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Alluvial Filmworks Releases Collection of Award-Winning Lesbian-Themed Short Films With Notable Hollywood Stars.

LOS ANGELES -- Alluvial Filmworks, a division of Village Lighthouse, Inc., announces that it will release "Girls on Film II," a collection of award-winning lesbian-themed short films from POWER UP on January 11, 2005.

The collection includes "D.E.B.S.," a comedic spy spoof written and directed by Angela Robinson. In the short film, sexy schoolgirls in tartan uniforms are recruited through the SAT to form an elite paramilitary crime-fighting squad. Filled with high-tech weaponry and steamy make-out scenes, this short film provides plenty of lesbian humor and passion. "D.E.B.S." stars Tammy Lynn Michaels ("Popular") and Clare Kramer ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). The short film has won awards at numerous film festivals including Outfest in Los Angeles and the Planet Out Film Festival. It gained so much popularity that Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures, funded a feature-length version that will soon debut.

Amanda Bearse ("Married with Children") and Michele Greene ("LA Law") star in the compilation's next piece written by Erin Eckles and directed by Lee Friedlander called "Give or Take an Inch," a touching story about a lesbian who comes to terms with her sister's plans to have a sex change. The DVD also features "Fly Cherry," a cute story about an imaginative girl who becomes friends with an outcast neighbor. This short film stars Sharon Lawrence ("NYPD Blue") and Shirley Knight ("Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"). The "Girls on Film II" collection concludes with a collaborative project called "Gay Propaganda." In this short film, classic movie scenes are remade with gay characters and context.

"We're ecstatic about `Girls on Film II' because it's such an excellent group of short films," said Ron Miller, President of Village Lighthouse, Inc. "But what makes this release even more special to us is the fact that it is the first lesbian-themed DVD that we have ever distributed. Our company is also proud to have formed a relationship with such a professional organization as POWER UP."

"POWER UP is pleased to have Alluvial Filmworks distribute our collection of shorts," said Stacy Codikow, Executive Director of POWER UP. "The films and filmmakers will gain even more exposure now through Alluvial's extensive distribution."

POWER UP (Professional Organization for Women in Entertainment Reaching Up) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the visibility and integration of gay women in entertainment, the arts and all forms of media. Since its inception four years ago, POWER UP has provided one million dollars to filmmakers through cash and in-kind gifts out of its filmmaking grant program.

Village Lighthouse, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of gay and lesbian oriented merchandise. Its film division, Alluvial Filmworks, distributes evergreen, unlimited-run, non-seasonal movies that appeal to a diverse group of viewers. In addition to movies, Village Lighthouse also distributes calendars, greeting cards, magnets, cologne and other paper products. For more information about Village Lighthouse, visit its corporate Web site at www.villagelighthouse.com.
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