Outfest Film Festival with Isaiah and my Cousin Kelly

Okay so the 26th Outfest Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival officially concluded Monday. For a list of this year’s film competition winners, click here.

While I didn’t get to attend as many of the events as I wanted too (there’s only 24 hours to each day), I did manage to make the screening of my short film The Incredibly True Adventures of Sistas of the Canyon and Hanifah Walidah’s U People on Friday at the Directors Guild of America…and I was on good—no make that great company. Isaiah came through as well as my cousin Kelly (pictured above). But more importantly, some of my girls from the film were there including everyone’s favorite Amera and DJ Kristi Lomax (happy birthday Kristi!!!) and some folks I hadn’t seen in a while that I was surprised to see come out for the screening.

A good time was had by all that night which ended with a group of semi drunk females sitting in the Weho IHOP talking shit, lol, till the crack of dawn.

I think one of the best things to come out of the screening was the renewed interest by other women to come out on the hike. We had two new people join the hike last Sunday with a few more signed up to come this Sunday. Very cool!

Kudos to this year’s Outfest crew starting with Kirsten Schaffer, the interim (but I hope permanent) executive director.

The next stop for my short doc is Atlanta this Saturday at the National Black Arts Festival, the details are here. From Atlanta, it’s off to Oakland for their Black Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in August.

As for Outfest, their Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival will take place in March 2009.