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Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Vivian Kleiman, producer Justin Hall, editor Christiane Badgley and subjects Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper and Rupert Kinnard moderated by AFI Festivals Programmer Malin Kan.

When even outsider comics didn’t seem to include them, these queer artists picked up pens and used them as chisels, carving out a space in the culture where they could see themselves and be seen by others. Guided by the artwork, Vivian Kleiman’s wonderfully immersive look at the history of queer comics subsumes the arc of the modern liberation movement, with comics responding to landmark political and historical events, unafraid of the difficult conversations surrounding representation, intersectionality and community. As these comics became more readily available to the next generation, they would incite a glorious chain reaction, with each new artist motivated by the desire to represent the specificity of their own experience. Revel in this extraordinary opportunity to spend quality time with Alison Bechdel (FUN HOME) and prepare to meet new favorites. –Malin Kan

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Vivian Kleiman is known for tackling challenging subjects. She is the Executive Producer of the Academy Award®-nominated documentary short LAST DAY OF FREEDOM. With film partner Marlon Riggs, they garnered the George Foster Peabody Award, Organization of American Historians’ Eric Barnouw Award and the International Documentary Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

Kathy Susca
The Film Collaborative
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Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: Vivian Kleiman

Producers: Vivian Kleiman, Justin Hall

Director of Photography: Andrew Black

Editors: Christiane Badgley, Linda Peckham

Music: René-Marc Bini

Featuring: Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Rupert Kinnard, Howard Cruse, Mary Wings

Running Time (minutes): 73

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available