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Out on Film gets $2,500 grant to boost festival

imageOut on Film, Atlanta’s annual LGBT film festival, doesn’t pull back the curtains until late September, but its planning efforts got a nice boost recently: A $2,500 grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts to enrich its festival programming.

“I am absolutely thrilled,” says Jim Farmer, Out on Film’s executive director. “Out on Film is a very small organization and everyone on our team wears multiple hats throughout the year.  This is the first time we applied for this grant since we became independent in 2008. Heck, this is the first time we had time to apply for this grant since we became independent.”

Out on Film left the arts council impressed with its standards for picking films for the Sept. 29 to Oct. 6 event, and for “taking chances on untapped talent,” Farmer says. “It’s been our goal from the minute we became independent to make Out on Film the best film festival it could be, one for our entire community,” adds Farmer (photo right with partner Craig Hardesty).

The festival has announced three films for its lineup so far – acclaimed HIV flick “We Were Here”; “Wish Me Away,” the documentary about country singer Chely Wright coming out; and Israeli musical “Mary Lou.”