QUEERING THE SCRIPTDirected by Gabrielle Zilkha
Cast: Lucy Lawless, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Tanya Saracho, Gloria Calderon Kellett & Mike Royce, Ilene Chaiken, Angelica Ross
Gabrielle Zilkha’s latest film gathers a dynamite roster of fans, creators, and actors for an incisive 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. Featuring interviews with Ilene Chaiken (The L Word), Angelica Ross (Pose), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and more.
Screening followed by panel discussion featuring Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time), Angelica Ross (Pose), Marja-Lewis Ryan (The L Word: Generation Q) schedules permitting. Moderated by Tracy E. Gilchrist, Feminism Editor of The Advocate.
Gabrielle Zilkha is an award-winning director and producer with experience in documentary, scripted and interactive content. Her work has been screened around the world and covered by the Globe and Mail, Indiewire, CBC Radio, The Huffington Post, the Canadian Jewish News and After Ellen. Most recently, Gabrielle directed the CBC Arts web-series Queer (Self) Portraits (2017), a documentary series celebrating queer and trans artists. She also produced the short documentary Badassery (2017), which tells the breakout stories of Canada’s top female hip hop DJs. In 2016, she completed her first feature documentary Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana (2016) about a small tribe in Ghana on a journey of self-discovery after recently discovering their Jewish roots. The film was broadcast on Vision TV and screened at festivals around the world. Prior to that she wrote, directed and produced her award-winning short comedy Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny (2013) which was shortlisted for the Iris Prize, the world’s most prestigious LGBT film award