Saturday, July 11, 2009
Updates from Outest!
Greetings from Los Angeles!
We are three days into our Outfest excursion and things are already bananas!
The festival kicked off at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre Thursday night with a series of honors and introductions, including an Achievement Award for out Writer/Director Don Roo (The Opposite of Sex, Single White Female) introduced by Lisa Kudrow and and Christina Ricci. Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer gave a compelling speech about GLBT film and visibility, declaring that gay rights must be, "recognized, equalized, and legalized." We couldn't have said it better. La Mission, featuring Benjamin Bratt directed by Peter Bratt, opening up the festival and didn't leave a dry eye in the house. Watch out for this film.
Friday we had the immense pleasure of spending the afternoon with Adam Bouska, the photographer behind the No H8 Campaign. Photos of the FOOW team in the duct taped, white tees outfits to come! (Can you imagine us not being able to talk for more than five minutes?)
Ticket sales for Fish out of Water are selling quick, and the RSVP list of some very familiar VIPs is growing! Please share this link with everyone you know in the LA area; we want to sell this puppy out!
We've met a slew of incredible film folks, including Director Nicole Opper of Off and Running and Tamar Clezerman of The Other War.
We've got more videos, photos, and announcements to come! Follow us on twitter for all the up-to-the-minute happenings! We couldn't be here without your endless support and enthusiasm.
Love and gratitude,