Hello folks! My partner Jessica Salgado and I are starting a queer film project, and we need your help!
A little about us:
Jess is a young, queer, woman of color filmmaker who creates films that center around social justice and community. She is a senior in Digital Media and Film Production at the Art Institute of California – San Francisco and “Queering Boundaries” will be her senior project. I (Ashley) am a senior at Mills College in the Creative Writing program, with a double minor in Spanish and Queer Studies.
“Queering Boundaries” is a short documentary on “Queer”—how the term functions as an identity and politics. Our primary intended audience is the LGBT community, especially those who are not familiar with “queer” as an identity term. Our goal is to open up an inter-generational dialogue in the queer community and also support those who embrace this term and its multiplicity of possibilities. We will present a brief history of the term and its uses (gender, sexuality, politics, slurs versus empowerment), then show three to five queer-identified individuals and their lived experience.
How you can be involved:
We are looking for queer-identifying individuals (however you define it) to be involved with and support the project in different ways, whether that is agreeing to be interviewed, assisting with the actual filming, donating time and equipment, recommending reading, introducing us to people who would be interested in the project, or helping us bounce ideas around.
We want to listen to your experience and knowledge of queer history, theory, and community, and lived political experience. Interviewees will be given a list of the interview questions prior to the interview, and do not have to answer all of the questions if they make the individual uncomfortable. We may ask to follow some of the interviewees for a day to show a rounder picture of the individual and how being queer does or doesn’t affect other aspects of their lives.
And to fellow queer filmmakers: if this sounds like a project you’d like to be a part of creating, please drop us a line!
You can contact us via email at: QueeringBoundaries@gmail.com
Follow us on Twitter (@QueerThis) and Facebook (facebook.com/QueeringBoundaries) to keep updated on the project. We are just now setting up our social media platform, so there isn’t much yet, but there will be soon!
Ashley Redfield & Jessica Salgado
P.S. Please share this around!
Hey folks, Jess and I are jumpstarting her senior project! Please get involved however you can, even if it means just following “Queer Boundaries” on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook!
Thanks, we really appreciate your support :)
So we’ve been tossing around the idea of some sort of arts and crafts event on campus to promote our group. Here’s a list of potential ideas:
First and for most, t-shirts! We need a piece of clothing to symbolize our Walrus pride and promote ourselves (The alternative would be carrying around a large stack of Walrus issues and slamming them down on tables for emphasis. However, we don’t want to be those people). If t-shirts aren’t your style, I suggest Googling “Walrus sweater-vests” for a goldmine of style.
With midterms and essay due-dates rapidly approaching, anxiety on campus is at an all time high. What better way to relax than carving a large chunk of wood into the shape of a majestic walrus?
My personal favorite is a session of walrus art. Grab your paintbrushes and broken Crayola crayons to create a master piece! And what better way to showcase your work then by submitting it to the 2013 issue of The Walrus?
Check out our guidelines!
Maybe I’ll carve a Walrus out of lino-block *Book Arts on the brain*
bell hooks, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies
Just wanted to share this quote, in light of having read something that truly disturbed me. Though we may have been hurt by people and politics in our past, that is no reason to turn on them with a volley of public insults. No real dialog can happen in that kind of situation, only defensive and painful statements. To strip someone so bare before strangers—she was so graceful in her replies, and yet you insulted her to the very core of her identity, this person who had been your friend up to that moment. No learning can happen if you only surround yourself with people just like you. You cannot bend everyone to your opinions if you have no eyes and no ears for other people’s experience. That is being just as closed-minded as the people you rail against. If you are so hateful to your past, that hate just multiplies inside you. It is that past that has shaped you—why don’t you try to look at the possibilities of re-shaping those painful memories, rather than throwing everything and everyone out associated with them? Your utter scorn and disrespect gives no credibility to your “collegiate education.” I am so ashamed.