DIRECTV NOW Celebrates LGTBQ Cinema at 2018 Outfest

DIRECTV NOW is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival. Taking place just now (July 12–22) at the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Outfest is 11 days of can’t-miss films, thought-provoking panels, festival receptions and more. The Los Angeles festival screens more than 250 short and feature films, and draws over 40,000 attendees each year. 

DIRECTV NOW kicked off Outfest on July 12. The DIRECTV NOW Lounge features an interactive art installation where guests will be asked to open their hearts and Turn Up the Love for LGBTQ youth. AT&T is also sponsoring other exciting events throughout the festival that celebrate LGBTQ representation in front of and behind the camera.

An AT&T original screening and panel

AT&T AUDIENCE Network hosted an L.A. screening and panel of its new documentary, “Alone in the Game,” on Friday July 13 at 9:30 p.m. PT at the DGA 2 Theater. “Alone In The Game” shines a light on the stark reality of the big business of sports. It also exposes a culture of exclusion, bigotry and discrimination which keeps many LGBTQ athletes in the closet and living in silence. Featured guests attending the premiere included:

  • Gus Kenworthy, Sochi Olympic medalist
  • Robbie Rogers, former MLS star
  • Ryan O’Callaghan, former New England Patriot
  • LZ Granderson, former ESPN columnist
  • Layana White, former NCAA basketball player
  • Haley Videckis, former NCAA basketball player
  • David McFarland, Executive Producer & Creator
  • Natalie Metzger, Director

AT&T Hello Lab also hosted the Make Them Hear You – The Truth about Content By and For LGBTQ+ Women” panel on Saturday, July 14. Christine Vachon (Producer, CAROL, BOYS DON’T CRY), Sara Shaw (Director/Editor, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST), Ashly Perez (Producer/Writer/Director, formerly of Buzzfeed) and Sheria Irving (Actor, A LUV TALE)  shared their experiences and insight during this live discussion. Brooke Chaffin, CEO and co-founder of the social networking and live events startup Maverick, moderated.

And just before Saturday’s panel, ATT  hosted a special showing of panelist and AT&T Hello Lab mentee Sara Shaw’s debut film, “Tooth and Nail.” The 25-minute short film tells the story of an estranged family coming to grips with the terminal cancer diagnosis of its youngest child. Shaw completed the film as part of the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program.


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