The UCLA Film and Television Archive is joining forces with Los Angeles-based Outfest, to form the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation. Why do gay movies need their own archive? The vast majority of films with more than liminal gay content are independently  produced and don't sustain their own preservation efforts. Stephen Gutwillig, Outfest director, explains: "Whenever Outfest programs a revival screening, we brace ourselves for a print on its very last legs because there's no real money to be made from a new print, or the elements are lost, or the filmmaker has died. These films represent our community's cultural legacy and we refuse to be complicit in the erasure of our own history." The archive will begin with Outfest's existing collection of screener tapes , and will expand to include new prints of seminal LGBT media works.
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