2018 OUTFEST LOS ANGELES
LGBT FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES GALA SCREENINGS
Miseducation of Cameron Post
(Closing Night Gala)
Desiree Akhavan won us over in 2014 with her hilarious feature
debut Appropriate Behavior, and she brings her trademark
wit and sass to this impressive follow-up feature. An adaptation
of Emily M. Danforth’s celebrated queer YA novel, the film was
awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival
for its warm, charismatic, and fearless performances.
Set in the early ’90s, the film follows lesbian teen Cameron
(Chloë Grace Moretz), sent to a religious conversion camp after
she gets caught hooking up with her female best friend. At the
camp, Cameron reluctantly undergoes various tactics used to
“cure” same-sex attraction from persistent camp leaders Dr.
Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and Reverend Rick (John Gallagher
Jr.), who are intent on “saving” LGBTQ teens. While some of
the teens embrace the treatment, Cameron resists, and instead
forms an alliance with the rebellious duo Jane (Sasha Lane,
American Honey) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck, The Revenant).
The heartfelt bond shared among the three friends gives them
the strength they need in order to rise up and live their truth.
Akhavan’s unapologetically queer lens delivers a refreshing
take on the troubling topic of conversion therapy (which is,
to this day, still used in some states) while exploring the
themes of self-love, identity, and chosen family, all with unexpected
flourishes of humor.
Celebrating its 36th anniversary, Outfest was founded by UCLA
students in 1982 who were looking for positive images of themselves
in media. Today Outfest is the world’s leading organization
that promotes equality by creating, sharing, and protecting
LGBTQ stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting
diverse populations to discover, discuss, and celebrate stories
of LGBTQ lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased
thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored
hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 37,000
LGBTQ films and videos. Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival
is 11 days of world-class films, panels, and parties.
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