2023 LGBTQ+ Month

  • Film

Filmmaking is Like a Love Affair for Panayotis Evangelidis

Panayotis Evangelidis is a Greek novelist, screenwriter and filmmaker whose documentaries are known for their intensely personal view on LGBTQ life and issues, in Greece and in America. Among others, his latest, The Tilos Weddings, chronicles the struggles of the Greek  LGBTQ community to legalize same-sex marriage from 2008 up to now; They Glow in the Dark looks at the aftermath of the AIDS crisis through the lives of a couple of older gay men who move to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and try to make ends meet by selling trinkets; Irving Park follows the unconventional family of four gay men in their sixties who design and lead their lives unapologetically according to their own desires.
  • Film

“Let Liv” Filmmakers Discuss How Crafting LGBTQ+ Characters Is Its Own Political Act

The 13 minutes short film Let Liv recently had its world premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Festival, after having been selected from more than 8,000 competitive entries. Directed by Erica Rose, and written by and costarring Olivia Levine, it tells the story of a young woman who begrudgingly agrees to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting with her new partner, using humor to deflect the anxiety she feels about it.
  • Film

Whitney Skauge’s Documentary Work Acts as an Extension of their Social and Political Activism

From the get-go, Whitney Skauge’s mission as a documentary filmmaker has been to use their platform to advocate for diverse storytelling and create representation on both sides of the camera. Their debut short documentary, The Beauty President (2021), highlights the historic 1992 bid for the White House of Terence Smith’s drag persona Joan Jett Blakk as one of the first openly queer write-in candidates.
  • Television

“Harlan Coben’s Shelter” – Abby Corrigan on the importance of an LGBTQ+ character in the YA Series

"Who am I? What's going on? I've definitely struggled with those questions throughout my life,” admits Abby Corrigan (Castle Rock; Homeland), in a press conference at the Monte Carlo Television Festival last week in Monaco. She is promoting the new Prime series: Harlan Coben’s Shelter, which is based on “Shelter,” the first novel in the best-selling young adult book trilogy by the writer Harlan Coben, and premiered at the festival.