Bryan Fuller to receive 2017 OUTFEST "Achievement Award" prior to screening of "GOD'S OWN COUNTRY" (OUTFEST'S Opening Night Film)



ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: BRYAN FULLER
OPENING NIGHT: GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
U.S. CENTERPIECE: STRANGERS
INTERNATIONAL CENTERPIECE: CLOSE KNIT
DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE: KEVYN AUCOIN BEAUTY & THE BEAST IN ME
SPECIAL CENTERPIECE: BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL
CLOSING NIGHT: FREAK SHOW

Los Angeles, May 15, 2017 – Outfest – the Los Angeles based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen – today announced its 2017 Achievement Award recipient, Bryan Fuller, and its galas, including Opening and Closing Night, for the 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival presented by HBO. The nation’s leading LGBT festival will be held July 6-16, 2017.





The 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will open with Francis Lee’s poignant and masterful feature debut, God’s Own Country starring Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu. The Achievement Award Ceremony will take place at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on July 6, followed by the screening of God’s Own Country.

The Achievement Award is Outfest's highest honor and is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media. Bryan Fuller is one of contemporary television's true visionaries. With shows like “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Hannibal” and most recently “American Gods,” Fuller’s stories push boundaries and present characters that feel modern and transgressive, not only because so many are LGBTQ but also because they live and love and behave and react in a way that their TV antecedents would never have dared.

“From the unabashed queer aesthetic in “Pushing Daisies” to the groundbreaking sex-scene between two Muslim, gay men in “American Gods,” Bryan [Fuller] has decidedly put LGBT lives into America’s living rooms. It is through his unapologetic storytelling - its newness, its frankness, and its honesty - that audiences have not only accepted these stories but asked for more,” commented Outfest Executive Director Christopher Racster.

Additional gala screenings include: a rare spotlight on a bisexual lead character in the West Coast premiere of the TV series “Strangers,” (U.S. Centerpiece) written and directed by Mia Lidofsky; the groundbreaking, Japanese trans family drama Close Knit (International Centerpiece) from filmmaker Naoko Ogigami; the World Premiere of Logo Documentary Films and Putti Media’s KEVYN AUCOIN Beauty & The Beast In Me (Documentary Centerpiece), directed by Lori Kaye, on makeup artist legend Kevyn Aucoin; and Awesomeness Films’ Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall (Special Centerpiece), directed by Katherine Fairfax-Wright, following the life of multifaceted performer Todrick Hall.

The 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will close on July 16 at The Ace Theatre with Trudie Styler’s comedic Freak Show, starring Bette Midler, Alex Lawther, AnnaSophia Robb, Abigail Breslin, Ian Nelson, Larry Pine and featuring a cameo from Laverne Cox.

“This year Outfest proudly turns 35. What started as a three-day media conference on the campus of UCLA is now a year-round organization with global impact. Outfest Los Angeles remains ahead of the curve in showcasing the work and stories of women, people of color and the trans community” remarked Racster. “When I look at the Galas for this year's Outfest Los Angeles I can see that impact and leadership - with incredible efforts by female directors, the international discussion around trans rights and the dignity in their stories, and the spotlight on new avenues of storytelling to get stories out.”

“This has been a remarkable year for LGBT storytelling and its evolution in form, complexity and inclusion. We've chosen to spotlight the scope of these groundbreaking journeys, from the Japanese trans family in the International Centerpiece Close Knit, to the relationship between two men in our Opening Night Gala film God's Own Country, these stories of hope blossom despite the intolerance that surrounds them," commented Outfest Director of Programming Lucy Mukerjee-Brown. "In my travels across the film festival circuit this past year, the urgency and caliber of the queer content is indicative that no matter what part of the world we live in, the stories of our LGBT lives must be heard. In Behind the Curtain Todrick Hall says: ‘I never saw a gay black man on TV when I was growing up.’ That is what this year feels like - we have grown up and we are now able to tell our stories, as beautiful and as challenging as they may be."

The complete lineup for the 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will be announced on Thursday, June 1.

The 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is proudly presented by HBO, a partnership that has spanned over 20 years. The Grand Sponsor is DIRECTV NOW. The Premiere Sponsors include Bank of America, Clear Channel Outdoor, Comcast NBCUniversal, Director’s Guild of America, Gilead, The Grove, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety.

For more info regarding the upcoming OUTFEST 2017, please log on to www.outfest.org



05.15.17