Gaby Hoffmann, Greg Louganis Doc, Tiger Orange Win at Outfest
By Stacy Lambe
The 2014 Outfest ended on Sunday with the science fiction farce, Space Station 76, starring Matt Bomer, Patrick Wilson, and Liv Tyler, closing out the annual LGBT film festival in Los Angeles. In its 32nd year, the festival recognized the best selections that were showcased between July 10 and July 20.
Drunktown's Finest, directed by Sydney Freeland, took top honors winning both the Jury Grand Award and Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Feature Film. Finest tells the story of three young Native Americans — one of whom is a promiscuous transsexual — striving to escape the hardships of an Indian reservation.
Grand Jury acting prizes went to Gaby Hoffmann — experiencing a comeback year thanks to Girls — for her role in Lyle and Frankie Valenti's Tiger Orange co-star Mark Strano. Strano also co-wrote the film about two estranged brothers.
Back on Board: Greg Louganis, which tells the story of the Olympic diver's life, won the Audience Award for Documentary Feature.
On the international front, Lilting, featuring an outstanding performance from Ben Whishaw, took home the Dramatic Feature special recognition.
A complete list of winners:
Documentary Short: Families Are Forever, Directed by Vivian Kleiman
Dramatic Short: Alone With People, Directed by Drew Van Steenbergen
Documentary Feature: Back on Board: Greg Louganis, Directed by Cheryl Furjanic
Dramatic Feature: The Way He Looks, Directed by Daniel Ribeiro
First US Dramatic Feature: Drunktown’s Finest, Directed by Sydney Freeland
Grand Jury Awards
Documentary Feature Special Recognition: Dior and I, Directed by Frédéric Tcheng
Documentary Feature Winner: The Circle, Directed by Stefan Haupt
Actor in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Mark Strano in Tiger Orange
Actress in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Gaby Hoffmann in Lyle
Screenwriting in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior
U.S. Dramatic Feature Film: Drunktown’s Finest, Directed by Sydney Freeland
International Dramatic Feature Special Recognition: Lilting, Directed by Hong Khaou
International Dramatic Feature: Something Must Break, Directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark
Documentary Short Film: Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination, Directed by Leslie Von Pless
Experimental Short Film: Get Ripped, Directed by Leonardo Van Dijl
Dramatic Short Film: Jellyfish, Directed by Rosie Haber
Special Programming Awards
Emerging Talent: Robert Hawk for Home From the Gym
Freedom: Bad Hair, Directed by Mariana Rondón
Artistic Achievement: Abdellah Taïa for Salvation Army