LGBT Films to Debut at Sundance

When the 29th Annual Sundance Film Festival takes place Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah, a handful of films with interest to LGBT viewers will be in the competition.

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

December 01 2012 12:38 PM ET UPDATED: December 01 2012 2:12 PM ET

Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings (top, right), Cherien Dabis's May in Summer, and the two boys at the center of Valentine Road.

Among the most awaited films at Sundance this year is Daniel Radcliffe's Kill Your Darlings, director John Krokidas's untold story of murder that brought together young gay authors Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, as well as Jack Kerouac, at Columbia University in 1944.The meeting was the spark that started the Beat movement.

C.O.G. will be director and screenwriter Kyle Patrick Alvarez's take on the first ever film adaptation of David Sedaris's work, in which a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path. Glee's Jonathan Groff stars alongside Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, and Happy Endings' Casey Wilson.

Queer director and screenwriter Cherien Dabis goes back to her roots, with May in Summer, a film made in the U.S., Qatar, and Jordan. It follows a bride-to-be who is forced to reevaluate her life when she reunites with her family in Jordan and finds herself confronted with the aftermath of her parents’ divorce. Cherien Dabis stars in the film as well as Hiam Abbass, Bill Pullman, and Alia Shawkat.

In the documentary category, director Marta Cunningham's Valentine Road unravels the tradedy of Larry King's 2008 killing by his eighth grade glassmate Brandon McInerney, revealing the heartbreaking circumstances that led to the shocking crime, as well as its startling aftermath.

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