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Director Darren Stein talks to Greg In Hollywood about Outfest closing night film “G.B.F.”

I’m leaving soon for the Ford Ampitheatre for the Outfest closing night screening of the G.B.F directed by Darren Stein.

The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and has since gone on to screen at festivals in Miami, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, and San Diego.

This is a movie that is creating quite a buzz! It asks the question: What happens after a guy is outed by his classmates and becomes the title “gay best friend” for three high school queen bees?

I have not yet seen it and look forward to seeing it with a crowd under the stars.

Had a chance to chat with Darren recently about his latest movie and about being chosen as closing night film for the ever-popular 11-day festival.

“It’s the Los Angeles premiere so it’s exciting and Outfest is my favorite gay and lesbian film festival,” Stein said. “It’s also fun to be under the stars and I think it’s a great way for LA to experience the movie. I am super honored.”

“It’s a really funny movie and heartwarming and I think a really good time at the movies,” he adds. “It’s a big, mainstream teen comedy and everybody loves a teen comedy – and it has a gay in the lead. It’s sort of the first teen comedy where the gay kid is sort of taking center stage and that’s exciting for people to see themselves represented as the protagonist in a genre we all love so much.”

It’s not Stein’s first time having a film in Outfest but it has been awhile. His 2003 documentary Put the Camera on Me was part of the festival.

“It was about the films I made growing up in the 1980s in the hills of Encino,” he said.

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