OUTFEST UCLA LEGACY PROJECT CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY, PREMIERES TWO NEW RESTORATION PROJECTS AT BERLINALE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UCLA Film & Television Archive
Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2016) – The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project—a partnership between Outfest and UCLA Film & Television Archive, and the largest program in the world exclusively dedicated to collecting, preserving, and accessing LGBTQ moving images—will continue commemorating its 10th anniversary through March 2016. Celebrations will include the World Premieres of two new feature film restorations at the Berlin International Film Festival, the announcement of a new feature film restoration project, and other notable screenings and events.
Three feature film restorations from the Legacy Project will screen at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), which runs from February 11-21: the restoration world premieres of Different from the Others (1919) and The Watermelon Woman (1996), as well as the Legacy Project’s first feature film restoration, Parting Glances (1986). All three films will be shown as part of the Berlinale Panorama section’s Teddy30 series, which commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Teddy Award, the only official LGBTQ prize awarded at the world’s top-tier film festivals. Together, the screenings held at the world-renowned Berlinale will constitute the largest single international exhibition of the Legacy Project’s work to date.
“Among its many accomplishments, the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project has built the largest publically accessible collection of LGBTQ moving images in the world,” says Outfest Executive Director Christopher Racster. “Many of the over 36,000 items in the collection would be languishing under beds or in basements, ultimately to be lost forever, if the Legacy Project wasn’t here to care for them. We’re tremendously proud of the work the Legacy Project does to protect our queer film heritage, and we look forward to continuing it for another ten years and beyond.”
In its first decade, the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project has made significant strides in the fight to save LGBTQ media from deterioration and neglect. It has completed 24 film restorations and hundreds of video preservation projects, saving endangered films and making them accessible for future generations. The collection is housed in UCLA Film & Television Archive’s state of the art facilities, providing critical long-term storage free of charge to financially strained filmmakers. The Legacy Project also uses materials from the collection to tell the story of LGBTQ history through a number of public education initiatives, including a recently launched research portal featuring more than 190 episodes of the groundbreaking public television series In the Life.
“The In the Life portal not only documents and make publically accessible the entire 20 year history of this ground-breaking LGBT television magazine, but has also served as a catalyst for our efforts to make more of our Legacy Project material available online,” says Jan-Christopher Horak, Director, UCLA Film & Television Archive.
The Legacy Project’s anniversary year will conclude with several exciting events in the next two months.
Outfest UCLA Legacy Project 10th Anniversary Event Details:
- February 11-21: Three Outfest UCLA Legacy Project restorations will screen at the 66th Different from the Others, the first known feature film with an LGBTQ protagonist, will return to Berlin for its world premiere 97 years after its original release. The most ambitious Legacy Project restoration to date, it was completed with support from the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation. The latest Legacy Project restoration, completed in collaboration with 13th Gen, The Watermelon Woman will also have its world premiere at the Berlinale; the film also won the Teddy Award there in 1996. Parting Glances, the Legacy Project’s first feature film restoration, will also screen. All three restorations screen as part of the Teddy30 series in the Panorama section of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, February 11-21. More information: http://www.berlinale.de/en/das_festival/sektionen_sonderveranstaltungen/panorama/index.html#teddy
- Friday, March 4: The Watermelon Woman. Following its world premiere at the Berlinale, the new Legacy Project restoration of The Watermelon Woman will have its U.S. debut as opening night of the 2016 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival. Cheryl Dunye’s seminal entry into the canon of New Queer Cinema was the first feature film directed by a black lesbian, and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Writer-director-star Dunye, star Guinevere Turner, and producer Alexandra Juhasz will be in attendance. The 2016 Outfest Fusion program will be announced on Wednesday, February 10, and will include a link to tickets along with the time of the screening. More information and tickets: outfest.org
- Saturday, March 19: Fire. A special 20th anniversary screening of filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s stirring drama recounting the intimate relationship that develops between a new bride in a loveless marriage and her similarly neglected sister-in-law in a shared household in New Delhi. Eliciting intense controversy in India, the picture ignited movie screens with its unprecedented depiction of love between women and its attendant suggestions about their autonomy and liberation. Part of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Screening Series at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village. The film screens at 7:30pm. More information and tickets: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2016/03/19/fire
Different from the Others stills: http:tinyurl.com/DifferentFromTheOthers
The Watermelon Woman stills: http:tinyurl.com/TheWatermelonWoman
Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the world’s 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, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 36,000 LGBT films and videos. The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project is only program in the world exclusively dedicated to protecting LGBT films for future generations.
About UCLA Film & Television Archive
UCLA Film & Television Archive is internationally renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media, and is dedicated to ensuring that the collective visual memory of our time is explored and enjoyed for generations to come. More information: cinema.ucla.edu
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