Sundance Film Festival

GLAAD to host queer-inclusive panels at Sundance

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will host Bishop Gene Robinson, director Ira Sachs and other filmmakers during the third annual cineGLAAD at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The program works to raise awareness about films with queer content and amplifies the voices of filmmakers who highlight the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience.

“The Sundance Film Festival has been a starting point for some of the most prominent films with LGBT stories. It’s these images that are building support for equality by helping Americans understand the common ground we all share,” Mike Thompson, acting president of GLAAD said in a press release. “GLAAD is proud to help raise the profile of those films and filmmakers who highlight the LGBT experience as an official Institute Associate at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.”

The cineGLAAD panels will be held at the Sundance Film Festival’s Filmmaker Lodge located on the second floor of the Elks Building, 550 Main St., in Park City. Panel discussions are free and open to the public. Guests must RSVP. Priority entry will be given to 2012 Sundance Film Festival pass holders. Guests should RSVP at

Panels and events

Relying on the Kindness of Strangers: Funding Film Through Social Media
Saturday, Jan. 21, 4 p.m.

For aspiring independent filmmakers, one of the most daunting parts of the process is raising the money needed to make a film. Particularly for films with queer content, there is often a dearth of investors willing to take a chance on new talent, but the advent of online social networking has opened up new fundraising strategies for film that are quickly becoming the norm. This panel will address the often difficult road that queer-inclusive and independent films have to travel before and after getting made and a how to reach a wider community willing to open their wallets to help see these unique stories told. Panelists include Adam Chapnick (Chief of Distribution, IndieGoGo), Maria Lynn (President, Wolfe Video) and Erin Greenwell (Writer/Director, My Best Day).

Keep the Lights On: What Modern Queer Cinema Looks Like
Monday, Jan. 23, 4:30 p.m.

Keep the Lights On examines a decade-long relationship between two men in New York City. Though the film deals with issues facing the contemporary gay community, including fidelity and addiction, it also tells a deeply personal story that plays out with sometimes startling authenticity. Join writer and director Ira Sachs (who previously brought the award-winning Forty Shades of Blue to Sundance) and others for a discussion on the film’s creation and its place in the queer cinema canon. Panelists include Zachary Booth, Mauricio Zacharias (Co-writer) and Thimios Bakatakis (Director of Photography).

Love Free or Die: Bishop Gene Robinson and the Evolving Church

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m.

In 2003, Gene Robinson became the first openly-gay man to be elected to bishop in the Episcopal Church, resulting in both cheers of celebration from progressive Christians around the world and angry condemnation from the church’s more conservative sects. Robinson’s appointment touched off a movement that has changed the way the church relates to queer people, which has long been an emotionally-charged and complex relationship. The new documentary Love Free Or Die takes a closer look at this relationship through the eyes of the man whose appointment found him at the center of the storm. Join Bishop Gene Robinson, director Macky Alson and others as they discuss making the documentary and what’s next in the often unpredictable saga of LGBT people and the church. Panelists include Bishop Gene Robinson, Director Macky Alston and Director Sandi Dubowski (Trembling Before G-d). Moderator: Kyle Buchanan (Film Editor, New York Magazine)

cineGLAAD Lounge
Tuesday, Jan. 24 – All Day
Filmmakers reception at 1 p.m.

LGBT and allied festival-goers are invited to the cineGLAAD Lounge at The Sky Lodge, 201 Heber Avenue, where guests can enjoy coffee and free internet while networking with other professionals in a relaxed setting.

Cocktails with cineGLAAD
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m.

GLAAD will also host a cocktail reception as a networking opportunity for LGBT filmmakers and allies. ‘Cocktails with cineGLAAD’ will be held at The Sky Lodge, 201 Heber Ave., Park City. Attendees will receive a one-year membership to GLAAD and hosted cocktails, courtesy of Bud Light and RÖKK Vodka.

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