‘Brother’ tops Outfest

Bardwell nabs event's largest cash award for 'Dorian'

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Helmer Rodney Evans’ pic “Brother to Brother” snagged the grand jury and audience awards for narrative feature at the 22nd edition of Outfest. The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival concluded Sunday with the kudos and a screening of “Straight-Jacket” at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater.

“Six Feet Under” thesp Lauren Ambrose, Martha Plimpton, Lucy Lawless, Judith Light and scribe Kevin Williamson helped present the 16 awards and cash prizes totaling $6,000.

Tennyson Bardwell nabbed the fest’s largest cash award, $5,000 courtesy of HBO, for his first feature “Dorian Blues.”

“Brother” thesp Roger Robinson took home the grand jury acting prize.

In a tie, thesps Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon each received the Grand Jury lead actress award for their performances in “Girl Play,” a pic they also penned. The film also garnered the audience award for lesbian narrative feature.

Fest featured 220 films and videos from 22 countries, exhibited in nine venues over 12 days.

And the winners are…

Outstanding American Narrative Feature
“Brother To Brother” (Director: Rodney Evans)

Outstanding International Narrative Feature
“Wild Side” (Director: Sebastean Lifshitz)

Outstanding Documentary Feature
“A Fine State This Is” (Director: Jessica Chandler)

Outstanding Screenwriting
Ryan Shiraki and Lecia Rosenthal (For “Poster Boy”)

Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
Roger Robinson (For “Brother To Brother”)

Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
Robin Greenspan & Lacie Harmon (For “Girl Play”)

HBO Outstanding First Narrative Feature
“Dorian Blues” (Director: Tennyson Bardwell)

Outstanding Lesbian Narrative Feature
“Girl Play” (Director: Lee Friedlander)

Outstanding Narrative Feature
“Brother To Brother” (Director: Rodney Evans)

Outstanding Documentary Feature
“Drag Kings on Tour” (Director: Sonia Slutsky)

Outstanding Narrative Short Film
“Gift For Living” (Director: Tamika Miller)

Outstanding Documentary Short Film
“Butch Mystique” (Director: Debra A. Wilson)

Outstanding Soundtrack
“Callas Forever” (Director: Franco Zeffirelli)

Freedom Award
Patrik-Ian Polk, Writer/Director (For “Noah’s Arc”)

Outstanding Emerging Talent
Ekachai Uekrongtham, Writer/Director (For “Beautiful Boxer”)

Outstanding Artistic Achievement
Jennifer Reeves, Writer/Director (For “The Time We Killed”)

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