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Franco has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural James Schamus Ally Award, created to honor the efforts of an individual in bringing Lgbtq stories to the forefront. The award, given to a straight ally of the Lgbtq community, will be presented by Gus Van Sant to Franco prior to the Special Centerpiece screening of “King Cobra” on July 16 at the DGA.
“The only thing more moving to me than being honored by Outfest is having an honor named after me by Outfest,” said Schamus. “That James Franco will be the first recipient of this new award makes this doubly an honor. Also, this means I am really old.”
Franco said, “I am thrilled to have my name linked with such a Hollywood legend and someone who shepherded all kinds of stories. »
- Dave McNary
Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce made her directorial debut with the Hilary Swank-starrer Boys Don't Cry, released by Fox Searchlight in 1999. The film, inspired by real-life events, followed the story of trans man Brandon Teena, who was gunned down in a hate crime in Nebraska on Dec. 31, 1993. When 49 people were killed in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting on June 12, the result of a hate crime at the hands of Omar Mateen, Peirce was understandably devastated upon hearing of another attack on the Lbgt community, one that now ranks as the worst shooting in U.S. history.
- Chris Gardner
Brian De Palma’s “Carrie” is one of the most iconic and most deservedly memorable and celebrated horror classics of all-time. And up until sometime last week, I had completely forgotten that not only did Kimberly Peirce direct a remake back in 2013, but that I saw it not too long after. I feel that says a lot about the two films — that despite being based on the same source material by Stephen King — they are actually different in their own little ways. Even if, yes, they focus on the same titular character and hit the same story beats. One film will continue to live out its legacy as the revolutionary, Oscar-nominated film it is, while the other will likely live out its days through reruns on HBO or, maybe, as a slightly edited-down version on The CW. But why does one impact us so deeply, while the other is, at best, »
- Will Ashton
Saturday marks Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon’s 10th Film Independent Spirit Award nomination (for producing Todd Haynes’ lesbian drama, “Carol,” with Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley). It could also bring a second best feature award after her 2003 Spirits win with Jody Allen for another gay-themed Haynes film, “Far From Heaven.”
But whether or not the openly gay producer wins, this weekend will cap a season that’s brought her an AFI Award for “Carol” and a special honor at the Berlinale’s Teddy Awards recognizing her decades of support for Lgbt films and filmmakers.
After getting her start with the 1985 short “Tommy’s” (starring Steve Buscemi), Vachon’s first two features were driven by gay directors and subject matter: Todd Haynes’ 1991 “Poison,” which scored a one-two punch with Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize and a Berlinale Teddy; and Tom Kalin’s 1992 “Swoon,” which also nabbed awards in Park City and Berlin. »
- Gregg Goldstein
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