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Breakfast with Scot Opens L.A.'s Outfest


Breakfast with Scot opened L.A.'s Outfest film fest last night at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The Canadian film (based on a 1999 novel by Michael Downing) tells the story of a gay couple (a former Toronto Maple Leaf and the team's lawyer) who become the guardians of an eleven-year-old boy struggling to understand his sexuality. More of the fests offerings and intentions were written up today in The Hollywood Reporter.

BreakfastwithscotAccording to the industry paper, "This year's Platinum programming pays tribute to underground punk mutineer Bruce LaBruce with screenings of his 'Super 8 1/2' (1993) and new 'Otto; or, Up With Dead People' (Strand Releasing) at Redcat. This year's highest honor, the Outfest Achievement Award, will go to filmmaker Donna Deitch, whose 1985 'Desert Hearts' made waves for its earnest and positive portrayal of lesbian romance. Outfest also has selected a small number of "centerpiece" films for Gala screenings. This year's opening- and closing-night galas at the Orpheum Theatre are 2007's 'Breakfast With Scot' and 2008's 'Tru Loved,' both of which depict families helmed by gay and lesbian parents in tree-lined suburbia. Likely to create buzz this election year are films in the Outing Politics series, including the Oscar-winning 1984 documentary 'The Times of Harvey Milk,' a narrative version of which will be released by Focus Features this year, and Dan Butler's satire 2007's 'Karl Rove, I Love You,' which centers on an unknown actor's obsession with the Dubya handler."

Breakfast with Scot made headlines in 2006 as it was the first gay-themed film to be endorsed by an NHL franchise, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The endorsement, of course, rattled wingnuts like James Hartline, who slammed the endorsement and the film's gay parenting message. The movie's star Tom Cavanagh talked about playing gay last year and his onscreen kiss with actor Ben Shenkman. Said Cavanagh of the kiss: "Let me quote Keats here: 'Beauty is truth, and truth is beauty.' And when you're as good-looking as Ben Shenkman, it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman. Although, I'm not sure if Ben's wife wants to hear me say that."

Watch the trailer for Breakfast with Scot, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I had the pleasure of seeing this film last night at Outfest and it's absolutely wonderful. Tom Cavanagh and Ben Shenkman are outstanding. The true star is the young man who plays the 11 year-old boy. Hilarious! Go see this movie when it's released!

    Yes, I know there's a lot of dreck in gay cinema, and while Breakfast with Scot, may not have the edginess of a Bruce La Bruce film or the sexiness of many of the other films, it's a movie that will make you laugh and have you leave the theater feeling great.

    Posted by: Brad | Jul 10, 2008 11:46:29 AM

  2. Actually this film sounds 1000% more interesting than that "Art of Being Straight" movie. This sounds like it has a good story attached to it.

    Posted by: Alex | Jul 10, 2008 12:22:21 PM

  3. Breakfast with Scot was such a great film! Not your typical 'gay movie' which was really refreshing and wonderful.

    I saw it many months ago and I'm so glad it's being shown at Outfest!

    Posted by: Shirley Heezgay! | Jul 10, 2008 12:24:24 PM

  4. The DVD of Breakfast With Scot is available right now through amazon in Canada ( They ship to the USA. I recommend it.

    Posted by: phil | Jul 10, 2008 12:33:36 PM

  5. I saw it, while it's not brilliant, it really IS feel good and Tom Cavanagh is super under-rated as a romantic comedy lead. He was great, and his timing flawless. One thing I like about small Canadian comedies like this and the terriffic "Prom Queen" with Aaron Ashmore, is that these films don't do hand-wringing "issues" -- they simply take the implicit position that the more out and open, the better. Good on them.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jul 10, 2008 1:25:52 PM

  6. I'm happy we have seemingly got to the point where we films can be made with gay content and its not ALL ABOUT the issue, or AIDS, or coming out or circuit parties.

    Of course, I really wish gay actors wouldn't get pigeonholed as such and stay stuck in their gay ghettoized films, and would like to see straight actors be glad-handed and treated like deities because they took the leap and played the role That No Other Actor Would Do.

    But maybe that's just me being bitchy. Looking forward to this and the rest of the screenings at Outfest.

    Posted by: Derrick | Jul 10, 2008 1:33:40 PM

  7. I saw it at San Francisco's Frameline festival and it was a sweet film. Kind of like most Hollywood films, it wasn't earth shattering or anything, nor the most heady story (like I felt the Ben/Tom relationship wasn't developed at all in the script), but it was a nice night out at the movies.

    Posted by: Scott | Jul 10, 2008 1:41:43 PM

  8. It's been out on DVD for a couple of months here and I still haven't rented it. Yet I can't wait to see it... Tom Cavanagh is one of our most interesting actors and a great ambassador for Canadian culture.

    Posted by: Jude | Jul 10, 2008 3:54:55 PM

  9. "Canadian culture." Love it. You people crack me up.

    Posted by: matt | Jul 11, 2008 1:14:39 AM

  10. Now THAT is how you make a cute gay comedy! Yes, yes, a thousand times, YES! I will be seeing this movie!

    1000% more interesting than The Art of Being Straight, a.k.a. Eating Out 3, a.k.a. This Might Have Been Kind of Cute Ten Years Ago But Now Only Documents the Bland Abercrombization of Gay Culture, in-fucking-deed.

    Posted by: Chas | Jul 11, 2008 3:19:36 AM

  11. it looks like it panders to sterotypes. i might like to see it just to see if im right

    Posted by: kcflood | Jul 11, 2008 3:24:18 AM

  12. A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square
    Second Outfest Screening
    Sunday, July 20
    Regency Fairfax Theater
    7907 Beverly Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Tickets on sale at

    A PLACE TO LIVE chronicles the journey of seven brave individuals as they attempt to secure a home in Triangle Square, Hollywood, the nation’s first affordable housing facility for LGBT seniors. Since demand far exceeds the number of available apartments, a lottery system was set up to determine who would be selected. This film is a moving exploration of the applicants’ personal stories and the journey that brought them to the lottery and what the future might hold.

    LA Weekly Review

    "It's a perfect storm of high land value and low median income. We're in the midst of one of the worst housing crises in modern history." So says talking-head Councilman Eric Garcetti in this documentary about the struggle by queer senior citizens to find housing in Los Angeles. Director Carolyn Coal follows seven elderly gays and lesbians from the time they first hear about the building of a housing complex for senior LGBT folk in early 2006, through the excruciating wait a year later to hear if they've won the lottery for admittance. As the seniors share their stories of illness, poverty and homophobia, they prove themselves heroes and heroines whose humor and resilience are as inspiring as their hardships are heart piercing.

    Posted by: Jane Avenue | Jul 14, 2008 9:20:31 PM

  13. I cannot wait to see this movie! I'm a huge, huge hockey fan, so to have gay and hockey in the same movie? Awesome. Plus, the dads are hot!

    Posted by: RJ | Oct 8, 2008 12:12:14 PM

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