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San Diego plans Queer Film Festival

A local group is planning the city’s first Queer Film Festival, to be held about a year from now.

Heading the planners are Ann Garwood, who owns an advertising agency; Steve Russell, local manager for the Landmark Theater Corp.; and Gary Holt, an attorney and founder of the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego.

The weeklong festival is slated for September 1994 at the 500-seat Guild Theater in Hillcrest.

Garwood explained the choice of the controversial title by citing the history of the homosexual marches on Washington, which went from being called the Gay March to the Gay and Lesbian and Bisexual and Transgender March. “To avoid such a lengthy name saga,” she said, “queer was the best word for the film festival.”

Russell said plans call for three screenings per day, with more on the weekend.

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