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    Outfest Celebrates Silver with Films, a Legacy and a New Boom

    It was a big year for Outfest, one of the nation's preeminent gay & lesbian film festivals, which concluded its 25th run on Monday in Los Angeles. To celebrate its silver anniversary festival organizers honored the history of queer cinema, publishing the "25 Films That Changed Our Lives," a list compiled from over 1,000 responses to their inquiries, and held special screenings for four of those films including "High Art," "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing," "Longtime Companion," and "Poison," the last accompanied by a tribute to actor and editor Jim Lyons. The big news, however, was the world premiere of Outfest's restoration of Bill Sherwoo...

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    iW NEWS | Short Slate Set for 2nd Faigele Film Fest

    A joint effort between the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan and NewFest will mark the return of the Faigele Film Festival, New York's second annual Jewish LGBTQ film event. Set for screenings at the Upper West Side Jewish Community Center on July 30 and 31, screenings will include Barbara Hammer...

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    iW NEWS | Here! Gets "Fat Girls"

    Here! Films has acquired North American rights to Ash Christian's "Fat Girls," which debuted the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The film is described (in an announcement) as a coming-of-age comedy about "the trials and tribulations of Rodney Miller (Christian), a gay theater-obsessed high school senior who has his heart set on becoming a Broadway star. With his overweight best friend and fellow social outcast Sabrina (Ashley Fink) by his side, the pair tries to find dates for their high school graduation dance sending them on a journey of self-discovery." It will be released theatrically by Here's sister company, Regent Releasing. Here! EVP Mark...

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    LAT: Outfest to lead a Bible study

    "The struggles of queer Christians are uniquely dramatic and a large part of the drama stems from the fact that queer Christians are people that often find themselves ostracized from both their religious communities and the gay community at large," Outfest co-director of programming David Courier tell the LA Times, in a profile about the festival's five-film Queers in Christ, sidebar. Films in the section include Todd Holland's "The Believers," Daniel Karslake's festival centerpiece "For The Bible Tells Me So," David Lewis' "Rock Haven," Robert Cary's opening night film "Save Me," and Robert Nunez' "We're All Angels." The festival opened on T...

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    Philadelphia Gay Fest to Fete Barbara Gittings

    The Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will fete LGBT equal rights advocate Barbara Gittings on July 14th, organizers announced. The event marks the announcement of a new award which the Philadelphia Film Society will present annually to a recipient in the entertainment industry...

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    SF360: "Glue" and "Red Without Blue" Among Top Frameline Winners

    Frameline31, the 31st San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, closed Sunday, June 24, with a gala screening of Jamie Babbit's "Itty Bitty Titty Committee," produced by 2007 Frameline Award Winner Andrea Sperling. At Sunday night's Closing Night Party, Frameline31 organizers announced the Audience Award for Best Feature was given to Chris Kraus' "Four Minutes," a German drama that follows the volatile relationship between a convicted killer and the older piano teacher who takes her on as a pupil. Vince DiPersio's "Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey" took home the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Frameline Completion Fund winner "Paria...

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    SFC: Frameline31

    As Frameline31 irrefutably proves, it's a gay world after all, not to mention lesbian, bisexual and transgender. From a documentary about a twin boy who wants to be a girl to a film about a lesbian couple whose relationship is turned upside down by a teenage stowaway, to African American men living ...

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    FESTIVALS | Taking a Survey of Queer Film Screening at Frameline31

    [Editor's Note: Dennis Harvey surveyed some of the films screening at Frameline in San Francisco ahead of the festival's opening on June 14 in indieWIRE's SF-based sister publication SF360. Frameline continues through June 24.]

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    iW NEWS | "A Four Letter Word" to Open 13th Philadelphia Gay Fest; Close with "Kiss the Bride"

    Comedies "A Four Letter Word" by Casper Andreas and C. Jay Cox's "Kiss The Bride" will bookend the upcoming 13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the Philadelphia Film Society, which organizes the event, has announced. Also joining this year's line up are 200 films from 28 cou...

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    DISPATCH FROM NY | Riley" Wins NewFest Prize; "Save Me" Closes Event While Eyeing U.S. Release

    A tender love story set within an ex-gay ministry in the Southwestern United States closed the 19th annual New Fest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival on Sunday night in Midtown Manhattan. Robert Cary's "Save Me," starring Chad Allen, Judith Light and Robert Gant, drew...

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