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FILM / SNEAK PEAK : ARE YOU READY FOR THE FIRST GAY ACTION FILM?

It's billed as the first gay action film, a movie where the good guy fights the bad guy but doesn't get the girl. Doesn't want her, either.

``Raising Heroes'' is the feature directing debut of Douglas Langway. After garnering acclaim at last year's Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and at Outfest '96 in Los Angeles, the film was acquired by Filmopolis.

It opens on Feb. 14 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and will play at midnight screenings on Fridays and Saturdays.

The film stars Troy Sostillio and Paul McEwen as a successful New York gay couple fighting for the right to adopt a child. In the meantime, one of the men inadvertently witnesses a mob hit. As a result, he's stalked by killers.

Indie fest toddling along

Speaking of independents, the third annual Los Angeles Independent Film Festival is scheduled for April 3-7.

Last year's fest led to the acquisition of a number of films, including the already mentioned ``Raising Heroes,'' Robert Patton-Spruill's ``Squeeze'' (Miramax), Mo O'Grodnik's ``Ripe'' (Trimark) and George Hickenlooper's ``The Low Life'' (Cinepix Film Properties).

More than 65 films will be screened at the Directors Guild of America, Raleigh Studios and Paramount.

Out and about

Out on the Screen is accepting submissions of films and videos about lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders for Outfest '97: The 15th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Narrative and documentary features and shorts will be accepted through Feb. 28. For a submission form, contact Out on the Screen, 8455 Beverly Blvd., Suite 309, Los Angeles, Calif., 90048. Or call (213) 951-1247. The e-mail address is outfestaol.com.

Cash awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 will be given to the winning entrants at the event, which will take place July 11-20 at the Directors Guild of America.

And the nominees are ...

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors has announced the nominees for its Excellence in Production Design awards, which will be presented Feb. 15 at the Sheraton Universal.

Film nominees are Stuart Craig for ``The English Patient''; Bo Welch, ``The Birdcage''; Lilly Kilvert, ``The Crucible''; Wynn Thomas, ``Mars Attacks!''; and Tim Harvey, ``Hamlet.''

TV noms are Richard Hankins, ``NYPD Blue''; Herman Zimmerman, ``Star Trek: Deep Space 9''; Roy Christopher, ``Frasier''; Hub Braden, ``Mrs. Santa Claus''; and Jan Scott, ``The Summer of Ben Tyler.''
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