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Outfest 2012 opens tonight!

Good grief, it’s been such a busy week (month! year!) that I’m just able to post this Outfest set up piece and opening night is in just a few hours!

I’m really looking forward to settling into the Orpheum Theater downtown and watching John Waters receive the lifetime achievement award then seeing the documentary Vito for the first time (see trailer below).

I’ve been watching some of the movies via screener and tomorrow I’m going to reveal … drumroll please … my top 10 recommendations for the festival. I’ve only seen one truly awful film so far and some really wonderful ones.

I’ve done a set-up piece and posted it over at Gay Star News so go take a look!

But do want to share with you some of the feelings about being a part of Outfest of filmmakers who I have been in contact with in recent weeks.

‘We’re thrilled to do the LA premiere at Outfest, always a wonderful festival, and especially so this year, their 30th year, when the fest seems to be focused on queer history,’ says Matthew Mishory, director of  the superb Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean which screens on Monday.

This Friday night is the screening of I Want Your Love, a drama described as having some laughs and lots of real sex.

‘I’ve been in Frameline which is in my hometown but never in Outfest before,’ says writer-director Travis Mathews. ‘So it’s all new to me. I’m really looking forward to meeting new people.’

Jonathan Lisecki, the charismatic writer, director and co-star of the comedy Gayby has had his movie screened at many festivals already including South by Southwest and the recent Los Angeles Film Festival.

But Lisecki is especially excited about having the movie shown on Saturday at Outfest where the short film that spawned the movie was shown a few years ago.

‘They are playing us in DGA 1 which is the best theater ever,’ he says.

For tickets and more information about Outfest 2012, click HERE.

COMING TOMORROW: My full interviews with Matthew Mishory and Travis Mathews!



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