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Octavia Spencer to be honored at Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival!

We are excited to honor Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer with the James Schamus Ally Award at Outfest Los Angeles 2021 Closing Night Gala being held Sunday, August 22, 2021, at the Orpheum.

The James Schamus Ally Award recognizes a great ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and as noted by our very own Executive Director, Damien Navarro, Spencer’s “body of work is made up of such a diversity of roles, and has brought great empathy and opened conversations about aspects faced by many members of our QTBIPOC community and audiences.”

Spencer tells Entertainment Weekly, “It is important to open hearts and minds through authentic storytelling.”

We couldn’t agree more! Thank you for helping us do just that.

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 Opening Night Gala
As our Opening Night returns us to in-person gatherings at Outfest, and we celebrate our community’s resilience and spirit, we can think of no film more perfectly joyous to mark the occasion than this big-screen adaptation of Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s smash-hit West End musical.

Featuring an array of dazzling, colorful musical numbers with catchy tunes and special in-person appearances by Max Harwood, Lauren Patel, Jonathan Butterell as well as Bianca del Rio, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the kind of film that communal movie-going experiences were made for, and the ideal way for Outfest to throw a truly memorable welcome-back party!

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Sweet, Sexy, Short
The short films at Outfest Los Angeles dazzle us every year with their visionary ingenuity and incredible ability to explore and transport our audience to entire worlds within their small runtimes. Join us for our marquee Boys Shorts and Girls Shorts programs at the DGA or online, or take a walk on the wild side with our mind-bending genre program, Surrealness. Cut loose with our comedy shorts in I Have To Laugh and then discover what our favorite LGBTQ+ filmmakers have been cooking up in quarantine in our Postcards from 2020 collection. And mark your calendar for our annual Latinxcellence program, celebrating experiences from all corners of the Latinx community. The truth is: all the shorts are amazing this year, so buy a ticket to a program or two and discover your new favorite queer and trans filmmakers! 
Watch this Weekend:
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Having a kinda terrible day? WANDA can help. No really, the film is that good. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin as a band of diamond thieves on the hunt to find, well, stolen diamonds. It’s hilarious and smart and I know you will love it. The characters are eccentric and larger than life—and Curtis, Kline, and Palin really prove out their comedy chops inhabiting each of them.


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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.