Posted at 3:57 PM on June 25, 2008
by Euan Kerr
Walker Assistant Film Curator Dean Otto is using this years Queer Takes: Visibly Out, which runs today through Sunday, to take stock.
Not only is he using the event to look back at some of the important GLBT films, he's also working with folks at Outfest in their effort to preserve important GLBT films which are at risk. The OutFest Legacy Project is working to make new prints, restore important films, and encourage film makers to donate copies of their work for proper archiving.
The Walker is working with Tom Letness of the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights on the preservation of a copy of "Parting Glances," from 1986 which is being shown as part of the Festival
Otto is also celebrating a legacy of GLBT films in Minnesota, stretching back to the 80's. We talked at length about both subjects the other day. We also talked about the evolution of GLBT films over the years, going from documentation of pride parades to the sophisticated and widely available genre it is today.
On top of all that Otto is excited about the breadth and depth of the films screening at this years event. In addition to the Oscar-winning short documentary "Freeheld" (about a lesbian couples struggle to receive the same medical benefits as straight couples when one of them gets cancer) there is "XXY" (a feature about an intersex child, born with the genitalia of both genders) and "Chris and Don" (a documentary about the relationship between writer Christopher Isherwood, who wrote the stories which became the basis for 'Cabaret,' and painter Don Bachardy who was 30 years younger.)