Outfest, the nonprofit Los Angeles organization dedicated to "nurturing, showcasing and protecting" lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media, announced Thursday morning its galas for the 29th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which takes place July 7-17.
"Gun Hill Road," a family drama written and directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green and starring Esai Morales, opens the festival July 7 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
The U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece film is "Circumstance," which screens July 12 at the DGA Theatre. Winner of the Audience Award: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the drama revolves around two teenage girls in Tehran.
"Weekend," from British filmmaker Andrew Haigh, is the International Dramatic Centerpiece Film, which screens July 13 at the DGA. The drama revolves around the relationship between two gay men. "Weekend" won the 2011 SXSW Emerging Visions Audience Award.
The Documentary Centerpiece, "Hit So Hard," which screens July 14 at the Ford Theatre, chronicles the life of Hole drummer Patty Schemel.
Tom Tykwer's ("Run Lola Run") latest film, "3," has been selected for the Broad Stage Gala on July 11. And the Closing Night Gala is "The Perfect Family," screening at the Ford Theatre on July 17. Kathleen Turner, Jason Ritter, Emily Deschanel and Richard Chamberlain star in the comedy-drama.
For more information go to http://www.outfest.org
-- Susan King
Photo: Hole drummer Patty Schemel. Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images