Sunday Oct 13, 2019
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Enjoy the screening as part of the 17th Annual Way OUT West Film Fest.
Gabrielle Zilkha’s QUEERING THE SCRIPT gathers a dynamite roster of fans, creators, and actors for a loving, incisive, deep-dive discussion of the sometimes inspiring yet often troubled history of queer female representation on television.
Galvanized by the upsetting trend of stereotyping, neglecting, or outright killing-off of TV’s beloved queer characters, Zilkha’s subjects beautifully articulate their frustrations and their ideas for better, more accurate, more inclusive visibility. The film features interviews with Ilene Chaiken (THE L WORD), Angelica Ross (POSE), Stephanie Beatriz (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE), and more. Queerness on television has moved from subtext, in series such as XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, to all-out multi season relationships between women, as seen on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, LOST GIRL, and CARMILLA, but the documentary illuminates the need for improvement. In 2016, a record number of queer women died on fictional shows, which broke the hearts of queer fans and launched a successful fight for better, more diverse LGTBQ representation.