* All panels take place at the Silver King Hotel, lower level conference room, 1485 Empire Avenue, Park City, UT
Online & Original: Filmed Content on the Web
Sunday, January 21, 3:00pm (after the Queer Brunch)
Guests: Matt Farber, founder of LOGO and Glee.com, Ilene Chaiken, Creator of Showtime's The L Word series and OurChart.com, Fenton Bailey, co-director of The Eyes of Tammy Faye and co-founder of WOW.tv, Jenny Stewart, Manager of Entertainment Programming, PlanetOut.com and juror, PlanetOut Short Movie Awards, Angela Robinson, D.E.B.S. & Herbie Fully Loaded.
YouTube and MySpace have exploded online social networking. Internet users design their own profiles and upload and view video clips. Producing creative content and sharing it with the masses is now more do-it-yourself than ever. Are there opportunities for home-grown LGBT filmmakers to find wide audiences? Will these kinds of websites revolutionize distribution and money-making opportunities for LGBT content? Our panelists—pioneers in entertainment—will screen some of the best and funniest clips from the next wave of LGBT-friendly internet sites and discuss creative expressions on the web. The discussion will include OurChart.com, an online social space for lesbians and friends, PlanetOut.com's Short Movie Awards, discovering new LGBT film talent, WOW.tv, creating content and income streams for filmmakers, and Glee.com for professional and social networking.
The Religious Agenda: Gays, Faith & Film
Monday, January 22, 3:00pm
Guests: Dir. Dan Karslake, Reverend Mel White, Rabbi Steve Greenberg of For the Bible Tells Me So, Robert Cary, director, and Judith Light, star, of Save Me, Sandi Dubowski, director Trembling Before G-D, producer In the Name of Allah (working title).
With the nation divided over the issue of homosexuality, a still greater divide has arisen within religion. Two powerful films this year at Sundance address the religious agenda on homosexuality– Save Me, starring Chad Allen, Robert Gant & Judith Light and the documentary For the Bible Tells Me So featuring Bishop Gene Robinson (the first openly gay bishop), Richard Gephardt & the Archbishop Tutu. And an upcoming documentary looks at gays in Muslim society, In the Name of Allah. Each film is a fair-minded look at many sides of the issue. This lively discussion will address religious scriptures' literal and interpreted views on homosexuality, the boundaries of right and wrong, and how culture and mass media around the world shape our perceptions of the relationship between religion and gays.