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PARK CITY, UTAH (January 25, 2015) – OUTFEST, the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, announced today at the 19th annual Outfest Queer Brunch that Lucy Mukerjee-Brown has been named Director of Programming of the organization. She will oversee all Outfest programs which include: Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and Outfest Forward, as well as NewFest in New York.
Mukerjee-Brown succeeds KP Pepe who left Outfest in the fall for an exciting opportunity to become the Visual Arts Chair at the Oakwood School. In addition to Mukerjee-Brown, the Outfest programming team consists of Senior Programmer Alonso Duralde, Senior Programmer Harry Vaughn, Artistic Consultant Kim Yutani, Outfest Forward Manager Shari Page and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Manager Alice Royer. The 33rd annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival runs July 9-19, 2015.
In making the announcement, Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer said, “Lucy is a great addition to the Outfest team. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in developing films and a passionate commitment to discovering the next generation of LGBT storytellers.”
Lucy is an established film Producer and LGBTQ advocate. Most recently she was the Vice President of Development at Cinelou Films, where she was responsible for bringing in projects with A-list talent attached, (including their latest production CAKE starring Jennifer Aniston). Previously Lucy was an exec at After Dark Films where she oversaw a busy production slate for Warner Bros and Lionsgate.
Lucy is a longtime collaborator with Outfest, having served as a Festival Juror and OutSet Writing Mentor, as well as being on the Screenwriting Lab Selection Committee since 2011. Her other festival affiliations include Sundance, LAFF and Q Films, Long Beach. In 2014, Senator Ricardo Lara honored her for her dedication to increasing the visibility of LGBTQ films and filmmakers. She is a Film Independent: Project Involve fellow, and a member of the Producers Guild of America and BAFTA.
The annual Outfest Queer Brunch takes place at Sundance and is a celebration of LGBT filmmakers and industry. The year’s presenting sponsor is Ease Entertainment and the Supporting Sponsor is the Arcus Foundation.
Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world to audiences of nearly a million, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 35,000 LGBT films and videos. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is eleven days of world-class films, discussions and parties.