Outfest honor to Don Roos

Writer-director to be given festival's highest honor

Outfest will present its 13th annual Achievement Award to writer-director Don Roos at the gay and lesbian film festival opening-night screening of "La Mission" on July 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angles.

Roos' screenwriting credits include "Love Field," "Single White Female" and "Boys on the Side," and he's written and directed "The Opposite of Sex," "Bounce" and "Happy Endings."

The award, Outfest's highest honor, is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media.

"As a writer, director and producer, Don has had a profound impact on both mainstream and LGBT audiences and media," said Kirsten Schaffer, Outfest executive director. "Through a perfect combination of dark humor, fresh-yet-familiar characters and biting pop culture sensibility, Don consistently delivers stories that are relevant and entertaining to all. It is for his extraordinary vision, passion and talent that we honor him this year."

Previous recipients of the Outfest Achievement Award include Donna Deitch, Bill Condon, Kenneth Anger, Gregg Araki, Todd Haynes, Jane Anderson, Strand Releasing, Christine Vachon, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Gus Van Sant, Ian McKellen and John Schlesinger.

Roos is currently casting "Swedish Berries," which he wrote and is slated to direct later this year.