Filmmaking as Activism

Filmmaking as Activism

Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 • 5:00 PM

The Paramount Center

Join us immediately following the screening of 195 Lewis for a panel discussion on filmmaking and activism.

Filmmaking as Activism: Representation and Resistance in the Age of Trump.

LGBTQ filmmakers have always used the medium to deconstruct, analyze, and expose the ways in which our community has dealt with homophobia, classism, and racism. With the 2016 election of Trump and the impending retraction of the recent gains in trans rights, marriage rights, HIV/Aids funding and more, art has become even more important as a means to telling our stories and laying bare the ways in which the system uses power and the media to oppress and suppress, to reinforce the closet, and to encourage and validate racism.

This panel brings together filmmakers to discuss strategies that investigate homophobic culture, expose systemic oppression, and sometimes to simply present the stories of our community that are going untold. Working across genres of documentary and narrative, feature and short form, our panelists have used film to challenge what it means to be an activist and bring greater depth to our concept of what the queer community stands for. Represent and resist.


Join Wicked Queer, filmmakers Travis Matthews (DISCREET, INTERIOR: LEATHER BAR), C.Fitz (JEWEL’S CATCH ONE, SHOWGIRLS, PROVINCETOWN, MA), Chanelle Aponte Pearson (195 LEWIS), Rae Leone Allen (195 LEWIS), activist Jewel Thais-Williams (JEWEL’S CATCH ONE), and other guests of the festival as we examine what it means to be a queer filmmaker in the Trump era.

Panel will be followed by a reception.

This event is proud to be co-presented by: The LOCS Collective