Ahead of the closing night screening of “Desierto,” the Los Angeles Film Festival announced its award winners Thursday afternoon.
“Blood Stripe,” directed by Remy Auberjonois, took the U.S. Fiction award. Co-written by Auberjonois and star Kate Nowlin, the drama explores a female soldier returning home from duty and grappling with PTSD.
“Political Animals,” directed by Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares, won the Documentary award. The film looks at the first openly lesbian members of the California Legislature and their efforts to push anti-discrimination laws.
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