Queer Lounge Exceeds Expectations

Over 4,000 Sundance Film Festival attendees stop by first ever Queer Lounge

West Hollywood, CA (January 27, 2004) — THE QUEER LOUNGE—the first hospitality space during the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals to focus on queer and queer-made festival films in Park City, Utah exceeded expectations. Over 4,000 people stopped by The Queer Lounge to relax, attend panel discussions or celebrate at one of the five parties held at the venue.

"We were packed which is what we wanted," says Ellen Huang, Executive Director of The Queer Lounge. "The weird thing was that many straight people found The Queer Lounge a fun place to visit. When we looked back at our sign in log, over 30% of our guests were straight. I think this says a lot about the acceptance of The Queer Lounge in Park City."

Celebrities and filmmakers stopped by The Queer Lounge to promote their films or attend parties. Celebrities like Macaulay Caulkin (Saved, Home Alone), Patrick Fugit (Saved, Almost Famous), Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Princess Diaries), Jenna Malone (Saved), Corey Spears (Traffic), Chris Carmack (The OC), Jordana Brewster (D.E.B.S., The Fast and The Furious), Cole Williams (Harry and Max), Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos), Stephen Fry (Le Divorce, Gosford Park), John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, American Psycho) all found the lounge a great place to visit. Filmmakers such as Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation), Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.), Ryan Shiraki (Home of Phobia), Larry Kennar (The L Word), CJ Cox (Latter Days, Sweet Home Alabama) and Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother) all participated in programming.

The Queer Lounge made national headlines when during the festival a Salt Lake City theater backed out of showing the controversial gay Mormon film "Latter Days." TLA Releasing held a press conference at The Queer Lounge, which included representatives from GLAAD. Many members of the media found The Queer Lounge a great place to hold interviews with Sundance filmmakers.

Most of the guests that attended The Queer Lounge will remember the mixers and parties. Every night, The Queer Lounge held an open bar mixer with live DJ sponsored by Absolut Vodka and Tiger Beer. The Queer Lounge hosted parties for the film "Harry and Max", TLA Releasing, Showtime's The L Word and the top party of Thursday Night—John Cameron Mitchell's "Homo's Away From Home." That party was co-sponsored by The Human Rights Campaign and had over 400 people attend.

Major sponsors of The Queer Lounge included Showtime's "The L Word", Here! Pay Per View, Absolut Vodka and TLA Releasing. Other sponsors of note were Perrier, Dell Computers, The Sims, Tiger Beer, Power Up, Piper-Heidsieck, Instinct Magazine and Plantronics.

The Queer Lounge will return to Sundance in 2005.

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