announced Monday that filmmaker Thomas Gustafson received
the Heineken Red Star Award at the prestigious Outfest Film
Festival on Sunday for his film Were the World
Grey's Anatomy actor T.R. Knight will present
It is the first
time the Heineken Red Star Award has been presented to an
Were the World Mine is a musical set in a high
school where one student discovers he has the power to turn
those around him gay.
Gustafson is the
fifth recipient this year of the Heineken Red Star
Award, which was created in 2007 to recognize and celebrate
the achievements of today's most progressive
and gifted directors in independent film.
Heineken Red Star Award recognizes originality, innovation,
and vision in film and is demonstrative of our
continued commitment to supporting and fostering
unique film experiences," said Pattie Falch of
Heineken in the company's press release. "We
congratulate Thomas on receiving the Heineken Red Star
Award, as he clearly shares our passion for
independent thinking and self-achievement."
The Heineken Red
Star Award will be presented at a total of 10 film
festivals throughout the country this year.
Gustafson and other Red Star Award recipients from film
festivals around the country will gather in Los Angeles as
Heineken celebrates their collective accomplishments
and showcases the films. (The Advocate)