Brielle Brilliant’s “Firstness” and Vivian Kleiman’s “No Straight Lines” Take Top Jury Prizes – The Hollywood Reporter
Brielle Brilliant’s first feature film Primacy starring Tim Kinsella, Spencer Jording and Caleb Cabrera won the Grand Jury Prize for American Narrative Feature at Outfest, which just completed a 10-day race in Los Angeles. Documentary side, that of Vivian Kleiman No straight lines: the rise of queer comics, a review of LGBTQ comedy talent, won the top prize in the respective non-fiction category.
The grand jury also awarded prizes to See you later star Pooya Mohseni for best performance for “the excellent interpretation of a character who simultaneously takes responsibility for his past while honoring his true self”; best screenplay to Wes Hurley for American potato dreams because of its “unique non-traditional portrayal of a gay immigrant’s transition to America and his relationship with his mother”; and a special mention for the ensemble performance to Charles Busch and Carl Andress’ The Sixth Reel for “the most wacky and entertaining character set”.
On the international side, the grand jury prize for narrative feature film went to Park Kun-young’s A faraway place; narrative report Special mention to the late Cloris Leachman for her work in Jump, darling; best scenario for mit Ünal’s Love, spells and all that; and best performance to Nell Barlow for her work in Dear.
In the Audience Awards categories, the first prize for the feature-length documentary went to Andrea Meyerson This is jessica, a profile of a transgender woman’s journey through a conservative Mormon childhood and service in the military before accepting her true identity. On the narrative feature side, Lyle Kash’s “fictional meta-criticism” on trans representation, Death and bowling, won the first prize. The film stars Will Krisanda, Tracy Kowalksi, Faith Bryan, Leontine White Foster, Denise Turkan, D’Lo, Jessica Hogan, Kymi Kawaii and Luka Fisher.
Zeberiah Newman Right to try won the Short Documentary Award for his look at casting director Jeffrey Drew’s battle with HIV and his participation in a clinical trial to find a cure. The short, Newman’s directorial debut, was bolstered by a bit of star power as Oscar winner Octavia Spencer signed on to executive produce ahead of her Outfest debut. Other Audience Award winners include Milo Ferguson Jupiter and Europe for the experimental short, and Jenn Ravenna Tran’s Then for the short narration.
The jury for American narrative films was made up of Cowboys filmmaker Anna Kerrigan, Highland Film Group vice president of acquisitions Caleb Ward and Trans in Trumpland filmmaker Tony Zosherafatain. Members of the international narrative articles jury included journalist Manuel Betancourt, Los Fuertes filmmaker Omar Zuñiga Hidalgo and Palm Springs International Film Society artistic director Liliana Rodriguez. The documentary jury included Ahead of the curve filmmaker Jen Rainin, Change the game producer Alex Schmider and Robert Chang, consultant producer for America ReFramed at American Documentary, Inc.
The Outfest, presented by WarnerMedia and car sponsor Hyundai, took place August 13-22. For the first time, the festival collaborated with IMDb on a fan rating system that tallied votes for audience award categories. For a full list of winners in all categories, click here.