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Outfest Unveils Strong Slate of LGBT Features, Docs and Shorts Including, Yes, Dolan's 'Tom at the Farm'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! June 4, 2014 at 4:21PM

Outfest Los Angeles, now celebrating its 32nd birthday, has unveiled this year's full lineup of LGBT features, documentaries and shorts. The fest runs July 10-20.
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'Life Partners'
'Life Partners'

Outfest Los Angeles, now celebrating its 32nd birthday, has unveiled this year's full lineup of LGBT features, documentaries and shorts. The fest runs July 10-20.

Among the headlining gala features will be Desiree Akhavan's hit Sundance coming-out-and-of-age comedy "Appropriate Behavior," a "deadpan," "melancholy" and sexually frank film with echoes of "Girls"; Ben Whishaw stars in Hong Khaou's "Lilting"; and Leighton Meester and Adam Brody lead troubled menage-a-trois opening night film "Life Partners," among other gala screenings.

'Tom at the Farm'
'Tom at the Farm'

In the International section, US audiences can finally see Cannes baby Xavier Dolan's 2013 film maudit "Tom at the Farm," an elegant homoerotic mystery-of-sorts about the volatile dynamics between a sad gay hipster and the macho, bi-curious older brother of his dead boyfriend.

Notable actors on the docket this year include Robin Williams and Kathy Baker ("Boulevard"), Matt Bomer, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Jerry O'Connell (closing night film "Space Station 76"), America Ferrera, Common and Melonie Diaz ("X/Y"), Patricia Clarkson, Zachary Booth, Joseph Cross and Judith Light ("Last Weekend"), Gaby Hoffman ("Lyle") and more. Also in the competition lineup is Andrew Putschoegl's hilarious women-of-a-certain-age buddy movie "BFFs," making waves in the festival circuit throughout the year.

Outfest will present OutSet shorts, a screening of five short films written, produced and directed by a new generation of storytellers, the 2014 graduates of OutSet, the Young Filmmakers Project from LifeWorks and Outfest, an education initiative aimed at LGBT youth.

This year's Outfest UCLA Legacy Project screenings celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Longtime Companion," a groundbreaking account of the harrowing impact of the arrival of HIV/AIDS. The timing is right as HBO enjoys stellar ratings for "The Normal Heart," and helmer Roland Emmerich jumps into production on his labor of love "Stonewall."

Full lineup after the jump:

This article is related to: Outfest, Festivals, Xavier Dolan


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.