Meredith Baxter Discusses Her Public Coming Out At Outfest

Grand Jury Awards
US Narrative Feature:  “A Marine Story,” Ned Farr
International Feature:  “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister,” James Kent
Documentary Feature:  “Strange Powers:  Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields,” Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara
Narrative Short Film:  “Samaratin,” Magnus Mork
Documentary Short Film:  “Close (Pod Bluzka),” Lucia Von Horn Pagano
Screenwriting:  Douglas Langway and Lawrence Ferber, “Bearcity”
Actor in a Feature Film:  Stephen Guarino, “Bearcity”
Actress in a Feature Film:  Dreya Weber, “A Marine Story”

Audience Awards
First Narrative Feature:  “The Four-Faced Liar,”  Jacob Chase
Narrative Feature:  “A Marine Story,” Ned Farr
Documentary Feature:  “Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight,” Michelle Lawler
Narrative Short Film:  “You Move Me,” Gina Hirsch
Documentary Short Film:  “I’m Just Anneke,” Jonathan Skurnik

Special Programming Awards
Freedom Award:  “The Topp Twins:  Untouchable Girls,”  Leanne Pooley
Outstanding Emerging Talent: Drew Droege, "Go Go Reject," "Fagney and Gaycey"
Outstanding Artistic Achievement: "Undertow (Contracorriente)," Javier Fuentes-Leon


  1. Andy Hofler says

    Does anyone really care about Outfest anymore? Gay films have been in a rut for such a long time, especially the ones showcased at these Gay and lesbian film festivals. They make you run back to your TV sets for some solid portrayals of gays and lesbians!

  2. pickles says

    I only offer this as a challenge, not necessarily as a ‘good idea’ as I think choosing people for a task based on orientation can be limiting- yet what if someone produced a film with ONLY a lesbian/gay cast and staff? There are SO many in Hollywood and beyond that allegedly have a rough time finding work after coming out, it might be an interesting project.

  3. Paul says

    I do care too about Outfest, as I am a member, but I do agree that there is a serious rut in US Gay Films for the past several years. Two recent Outfest examples “Is It Just Me” and “Role/Play” were just appalling and unbearable to watch. But foreign gay films are still 100% better; they are original, smart, great production values (even on low budgets guys!!), well written, good actors (professional an non-professional). Granted, they are well funded by their governments, various funds, etc. I think that needs to happen here too.

  4. MrRoboto says

    Seconding Steve Pep’s plug for “Sasha.” It looks like Strand Releasing picked up for distribution, so I’m hoping more Americans will get to see it. A terrific film.

    Outfest was actually pretty good this year. I agree with David in his raves for “Undertow” especially, a bit more mildly with “Howl” (I loved it, but know a great many who didn’t get what they expected from it). “Bear City” was a lot of fun. There were also some terrific shorts: “Gayby,” “Go Go Reject,” “Curious Thing,” and the screamingly funny “” On the lesbian side of things, “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls” was fantastic, and I’d give a reserved rave (I enjoyed it, but didn’t ***love*** it) to the big award winner “A Marine Story.”

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