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A lifestyle blog by Alan Pierce on The Whole 9


My new “mystery” job is at Outfest – a 29 year old LGBTQ Film Festival. As a Volunteer Coordinator (I’m not the volunteer, I’m coordinating the volunteers). It’s one of those jobs I always thought I’d be good at: collecting people, getting to know them, and giving them duties. Much like my old job (except all of the people actually WANT to be there) and much like my social life (I ASSUME they want to be there as well).

[insert insightful blog here - because I've tried and tried and don't appear to be very clever now that I'm working]

So here’s what I need: Volunteers. Hundreds of volunteers. I need people to usher, to work parties, to help filmmakers and sponsors find their seats and direct them to the next event. I need volunteers to CALL volunteers to make sure they show up. I need good, reliable people to surround me and make things run smoothly.

Go here, look over our shifts, and meet some great people in the process:

And come SEE the movies. I’ve been taking them home and they’re FANTASTIC movies.

About Outfest:

Outfest protects our past, showcases our present and nurtures our future by fostering artistic expression of gender, sexuality and LGBTQ culture and its transformative social impact on the world.
Protecting Our Past. Showcasing Our Present. Nurturing Our Future.

Outfest is the leading organization showcasing, nurturing and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film images and artistry. For 29 years Outfest has led the charge, spotlighting emerging talent, creating community between filmmakers and audiences and offering a world-class forum for stories that reflect and often transform LGBT lives.

Since its founding in 1982, Outfest has showcased over 4,500 films for audiences well over half a million people. Our festivals, year-round screening series and special events bring together film lovers, innovative artists, celebrities, entertainment industry professionals … and some of the hottest parties around!

Outfest is also the only nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that the extensive but threatened LGBT film heritage is preserved. Since the beginning of the struggle for LGBT equality, visionary filmmakers have recorded their lives, challenges and triumphs on film. Outfest is committed to saving, preserving and providing access to that precious, affirming heritage for generations to come.

Outfest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Laying the groundwork for our next quarter-century as an LGBT institution, Outfest proudly presents a range of annual programs spanning art, film and culture:

Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
The oldest continuous film festival in Los Angeles.

Fusion: The Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival
The only multi-cultural, gender-inclusive People of Color film festival.

Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation
The first film preservation program in the world dedicated to saving and protecting LGBT films.

Access LA
Nurturing emerging filmmakers by forging connections with established industry professionals including the Outfest Screenwriting Lab.


  1. woo hoo!! I will be at Outfest with bells on this coming weekend.

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