Update June 27th: THE BLOGATHON IS ON!
You can now “attend” this event on Facebook!
Long time no see! Apologies for my very long, very unannounced absence from real blogging, but I have returned with a most exciting announcement. You may remember a while back I made a post querying if anybody would be interested in participating in a blogathon; due to a majorly positive response, today I am happy to announce that the event is officially a GO!
The Queer Film Blogathon will be held on June 27, 2011. The focus is on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or otherwise non-heterosexual, non-gender-binary depictions or personages in film. (Check out an all-inclusive discussion of the word “queer” at Wikipedia, including a history of its linguistic reappropriation as an identity rather than an epithet.) Since my (intended) focus is classic film, I would love it if my fellow classic film bloggers participated in this; but the blogathon is truly open to all film bloggers regardless of area of focus. I figure, it’s such a broad topic for a blogathon, might as well invite as many different viewpoints as possible! Furthermore, I am not only looking for reviews of films, but also biographies of queer performers and filmmakers, reviews of nonfiction books on the subject of LGBTs in Hollywood, or even photo pictorials! Anything that you can imagine and interpret as applicable to this topic is welcome – and if you’re not sure if what you want to do will fit, just ask me. :)
Contributions do not have to be dated June 27th. As long as the post is made in the month of June before June 27th, it can be included in the final blogathon list. There is no limit to how many contributions an individual may make. However, please wait until June 27th to send me links to your post(s).
Now, I know some of you may be thinking: “Gays and lesbians in classic film? But it was expressly forbidden by the Motion Picture Production Code!” Well, of course, but that doesn’t mean that queer depictions didn’t still pop up in subtextual and “coded” ways. Part of the fun of watching and analyzing classic film from a modern perspective is peeling back the layers of symbolism, allusion, and innuendo to find the true message filmmakers were trying to sneak through. To give you a bit of help, the following is a small sampling of films from each classic decade that would be completely appropriate to review or discuss for this blogathon.
Pre-1920: Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1895), The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907), A Florida Enchantment (1914), Different from the Others (1919)
1920s: Salomé (1923), Michael (1924), Sex in Chains (1928), Pandora’s Box (1929)
1930s: Morocco (1930), Way Out West (1930), Mädchen in Uniform (1931), Queen Christina (1933), Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
1940s: Rebecca (1940), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Rope (1948), I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
1950s: Caged (1950), Strangers on a Train (1951), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Tea and Sympathy (1956), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Pillow Talk (1959), Some Like It Hot (1959)
After 1960 it gets a bit easier to find examples. Still need more? Check out Wikipedia’s list.
And now my favorite part – here are the banners you can use to promote the event on your blog. Now, I know some people may not be totally comfortable using the word “queer,” and I understand that – so each of these banners also has an alternate version where “queer” is replaced by “LGBTQ” – which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer. So just upload one of these images to your server, add it to your blog, and link it back to this post (http://garbolaughs.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/queer-film-blogathon/) so other people can come see what it’s all about!
LGBTQ versionImage from Different from the Others (1919).
Image from Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
Image from Pandora’s Box (1929).
Well? Think you want to join the fun? Just post a comment or shoot me an e-mail to be added to the list of participants. (Even if you commented on the previous post saying you were interested, I’ll still need you to confirm your participation now that there’s actually a date for the thing.) I’ll be going around promoting the blogathon on different blogs and websites soon, as well as hitting Twitter and Facebook. I do hope you’ll join me for a day of blogging in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. :)
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