Queering the Script
New York Premiere
Dir. Gabrielle Zilkha, Canada & USA, 2019, 85 mins
Fangirls have long been overlooked and disregarded, but Gabrielle Zilkha’s documentary beautifully honors the queer women who have consistently supported some of television’s most popularly coded shows, such as XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
QUEERING THE SCRIPT looks at queer representation over past decades—charting its course from mild subtext to fully realized queer characters—and its impact on the women who were watching. Zilkha reorients our associations with fan culture away from cis hetero men and toward a new, intersectional audience, creating a refreshing, empathetic, and honest film about media’s ubiquitous nature and the repercussions of that, especially for queer communities. With extraordinary candor and thoughtfulness, Zilkha and her interviewees argue for necessary changes to the status quo of storytelling.
Cast: Angelica Ross, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Gloria Calderon Kellett & Mike Royce, Ilene Chaiken, Lucy Lawless, Tanya Saracho
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Dir. Searit Huluf, USA, 2018, 0:09:43
An amateur female gamer is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to try out for a pro league gaming team, only to be repressed by self-doubt.