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Spot News: FilmOut 2

August 22, 2011 12:29 a.m.

Checking in on FilmOut 2011's opening weekend.

Related Story: Screening: FilmOut 2011


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FilmOut -- San Diego's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival -- kicked off its 13th season over the weekend. The festival concludes next weekend. KPBS reporter Beth Accomando checks in on what's new.

FILMOUT 2 (ba) (:46)

This year FilmOut moved from April to August, gave out its first lifetime achievement award, and began adding workshops to its programming. It's now also split over two consecutive weekends. Festival programmer Michael McQuiggan is concerned about maintaining momentum but says there are benefits to the new schedule.

FILMOUT 2A (:20)
Usually when we do our festival from an opening night on Friday to the following Thursday, the films that played on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays that would play any time after 9pm were poorly attended, so people were missing out on some good films. So we thought since most people come on the weekends that we would try two consecutive weekends and see how that works.

Next weekend will have a focus on horror, a pair of shorts by San Diego filmmakers, and the closing night drama "The Green" as well as many more films.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.