A jam-packed crowd turned out last night to kick off the 2013 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival in downtown LA. The first-rate Opening Night Gala was, as in previous years, held at the historic Orpheum Theater.
The bash started with a VIP Cocktail reception in the back lot of the theater while in front of the beaux-arts site some of our LGBT community’s finest talent simultaneously proudly strutted down the glamorously chic red carpet.
The event then moved inside the theater where prior to the screening of the opening feature, writer/director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss, Carrie) received an achievement award, presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media.
Outfest officially kicked off its 31st Anniversary with the screening C.O.G (which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival), the first film based on the works of humorist David Sedaris.
Based on a short story by Sedaris, COG, directed by writer/filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez, stars Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell and Casey Wilson.
|Kyle Patrick Alvarez (in the middle) with the COG cast|
Stars galore were on hand to help kick off the festival, including an appearance by new LA mayor, Eric Garcetti.
As an official sponsor of Outfest 2013, Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend was beyond thrilled to be part of the celebration, and fete the career accomplishments of the many talented filmmakers, writers, actors, and producers part of our colorful, creative & diverse LGBT community.
For those of you who missed or didn’t get enough Opening Night excitement, here are highlights of the evening in photos:
|Dalilah Ali Raja|
|Doria Biddle, Sirius XM Radio On Air Personality|
|Amy Walmann (Outfest Corporate Relations Assistant), Mona Elyafi (Club Skirts' publicist), and JD Disalvatore (Award-winning filmmaker)|
|Connie Kurtew (One of our Dinah 2013 Photographers)|
|Anna Margarita Albelo, Drew Droege, Guinevere Turner & Valerie Stadler|
|Kirsten Schaffer, Outfest Executive Director|
|Kyle Patrick Alvarez & the C.O.G cast|
|Kali Londono (Film/TV writer & producer, and first time Outfest volunteer)|
Oh and don’t forget this Saturday, July 13 to join Club Skirts, OML and Thrive Entertainment for the ultimate Outfest After-Party at Ultra Suede in West Hollywood as we celebrate the screening of Drew Denny’s feature film debut “The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On”.
Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend will be raffling Two VIP Passes to the Dinah 2014!
The nation’s leading LGBT film festival, and the oldest film festival in the city of Los Angeles, Outfest takes place from July 11-21. www.outfest.org
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