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The Reel it OUT Queer Film Festival of Hampton Roads is a community focused event with the goal and purpose of exposing, educating, and introducing the lifestyle, struggles, joys, and hardships of the Queer community through the world of film and media. For years, the Queer community is kept silent or unrecognized in the world of film; and our struggles are kept limited and hidden from public eye. Today, that has changed and hundreds of writers, actors, and filmmakers are fighting against the "status Quo" of what is expected on tv and the movie screen; and this festival is to honor and commemorate those filmmakers who are not afraid to make films for the Queer community, because it may not be what the "traditional audiences" want but they don't care, and this festival is to commemorate and honor those brave people. ̌
QUEER FILM FESTIVAL
The Reel it Out Queer Film Festival of Hampton Roads is a community focused event with the goal of educating and introducing the LGBTQ struggles, joys, and hardships through the world of film and media.
For years, the Queer community had kept silent or unrecognized in the world of film; and our struggles are often kept limited and hidden from public view. Today, that has changed and hundreds of writers, actors, and filmmakers are fighting against the "status quo" of what is expected on TV and the movie screen; and this festival is to honor and commemorate those filmmakers who are not afraid to make films for the queer community, even though it may not be what "traditional audiences" want, but they don't care, and this festival is to commemorate and honor those brave people.
Christopher Reybrouck, email@example.com
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Film Selection Committee
Allison Weeks is the Marketing Coordinator at LGBT Life Center where she’s worked since August 2017. After graduating from Old Dominion University with a B.A. in Communication and English, she worked for an advertising agency before joining the LGBT nonprofit world. Weeks is passionate about civil/political advocacy, enjoys surfing and being outdoors, as well as creative writing. Currently, her favorite LGBT films are Tom of Finland and Beats Per Minute.
Cathleen Rhodes is a professor of English and Queer Studies at Old Dominion University and serves as the president of ODU’s Gay Cultural Studies Advisory Board. She devotes much of her time to the Tidewater Queer History Project, an organization she founded in 2015 to collect and preserve local LGBTQ history by filming interviews with people from the area. Rhodes is currently directing a documentary film based on those interviews. Her favorite LGBT film is The Celluloid Closet.
Charles H. Ford, Ph.D., is a professor of History at Norfolk State University (NSU). Ford has become a nationally-known, well-published expert on public school desegregation in Virginia. He also serves as a trustee of the Norfolk Public Library system, and was formerly the President of the Tidewater AIDS Crisis Taskforce. His favorite LGBT films are The Boys in the Band (1970) and Tongues Untied (1989).
Clay Porter has a background in cultural anthropology and religious studies. He moved to Norfolk in 2016 and began working for LGBT Life Center shortly after. Clay is passionate about building a strong, vibrant queer community in Hampton Roads. His favorite queer film is Angels in America.
Clayton Howard is the Development Coordinator at LGBT Life Center. He moved to Norfolk in 2016 and quickly became involved in the local community. Clayton enjoys practicing yoga and exploring local eateries. His favorite LGBT film is Milk (2008).
Michelle Reed has been employed with LGBT Life Center for 11 years. She is currently in the process of completing her graduate studies at Norfolk State University. Ms. Reed has a passion for writing poetry and short stories. The film that she looks forward to seeing the most is Kiki.
Christopher Reybrouck is the Chief Development Officer at LGBT Life Center. Chris has been working in the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ healthcare field since 2013 and is originally from Upstate New York. Previously, Chris has helped coordinate the Buffalo Pride Festival and served on the Board of Directors and then as the Director of Communications for the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus. His favorite LGBT film is “Too Wong Foo, Thank You For Everything”
Taryn A. Myers, Ph.D., is Batten Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology at Virginia Wesleyan College, where she also teaches courses in Women's and Gender Studies. She is a productive scholar in the field of risk and protective factors for body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. As a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community, her favorite LGBT film is The Normal Heart.
Corey Mohr started working at LGBT Life Center in October of 2016, and has been working in the LGBTQ healthcare space since 2013. Mohr came to Virginia via Buffalo, NY and New York City, where he worked on political campaigns, for TED Conference, and is the Director of Marketing for VideoOut.org, a digital library of coming out and ally stories. His favorite LGBTQ films are The Weekend and The Celluloid Closet.