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5 Gala Films at Outfest L.A.

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5 Gala Films at Outfest L.A.
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Outfest Los Angeles 2014 has announced the films slated for screening at gala nights happening during the course of the fest running July 10–20 in L.A. The oldest film festival in the city will be opening with the Tribeca Film Fest select “Life Partners,” starring Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, and others, and will close with “Space Station 76,” a film based on the stage production about life on a space station; the film’s co-written and directed by actor and Backstage contributor Jack Plotnick, and stars Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, and others.

“The 2014 [Outfest Los Angeles] Galas represent some of the most acclaimed and thematically diverse films of the year,” said Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Outfest in a statement. “These films are intimately familiar and yet surprisingly unique, showing us how much undiscovered territory there is in the world of LGBT cinema.”

Other films being screened include Sundance cinematography award winner “Lilting,” about a man who reaches out to his boyfriend’s disapproving mother after his sudden death, fighting language barriers to connect with her; “Appropriate Behaviors,” which follows an Iranian woman who must confront the Brooklyn dating scene, her bisexuality, and her family’s ignorance to her lifestyle after a toxic breakup with her girlfriend; and “The Way He Looks,” the 2014 Berlin Film Fest coming-of-age success about two young boys who meet and must decide whether or not to pursue their feelings for one another.  

The non-profit Outfest was founded by UCLA students in 1982 and has continued to lead the promotion, creation, sharing, and protecting on LGBT stories. Outside of its film festival initiative, the organization is also known for its Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the only project in the world devoted to “preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender moving image media becoming lost to deterioration and neglect.”

The remaining titles on the Outfest lineup will be announced at the beginning of June. For more information visit outfest.org.

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