FROM IDEA TO SCREEN: WHAT ARE THE QUEER STORIES THAT NEED TO BE TOLD? - presented in partnership with It Gets Better. Premiering Sunday, January 23rd.
The It Gets Better Project has a mission to uplift, empower and connect LGBTQIA+ youth around the globe. One of the key ways in which we do that is by sharing, creating, and amplifying stories — from films to TV shows, original short-form video series to TikToks, in person presentations to streaming on Twitch. There are countless ways of making your voice heard and getting your story told. This panel will focus on the wide range of stories we need to see more of, why creating stories for young LGBTQIA+ people is of particular importance, and the challenges filmmakers and creators face in trying to get those stories out into the world. We’ll also look at some of the stories the It Gets Better Project is working on and what the young people we serve (including our Youth Voices ambassadors) have identified as issues of particular importance.
Moderator: Brian Wenke, Executive Director & CEO, It Gets Better
Érica Sarmet, A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here, Sundance ’22 Shorts Competition
Jen Richards, Framing Agnes, Sundance ’22 NEXT Section
Joey Soloway, Transparent, Sundance ’22 NEXT Juror
Theda Hammel, My Trip to Spain, Sundance ’22 Indie Episodic Pilot Showcase
Eboni Munn, Director of Brand Marketing, Content & Creative, It Gets Better
Javicia Leslie, Batwoman
Sherry Cola, Good Trouble