Nonfiction and fiction filmmakers walk the red carpet, then party outside Orpheum
The 2019 Outfest Film Festival is underway after a rousing start at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
Rachel Mason's documentary Circus of Books, about the gay adult bookstore owned by her parents Karen and Barry Mason, earned the honor of opening the festival Thursday night. The film executive produced by Ryan Murphy (Pose, American Horror Story) and John Battsek (Listen to Me Marlon), among others, has been acquired by Netflix.
The Mason family walked the red carpet, as did a wide range of documentary and fiction filmmakers and actors. Click on the photo gallery to see the talent we caught on camera.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, opens in theaters September 6
"The defining voice of a generation" is being honored on screens big and small.
Singer Linda Ronstadt was announced Thursday as one of the recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, along with R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, two-time Oscar winning-actress Sally Field, children's television program Sesame Street and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.
The honors will be presented Sunday, December 8 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington DC, and will air later that month on CBS.
Linda Ronstadt is the defining voice of a generation, spanning genres, languages and continents.
The Kennedy Center Honors news comes as a new documentary about the 10-time Grammy-winning artist heads to theaters. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and produced by James Keach, opens September 8.
"Today Ronstadt has Parkinson’s disease and her magnificent singing voice has been silenced," the film's website notes. "But rather than letting that voice be lost to history, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice tells Linda’s story through her own words and music, and by such professional colleagues as Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Aaron Neville among many others."
Ronstadt turned 73 on Monday. She and her cohorts from the Trio series of albums, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, are set to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony scheduled for later this year.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. I spoke with James Keach on the red carpet there. Click below for that video.
Todd Douglas Miller's award-winning film is top-grossing doc of 2019
NEON is bringing Apollo 11 back to theaters this Saturday - the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
"The run will include weeklong engagements and special one-off showings in over 100 theaters across top markets including New York, Los Angeles, DC, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Miami," NEON announced. Check theater locations here.
The film directed by Todd Douglas Miller makes use of newly discovered 65mm film of the lunar mission, allowing viewers to experience the moon shot as it unfolded. The re-release will push Apollo 11 over the $9 million mark in box office earnings in North America; it's already the highest-grossing nonfiction title this year. Along with its take in domestic theaters, NEON reports the film has made more than $1 million in the UK.
Besides the theatrical re-release, Apollo 11 will air on CNN this Saturday as well, at 9pm and 11pm ET.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.