Turning the Page: Storytelling as Activism in Queer Film and Media

Turning the Page: Storytelling as Activism in Queer Film and Media

by David R. Coon


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Surprisingly, Hollywood is still clumsily grappling with its representation of sexual minorities, and LGBTQ filmmakers struggle to find a place in the mainstream movie industry. However, organizations outside the mainstream are making a difference, helping to produce and distribute authentic stories that are both by and for LGBTQ people. 

Turning the Page introduces readers to three nonprofit organizations that, in very different ways, have each positively transformed the queer media landscape. David R. Coon takes readers inside In the Life Media, whose groundbreaking documentaries on the LGBTQ experience aired for over twenty years on public television stations nationwide. Coon reveals the successes of POWER UP, a nonprofit production company dedicated to mentoring filmmakers who can turn queer stories into fully realized features and short films. Finally, he turns to Three Dollar Bill Cinema, an organization whose film festivals help queer media find an audience and whose filmmaking camps for LGBTQ youth are nurturing the next generation of queer cinema. 

Combining a close analysis of specific films and video programs with extensive interviews of industry professionals, Turning the Page demonstrates how queer storytelling in visual media has the potential to empower individuals, strengthen communities, and motivate social justice activism.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813593692
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 07/11/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

DAVID R. COON is an associate professor of media studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. He is the author of Look Closer: Suburban Narratives and American Values in Film and Television (Rutgers University Press). 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Telling Stories for Social Change
1          Challenging Oppressive Myths: LGBTQ Activism and Storytelling
2          Documenting and Preserving Stories from the LGBTQ Movements: In the Life Media
3          Training Filmmakers and Educating Audiences: POWER UP
4          Connecting Diverse Communities through Film and Media Festivals: Three Dollar Bill
5          Developing the Next Generation of Storytellers: Reel Queer Youth
Conclusion: Stories of Some of Our Lives

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