Charles Busch and Carl Andress’ New Film THE SIXTH REEL received the 2021 Outfest Grand Jury Award for U.S. Narrative Feature Special Mention for Ensemble Performance.
Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen, announced the award winners of its 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival on August 24, presented by WarnerMedia and automotive sponsor Hyundai.
Outfest Los Angeles extends with an Encore of the festival through midnight on Wednesday, August 25. Catch the winners below streaming at OutfestLA2021.com.
Outfest presented the World Premiere of The Sixth Reel, the latest creation from the legendary Charles Busch (Psycho Beach Party, Die, Mommie, Die!), and Carl Andress as the Special Tribute Centerpiece on August 19 at DGA 1, 7920 Sunset Blvd, LA, CA. This screening began with a memorial tribute to producer and Outfest alum Ash Christian, who passed away during the development of this film in 2020. The film was also available to stream August 20-22.
Co-written and directed with Carl Andress, this hilarious caper stars Busch as Jimmy, an Old Hollywood-obsessed New Yorker who’s one of an extended community of discerning – and extremely catty – movie memorabilia collectors. When the death of a close friend unearths the long-thought lost final reel of a classic Tod Browning horror film, Jimmy and his cohorts each concoct underhanded schemes involving false romances, drag personas….and maybe vampires?…to cash in on a big sale of the film. But can the urge to bring the moviegoing community together with this lost classic prevail over the desire to get rich quick?
“A Special Mention for Ensemble Performance goes to Charles Busch & Carl Andress’ film THE SIXTH REEL for the wackiest and most entertaining ensemble of characters we’ve seen in a while; we had such a wonderful time romping around lower Manhattan with this group of folks.”
In addition to Busch, the all-star cast features André De Shields as Gavin Plimsol, Margaret Cho as Doris, Tim Daly as Michael, Julie Halston as Helen, Patrick Page as Mr. Beltrane, Doug Plaut as Rodney, Heather Mac Rae as Martha, Dee Hoty as Virginia, Richard Bekins as Leland, Cady Huffman as Marilyn Dwaskin, John Ellison Conlee, Timothy Oliver Reid as Detective Williams, Ashley Austin Morris as Sharon and Carl Andress as Kessler.
Filming took place during the darkest days of the COVID pandemic on sound stages in Upstate New York and on the streets of the Village. Everyone involved felt privileged to escape the gloom and work on a project that celebrates movies, movie lovers and New York City.
Of the film/filming, Busch and Andress shared, “We’re delighted that such an incredible group of talented cast and crew have joined forces to bring this screwball caper comedy to life. This is how it must have felt on the studio lots back in the 1930s, when filming on sound stages was the norm. With everything going on in the world right now, we look forward to offering the viewing public a few laughs. We can’t wait to share The Sixth Reel with you.”
Busch and Andress have a long and celebrated partnership, creating acclaimed comedies Off-Broadway. Their theater collaborations, authored by and starring Busch and directed by Andress, include The Divine Sister, The Tribute Artist and The Confession of Lily Dare. The pair also collaborated on the film A Very Serious Person, which won an honorable mention at the Tribeca Film Festival. The Sixth Reel is produced by Cranium Entertainment (founded by the late Ash Christian) and Derby City Productions. The film’s Producers are Alex Peace-Power and Jamie Buckner, with Charles Busch and Carl Andress Executive Producing.
The nation’s leading LGBTQ festival ran from August 13th to August 22nd. The 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival hosted its closing night at the iconic Orpheum Theatre with a screening of Fanny: The Right to Rock – a film about the first female rock band to release an album with a major label- as well as an Awards Ceremony to honor award-winning actor Elliot Page who received the prestigious Outfest Annual Achievement Award and Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer who received the prestigious Outfest Annual James Schamus Ally Award.
New this year, Outfest Los Angeles collaborated with IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, marking the first time a festival has used IMDb fan ratings to select its official audience award-winning titles. IMDb customer ratings, which help entertainment fans discover a new generation of LGBTQ+ stories and storytellers on a year-round basis, helped determine some of the breakout films at this year’s festival that most resonated with audiences. Among other prizes and recognition, eligible Outfest Los Angeles winners received a one-year membership to IMDbPro (www.imdbpro.com), the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals, to continue advancing their careers.
The winners of the Grand Jury Prizes for Best U.S. Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best International Narrative Short all receive a $2000 cash prize awarded in partnership with Entertainment Partners. In addition, the U.S. and International Narrative Short Grand Jury prize winners are now Academy Award eligible.