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The Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, a partnership between Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, proudly announces the OUTFEST LEGACY PROJECT FILM GALLERY, an online site for the study of LGBT history and culture through moving images.

The Outfest Legacy Project has built the largest accessible collection of LGBT moving images in the world. These films, lectures, oral histories and interviews are available at the Archive Research and Study Center at UCLA for research. The OUTFEST LEGACY PROJECT FILM GALLERY was created to provide an online resource to complement the collection.

We are excited to launch the site with the work of three artists who have contributed significantly to our LGBT culture, Jamie Babbit, Lillian Faderman, and Charles Ludlam.

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Jamie Babbit (b.1970)
Jamie Babbit (b.1970)

Jamie Babbit is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She directed the films BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER, THE QUIET and ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTEE. She has also directed many episodes of television programs including GILMORE GIRLS, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, NIP/TUCK and THE L WORD.  Babbit graduated from Columbia University in 1993. She made her first short, FROG CROSSING, with co-director Ari Gold in 1995, and it played at many festivals including Telluride, Sundance and Rotterdam. FROG CROSSING was also selected for the Sundance-in-Tokyo fest delegation and purchased by the Sundance Channel, where it is still in rotation. Babbit’s second short, SLEEPING BEAUTIES, premiered at Sundance in ’98 and played over 30 festivals including London, the LAIFF and Washington D.C., where Babbit was voted Best Director.

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Lillian Faderman (b.1940)
Lillian Faderman (b.1940)

Lillian Faderman is an internationally-known scholar of lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. Her work has been translated into numerous languages, including German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Czech, and Slovenian. Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship, including Yale University’s James Brudner Award, the Monette/Horwitz Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Culture Hero Award, and the American Association of University Women’s Distinguished Senior Scholar Award.

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Charles Ludlam (1943-1987)
Charles Ludlam (1943-1987)

Charles Ludlam grew up in Queens, New York, just a few subway stops from Greenwich Village, and the heart of Gay America. At twenty-four, he founded the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, where he wrote, directed and performed in almost every production for the next two decades, often with Everett Quinton, his life partner and muse, by his side.  His many plays included Turds in Hell, Der Ring Gott Farblonjet, a riff on Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Bluebeard, and The Mystery of Irma Vep, his most popular play, and a performer’s tour-de-force.

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This resource will continue to grow every month – please keep checking back for more!