This is the Winter 2017 course discussion blog for and by UCLA students enrolled in LGBTQ Studies 183: Queer Arts in LA.
This course includes a creative component. When this course was first offered during the Fall 2012 quarter, the students researched queer artists who have a significant connection to Los Angeles. Then created a collaborative website.
LGBTS 183: Queer Film will be offered during UCLA Summer Sessions A. Thiscoursewill explore theconstructionofLGBTQIA subjectivitiesthroughfilm, specifically, the films screened during the annual OutFest Queer Film Festival that takes place in Los Angeles within the 6-week period of summer session A; this year, from July 7-17, 2016. We will read about queer cinema, attend film screenings at OutFest, blog about our experiences, and create a final original 3-minute video poem about how sexuality constructs our own subjectivity.As an option, the course will offer a service-learning component to those students who wish to volunteer for OutFest.
About OutFest: Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss, and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 36,000 LGBT films and videos. The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project is only program in the world exclusively dedicated to protecting LGBT films for future generations. --From the Outfest website, http://www.outfest.org