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Bruce Vilanch To Host The Outfest’s 2009 Legacy Awards

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OUTFEST Announces Recipients of 2009 Legacy Awards
Submitted by GayNewsService.com on Wed, 09/16/2009 – 15:31

OUTFEST, the world’s leading organization dedicated to showcasing, protecting and nurturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film imagery and artistry, will honor Emmy Award®-winning producer and director Alan Poul and Clear Channel Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 30 at the institution’s annual LEGACY AWARDS, it was announced today by Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, a collaboration between Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, which is the only program in the world devoted to saving and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender moving images.

Three-time Emmy winner and three-time Academy Award® nominee Laura Linney will present the award to Alan Poul. Jim Murphy, Vice President of Business Affairs, will accept on behalf of Clear Channel. Comedian Bruce Vilanch will host the evening that will include the World Premiere of the restored film “Queens at Heart,” a mid-1960s documentary (running time 25min) that provides a rare and surprisingly poignant glimpse into pre-Stonewall transgender life.

In making the announcement, Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer praised the contributions of both honorees to the LBGT community. “Since the mid-90’s Alan Poul has been championing LGBT images through his inspired work as a director and producer and as an Outfest Board Member and long-time Major Donor,” said Schaffer. “Clear Channel Los Angeles has been an incredible supporter of the LGBT community and of Outfest. They are a leader in both their internal policies and external dedication to LGBT equality.”

Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive partnered in 2005 to create the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation. The only program of its kind in the world, the Outfest Legacy Project is aimed at the growing crisis in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender moving image archiving. Many of the landmark LGBT films produced over the last 30 years are already in danger of fading away: their original exhibition prints in tatters, their negatives in woeful storage conditions, or even lost.

For information on purchasing tickets, please visit www.outfest.org or call 213-480-7088.

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