Tilda Swinton, Rex Lee, Christine Vachon, Bruce LaBruce to headline Queer Lounge events in Park City

Over 40 Queer-Related Films to Screen in Park City

Los Angeles, CA (January 7, 2008)ABSOLUT® VODKA Presents Queer Lounge, a Program of GLAAD, announced today its schedule of panels, parties, and programs to coincide with Park City film festivals. Tilda Swinton, Rex Lee, Christine Vachon, Tom Kalin, Isaac Julien, and Bruce LaBruce, are among the many luminaries slated to participate in Queer Lounge events from January 18–24.

Recognized by outlets from Rolling Stone to Hollywood Reporter as the hub for activity surrounding gay films screening in Park City, Queer Lounge provides a venue and meeting place at film festivals where queer-friendly filmmakers, professionals, and audiences connect and network. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) made Queer Lounge a part of its Media Programs portfolio in 2007.

According to Queer Lounge founder Ellen Huang, over 40 queer-interest films will be screened at Sundance and other Park City festivals this year. Many of these films will serve as the centerpiece of Queer Lounge events. A full list of festival films and screening times can be found at http://www.queerlounge.org/films/alphabetical.php.

Huang noted that several of the most anticipated films were created by maverick queer filmmakers whose careers were launched in Park City in the 1990s. Kalin and Vachon (Savage Grace), LaBruce (Otto; or Up with Dead People) and Julien (Derek) will all participate in Queer Lounge panels taking place throughout the week.

Other highlights at the 2008 Queer Lounge include:

  • The Donnas will headline Queer Lounge's Saturday, Jan. 19 kick-off party honoring Isaac Julien's documentary, Derek, about the iconoclastic life and vision of the late director Derek Jarman. Tilda Swinton, a long-time collaborator of Jarman's, is slated to attend. The closing night party will be Queer Lounge's legendary Homos Away from Home bash on Thursday, Jan. 24.
  • Panel with Julien, LaBruce and The Advocate film critic Kyle Buchanan on gay filmmakers and sexual provocation (Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2pm)
  • Panel with Kalin and the filmmakers and actors behind his new film, Savage Grace, which stars Julianne Moore as a mother who attempts to "cure" her son of sexuality (Saturday, Jan. 19, 1:30pm)
  • Panel with Vachon, GLAAD President Neil Giuliano, and Participant Productions President Ricky Strauss on the power of film to impact social change (Sunday, Jan. 20, 2:30pm)
  • Panel and reception presented by HBO/World of Wonder on When I Knew with actor Rex Lee (Entourage) and directors Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey (Monday, Jan. 21, 4pm)
  • Presentation by Jonathan Handel, former associate counsel for the Writers Guild, on the implications of the ongoing strike for independent filmmakers. (Monday, Jan.21, 11am)
  • GLAAD's "And the Nominees Are. . . " event (Sunday, Jan. 20, 5-7pm) announcing the nominees for the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Invitation only.
  • Parting Glances: The Queer Sundance Movie Poster Show (1985-2007) — Celebrating Sundance's role as a pioneering advocate of queer cinema, Queer Lounge will showcase original movie posters from LGBT films that have premiered at the festival over the years. (On view daily at the Queer Lounge.)
  • PlanetOut's "9th Annual Short Movie Awards" party (Saturday, Jan. 19, 5-8pm) honoring the winners of the largest online competition of LGBT-related film and video shorts. Invitation only.

A preliminary schedule of Queer Lounge events can be found at (http://www.queerlounge.org/events/panels.php)

For the first time in its five-year history, Queer Lounge will be located directly on Main Street in a multi-level storefront at 608 Main Street. Lounge hours will be 11 am-7 pm daily for festival-goers, with private parties at night.

Queer Lounge sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor ABSOLUT&ref; VODKA; Major Sponsors Bud Light and Fandango; Foundation Support from the Bastian Foundation and Gill Foundation; Project Sponsors MPicardi Custom Fine Furnishings, R Design Group, Wolfe Video & Orbitz.

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