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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Out On Film turns 25

Out On Film is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.
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  • Out On Film is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.

Out On Film(OOF), Atlanta's LGBT film festival, is kicking off 2012 by celebrating its 25th anniversary. OOF is one of the largest LGBT festivals in the nation, although OOF started as a division of Atlanta Film Festival. In 2008 Out On Film became an independent, LGBT-run organization.

In the past, OOF has played host to some major films with LGBT themes, including The Broken Hearts Club, Transamerica, Brokeback Mountain and Dream Boy, among others. Brokeback Mountain, which had great success in the mainstream market, was also awarded three Academy Awards including Best Director.

In addition to the annual festival OOF holds in early October, Out On Film will be hosting varoius events throughout the year. On Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Midtown Art Cinema, OOF will be screening the film "Gen Silent." This film from Stu Maddux examines the aging LGBT community, from the aspect that sometimes the elderly members of the LGBT community are being neglected or discriminated against in nursing homes. This film tells the story of the LGBT community that was heavily discriminated against in their youth, who now avoid care and help in their old age because of those memories of discrimination.

The proceeds from this screening will go towards a fundraiser for SAGE Atlanta, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the LGBT elderly community in Atlanta. Check the Out On Film events page for more screenings this year here.

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