Event and Media Lead
Openly gay actor Jonathan Groff, known to Glee fans as Jesse St. James - the lead of the rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline - and a Tony® Best Lead Actor in a Musical nominee in Broadway’s Spring Awakening, brought much star-wattage at the Opening Night Gala of Outfest, the Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. His film, C.O.G. was chosen by the festival as the opening night film, based on the film adaptation of a short story by David Sedaris. It is the first film adaptation of the author’s work.
C.O.G., directed by Los Angeles native Kyle Patrick Alvarez, tells the story of recent college graduate David (Groff) on a self-discovering journey that leds him to the eclectic cast of characters set in the backdrop close to nature - from a flirtation of an apple orchard factory worker (Corey Stoli, House of Cards) or resisting the hard sell of Bible-thumping Jon (Denis O’Hare, True Blood).
Happy Endings’ Casey Wilson and Quantum Leap’s Dean Stockwell round up the cast in supporting roles.
The festivities were preceded by the presentation of the 17th Annual Achievement Award to writer/director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss and the upcoming Carrie). The Achievement Award is Outfest’s highest honor, presented in recognition to a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media. An extended preview of Carrie was presented to a very receptive audience - no doubt thanks to the anticipated contemporary take on Stephen King’s infamous horror tale and an impressive cast led by Julianne Moore and newcomer Chloe Grace Moretz.
Outfest, the nation’s leading LGBT film festival and the oldest film festival in the city of Los Angeles, is being held now until July 21st. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world to audiences of nearly a million, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos. Visit the website (www.outfest.org) to find more about this outstanding organization.