Queer Reels, Real Topics Film Series
Queer Reels, Real Topics is a film series hosted by the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement and Women's & Gender Studies. Serving as an extension of the classroom, this film series merges education with entertainment about the LGBTQIA community.
Films of all genres serve an important community function by affirming lives, making the invisible, visible, and educating audiences about other folks' stories and histories.
Film screening are FREE and open to all students and the community. Each film will be followed by a facilitated audience conversation.
October 6 – Political Animals: Pioneering Women Who Paved the Way for LGBT Equality, An Afterword Pictures, Idiot Savant Pictures (2016), Jonah Makowitx, Tracy Wares (filmmakers), 88 mins.
7:00 p.m. via Zoom | Discussion to follow lead by Tricia Earl, Program Manager, Women's & Gender Studies and Jody Randall, Director, Office of LGBTQIA Education and Engagement. RSVP link coming soon!
The winner of over ten awards including the American Library Association's Notable Video for Adults." POLITICAL ANIMALS tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century - the gay rights movement - through the eyes of first four members of the LGBT Legislative Caucus: Jackie Goldberg, Christine Kehoe, Sheila Kuehl, and Carole Migden.
Emotionally charged like its subjects, the film follows these four ground-breaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities off the streets and into the halls of government.
Winner of Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
"Not only is the film beautifully made, but equally as important it follows a story that is little known in all its details."-- Huffington Post
November 10 – Deep Run: Trans Life in the Rural South (2015), Women Make Movies, Hillevi Loven (filmmaker), 75 mins.
7:00 p.m. via Zoom | Discussion to follow. RSVP link coming soon!
Executive produced by Susan Sarandon, DEEP RUN is a powerful portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Exiled by her family and rejected by an ex-partner, 17-year-old Spazz has no one to lean on for support. But when Spazz falls in love again and summons up the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed trans-man, his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily.
This deeply personal documentary reveals rebirth and courage within America's deeply conservative Bible Belt as Cole struggles to find a church that will affirm his identity and the couple's relationship. With a small group of supportive friends, relatives, and his girlfriend, Ashley, Cole's search for love and belonging leads him to a radical revision of what faith and church can be. An intimate study of young outsiders in an insular Christian community, DEEP RUN explores the intersection of modern identity and faith in the American South.
Winner of Best Documentary at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. Official Selection at DOC NYC and Frameline Film Festival.