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John Waters and documentary 'Vito' to open Outfest

May 16, 2012 | 11:44 am

Jeffrey Schwarz's "Vito," a documentary about the late gay activist Vito Russo, author of "The Celluloid Closet," will be the opening-night gala presentation at the 30th edition of Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

The oldest film festival in Los Angeles and the nation's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival takes place July 12 to 22. "Vito" will screen at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Outfest also announced Wednesday morning that filmmaker John Waters of "Pink Flamingos" and the original "Hairspray" will be receiving the 16th annual Achievement Award in recognition of a body of work that has "made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media."

Waters will also be performing his show "The Filthy World: Gayer and Filthier" July 11 at Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge.

For more information go to Outfest's website.


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 -- Susan King

Photo: John Waters will receive the 2012 Outfest Achievement Award. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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