'A Marine Story' tops Outfest awards

Lesbian drama earns jury, audience, actress prizes

Two lesbian dramas, Ned Farr's "A Marine Story" and James Kent's "The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister," earned jury awards Sunday as outstanding U.S. dramatic feature and outstanding international dramatic feature, respectively, at Outfest, the 28th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

"Marine" also picked up the audience award for outstanding dramatic feature, and Dreya Weber was named outstanding actress in a feature as the fest handed out its prizes at its awards luncheon.

Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara's "Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields" took the jury prize for best documentary feature, and Michelle Lawler's "Forever's Gonna Start Tonight" copped the audience award for best feature doc.

An audience award also went to Jacob Chase's "The Four-Faced Liar," voted outstanding first U.S. dramatic feature film.

"Bearcity" earned two jury awards -- for outstanding feature actor Stephen Guarino and outstanding screenplay by Douglas Langway and Lawrence Ferber.

Leanne Pooley's "The Topp Twins" was honored with a special programming award for freedom; Javier Fuentes-Leon's "Undertow" received a special award for artistic achievement, and actor Drew Droege, who appeared in the short "Go Go Reject," was recognized with an award for emerging talent.

The fest closed Sunday night with a screening of J.B. Ghuman's debut feature, "Spork."
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