It's a big day for the LGBT community in Park City. After hitting the infamous Queer Brunch at Grubb Steak House, the place to be is Queer Lounge where there will be an insightful discussion of the media's role in LGBT equality.
Sunday, January 18, 2009, 2:30PMPanelists: John Cooper (Sundance Film Festival®), Rob Epstein (Oscar® Winning Dir., The Times of Harvey Milk, Celluloid Closet), Rashad Robinson (GLAAD), Matt Coles (ACLU), Dayna Frank (HOMOtracker, F.A.I.R.). Moderator: B. Ruby Rich (Cultural Critic; Professor UC Santa Cruz) This past November, the passage of Proposition 8 eliminated the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples in California, prompting swift public marches, boycotts, frustration and determination from local LGBT communities. Prop. 8 is arguably one of the most galvanizing moments in the gay rights movement. As filmmakers, what can we do to further the dialogue? Film and the LGBT movement have had a historical interplay. From the Stonewall Riot of 1969 to the murder of Harvey Milk, from the AIDS crisis to the hate crimes that claimed the lives of Brandon Teena and Matthew Shepard, film has amplified the effects of the grassroots groundswell to these events. This panel tackles the integral roles filmmakers have played in the LGBT movement as well as the emerging power of new media, the blogosphere and social networking sites utilized by the Activist 2.0 generation.