Queer Lounge Supports Over Forty Gay-Interest Films Screening in Park City During Sundance and Slamdance

West Hollywood, CA (January 14, 2005) — Queer Lounge will return to Park City, Utah for a second year to support and promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) films playing at surrounding festivals in late January. Queer Lounge, a hospitality and event space, dubbed last year as "the most accepting, comfortable, clique-free place in Park City," will be located just off Main Street at the Gateway Center during the "dance" film festivities, including Sundance and Slamdance. As the hub and gathering spot for queer and queer-friendly festival-goers, Queer Lounge provides support for queer-content films or those made by queer filmmakers.

"This year there are over forty films of queer-interest playing at the various Park City film festivals," says Queer Lounge founder and Executive Director, Ellen Huang. "And more and more we see 'mainstream' films being counted in this lineup. It's wonderful to see these films which feature some of the top stars, filmmakers and emerging talent in the country become more inclusive and representative of queer-characters and storylines."

Queer Lounge will also be promoting LGBT films playing at smaller festivals that have cropped up because of the swell in industry-ites that have invaded Park City. These include the Freedom Cinema Festival screening films with current political topics; SchmoozeDance, playing films of Jewish-interest and the Park City Film Music Festival which showcases music in film. Filmmakers will also have the opportunity to hold press conferences in the venue and the Lounge will supply publicity support (a program guide of all discussion panels will be available at the Queer Lounge and by visiting www.queerlounge.org).

"I think the Queer Lounge helps give us more visibility as a group," explains "Saving Face" director Alice Wu, "and a sense of a community that might otherwise get lost in the frenzy of the festival. As a first-timer at Sundance, I'm glad there'll be a place for our community to relax and feel welcome. Besides, everyone in Park City is going to be in caps and hiking boots, which will only make it that much harder to tell who's gay."

"The success of the Queer Lounge is truly a sign of the times," explains Jenni Olson LGBT film historian and director of "The Joy of Life", playing at Sundance. "It's a barometer of how far we've come."

This year's sponsors of the Queer Lounge include Presenting Sponsor Absolut Vodka and Presenting Media Sponsors: here!, Planet Out, and The Advocate. Other major sponsors: Q Television Network, TLA Releasing, All Seasons Resorts, Coors, Stella Artois, BMI, Turning Leaf, ASCAP, the B. W. Bastian Foundation and Tylenol PM.

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