June 19-22. San Francisco. Envisioning the future of queer media arts.

Podcasts are up!!!

Posted by Matt Florence, Conference Co-Coordinator

After a few delays and technical glitches, the podcasts of some of the sessions from the conference are now available! Go to the Frameline site where you can find them.

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Skadi says:

Matt -
thanks so much for doing all the work to get the podcasts up on the website. I'm really excited to listen to the panels I had to miss at the interesting conference you and Meg organized.

One technical question: there seems to be a problem with the last couple of podcasts. I cannot listen to or download them. Is there a problem with the links?

Cheers,
Skadi :)

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They really are coming!

Posted by Matt Florence, Conference Co-Coordinator

Sorry for the delay with the podcasts.... But we got them in our hands today.

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Fair Use and Copyright Action!

Posted by Matt Florence, Conference Co-Coordinator

The problem is one of liability: if you decide to use an orphan work, even after a search to find the owner there is a possibility that the copyright owner could turn up later and sue you for infringement.... We've made it easy for you, go to the following web page and fill out the letter form: www.publicknowledge.org/node/487/act All you need to do is enter the information, edit the letter as you see fit (especially the middle section that asks for personal experiences / examples of orphan works problems), and click "Review Letter" at the bottom of the page.

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Podcasts Coming

Posted by Matt Florence, Conference Co-Coordinator

But it's taking a little bit to get everything put into the proper format.... Please come back then to check out the conference and all the exciting panels that happened then.

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Sridhar says:

Hi Matt and Meg and all the people who made the PV conference such a wonderful and enriching experience.

It was a great learning foothold for someone like me who comes from a third world country like India where queer filmmaking is so nascent and underground. Though I was trying to juggle between being at the Frameline festival and PV and a desi queer conference all at the same time, I got to attend some fab panels like Queer channel explosion, Releasing an LGBT feature, Producers roundtable, Public relations primer, etc not to forget Ruby and Keith Boykin's talks. I hope I'll be able to catch up on everything I missed on this website soon.

Now as I sit here back home in Bombay which is torn apart by rains, riots and bomb blasts, I am trying to keep my sanity intact and keep the conference and festival alive in my mind which for me was an immense validation of my belonging to a global queer filmmaking community.

Thanks for that and cheers to all of us in taking the new queer media forward, in whatever small little way each one of us can. :-)

Cheers for a great event

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Happy Gay Pride Day!

Posted by Matt Florence, Conference Co-Coordinator

HOMO NEST RAIDED - QUEEN BEES ARE STINGING MAD -by Jerry Lisker, New York Daily News, July 6th 1969 She sat there with her legs crossed, the lashes of her mascara-coated eyes beating like the wings of a hummingbird.... According to reports, the Stonewall Inn, a two-story structure with a sand painted brick and opaque glass facade, was a mecca for the homosexual element in the village who wanted nothing but a private little place where they could congregate, drink, dance and do whatever little girls do when they get together.

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Day Four: Onward and Upward

Posted by Matt Florence, Conference Co-Coordinator

The last day of the conference was quite the way to send people on out to make new queer media. The conference felt like it was packed to the gills with people crowding in to panels including the ones called P.R.

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Day Three: Festivals, Youth, and Producers

Posted by Meg Daly

I missed it, but apparently the Producers Roundtable session was a knockout with the effervescent Effie Brown, Stephen Israel and Marcus Hu discussing what goes into producing an LGBT film. Rumor has it a healthy debate erupted about digital vs. film. Meanwhile, downstairs, young filmmakers talked craft and concept. Festival programmers took the stage for much of the rest of the day, talking about the festival circuit's activist roots and continued activist role in LGBT communities. A nuts and bolts "programming for your audience" drew a big crowd, while a panel on niche festivals brought together curators of black, trans, and experimental festivals to talk about running non-mainstream LGBT fests. A MAJOR highlight of the day was the keynote talk...

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Day Two: Archiving, Queer Channels and More!

Posted by Meg Daly

We got off to a great first full day of panels and discussions, including the very well received Archiving & Preservation for the Queer Filmmaker led by Lynne Kirste of the Academy Film Archive. Other dynamic panels included Queerly Educational led by Jim van Buskirk and Queer Channel Explosion, featuring Maureen Guthman from LOGO and Meredith Kadlec from here! TV. We also heard reports that Carol Queen wowed them in the Business Side of Porn panel. And Jon Gerrans from Strand Releasing talked to a packed room of filmmakers about Releasing and LGBT Feature. We'll have podcasts of many of the sessions uploaded on our website next week, so check back with us. In the meantime, we hope you'll comment...

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B. Ruby Rich

Posted by Meg Daly

Our esteemed opening keynote drew over one hundred people to the Victoria yesterday. B. Ruby Rich discussed some of the themes and topics from her upcoming book, The Rise and Fall of the New Queer Cinema. She addressed the continued importance of LGBT film festivals, saying that our festivals provide "a focus and locus" for our community. She also discussed the impact of Brokeback Mountain on the queer filmmaking landscape. And she identified three emerging trends in queer cinema: Transgender films, Third Queer/World Cinema, and Digital Filmmaking. We'll be discussing all this and more as the conference gets underway in earnest today. Share your thoughts with us here on Rich's remarks as well as other conference goings-on.

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Interviewing Hedwig

Posted by Matt Florence, Conference Co-Coordinator

Go check it out and get excited to come the Victoria on Thursday at 4 to hear John speak on the closing day of the Persistent Vision Conference. If you're not coming to the whole conference and just want to hear him speak, you can go to the Frameline Box Office and pick up a ticket for just $7/6.

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We got the Stars!

Posted by Matt Florence, Conference Co-Coordinator

2006 Ten Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz… In alphabetical order Diane Anderson-Minshall Executive Editor, Curve Magazine A founder and former editor of Girlfriends and Alice magazines, her writing has appeared in dozens of publications including Film Threat, Bust, Bitch, Venus, Teenage, and Utne.... Past recipients of the award include: director Jamie Babbit, Law & Order’s Wendy Battles, L word’s Ilene Chaiken, actress Jane Lynch, Showtime’s Gwen Marcus, Logo’s Eileen Opatut, writer/director Angela Robinson, Planet Out’s Jenny Stewart, Advocate’s Anne Stockwell, director Rose Troche, and actress Guinevere Turner.

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Maya says:

This information is inspiring. The more I consider how many great people I'm going to get to meet and listen to at Persistent Vision, the more I excited I become about attending. Thank you for the education!

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Final Details!

Posted by Matt Florence, Conference Co-Coordinator

Registration opens up at Noon at the San Francisco LGBT Center (1800 Market Street -- see http://tinyurl.com/g7ygp for directions or to map a route using public transportation see http://www.511.org). On that first day, you'll register then go to the Victoria Theater (2961 16th Street or see http://tinyurl.com/r2css for a map -- it's within walking distance of the Center) at 4:00 for our first keynote address.

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Maya says:

Matthew / Meg: We should all be as intrepid as you two! Though we've had difficulty linking up before the conference for interview, I'm now thinking it will be better to wrap it up afterwards, pointing out pitfalls and highlights. Notwithstanding, I'm ready for the full experience!

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Make your movie on a cell phone?

Posted by Meg Daly

I just heard the buzz about this new Italian film "New Love Meetings" shot entirely on a cell phone. And it's got me wondering: What opportunities are there for LGBT media makers with this kind of filmmaking? When we started our planning for the Persistent Vision conference, Frameline sent out a survey to some key players in the LGBT film production, distribution, and exhibition worlds, and they told us resoundingly that one of the biggest issues filmmakers face is MONEY. No surprise there. Does shooting a film on a cell phone change all that? And how does cell phone filmmaking relate to delivery of media content to cell phones?

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Maya says:

Meg: What a fascinating write-up. The San Francisco International this year had a sidebar on "pocket cinema." I have my personal issues with it, of course, because I'm old-fashioned and prefer the communal experience of sitting in the dark and watching images larger than myself and am usually the first to chastize the cellphone set who take to looking at their flip-up screens during projection. Whereas certainly it's commendable that cellphone technology helps circumvent the costs involved in movie production, I'm a bit concerned that they take away more than they give to movie culture. I hope to have that opinion reversed in the years to come.

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The Business Side of Porn

Posted by Meg Daly

I had a great talk yesterday with John Karr, the moderator of the Business Side of Porn panel which takes place on Tues, June 20 at 1:30. John is the Bay Area Reporter's "Karrnal Knowledge" porn critic. He is going to be talking with panelists Tom Settle (Colt), Chris Ward (Raging Stallion) and Carol Queen (Good Vibes) about how queer porn producers have revloutionized their distribution models in recent years - creating more equity within the business and empowering independent makers. Community building via porn - who knew? Apparently many smart producers and filmmakers, that's who.

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Conference Information

Persistent Vision 2006: Envisioning the Future of Queer Media Arts

Where: The San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco, CA.

When: June 19 - 22, 2006

Brought to you by Frameline30
San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
“Thirty years of revolutionary film”
June 15-25, 2006

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