sebastián Silva taking the top prize of Best Dramatic Feature:
Grand Jury Awards
U.S. Dramatic Feature Film: "Nasty Baby"
Documentary Feature Winner: "A Sinner in Mecca"
Documentary Feature (Special Recognition): "Tchindas"
Actor in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Curtis Cook Jr and Kerwin Johnson Jr (tie), "Naz and Maalik"
Actress in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Judy Greer, "Addicted to Fresno"
Screenwriting in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: "Sebastian", Written by Carlos Ciurlizza and Mauricio Hoyos
International Dramatic Feature: "Everlasting Love"
Documentary Short Film: "Brockington"
Experimental Short Film: "The Lamps"
Dramatic Short Film: "Tremulo"
Special Jury Mention:"We Can’t Live Without Cosmos"
Special Programming Awards
Emerging Talent: Hillevi Loven, "Deep Run"
Freedom: Jim Chuchu and the NEST Collective, "Stories Of Our Lives"
Artistic Achievement: Rigoberto Pérezcano, "Carmin Tropical"
Dramatic Feature: "Fourth Man Out"
First U.S. Dramatic Feature: "Those People"
Documentary Feature: "The Glamour and the Squalor"
Documentary Short: "A Place in the Middle"
Dramatic Short: "The Letter"
Mary Agnes Donoghue, the writer of the Bette Midler/Barbara Hershey camp classic, "Beaches", makes her directorial debut with "Jenny's Wedding". Katherine Heigl stars as the title character who wants to finally reveal to her blue-collar family that she's gay. Not only does she tell them but also plans to marry her long-time partner (Alexis Bledel) which causes some serious tension within her family. With a fine cast that includes Tom Wilkinson, stage vet, Linda Emond and Grace Gummer, Ms Donoghue has made a moving, well-written but unremarkable drama. But she shows great promise as a film maker and let's hope she gets another opportunity very soon.