And the open call prize winners are…

March 17, 2011

It’s been over 40 years since protests at New York City’s Stonewall Inn sparked a civil rights movement among the gay and transgender communities. In anticipation of the television debut of the film about that event, Stonewall Uprising, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and WGBH Lab issued an open call, asking you to show us what’s happening in the gay rights movement since then. Your responses show us a variety of efforts by Americans to define love, family and identity for themselves.


Among the video submissions you’ll see folks battling for civil unions and the right to adopt, demonstrations in Reno, New York City and St. Louis; marvel at Varna Hardy’s depiction of Social Security discrimination and learn a new empathy for transgender individuals like Johanna, Tré Andre, Miss Major, Mycroft and Sabrina, who show us their determination in the face of rejection from family and co-workers.


These videos introduce us to LGTBQ artists, activists, students and retired people, teachers, southerners, military personnel, urban dwellers and even a puppet teased for being “grey”. Enjoy the creative and diverse perspectives.  Each short reminds us that every eye looking through a viewfinder sees things differently. That’s why we invite everyone to participate in the Lab’s open calls. We say THANK YOU to each contributor for sharing a powerful story with us.


We offered five cash prizes of $1000 each to inspire your best work. We enjoyed every video we received, but some entries display a level of excellence in production or storytelling that deserve extra recognition. Without further ado:


 

You can view the five winners HERE and learn more about each of the winning producers.

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Check out the Lab’s guest blog on American Experience

December 16, 2010

Help Tell the Ongoing Story of the Gay Rights Movement

Since 2003 it has been the Lab’s mission to bring new voices into public media. They have worked with all kinds of filmmakers and media makers of every age to create compelling stories that can go on to station broadcast and even win awards. Our hope is that crowdsourcing this open call draws in more talented media makers who feel impassioned by the story we are telling, and that the prizes offered by AMERICAN EXPERIENCE inspire every hopeful entrant to give us their best work.


Open Call: Stonewall Uprising and Gay Rights in 2011

December 3, 2010

We have a great new opportunity for all aspiring filmmakers, video journalists and new media makers. In partnership with the PBS show American Experience, which is airing the film Stonewall Uprising next spring, we are asking you for videos that tell us the story about the gay rights movement happening today in your community. Help us share new views of this important civil rights story by contributing your own.

Your video could be one of five to win a $1000 prize and maybe even a chance to air on PBS after the film. Video submissions will become part of a contest and guest judges, including prominent gay rights advocates Cyndi Lauper and Dan Savage, will help decide who wins.  The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2011. Find out more about the application process and what makes a winning video on the open call home page.

We can’t wait to see your story about the efforts happening today for gay civil rights.

Sincerely,
Denise, Chris, Annie, Elias and Andrea

The WGBH Lab Team