Checking in on FilmOut 2011's opening weekend.
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Over the weekend, FilmOut -- San Diego's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival, opened at the Birch North Park Theater. The festival will also run next weekend. KPBS reporter Beth Accomando checks in on what's new.
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FilmOut opened with smaller than usual numbers on Friday but built momentum over the weekend. The festival moved from its usual April dates to the summer because it needed more time to secure sponsorship money. Festival programmer Michael McQuiggan says running the festival during the bad economy has created new challenges.
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It's extremely tough. We have our loyal and consistent sponsors, however, this year we have 15 board members so it's been a little bit easier because they're also looking for sponsors. Everyone is required to bring in sponsorship dollars and so we have a lot of new blood.
FilmOut also benefits from local organizations that co-present films. Carin Scheinin is president of the San Diego Women's Chorus, one of this year's co-presenters.
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I think it's really important to have arts in the community that are reflective of the community. Here in Hillcrest and North Park there are a number of LGBT people and also allies and I think whether it's film or music or arts to have lesbian and gay, bisexual and transgender people represented is so essential because it gives people a way to relate.
She says events like FilmOut help local people feel like they are part of a larger and more global community.
Beth Accomando, KPBS News.