David Sedaris Adaptation 'C.O.G.' to Kick Off Outfest


U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kyle Patrick Alvarez)

In the first ever film adaptation of David Sedaris' work, a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path. Cast: Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, Troian Bellisario.

Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry," "Carrie") will also receive an achievement award.

C.O.G., the first film based on the works of humorist David Sedaris, will screen at the Opening Night Gala of the 31st Outfest, the Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival.

Based on a short story by Sedaris, writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s film stars Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell and Casey Wilson. The gala will be held July 11 at L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre. 

C.O.G. debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.


Prior to the screening, writer/director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Carrie) will receive an achievement award, presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media. 

“The mix promises to make this our most memorable opening night,” Outfest executive director Kirsten Schaffer said in a statement.

The nation’s leading LGBT film festival, and the oldest film festival in the city of Los Angeles, Outfest will take place from July 11-21.

The complete lineup for Outfest will be announced at the beginning of June.