'Mississippi Damned' tops Outfest

'Off and Running' named best documentary feature

Tina Mabry's "Mississippi Damned," a portrait of a poor Mississippi family, won the grand jury award for outstanding dramatic feature at Outfest, the 27th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.

Nicole Opper's "Off and Running" was named outstanding documentary feature, and Stian Kristiansen's "The Man Who Loved Yngve" earned the jury prize for international dramatic feature.

Jury awards also were presented to Laura Herring, actress in a feature, for "Drool"; Derrick L. Middleton, actor in a feature, for "Rivers Wash Over Me"; screenwriter E.E. Cassidy, "We Are the Mods"; "First and Loveliss," directed by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman, documentary short; and "The Bath," directed by Lee Mi-rang, dramatic short.

Cassidy's "Mods," about a high school girl infatuated with mod culture, also earned two audience awards: for first U.S. dramatic feature film and soundtrack.

Other audience award winners were "Chef's Special," directed by Nacho G. Velilla, dramatic feature; "Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement," directed by Greta Olafsdottir and Susan Muska, documentary feature; Mark Payne's "Get Happy," documentary short; and Christian Tafdrup's "Awakening," dramatic short.

The special programming award for freedom went to Glenne McElhinney's "On These Shoulders We Stand," a look at early gay activism in Los Angeles. The special programming award for artistic achievement was presented to Andrew Haigh's "Greek Pete." The special programming award for emerging talent went to George O'Donnell's "College Boys Live."