Outfest celebrates 30 years (July 12 – 22, 2012); John Waters to receive 16th annual Lifetime Achievement Award
By Oliver Carnay
Outfest, the Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media is the nations leading LGBT festival and the oldest film festival in the city of Los Angeles (now celebrating its 30 year anniversary). In addition to the 147 films from 24 countries, Outfest hosts a variety of panels and special events at venues across Los Angeles, including Hollywood, West Hollywood and downtown. The 30th L.A. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will be held from July 12th to 22nd, 2012.
Jeffrey Schwartz’s HBO documentary “Vito,” will open the festival (to be held at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown, Los Angeles) preceded by a tribute to John Waters, receiving the 16th annual Lifetime Achievement Award.
Exceptional films and talents in this year’s 11-day festival include John Waters (L.A. Premiere of “Desperate Living”), Chris Colfer, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and Allison Janney (“Struck by Lightning”), Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis (“Cloudburst”), Harry Shum, Jr., B.D. Wong, Joan Chen, Tyler Posey and Booboo Stewart (“White Frog”), Adam Pally, Casey Wilson and Stephen Guarino (“Happy Endings” panel), Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt (“Any Day Now”), Haley Joel Osment and Ashley Rickards (“Sassy Pants”), Jamie Lynn-Sigler and David Ross (“I Do”), Thora Birch, Christine Lahti and Brittany Snow (“Petunia”), Carrie Preston, Anna Heche and Alia Shawkat (“That’s What She Said”), Justin Vivian Bond and Zosia Mamet (“Sunset Stories”), Michael Urie (“Thank You for Judging”), Lance Bass (“Mississippi: I Am”), Stephane Rideau and Beatrice Dalle (“Our Paradise”), and Jonathan Caouette (“Walk Away Renee”).
In its Five in Focus series, Outfest spotlights a quintet of exciting new talent behind the camera and on the big screen. The 2012 selections include: Alicia Luz Rodriguez (actress, “The Young & The Restless”), Wu Tsang (Filmmaker, “Wildness”), Sally El Hosaini (Writer/Director, “My Brother the Devil”), Matthew Wilkas (Actor, “Bayby”) and Michael Marius Pessah (Cinematographer, “Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean”).
Tickets and film schedule are now available at www.Outfest.org
Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) from July 6 to July13; DFFLA offers 3 important Industry Panel Discussions
Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the best in independent cinema in the heart of the world’s Entertainment & Arts Capital. Since 2008, the festival has screened more than a thousand narrative and documentary features and shorts. This year’s festival will continue DFFLA’s tradition of fearless innovation in programming and exciting after-screening events held in world-class lounges, private downtown artists’ lofts and historic theaters. For schedule and how to purchase tickets, please go to www.dffla.com
For the filmmaker professional and those who aspire to be, this year’s festival presents three panels covering a wide range of the latest tools and technology for getting films to market and seen by audiences. All panels will be held at LACDA gallery, 102 West Fifth St., Los Angeles 90013 (southeast corner of Main and Fifth in downtown L.A.) Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by logging on www.dffla.com (go to Panels) or at the door.
New Ventures For Filmmakers, Saturday, July 7 at 5 p.m. FilmBreak, the film and entertainment industry’s premier funding and distribution platform, will give filmmakers unprecedented access to tools and resources they need to project their concept onto the big screen. Be in room when FilmBreak presents their platform to a group of accredited investors and filmmakers. Flix on Stix is a revolutionary self-serve kiosk designed to allow consumers to download content such as movies, TV shows, video games, ebooks and music. With this new technology consumers can transfer files quickly and easily onto almost any form of portable media, from memory sticks to tablets to even smart phones. If you are looking for distribution for you film, you might want to consider this amazing opportunity. Flix on Stix is what the independent film community has been waiting for!
Filmmaking and The Law, Saturday, July 8 at 11 a.m. In this panel discussion, seasoned entertainment attorney Jaia Thomas will moderate a panel of experts on legal issues you will face during your filmmaking journey and throughout your search to find the right distribution partner. Think of it as a really expensive consultation session but for only 10 bucks! This year’s panelists include Morris Bird (formerly at Lionsgate), Bryan Duran (currently at RogueFlix, and formely at Warner Bros. and Universal Studios, Anchor Bay doing finance, business and legal affairs) and others to be announced. The panel includes generous time for questions from the audience.
Building An Audience With Social Media, Sunday, July 8 at 1 p.m. Bring your laptop for this hands-on workshop presented by Linda Nelson and Michael Madison, founders of Nelson Madison Films & Indie Rights. Attendees will learn how to sell and market their films through social media platforms, custom marketing strategy based on the film’s current production phase, analysis and recommendations relating to niche markets for the film, recommendations about what to sell and where. Using Facebook Timeline Movie Page as a platform to develop strategies for building a strong audience for their films, topics include using graphics and custom apps, how to use Insights to track progress, different ways on how to engage your audience, advertising and more!
Tidbits: Fil-Am actress and now successful entrepreneur, JESSICA REY (Power Rangers: Wild Force – White Tiger Ranger) will join other POWER RANGERS at ITVFest’s panel discussion this Saturday, July 7 at 2 pm at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Other former Power Rangers to include the panel discussion are Cerina Vincent (Yellow Galaxy Ranger), Jason Ybarra (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as “Baboo”), Catherine Sutherland (Turbo & Zeo -Pink Power Ranger), Nakia Burrise (Turbo & Zeo Yellow Power Ranger), and Walter Zones (Original Series – Black Ranger). ITVFest runs from July 5th to 8th ………..
Star Wars star Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), Stephanie Erb (True Blood), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), several members of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and other celebrities will be signing throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the four day ITVFest held at the L.A. Convention Center. Go to www.itvfest.org for more information ……….
The Los Angeles Premiere of Summit Entertainment’s “STEP UP REVOLUTION” will be held at the Chinese Grauman’s Theatre on Hollywood Blvd on Tuesday, July 17 at 6 p.m. Cast members to attend include Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Misha Gabriel (“This Is It”), Stephen “tWitch” Boss (“So You Think You Can Dance,” “Step Up 3D”), Peter Gallagher (Covert Affairs), Director Scott Speer, producer Adam Shankman, with surprise celebrity guests! ………. I will be juggling my time in the next few days going to the Downtown Film Festival L.A. (July 6-13) and ITVFest at L.A. Convention Center … see you there! Email me at email@example.com