Outfest 2000 will honor docu duo for pix

Epstein, Friedman have garnered Oscars, Emmys, Peabodys

Non-fiction filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will be feted with achievement awards during Outfest 2000: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

The duo — who have collectively received a number of Oscars, Emmys, and Peabodys — will be recognized July 6 during opening night festivities, for their accomplishments on such pics as “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt,” “The Celluloid Closet” and “Paragraph 175,” which renders an account of gays and lesbians during the Nazi regime in Europe.

The latter pic — which won the grand jury prize for documentary direction following its world preem this year at Sundance — will screen at Outfest.

In other festival news, officials announced Wednesday that Lions Gate Film’s “But I’m a Cheerleader” –slated to bow in July — has been selected as this year’s Awards Night film. The romantic comedy about sexual disorientation, will screen July 16 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater following a film competish awards presentation.

In addition, Daily Variety has learned that Outfest will welcome eight new official mascots this year. Dubbed the Outfest Super 8, the mascots are the first eight gay characters to enter the world of animation.

Fest will run July 6-17 at venues across L.A., including the Directors Guild of America, Laemmle Sunset 5, the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza and the John Anson Ford Amphitheater.

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