I am going to take a pause from our 1992 film to talk a little about something that is so vitally important: OUTFEST
If you haven’t heard of OUTFEST this is possibly one of the most important blog posts of your life.
Outfest is a non profit organization out of Los Angeles which helps to nurture, promote, and inspire people in the LGBTQ community. They have a program called OUTSET where they take LGBTQ kids and put cameras in their hands to write/produce/cast/direct short films which are screened at a theater in town. They have the FUSION FILM FESTIVAL which is specifically geared toward LGBTQ people of color. They hold FUSION LABS which bring together people in the industry to help educate anyone interested in the filmmaking process.
They are a pretty great organization and every July they have a 10 day FILM FESTIVAL. That’s right folks, ten entire days filled with nothing but the creme de la creme of LGBTQ films. There are short films, features, documentaries, parties, galas. You have a chance to be one on one with the most amazing filmmakers and teams within the genre. I’ve been going for four years now.
This year the event is July 9-19. I have tickets to 20 lesbian programs as well as a ticket to the opening night ceremony which is featuring a documentary called “TIG” about Tig Nataro.
If you don’t live in L.A. check out their site, check out the festival guide, pick out the genre which interests you and as soon as you can, see those films. These programmers know their shit and I love being able to go there and later say “I got to see it first at Outfest.”
If you do live in L.A. and you either don’t know this festival or don’t plan on coming out, get your butt out there. It’s just in WeHo. It’s not far (even though it feels far). If you are east, take Fountain, if you are North, take Laurel Canyon, if you are south or west, take an Uber, unless it is a surge time then…take Lyft.
Check out the site. See what they are all about. Become a member and take advantage of this amazing organization which helps our LGBTQ filmmaking community.
Seriously, Outfest, you gotta do it.