Standing-room only panels for LGBT filmmakers are highlighting this year's Queer Lounge. Monday find out from Hollywood insiders how they're navigating the Hollywood system when it comes to being inclusive of LGBT content.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES TO THE SCREEN: NAVIGATING HOLLYWOOD WITH LGBT CONTENT
Monday, January 19, 2009, 3:00 PMPanelists: Christine Vachon (Prod., Boys Don't Cry, Motherhood), Ryan Werner (VP of Marketing, IFC), David Permut (Prod., Prayers for Bobby, Face/Off), Daniel Sladek (Prod., Prayers for Bobby), and Eric D'Arbeloff (Co-President, Roadshow Attraction), others TBA. Moderator: Kyle Buchanan (Film Critic, The Advocate, Defamer.com) Years ago, it was inconceivable that in suburban America, a cineplex could simultaneously offer the choice of Transamerica, Capote and Brokeback Mountain, each a success in their own right. Though box office profit is crucial, films like these also spark new discussions about the LGBT community and transform American opinion. Yet, LGBT projects have to carefully navigate their way through Hollywood's cautious approach to get made, and not every one emerges unscathed. The development process might transform once multi-dimensional LGBT characters into neutered or exaggerated caricatures. And in a global economy, studios contemplate international perceptions of LGBT issues. Hear from filmmakers who have successfully navigated LGBT-content films through the development, packaging, financing, marketing, and even Oscar® and Emmy® campaign stages of Hollywood.