Story, set in San Francisco in the early days of the AIDS crisis, centers on a young dancer. It’s the second feature for Johnson, who directed and produced 2009’s “The New Twenty.”
The festival’s grand jury award for best actor went to Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda for “Pit Stop,” in which Heck’s character is recovering from an affair with a married man.
The grand jury’s best actress award went to Guinevere Turner for “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?” in which a filmmaker sacrifices her love life for her career.
The grand jury award for experimental short film went to Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst for “She Gone Rogue”; documentary short film honors went to Crescent Diamond’s “Performing Girl”; and the dramatic short film award was won by Leesong Hee-il for “Going South.”
Linda Bloodworth-Thomson won the audience award for documentary feature for “Bridegroom,” three months after winning the same category at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is based on Shane Bitney’s Crone’s YouTube video “It Could Happen to You,” which explores the aftermath of his relationship to Tom Bridegroom, who died in a 2011 accident before he and Crone were able to marry.
Bruno Barreto’s “Reaching for the Moon,” portraying the relationship between poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares, won the dramatic feature audience award.
Outfest is now in its 31st year as an LGBT film festival. Its closing night film is Darren Stein’s “G.B.F.,” starring Michael J. Willet, Andrea Bowen, Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, Rebecca Gayheart, Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse, Xosha Roquemore and Horatio Sanz.