Experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger has been selected to receive the 10th annual Outfest Achievement Award, the festival's highest honor, during the opening night gala of the 24th edition of Outfest on July 6.
In addition, Los Angeles' lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film festival has added two new films to its current line-up: Shock to the System: A Donald Strachey Mystery, starring Chad Allen, Morgan Fairchild, Sebastian Spence, and Michael Woods, and Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds, a sequel to the comedy Eating Out that debuted at last year's Outfest.
The five participants of this year's Screenwriting Lab were also announced today. They are: Sebastien Gauthier, Fucking Preston; Luther M. Mace, On the Low; Samuel Park, Shakespeare's Sonnets; Dasha Snyder, To Do; and Isaac Webster, Amos and Lowell. A press release from the festival noted that three recent scripts developed in the Lab are currently in various stages of pre-production: Elliot Loves, written by 2003 fellow Terracino; Exactly Like You by '05 fellows Silas Howard and Nina Landey; and Kiss the Bride by '05 fellow Tyler Lieberman.
Anger's many cutting-edge films that often include gay themes include Fireworks (1947), Scorpio Rising (1963), and Invocation of my Demon Brother (1969). His tell-all book Hollywood Babylon published in 1959 quickly became a scandalous bestseller. Previous recipients of the Outfest Achievement Award are Gregg Araki, Todd Haynes, Jane Anderson, Strand Releasing, Christine Vachon, Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, Gus Van Sant, Ian McKellen, and John Schlesinger.