Outfest: Lauded LGBT Film Fest Opens

"The Intervention" opens the annual LGBT film festival.

It can be a mite frustrating to spy a buzzy film, the kind of moving and/or funny and/or dramatic work that celebrates a young person's tale of coming out or a pioneer of gay rights or the ups and downs of a new romance, and wonder when and where you can see it.

Outfest is very often the answer to that search, and has been the answer since its founding in 1982. Long an accoladed festival for movies telling LGBT stories, and the filmmakers who go to dedicated, hard-fought lengths to get the stories told, Outfest has stood as a premier place for great cinema of all sorts.

Those include feature films, shorts, documentaries, and more, all of which will be included in the 2016 series. The series opens on Thursday, July 7, and runs through Sunday, July 17, and will screen 162 films representing 19 countries.

The opening night movie? It's "The Intervention," starring Cobie Smulders, Natasha Lyonne, Melanie Lynskey, Alia Shawkat, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, and Clea DuVall, who wrote and directed the feature. "Other People," directed by Chris Kelly of "Saturday Night Live," closes out the multiday event.

A number of gala films are on the roster, including U.S. Centerpiece "Spa Night" and Documentary Centerpiece "Kiki." 

The new "Ghostbusters" will also get a screening during Outfest. And a few television favorites, such as Hulu's "Difficult People" and Amazon's "Transparent," will make a 2016 showing.

As for where to go? There's a quartet of spots around the city joining the cinematic goodness, from REDCAT downtown to Harmony Gold and the Director's Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard. And hello again, Ford Theatres, which makes a return to Outfest after a multiyear renovation.

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