Winner of a Grand Jury Award at the recently-concluded Outfest 2007, 25 Cent Preview will be screened as part of the Outfest Wednesdays film series in Los Angeles on September 5. Preview is a story of two hustlers cruising the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. Variety's Dennis Harvey wrote that it "offers a convincing slice of life" with "the ring of lived-in truth." While Gary Kramer in the San Francisco Bay Times felt "the film is at its best when it is in its fly on the wall/documentary mode," he concluded: "Curious viewers should give this indie film a look, but they may feel hustled when it's over." Cyrus Amini directed and will be in attendance at the screening. He was born in Switzerland and made Chicken Village, his first feature, in 1995 after attending the San Francisco Art Institute. More information is available at the film's official site.

"The only gay and lesbian-themed bi-monthly screening series in the country," Outfest Wednesdays will present two evenings of short films in the coming weeks. The first program, "Favorite Boys' Shorts," will be presented on August 29 and will feature I Hate Musicals, The Saddest Boy in the World, Solace, Heartland, Kali Ma and Serene Hunter. The second program, held on September 26, focuses on "Favorite Girls' Shorts" and includes Pariah, winner of both the Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award at Outfest 2007, as well as Casting Pearls, My First Time Driving, Long Ago, Last Exit and Pitstop. Each program appears to have a good variety of subject matter, so this would be a great way to catch up with films you have missed, and may not be able to see again in a cinema. All screenings take place at the Lloyd Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian in Hollywood. You can find more details at the Outfest site.
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