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Sold-out crowd in North Park as San Diego LGBT Film Festival opens

Emerson Collins, Dale Dickey and director of "A Very Sordid Wedding" attend is west coast premiere at The San Diego LGBT Film Festival.
Photo credit:
SDPIX- Vanessa Dubois

The stars came out in America’s Finest City last night as the 19th Annual San Diego LGBT Film Festival opened to a sold-out crowd.

Masses of fans lined up outside under the marquee at the North Park Observatory in anticipation of the Southern California premiere of “A Very Sordid Wedding,” the follow up to 2000’s cult LGBT hit “Sordid Lives.”

The writer and director of both films, Del Shores, was in attendance. He along with the cast mingled among the guests, taking pictures and enjoying the spotlight.

With him were Emerson Collins, Dale Dickey and Rosemary Alexander among others who star in this southern comedy.

People filled the auditorium, picking up programs, enjoying a cocktail from the bar and basking in the flashes of the media spotlight at the step and repeat with the stars of the movie.

Before the film was ready to roll, FilmOut’s Program Director Michael McQuiggan was given a standing ovation for his courage and strength winning his battle against cancer this past year.

Having recently completed his final chemo treatment, Michael was energetic and excited to kick off this annual event.

Before the feature presentation, ticket holders were treated to the short, “He Could’ve Gone Pro,” which had some people reaching for tissues.

There is still plenty to see at FilmOut’s San Diego LGBT Film Festival this weekend. The festival continues through Sunday packed with the best in LGBT feature premieres and shorts.

Celebrities and film makers will continue to visit the Observatory North Park until Sunday night when “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” closes out the festival with an exclusive after-party to follow.

Be sure to get your tickets today for the always popular LGBT shorts presented by SDPIX and SDGLN on Saturday afternoon then return later in the evening for the inaugural “FrightOut” tract, which will terrify audiences with five of the best LGBT horror shorts the genre has to offer.

FilmOut presents The 19th Annual San Diego LGBT Film Festival from June 9 - June 11 at the Observatory North Park located at 2891 University Ave, San Diego, 92104

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*Photos by Venessa Dubois - SDPIX