Queer Lounge Panels

Watching a movie is entertaining, but discussing the movie is enlightening. Actors, writers, directors and producers are just some of the individuals involved in moviemaking that will provide insights on six different movie panels.

Savage Grace

Saturday, January 19, 2008, 1:30pm
Guests: Tom Kalin (Director), Katie Roumel (Producer, Killer Films), Howard Rodman (Writer), and other guests TBD
Director Tom Kalin returns to Sundance 16 years after his debut feature Swoon helped define the “New Queer Cinema” movement of the early 1990s. Like his first film, Savage Grace focuses on a notorious, true-life murder case with a gay perpetrator who ignited a media frenzy. Kalin’s newest film continues in the style of Swoon by seeking to fill in the grisly crime’s rich and complicated back story. Savage Grace focuses on a former actress and social climber who met a tragic end after attempting to “cure” her son of his homosexuality. Join the director, producer and screenwriter for a discussion about the dangerous and transgressive individuals that inhabit Kalin’s work, the challenging queer images he puts onscreen, and the true story behind Savage Grace.

Tipping Point: Social Change Through Film

Sunday, January 20, 2008, 2:30pm
Guests: Neil G. Giuliano (President, GLAAD), Morgan Spurlock (Director, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?) Ricky Strauss (President, Participant Productions), and Christine Vachon (Producer, Savage Grace) and other TBD
Cinema has a long and proud tradition of addressing social issues, though it is somewhat more rare that a filmmaker will openly attempt to sway public opinion through their work. In a discussion of the fluid lines between art-making and activism, panelists will address such topics as how their beliefs have influenced their craft (and vice versa), the differing strategies of narrative and documentary film, and the true effectiveness of film to sway the hearts and minds of an audience.

Writers Strike and You

Monday, January 21, 2008, 11:00am
Presentation plus Q&A with Jonathan Handel
The Writers Guild is still on strike – 10 weeks and counting. The Directors Guild will have started its negotiations by the time you read this, and maybe even done its deal. If the WGA doesn’t like that deal, the actors probably won’t either, and, come July 1, both guilds may be on strike, truly a nightmare scenario. What’s it all mean for the independent filmmaker? Jonathan Handel, digital media attorney and former associate counsel at the WGA, has the facts. He’s been quoted and interviewed in the media dozens of times, including in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, CNBC and media across the world via the Associated Press. Don’t miss this chance to get your questions answered.

HBO & World of Wonder Present “When I Knew”

Monday, January 21, 2008, 4:00pm
Guests: Randy Barbato & Fenton Bailey (Directors), Robert Trachtenburg (Author), and Rex Lee (Actor
Moderator: Anne Stockwell (Editor in Chief, The Advocate)
Inspired by Robert Trachtenburg’s book, When I Knew, award-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Eyes Of Tammy Faye, Party Monster, and Inside Deep Throat) traveled the country asking ordinary people to tell their stories of when they realized they were gay. Through entertaining, insightful and moving interviews with over 150 people from five cities, the filmmakers captured not only the “ah ha” moments, but also moments when people first felt radically different from their friends and family. In a discussion with The Advocate’s Editor in Chief Anne Stockwell, Bailey, Barbato, Trachtenberg, and Entourage actor Rex Lee will share their own personal experiences as they relate to the themes of the documentary. An extended clip of the film will be shown, and a reception open to panel attendees will follow the discussion.

Self-distribution & Merchandising

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 12 Pm Noon
Guests: Josh Caldwell & Hunter Weeks (Directors, 10mph), Leslie Nuccio (Marketing Director, Café Press), Maria Wolfe (President, Wolfe Video), and others guests TBD
The thought of self-distribution is a daunting one. Negotiating with theatrical exhibitors, creating advertising, publicity and marketing campaigns and perhaps doing it all on your own seems expensive and labor-intensive. The internet age brings good news, however, both for marketing and creative merchandising — and beyond theatrical distribution, selling DVDs and Video On Demand via internet are perhaps more cost-effective ways of DIY distribution. This panel will address the options and challenges of self-distribution, alternative ways to generate funds through the internet and merchandising, and whether cultivating niche audiences can work to a film’s advantage.

The Advocate Presents Gay Filmmakers and Sexual Provocation

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 3:00pm
Guests: Alan Ball (Director, Towelhead), Isaac Julien (Director, Derek), Bruce LaBruce (Director, Otto; or Up with Dead People)
Moderator: Kyle Buchanan (Film Critic, The Advocate)
When openly gay directors stormed the film scene in the 1990s, they used their sexuality as a tool to provoke, unsettle and jostle the status quo. “A decade of mainstream assimilation and bland gay romcoms may have neutered that outlaw sensibility,” says moderator Kyle Buchanan, film critic for The Advocate, “but this year’s crop of daring directors aim to bring the teeth back to New Queer Cinema.” The gay directors on this panel will discuss how sexuality influences their desire to push buttons — even if members of their own queer community take offense.

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