By Judith Oehman
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/19/19 – 8th street was painted red, the Orpheum Theatre swayed.
This was it, the Pre and Post party for The 2019 Outfest Gala Opening can be called “the height”. If you missed this I pity you. Effen Vodka, Angel City Brewery allowed the drink to flow. L.A.’s most fun restaurants made food tasting delectable. If the drink and food was not your thing then you could entertain yourself on the catwalk, or the ” I love..” booth. Now, dance some, lots of room and good music.
Tribeca, Sundance and Outfest, yes we are there with the elite festivals, Outfest is leading the charge for inclusion of all. Outfest maybe L.A. based but it is unlimited in its outreach to a wider, all inclusive universe.
This could not have been more visible then at the spectacular opening party last night. You could see the groups gathering as early as 5:30. Your eyes covered an assembly of brightly clothed people who could not be classified as gay/non-gay, young, old or any of the normal groupings. Everyone was there, everyone was mingling, no barriers. We were all ready to celebrate on the Red Carpet . At 6:30 the gates opened. The movement was nonstop. People enjoying the old friend reunions. Folks catching up with friends, as well as, smiling at the filmmakers and celebrities who were there to chat and relax.
The film of the evening was the perfect reflection to the people gathered to await the doors opening. “Circus of Books” is a documentary of the personal and political history of a family run business. A nice Jewish couple who made and sold gay porn on Santa Monica Blvd for 30 years.
I was walking out to the street and could see people dancing. When I was close enough people asked me what was happening. I replied, this is the opening night of Outfest, a gay film festival. I would have said more but I was interrupted by a dude who said, with a smile, “oh, more gay pride. Yah, lots more gay pride and acceptance.”