Original article cross-posted from Examiner.com.
OutFest 2009 the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is the oldest continuous film festival in Los Angeles, featuring 182 films and videos from 25 countries in 7 different venues over 11 days starting July 9th and ending July 19th. Outfest will dazzle Los Angeles with 87 separate public programs – 6 galas, 68 features, 10 short film programs and 13 panels and special events.
On Thursday, July 9, Outfest will launch with the presentation of the 13th Annual Outfest Achievement Award preceding the Opening Night Gala film LA MISSION starring Benjamin Bratt.
There are many incredible movies, both short features and full-length that will be presented at this years festival. I will be featuring several must-see film picks for this year's festival, starting with Guest House Films'/Rob Williams' fourth film in just under three years, the delightfully sexy romp Make the Yuletide Gay.
Make the Yuletide Gay stars openly-gay Canadian star Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation) at the Regency Fairfax Theatre on 7/14 & 7/18. The film recently had it's sold-out World Premiere in Toronto, and practically sold out its U.S. Premiere at FilmOut San Diego.
Make the Yuletide Gay takes place at college where homo heartthrob Gunn lives out loud with his boyfriend Nathan (Adamo Ruggiero). But in the eyes of his wacky parents, Gunn is Olaf Gunnunderson, a devoted son who is 100% straight. So when Nathan shows up for a surprise holiday visit, Gunn's worlds collide in an explosion of tinsel, eggnog and shocking revelations!
Fab magazine called it "a potential homo holiday classic," while the festival said that "audiences were laughing so hard throughout the film they drowned out some of the best lines of dialogue!" No matter how you look at it, Make the Yuletide Gay has been getting rave reviews across the board; the first screening on the 14th has already sold out . The film has also already won four Audience Awards from FilmOut San Diego and Seoul LGBT Film Festival. It will also be screening in Philadelphia, North Carolina and some other cities as well. If you're interested in seeing Make the Yuletide Gay, you can get your tickets here. Follow Outfest on Twitter.