After 24 years of an early summer schedule (either in June or July), New York’s LGBT film showcase NewFest is moving to September for its quarter-century edition. This year’s festival will take place September 6-11.
The switch comes a year after the festival was taken over by its Los Angeles counterpart Outfest, with the intent to eventually create a national LGBT media arts
organization. The merger is expected to be complete by next year.
Here’s the press release:
It’s NewFest’s 25th anniversary: Celebrate with us this September!
The world of 1987 seems far away — we were deep in the years of the health crisis, and ACT UP was first being organized in New York. It was the year Barney Frank, an obscure Congressman from Massachusetts in his 4th term, came out publicly. And it was the year NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film Festival, was founded by Susan Horowitz, John Lewis and Daryl Chin.
This year marks NewFest’s 25th anniversary and so much has changed since our early days. If you had told our audience back in 1987 that one of our documentaries would end up being entered as evidence before the Supreme Court in defense of same-sex marriage, they probably wouldn’t have believed it.
Join the celebration: NewFest opens Friday, September 6th and runs through Wednesday, September 11th.
There’s a lot to celebrate. This year, the festival returns to our new home at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, one of the nation’s most important venues for independent film. Get ready for a program of must-see New York and world premieres. Parties and events you won’t want to miss.
Of course, there’s also much that remains to be done. After all, the technology of entertainment isn’t standing still. Which is why NewFest is joining forces with Outfest to create a national LGBT media arts organization. You heard something of this last year, and this year we’re moving forward with the planned merger of our two organizations.
The result will make NewFest stronger — with programming that will be year round as well as our annual festival.