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So – a piece of advice. Today is the day to stop and savour every single word of OutBytes. This charming blue text will reveal some big secrets we’ve been keeping a lid on. Until now. You, dear loyal OutBytes subscribers, are the first to hear the news. I’m telling you, we’ve got some doozies. Read on.


Out On Screen is extremely pleased to announce its Opening Gala presentation.

For the first time in Vancouver – with drag kings, queens, costumes and song – the 1939 Judy Garland classic, The Wizard of Oz (Sing-A-Long)!!!! A celebratory launch to bring in Out On Screen’s 15th birthday.

Need I say more. Wear your best costume. Bring a friend. See you there!

--Dane Praed, OOS Board of Directors and Programming Cttee

Opening Gala, August 7 · THE WIZARD OF OZ (Sing-A-Long) · Capitol 6, 7:00pm

Gala Party at VODA to follow. With two free drinks to ticket holders, thanks to Hill's, makers of Hill's Absinthe and Adam Strong Vodka. Watch for the 'Ruby Slipper Martini' and 'the Emerald'! 

Buy tickets online after July 24

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Divine the Future: Festival Sneak Peeks
Our New Best Friend Dan Savage Responds
See sharp-witted sex advice columnist Dan Savage (Savage Love, Skipping Towards Gomorrah) at the Festival - Saturday August 9th at Cinemark Tinseltown. Dan is coming to town to lend his voice to a Festival forum on the controversial documentary, The Gift.
Joining Dan on the panel are Xtra! West’s Gareth Kirkby, AIDS Vancouver’s Phillip Banks and UBC’s Dr. Michael Botnick (author of Gay Community Survival in the New Millenium).
The Gift investigates the phenomena of ‘Gift Giving’ and ‘Bug Chasing’ (when HIV-positive men give ‘the gift’ of HIV, and when HIV negative men seek out the virus). Academy Award winning director Louise Hogarth wades through some tricky social and political waters to bring us a film as controversial as it is unforgettable.

--Saturday, August 9, 4:00pm Cinemark Tinseltown

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Fran Digs Chicks and Beer: A Showcase of Lesbian Comedy Shorts

Whether it’s trying to get into a relationship, trying to get out, or just trying to get your stuff back after the last one, this collection of short films explores the funnier side of lesbian love.

Funny gal Morgan Brayton (director of The Vancouver International Comedy Festival and former 30 Helen) put together this collection just for your viewing pleasure.

--Thursday, August 14, 7:00pm Pacific Cinematheque

We'll keep you posted with more Festival Sneak Peeks... soon to come!

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Come and join in the fun.

Things are heating up as we approach the hottest event of the summer. Out On Screen is still looking for volunteers to help out!

We are seeking:

-Special Events Volunteers: Help us make a big bang at this year's Pride Parade and put on an unforgettable show at the Opening Gala. The Special Events committee is working on the top secret theme of these events at committee meetings every two weeks. We are looking for creative and energetic individuals to help out and share their talents.

-Festival Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas:

bulletGuest Relations Assistant
bulletPublicity Assistant
bulletLine control
bulletMembership sales
bulletPass trackers
bulletA.S.L. volunteers
bulletParty staff

Further details on our website under Get Involved.

For a cool t-shirt, invitations to great volunteer parties, and ticket vouchers for the festival, get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Hywel Tuscano.

Volunteer Hotline: 604 844 1613 volunteer

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July events

--July 3 

Lock up Your Sons and Daughters

See how "instructional" those anti-homo films were, and are.    A prequel to Bill Taylor’s next presentation at the Festival, where the madness continues with Lock Up Your Fathers and Mothers!

Thursday July 3, 7:00pm, Vancouver Public Library. Free admission.

Festival screening of Lock Up Your Fathers and Mothers Monday August 11, 9:30pm, Cinemark Tinseltown

--July 11th

Thank God it's Friday, July 11th - a fundraiser for Out On Screen

Shake off excess energy dancing to resident DJs Dickey Doo and David S. Martin and help support Out On Screen.  Join us at the newly renovated nightclub Suite 801 (formerly the Element Sound Lounge) Arrive early (10pm) and stay late (til 4am!). Wait for the funky bass line then raise your hands and say "Ahhh".

July 11, 10pm at Suite 801 at 801 Georgia Street.  Enter through the Howe Street entrance.

--July 26th to August 10  

Stroke: The Second Coming

Stroke is a series of art shows. Participating artists have created work around the theme "image of man", including:

bulletStuart MacKay,
bulletLayne Jablonski,
bulletAlan Young,
bulletMark Meloche,
bulletCurt Williams,
bulletRichard Frechette,
bulletDon Koppeck,
bulletAnthony Stonechild,
bulletStephen Pearce,
bulletDenis Belland,
bulletSpencer Lawrey,
bulletBaby Boy,
bulletGary Smith
All raffle proceeds go to Vancouver Pride Society and the Little Sister's Defense Fund.

Opening Night Reception Saturday, July 26th. 5pm - 9pm, at the PumpJack

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Justice through Art: July Spotlight on James Diamond
"I started making films because I felt I was drowning in mainstream media," says local video artist James Diamond.

"Inspiration comes from my political/emotional agenda.… My recurring theme tends to be self discovery and creating a sense of justice through art."

Vancouver Festival-goers can revisit James Diamond's award winning The Man From Venus as part of the With Distinction: Gerry Brunet Retrospective, August 12, 2003.

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Want to feel the Out On Screen love?
Click here to sign up and become a Reel Patron today. 
Reel Patron perks include:
-Tickets to the Opening and Closing Night Films
-VIP invitations to the Opening and Closing Night Galas
-Advance Festival Guide mailed to your doorstep
-And more.... 
Your support helps the annual Queer Film & Video Festival bring you cutting-edge queer films and videos from around the world, as well as interactive panel discussions and live performances.

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