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FilmOut San Diego Expands Beyond Annual Film Festivals

(SAN DIEGO) FilmOut San Diego, the organization behind San Diego’s only LGBT film festival, held its 11th annual festival earlier this year.  In September, they began sponsoring a monthly mainstream film series.

Their "Monthly Screening Series" showcases one film a month at the Stephen and Mary Birch North Park Theatre.  November’s selection is Tony Scott’s first feature film, The Hunger, starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon.  It will begin at 7pm on November 18.

The Hunger, released in 1983, is a loose adaptation of the 1981 novel of the same name by Whitley Strieber. In this cult horror film, fetching Miriam (Deneuve) is a 2,000 year-old vampire who gave John (Bowie) the gift of eternal life, choosing him as her lover and companion; but as John begins to age Miriam’s interest turns to Dr. Sarah Roberts (Sarandon).  A love triangle ensues and Dr. Roberts finds she must make the choice of a lifetime. 

The film also boasts one of the most erotic lesbian love scenes in film history and FilmOut San Diego invites all lovers of perverse, erotic, haunting and riveting filmmaking to join them for this rare screening.

FilmOut San Diego is also seeking film submissions and volunteers for their upcoming 12th Annual Film Festival, which was recently expanded to a full week, April 16 – 22, 2010. The film submission deadline is January 31, 2010 and because the festival is produced by 100% volunteer labor, volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis.

The FilmOut LGBT Film Festival awards recognize the “Best” in a variety of categories. Many are in the standard feature, short and acting accolades, but it is worth mentioning that judges and the audience also recognize international submissions as well as emerging talents.

FilmOut San Diego is also growing and expanding into social networks like Facebook and Twitter, where members can sign up for film updates. Media continues to evolve, and FilmOut feels that every work stands on its own as a sign of LGBT progress, “empowering gays one movie at a time.”

For more information on the monthly screening series, submission guidelines, or volunteering at the upcoming festival, click HERE  www.filmoutsandiego.com.