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About the Legacy Project


Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive partnered in 2005 to create the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the only program in the world devoted to preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender moving image media becoming lost to deterioration and neglect.

Outfest and the Archive select preservation projects and raise the necessary funds. The Archive completes the restoration work and houses the collection in its state of the art facilities.

By combining forces, Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive have been able to take the queer film expertise and publicity force behind the longest running and most recognizable LGBT film non-profit and blend it with the preservation, conservation and academic strength of a formidable archive and educational institution.

The crisis: The preservation and collection of LGBT moving images has historically posed unique challenges for traditional archives. There is no system in place to restore or save independent, orphan or films made for and by people on the margins of the Hollywood canon. Very, very few major LGBT titles of the last 30 years have ever been preserved. (Tapes and DVDs don’t count. They have no permanent archival value.) The Legacy Project was created to protect films that do not have a studio’s support or other financial means in place to support it.

Preservation and Restoration Projects

We have a collection of archive-quality 16mm and 35mm prints of significant LGBT titles.

We fundraise to restore damaged films to their initial release forms. Our restoration projects have been given new life and have screened to new audiences around the world:

Completed projects:

  • Parting Glances (dir. Bill Sherwood; 1986), feature film restoration
  • Word Is Out (dir. Mariposa Film Group; 1978), feature documentary film restoration
  • Choosing Children (dir. Kim Klausner and Debra Chasnoff; 1984), feature documentary film restoration
  • Queens at Heart (unknown dir.; 1967), short documentary film restoration
  • Tom Chomont Collection (1967 – 71) nine Avant-Garde short film restorations;
  • Mona’s Candle Light Footage (unknown dir.; 1950), short home movie
  • First Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade (dir. Pat Rocco; 1970), short documentary film restoration
  • Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day (dir. Kate Millett and Susan Kleckner; 1971)
  • One National Gay and Lesbian Archives, over eighty hours of video preservation of historic interviews and footage
  • Legacy Project Collection, one hundred feature-length titles of video preservation
  • Different from the Others (dir. Richard Oswald; 1919), narrative feature film
  • Harvey Milk’s “Hope Speech” (dir. Pat Rocco; 1978), short documentary footage
  • Silent No More (dir.Pat Rocco; 1977), short narrative film
  • We Were There (dir. Pat Rocco; 1976) short documentary
  • Harvey Milk Supervisor Rally – October 1, 1973 (dir. Victoria Hazlewood; 1973) short documentary footage


Outfest Legacy Project
3470 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 935
Los Angeles, CA 90010
213.480.7096 voice
213.480.7099 fax


John Cooper, The Sundance Institute
Robert Hawk, Independent Consultant and Producer
May Haduong, Academy Film Archive
Marcus Hu, Strand Releasing
Jim Hubbard, MIX NYC
Shannon Kelley, UCLA Film & Television Archive
Jonathan King, Participant Media
John Kirk, Film Noir Foundation Advisory Board
Lynne Kirste, Academy Film Archive
Tim Kittleson, UCLA Film & Television Archive
Jenni Olson,  VP of E-Commerce & Consumer Marketing, Wolfe Releasing
B. Ruby Rich, University of California, Santa Cruz
Robert Rosen, UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Mike Thomas, Distribution Consultant
Yvonne Welbon, Sisters in Cinema
Todd Wiener, UCLA Film & Television Archive

Synchronizing soundtrack to picture at the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Hollywood preservation facility.
Synchronizing soundtrack to picture at the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Hollywood preservation facility.

The idea for the Legacy Project began years ago in the back of a dark theater during the 20th Anniversary of Outfest when then Executive Director Stephen Gutwillig and actor Steven Buscemi stood watching a faded, deteriorating print of PARTING GLANCES. The print was the best copy available at that time. Across the country on the East Coast, producer and independent film consultant Robert Hawk curated a Tribute to Peter Adair, including a retrospective screening of WORD IS OUT; the print was scratched and missing scenes. The directors of the film, as well as Peter’s family were in attendance – all were horrified at the condition of the only known print. Equally horrifying was the discovery that the original elements were missing. As these people witnessed the horrid state of these seminal films that helped so many audiences find acceptance of their homosexuality and break down the walls of homophobia, a collective awareness became clear – as these movies were deteriorating, part of our LGBT history was deteriorating along with the film. No one was saving our LGBT history and they realized that they ought to do something about it. This desire gave birth to the Legacy Project.

Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive were a perfect match for this endeavor. Outfest began 30 years ago on the UCLA campus by grad students led by Larry Horne. Horne approached then Director of the Archive Robert Rosen and Programmer Geoff Gilmore to have an LGBT gay media conference and film festival. The first three years of screenings were held on the UCLA campus. In 2005, Outfest led by Stephen Gutwillig and Kirsten Schaffer, were looking for a way to grow the organization, to create progressive change on national and international grounds. The creation of a long-term, expansive LGBT preservation program necessarily needed the partnership of a film archive as Outfest staff had neither the resources nor the technical expertise. Outfest approached the UCLA Film & Television Archive led by then Director Tim Kittleson and then Dean Bob Rosen, and archivists both gay and straight were thrilled to begin this collaboration.


The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project has built the largest publicly accessible and comprehensive collection of LGBT moving images in the world (over 20,000 items and growing!). Many of these films, lectures, oral histories and interviews are available to see at the Archive Research and Study Center at UCLA.  To talk with someone about setting up a viewing, please contact ARSC at 310.206.5388, or via email at

For the most recent list, please see here.

Download an informal list of holdings in the Legacy Project as a PDF or an excel spreadsheet

The Legacy Project host public screenings – at Outfest events, in collaboration with other film series in Los Angeles, at film festivals across the world and many as part of our bimonthly screening series at the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood (courtyard of the Hammer Museum).

For more information about upcoming screenings and events, click here.

The LEGACY PROJECT FILM GALLERY (hyperlink to the film gallery page), an online site for the study of LGBT history and culture through moving images was created to provide an online resource to complement the collection.

Collection Profiles

ONE Institute & Archives 

The Outfest Legacy Collection consists of film and video materials from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, the world’s largest research library and archive devoted to LGBT concerns. This collection features film and video materials that reflect the history of the LGBT community, including interviews with pioneers of the LGBT movement, sex hygiene films, AIDS awareness videos, footage from Christopher Street West parades in Los Angeles and gay protests in Washington D.C. and adult films and video. For additional collection information, search the title “ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives” at UCLA’s online catalog at

Alexandra Juhasz: WOMEN OF VISION Oral History Interviews

The Outfest Legacy Collection includes unedited oral history interviews conducted by media scholar Alexandra Juhasz for her documentary WOMAN OF VISION: 18 HISTORIES IN FEMINIST FILM & VIDEO (1998). These interviews with independent and experimental filmmakers offer a detailed history of feminism and feminist film and video, from the 1950s to the present. Transcripts of the interviews are also available for study. Download a list of the interviews.



For more information regarding access and the Outfest Legacy Collection, please visit us here.


To address years of neglect in this field and keep the damage from spreading any further, we’re educating filmmakers and audiences about the importance of LGBT film preservation to our community’s shared legacy.

In 2008, the Archive’s Research and Student Center (ARSC) co-sponsored a for-credit undergraduate course at UCLA to introduce the Legacy Collection as a research resource. In addition, numerous courses at UCLA extensively utilize the Legacy Project collection to augment lectures and class assignments.

The Legacy Project collection has become an integral research collection of the Archive Research and Study Center at UCLA, utilized by scholars across disciplines.

We are also working with the Los Angeles Unified School District to help create lesson plans in conjunction with the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act, also known as the FAIR Education Act (Senate Bill 48). The FAIR Act is a new California law to include the political, economic, and social contributions of the LGBT community into educational textbooks and the social studies curricula in California public schools.
In 2006, the Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC) co-sponsored “Out of the Closet, Into the Vaults,” panel discussions between filmmakers and archivists who addressed potential strategies to insure LGBT cinema is preserved for future generations.