Outfest in at Orpheum

Fest's 23rd outing starts July 7

Outfest will kick off its 23rd Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at the Orpheum Theater on July 7 with the debut of Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau’s comedy “Cote d’Azur” and close July 18 with “Dying Gaul,” directed by Craig Lucas.

Fest, which celebrates the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered filmmaking, runs at nine venues in Los Angeles, including the Redcat at Disney Hall and the DGA. Event will screen 232 narrative and documentary shorts and features from 28 countries around the world.

Gregg Araki, writer-director of nine pics relating to gay themes, will be awarded the Outfest Achievement Award on July 7, prior to the screening of “Cote d’Azur.”

Festival program includes five galas, 66 feature film programs and 17 short film programs. Special events include a sing-along with “Purple Rain”; panel discussions include a conversation with Araki and a history of gay film marketing.

For information, call (213) 480-7065. Festival tickets are available to the public June 11.

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