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FilmOut San Diego redesigns website to be bold, more user-friendly | VIDEO

SAN DIEGO – As FilmOut San Diego begins celebrating its 15th anniversary, the non-profit’s board of directors has been busy preparing a number of surprises for fans and followers.

On Monday night, just before the screening of the cult classic “Mommie Dearest” at the historic Birch North Park Theater, board president Rick Goldenstein unveiled the first secret of the year: a complete redesign of the FilmOut San Diego website to make it more user-friendly. The redesign is bold and features vivid colors, dominated by the warm tones of yellow, orange and crimson.

The redesign, by local graphic design guru Michael Mance and his Mance Creative team, went live just in time for FilmOut’s monthly screening, which featured a performance by Joan Crawford impersonator Tara Hole.

FilmOut board member David Gonzalez, who works at Channel 10, also on Monday posted his video interview with Mance about the website redesign and why he is involved in FilmOut San Diego.

“I wanted to take viewers behind the scenes,” Gonzalez said. "Michael’s passion for FilmOut and web design gives him a unique perspective on gay culture. In the brief video, viewers can learn why he thinks gays should stand out more - and why he thinks FilmOut is so critical to the local LGBT community.”

Here is the video, posted on FilmOut San Diego’s YouTube channel:

Michael McQuiggin, FilmOut’s longtime film programmer, said the website redesign was long overdue.

“"We felt like it was time to step up the website since it is our 15th anniversary and have one of the best LGBT film festival sites out there," McQuiggin said.

“Mike Mance and his team at Mance Creative have gone above and beyond with the revised website, and I am beyond thrilled with the results! The site is user-friendly, easy to navigate and artistically satisfying,” he said.

The 15th annual LGBT Film Festival will run from May 29 through June 2 at the Birch North Park Theater. Keep visiting the FilmOut website for news of movies that are being selected for the film festival, for details about the monthly screenings and to purchase tickets in advance. Don't forget to "like" FilmOut on Facebook and "follow" on Twitter.

Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.