John Cameron Mitchell to Receive Outfest Achievement Award

John Cameron Mitchell - H 2015
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John Cameron Mitchell - H 2015

The creator of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' will be honored at the July 9 opening night of Los Angeles' annual LGBT film festival.

John Cameron Mitchell, writer, director and star of 2001’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, has been selected to receive the 19th annual Outfest Achievement Award, to be presented on the opening night of the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, which runs July 9-19.

Mitchell’s credits include the films Rabbit Hole and Shortbus, and the award recognizes his contributions to LGBT film and media.

"John Cameron Mitchell's iconic creation of Hedwig almost two decades ago was a groundbreaking piece exploring transgender lives," Christopher Racster, interim executive director of Outfest, said. "Ever since then, John has been able to push boundaries on stage and screen, and by doing so, leaving an indelible mark on the LGBT community and mainstream audiences alike. We can't think of a more deserving recipient of this year's Achievement Award, and hope that John will continue to inspire us to get our wig out of the box."

Kristina Goolsby's and Ashley York’s Tig, a documentary about comedian Tig Notaro, will screen as the opening night film.