Outfest unveils slate of screenings, events

'Luv,' 'Dolls' to be feted

Gay and lesbian org Outfest, founder of Los Angeles’ largest film fest, has unveiled its 2000 slate of pic screenings and events.

Already under way at Hollywood’s Ed Gould Plaza, January film showings include “Valley of the Dolls” (1967), starring Patty Duke and Sharon Tate, and “A Luv Tale,” exec-produced by Tisha Campbell-Martin of TV’s “Martin.”

Films on deck for next month include “David Searching,” featuring Camryn Manheim, and the docus “Battle for the Tiara” and “Live to Tell: The First Gay and Lesbian Prom in America.” Helmer-writer Leslie Smith will headline her showing of “David,” and directors Charley Lang and Eric Schiff will be on hand for “Battle.”

Celebrity appearance

Also in February, Alfred Molina (“Magnolia”) will appear for the screening of his “Nervous Energy.” And British TV hit “Queer as Folk” will be presented as a four-and-a-half-hour special.

Later in the year, Outfest will sked film retrospectives, seminar series led by entertainment professionals, and interviews with gay and lesbian filmmakers.

Outfest’s annual film fest, running July 6-16, is accepting early pic submissions until Jan. 31 and regular entries until Mar. 31. For more information, call (323) 960-9200.

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