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Outfest 2016 Opens With A Heavy Heart And A Message of Hope

8 July 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It had been 25 days since the Pulse shooting in Orlando, but the effects of the attack on the nightclub reverberated on the nation’s opposite coast at the beginning of the 34th Outfest Los Angeles Lgbt Festival.

Speaking from the stage at the downtown Orpheum Theatre, Opening Night Gala speaker Wilson Cruz noted that the festival’s general atmosphere is markedly different than the one surrounding 2015’s celebration. “Just this time last year,” Cruz said, “we were celebrating marriage equality across this country. Just short of one year later, we would come together again, but this time for the communal experience of grief and mourning.”

Outfest Executive Director Christopher Racster also echoed the sentiment that the evening’s gathering was a tribute to the Lgbt community’s resilient spirit. “Although we still face tough challenges, let’s not forget that love is, and always will be, stronger than hate. Thank »

- Steve Greene

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Attention, Filmmakers: If You Want to Get Your Film Into Sundance, Here Are Some Tips from this Year’s Class

2 February 2016 9:31 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Chance are, the unleashing of over 100 new independent projects at this year's Sundance Film Festival has lit a fire under aspiring filmmakers. But before you start laying plans for Sundance 2017 and beyond, here’s some advice from the directors who just lived their Park City dreams. Read More: My Big Break: How This Year's Directors Found Their Way To Sundance "The biggest piece of advice I can offer filmmakers, especially directors, is to maximize the use of prep time. So many of the challenges directors face during principle can be mitigated during prep. Make prep a communal and collaborative effort by insuring every single person involved knows exactly what is expected of them And knows how they will approach and meet those expectations." -Nate Parker, "The Birth of a Nation" "Be as prepared as possible. Pre-production is the only time when you won't feel like a clock is ticking. »

- Chris O'Falt

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