SAN DIEGO – “The Green,” a thought-provoking film about a gay teacher in rural Connecticut who unfairly comes under suspicion of inappropriate behavior with a high school boy, was the big winner at FilmOut San Diego’s 13th annual LGBT Film Festival.
Under the category of 2011 FilmOut Festival Awards, “The Green” won Best Narrative Feature (for screenwriters Paul Marcarelli and Molly Pearson), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Cheyenne Jackson), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Illeana Douglas) and Best Direction (Steve Williford).
Under the category of 2011 FilmOut Audience Awards, “The Green” also won Best Actor in a Feature Film (Jason Butler Harner). “The Green” was the Closing Night selection and was one of the top draws at the festival.
“The Green” explores how homophobia transforms a small town that first welcomed the gay couple from New York into a community that leaped to the conclusion that the teacher was guilty before proven innocent of child-abuse charges.
Writer/director/producer Keith Hartman’s comedy, “You Should Meet My Son!” was also a big winner, collecting audience awards for Best Narrative Feature (John Carrozza, Laurence Ducceschi and Keith Hartman), Best Actress in a Feature Film (Joanne McGee) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Carol Goans).
“You Should Meet My Son!” is about a conservative Southern mom who discovers that her adult son is gay and, after an initial shock, becomes determined to find him a husband. Along with her sister, the fish-out-of-water mom heads to the local gay bars to find suitable candidates in a hilarious and heartwarming laugh-o-rama.
The Freedom Award went to transgender actress Harmony Santana, who made quite a splash in her debut performance in “Gun Hill Road.”
Ben Bonenfant, the star of “Strapped,” and Sarah Stouffer, the young star of “Bloomington,” shared the award for Outstanding Emerging Talent.
Spanish director Jesus Garay was given the Outstanding Artistic Achievement for his work on “Eloise’s Lover.”
Here is the full list of awards:
2011 FilmOut Festival Awards
Best Narrative Feature – Paul Marcarelli & Molly Pearson, “The Green”
Best Screenwriting – J.T. Tepnapa & Carlos Pedraza, “Judas Kiss”
Best Actor in a Feature Film – Esai Morales, “Gun Hill Road”
Best Actress in a Feature Film – Dreya Weber, “A Marine Story”
Best Actor in Supporting Role – Cheyenne Jackson, “The Green”
Best Actress in Supporting Role – Illeana Douglas, “The Green”
Best International Feature – Maryam Keshavarz, “Circumstance”
Best Overall Short Film – Michelle Pollino, “Regrets”
Best Short Film Male – Eric Casaccio, “Freak”
Best Short Film Female – Deana Williams, “Tracks”
Best International Short Film – (tie) – Pat Mills, “5 Dysfunctional People In A Car” and Christoph Scheerman, “Fresh Air Therapy”
Best Cinematography – Tom Camarda, “Leave It On The Floor”
Best Direction – Steve Williford, “The Green”
Best Soundtrack – H.P. Mendoza, “Longhorns”
2011 FilmOut Audience Awards
Best Narrative Feature – John Carrozza, Laurence Ducceschi and Keith Hartman – “You Should Meet My Son!”
Best First Narrative Feature – Rashaad Ernesto Green, “Gun Hill Road”
Best Overall Short Film – Rod Guajardo, “Unimaginable”
Best Short Film Male – Michael J. Saul, “Go-Go Reject”
Best Short Film Female – Fontessa de Ridder, “You’re Cordially Uninvited”
Best Actor in a Feature Film – Jason Butler Harner, “The Green”
Best Actress in a Feature Film – Joanne McGee, “You Should Meet My Son!”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Derek Villanueva, “Longhorns”
Best Actress in Supporting Role – Carol Goans, “You Should Meet My Son!”
2011 FilmOut Programming Awards
The festival and programming directors are responsible for these awards:
Freedom Award – Harmony Santana, “Gun Hill Road”
Outstanding Emerging Talent – Ben Bonenfant, “Strapped,” and Sarah Stouffer, “Bloomington”
Outstanding Artistic Achievement – Jesus Garay, “Eloise’s Lover”