Queer Hollywood: The Past and Present of LGBTQ People in Film with James Schamus

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11/17/2009 @ 7:00 PM
to 9:30 PM

Roone Aldridge Cinema, Lerner Hall

Everyone Allied Against Homophobia presents a screening of the The Celluloid Closet, a documentary about the history of LGBTQ people in film, followed by a discussion with James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features and acclaimed screenwriter/producer.

The Celluloid Closet is based on Vito Russo’s landmark book by the same name. The Celluloid Closet explodes sexual myths and explores how our national attitudes towards homosexuality and sex roles have evolved through a century of American film. The documentary includes clips from over 100 Hollywood movies and interviews with many of the filmmakers and actors who created them (including Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Curtis, and Gore Vidal). The movie will be followed by a talk with Professor James Schamus, a Columbia University Film Professor as well as the CEO of Focus Features, and an acclaimed film producer and screenwriter. He has collaborated with Director Ang Lee on numerous projects, including Taking Woodstock (Writer, Producer); Lust, Caution (Writer, Producer); Brokeback Mountain (Producer); Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Writer, Producer); and The Ice Storm (Writer, Producer).

Reception to follow. Cosponsored by the Office of the University Chaplain.

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