If you enjoy gay and lesbian themed movies and live in Los Angeles, you’re in luck as Outfest, Los Angeles’ annual gay & lesbian film festival, begins tonight with a festive Opening Night screening of Save Me at the Orpheum in Downtown LA. It continues for the next nine days with a variety of shorts, features, documentaries and panels — and even a Dreamgirls singalong on Thursday, July 19 at the Ford Amphitheatre in the Hollywood Hills.
I’ve been volunteering at the festival for the past six years and have been a theater manager since 2002. While I regret that many of the films do have a left-wing bent, I am pleased to be associated with a film festival where the staff shows such respect for the volunteers and patrons. One of the reasons I continue to volunteer is that organization has gone out of its way to thank me — and the others who donate their time and enthusiasm to Outfest.
So, if you’re free in the next few days, check out Outfest where you can see some interesting, unusual and entertaining films — and have a lot of fun. And maybe even catch sight of (and schmooze with) a celebrity or two. (Many openly gay celebrities — and a few gay-friendly straight ones — have been known to frequent the festival.)
And if you’re going to be at the festival, make sure to e-mail me to see if I’ll be working at a venue where you’ll be seeing a flick.