Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, announced the award winners of its 2015 film festival earlier this week (presented by HBO).
And the winners are...
Documentary Short: A Place in the Middle, directed by Dean Hamer
Dramatic Short: The Letter, directed by Angeles Cruz
Dramatic Feature: Fourth Man Out, directed by Andrew Nackman:
First US Dramatic Feature: Those People, Directed by Joey Kuhn
Documentary Feature: The Glamour and the Squalor, directed by Marq Evans
GRAND JURY AWARDS
Documentary Feature Special Recognition: Tchindas
Documentary Feature Winner: A Sinner in Mecca
Actor in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Curtis Cook Jr and Kerwin Johnson Jr. in Naz and Maalik:
Actress in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Judy Greer in Addicted to Fresno:
Screenwriting in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Sebastian
U.S. Dramatic Feature Film: Nasty Baby, directed by Sebastian Silva.
International Dramatic Feature: Everlasting Love, directed by Marcal Fores.
Documentary Short Film: Brockington, directed by Maggie Sloane, Mason Sklut, Sergio Ingato.
Experimental Short Film: The Lamps, by Shelly Silver.
Dramatic Short Film: Tremulo, directed by Roberto Fiesco
Special Jury Mention: We Can't Live Without Cosmos, directed by Konstantin Bronzit.
1950s post-war America was a shiny-happy time, a period in our country's history when "love and marriage" ruled our collective dreams. There had yet to exist a counterculture, a safe haven for the alternative. And Tab Hunter may as well have been the official poster boy for that era.
With his golden locks, enviable jawline and swimsuit-ready physique, he was the ultimate Abercrombie model well before there ever was an A&F. Raised by a single German mother, the fresh-faced 19-year-old Arthur Gelien (his birth name) arrived in Hollywood at a time when America's youth (the adolescent Baby Boomers) was thirsty for a clean-cut heartthrob to chase. And that's what they did to the newly monikered -- and very closeted -- Tab Hunter for nearly a decade.
Tab Hunter Confidential is the big-screen docu-adaptation of Eddie Muller's 2005 book of the same name, and it chronicles the actor's ascent to stardom and gradual descent into a quietly accepted near-anonymity. There's a lot to cover, and director Jeffrey Schwarz (I Am Divine, Vito) does his best to squeeze in every detail, movie clip, soundbite, and photograph to paint a fascinating portrait of the hardworking artist as fearful young man who did whatever it took to pursue his often conflicting passions: acting in front of a camera and expressing his love for other men behind closed doors. Much like the decade that ushered him in, Confidential is a shiny-happy exercise in nostalgia that doesn't get too caught up in any nitty-gritty. That said, the book may be your best bet for more dirt and inside access.
Peppered with interviews from Clint Eastwood, Portia de Rossi, Connie Stevens, Debbie Reynolds, Don Murray, and plenty of Tab's former on-screen love interests, the documentary not only offers a peek into the double-sided life of one man, it provides a look at the evolution of Hollywood. While some things haven't changed (the strategic manipulation of actors, money-hungry studios, etc.), some have arguably changed for the better (more transparency and openness) or worse (little-to-zero privacy).
Hunter himself comes off as surprisingly conservative, most likely due to his Catholic upbringing which is delicately showcased as the film transitions into his later years. (Look out for some cheeky fun courtesy of the Master of Camp, John Waters.) The actor who never liked talking about his private life has now eased into a confidence that has allowed him to share his true self with the world. And while it would be unfair for younger audiences not familiar with his name to write him off as an old man speaking his mind, there remains somewhat of a filter through which the actor discusses his colorful "past life." (He's currently enjoying nearly 30 years with his partner Allan Glaser, a producer on the film.) There's no "get off my lawn" type of resentment whatsoever.
On the contrary, he's an approachable, historic figure you'd want to chat with over a cup of coffee...or a glass of whiskey. But there's still a sliver of restraint there, perhaps the residuals of a bygone era and business that once valued discretion and celebrated mystique.
Tab Hunter Confidential will be theatrically released and distributed this October.
Gay marriage is legal nationwide (Woo hoo!), and Ben & Jerry's has just the flavor to capture the sweet taste of the historic moment.
The Vermont-based ice cream shop renamed its staple "Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough" carton "I Dough, I Dough" in a chocolatey celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday. (Maybe we can now just call it, y'know MARRIAGE?)
The pint will be available throughout the summer at participating Ben & Jerry's shops or online through the Human Rights Campaign's website, where proceeds will benefit the equal-rights group.
Outfest, L.A.'s hugely popular LGBT film festival, has announced its star-studded line-up for the 2015 festivities, which kicks off July 9. And we're still trying to pick our jaws up from the floor.
Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Clint Eastwood, Kelsey Grammar, Sarah Silverman, Molly Shannon, Aubrey Plaza, Melissa Leo, and Ryan Phillippe are just a few of the names featured in this year's selection of films that range from LOL-worthy comedies to poignant dramas to provocative documentaries.
The annual film festival will also feature two sneak peeks of fall TV shows including Bill Hader and Fred Armisen’s "Sandy Passage," a Grey Gardens parody episode of IFC’s upcoming comedy series Documentary Now! and the new TLC reality show I Am Jazz, spotlighting the day-to-day life of transgender teen and Clean & Clear model Jazz Jennings.
Nick Jonas will also join DirecTV’s Kingdom creator Byron Balasco for a special appearance and in-depth discussion on Jonas’s massive following as well as a sneak peek of his role as a gay MMA fighter on season 2 of the critically-acclaimed drama.
What's also got us excited for the festivities is the recently restored edition of 54: The Director's Cut, the cinematic slice of glitz from 1998 about the infamous NYC nightclub that captured the zeitgeist of the late 70s -- this time with 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage. A special screening of the film will be held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on
As previously announced, the 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will open with Tig on Thursday, July 9. The festival closes on Sunday, July 19, with François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend. The gala screenings include Nasty Baby (U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece), The Summer of Sangaile (International Centerpiece), Eisenstein in Guanajuato (International Centerpiece), Best of Enemies (Documentary Centerpiece), and Out to Win (Documentary Centerpiece).
If you agree with us, then we'll probably see you at Revolver in West Hollywood this Tuesday when the video bar is taken over by Drunk on Stage, the comedy night hosted by Bruce Daniels and Erin Foley (pictured above). DOS was started in 2007 by Daniels and has been popping up at various locations throughout L.A. ever since.
The show is like a workout room for working comics as well as greener comics to perform new material in front of a live audience. Over the years, comics like Margaret Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Dave Foley, Wanda Sykes and Roseanne Barr have made appearances...and this week, rumor has it that another legendary name will be stopping by to up the laugh factor.
W Hotels TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE Ball to Benefit HRC at W Hollywood
Hudson kicked off the festivities with a remix of her smash hit, "Spotlight," and then went into her current Gorgon City-produced, 90s-house-influenced single "Go All Night," which got the audience up on its feet. (Seriously, if you haven't heard it, YouTube the video now.) But it was her closing, Instagram-worthy performance of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" that blew up the entire ballroom and had everyone scrambling to get out their smartphones.
The vogueing ball featured glammed-up transgender models, drag queens and more, and was the third marquee event for TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE, the fundraising and awareness initiative founded by W Hotels Worldwide, HRC, and Hudson herself for the fight for nationwide LGBT and marriage equality.
Ciara, Kelly Osbourne and TV personality B. Scott were also seen laughing and taking selfies in the front row during Jennifer’s performance. And the fun didn’t end there – Ciara even strutted her stuff on the runway before joining Dita and Kelly at the judge’s table.
And naturally, there was an afterparty - located on the rooftop of the hotel where the cocktails and music flowed well after midnight.
Needless to say, we were a little tired this morning.
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