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2021 OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL’S STAR-STUDDED OPENING NIGHT GALA WITH SCREENING OF EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

Director Jonathan Butterell, drag actor Bianca Del Rio, Sarah Lancashire (Margaret), Max Harwood (Jamey) on red carpet at Outfest. (Photo: THT)
Outfest’s Damien Navarro & Valerie Milano on the red carpet at Amazon Studios “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” Premiere at Outfest on Fri Aug 13, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Photo: THT).

WHAT:                  Last night, the 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival kicked off their opening night with its first ever outdoor gala with Cinespia at Hollywood Forever with a screening of Amazon Prime Video’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – a big screen adaptation of the smash hit, award-winning West End musical

outdoor screening at Outfest was a success (Photo: THT)

TALENT:               The outdoor premiere featured special appearances by Everybody’s Talking About Jamie film talent including Max Harwood, Lauren PatelBianca Del Rio, and director Jonathan Butterellwith additional celebrity appearances from Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross (Ashlee+Evan), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), Addison Rose  Vincent (Influencer), August Getty (Fashion Designer), Brandon Jackson (Tropic Thunder), Cameron Esposito (Take My Wife), Carter Ray (The Change Up), Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie), Jacob Sartorius (Singer), Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman (UnREAL), Kevin McHale (Glee), Kyle Krieger (Influencer),  Lilia Buckingham (Dirt),Mary Mouser (Cobra Kai), Ronen Rubinstein (9-1-1: Lone Star), Sherry Cola (Good Trouble), and Vas J Morgan (Only Way is Essex).

OLA TALENT +

(Photo: THT)

FILMMAKERS:

Director Aaron Alexis (Childhoods), Adomako (PEACE), AJ Knight (Daisy Boy), director Alex Clausen (Raw! Uncut! Video!), director Aliza Brugger (Roadkill), Alyssa Lerner (Break In), director Andrea Meyerson (This Is Jessica), director Angelo Madsen Minax (North By Current), performer Angie Sandoval (Sebastian Lust), director Anika Benkov (The Binding of Itzik), Bamby Salcedo (La Queencianera), director Benjamin Rigby (It’ll Be Over Soon), director Bethany Michalski (Pine), director Beulah Pidakala (RUTH), director Bo McGuire (Socks on Fire),  Brittany Campbell (Ollies on the moon), director Carmen LoBue (Pink & Blue), Catherine Joy (Potato Dreams Of America), director Chris McKim (Wojnarowiz), director CJ Russo (Lady Buds),D’Lo (Nimzo), director Dante Alencastre (AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman), director Dave Quantic (Stephen & James: Best Girlfriends), Enyce Smith (Crystal Diaries), performer Felisha Thomas, director Gina Lamb (Crystal Diaries),  Heather Muriel Nguyen (THƠ), directorJacqueline Chan (Fishbowl), director Jake McClellan (1-888-5-BLUE-YOU), director Jake Villadolid (Thơ), Jamieson Baker (Almost a Year), Javier Fuentes-León (THE BEST FAMILIES), director JB Ghuman, Jr. (The CROWN with a SHADOW), director Jed Bell (The Number 12), director Jeffrey Schwarz (Boulevard! A Hollywood Story), director John Onieal (Bridesman), director Jon Bryant Crawford (Taffy), Jonah Blechman (Swan Song), director Jordan Wong (Mountain Lodge), director Jose Alfredo Garcia (REBEL), director Joseph Sackett (Homebody), director Julian Buchan (Bridesman), director Justice Jamal Jones (How To Raise A Black Boy), director Justin Floyd (Quinceañero), director Karla Legaspy (The Daily War), Kate Stilley Steiner (PROGNOSIS – notes on living), director Lane Michael Stanley (Untie), Larin Sullivan (The Young King), performer Lauren A. Spalding, director Lindsey Ryan (Seasick), director Lorena Gordon (At Last), director Luke Willis (Pool Boy), performer Madame Gandhi, director Megan Chumbley (Chloe Mary Lydia), Michael Varrati (What’s Left Inside), director Michiel Thomas (Gemmel & Tim), director Nathan Hale Williams (All Boys Aren’t Blue), director Paige Henderson (Run Out Groove), director Peeter Rebane (Firebird), director Phil Connell (Jump, Darling), director Q Allan Brocka (Boy Culture), director Quinlan Orear (Over My Dead Body (silver shorts)), director Robin Wang (Graduation), performer Ryan Cassata, director Ryan White (Raw! Uncut! Video!), director Saleh Saadi (Borekas), director Sally Rubin (Mama Has a Mustache), performer Samiere, musical artist Shaina Mikee Keiths, director Shaleece Haas (To the Future, with Love), director Stephanie Osuna-Hernandez (Dreamer), director TJ Parsell(Invisible), performer Tally T, director Tamiah Bantum (Over My Dead Body), director Thirza Cuthand (kwêskosîw (She Whistles)), director Vivian Kleiman (No Straight Lines), directorWhitney Skauge (The Beauty President), Woohee Cho (NSFW (angry yellow meat)), directorXiaowen Wang (Cocoon Love), Zeberiah Newman (Right To Try), performer Zero Saldana (DJ TheyWept), and director Zinzi LeMond (Hyena).

ABOUT OUTFEST

Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. For nearly four decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 40,000 LGBT films and videos. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is ten days of world-class films, panels, and parties. For tickets, full festival lineup, and more information, please visit outfestla2021.com.

The 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is proudly presented by WarnerMedia, a partnership that has spanned over 20 years. Automotive Sponsor is Hyundai. Grand Sponsors are Amazon Studios and IMDb. Premiere Sponsors include AARP, Directors Guild of America, Gilead, KCRW, LA Times, NBCUniversal, Rainbow Media, Showtime, The Fight Magazine, and Variety.

Max Harwood attends Amazon Studios “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” Premiere at Outfest on Fri Aug 13, 2021 in Los Angeles

ABOUT EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

Inspired by true events, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the film adaptation of the award-winning hit musical from London’s West End, about Jamie New (newcomer Max Harwood), a teenager in a blue collar English town with a dream of life on stage. While his classmates plan their livelihoods after graduation, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition as a fierce and proud drag queen. His best friend Pritti (Lauren Patel) and his loving mom (Sarah Lancashire) shower him with endless support while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance. But it’s not all rainbows for Jamie as his unsupportive dad (Ralph Ineson), an uninspired career advisor (Sharon Horgan), and some ignorant school kids attempt to rain on his sensational aspirations. In rousing and colorful musical numbers, Jamie and his community inspire one another to be more accepting, and to see the value in facing adversity stepping out of the darkness into the spotlight. The film will be released globally on Amazon Prime Video on September 17, 2021

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