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iW NEWS | Heustess Takes Outfest Reins

iW NEWS | Heustess Takes Outfest Reins

Todd Heustess has been officially unveiled as the new executive director at Outfest, the organization behind the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, one of the nation’s largest. Heustess most recently served as director of corporate giving at the San Francisco Opera and replaces Stephen Gutwillig who resigned at the end of 2007. After a nationwide search, the Board of Directors selected Heustess and introduced him to Outfest stakeholders at last month’s annual Legacy Awards, which honored Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen and NBC Universal. “I am grateful to all the donors and supporters of Outfest and plan to honor their commitment by expanding the reach of our work, discovering and supporting emerging filmmakers and their visions and welcoming new stakeholders and fans to the Outfest family,” commented Heustess in a statement. “I look forward to working with [programming director] Kirsten Schaffer, the Board of Directors and the entire Outfest team as we take the organization to new heights.” [Brian Brooks]

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