SOURCE: Three Dollar Bill Cinema

October 17, 2007 17:14 ET

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Welcomes Jane Lynch

The Veteran Character Actor to Visit for Closing Weekend

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - October 17, 2007) - The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival presents the work of veteran television and film character actor Jane Lynch during "An Evening with Jane Lynch" at the Broadway Performance Hall on Friday, October 19. A recurring actor on Showtime's "The L Word," Lynch has appeared in numerous gay and lesbian shorts and features, but is also well-known for her side-splitting turn as the lesbian dog trainer Christy Cummings of Christopher Guest's "Best in Show" and for her appearance in "The 40 Year Old Virgin." In addition to her festival appearance, Lynch visits Seattle to receive the 2007 Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

The festival will also host Richard Ganoung, the star of gay cinema classic "Parting Glances." "Parting Glances" is the first film to be restored by the Outfest Legacy Project, which is dedicated to preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film. The 35mm preservation print with restored soundtrack will be screened at SIFF Cinema on Thursday, October 18.

The festival opened with a near-capacity crowd lined up around the block of the Cinerama Theatre for the West Coast premiere of "The Walker," starring Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin, Kristen Scott Thomas and Lauren Bacall. The excitement continued with the screening of the festival Centerpiece film, "Shelter." "It's really exciting to return to Seattle and the festival," said director and festival guest Jonah Markowitz. "It's particularly special for me because I wrote the script for 'Shelter' here four years ago and was inspired by the culture."

Further showcasing the vibrant nature of Pacific Northwest culture is the festival's closing night film, "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" directed by Jamie Babbit and featuring songs from Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. The film's visual punk-rock aesthetic serves up a unique backdrop for performances by Carly Pope and Leslie Grossman of the underground favorite "Popular."

The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the 2006 Greater Seattle Business Association's Non-Profit of the Year, have garnered national recognition for showcasing extraordinary and award-winning work from around the world. More importantly, the festival provides a venue in the local Seattle cultural scene, inspiring community members to express their creativity through film and video.

Passes and single event tickets are on sale now via ticketwindowonline.com, by phone at (206) 325-6500 and at all Ticket/Ticket outlets.

The 2007 Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is supported by presenting sponsors Esurance and Cinerama; presenting media sponsors Planet Out and Gay.com; and corporate sponsors Glee (gay.lesbian. and everyone else), Vulcan Real Estate, Tylenol PM, Orbitz, Alaska Airlines and the W Hotel Seattle.

For a complete list of sponsors, community partners and other festival guests, along with general information about the festival, visit www.2007.seattlequeerfilm.org. For general information by phone, call 206-323-4274.

EDITOR'S NOTE: High-resolution images from the festival and interviews with festival guests are available upon request.

ABOUT THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA

Three Dollar Bill Cinema provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families, creating a forum for LGBT filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. By producing the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, curating themed screenings and presenting other programs in partnership with local arts, cultural, and service delivery organizations, Three Dollar Bill Cinema enriches, strengthens, and connects diverse communities in the Greater Seattle area.

www.seattlequeerfilm.org

Phone: 206-323-4274

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