Jonathan Groff-David Sedaris Film To Open Outfest

 Out actors Jonathan Groff and Denis O’Hare (right) star in C.O.G., the first film adaptation of a short story from David Sedaris, which has been selected as the opening night selection for 2013 Outfest, the world’s leading LGBT film festival, in Los Angeles July 11.

C.O.G. (which stands for Child of God) is an adaptation of a short story about a pompous Yale grad who takes a job picking apples in Oregon. It marks the first time the popular author has licensed a film based on his work.

The same night will see the festival’s annual Achievement Award going to Kimberly Peirce, director of Boys Don’t Cry and the upcoming remake of Carrie.

“One of Outfest’s principal goals has been to celebrate the many voices of LGBT storytelling on film, and we couldn’t be more excited to honor Kimberly Peirce’s extraordinary filmmaking career while also heralding writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s stunning sophomore feature capturing David Serdaris’ hilarious tone,” Kirsten Schaffer, Outfest Executive Director, said in a statement released to the media. “The mix promises to make this our most memorable opening night.”

Although we haven’t yet seen C.O.G., which was first published in Sedaris’ collection Naked, it’s unlikely we’ll see as much of Groff as we do here.