New documentary cloaks anonymous sources in ‘face doubles’

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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) | In documentaries, anonymous sources have often been reduced to a shadowy, voice-distorted figure, or worse, a pixelated blur. But a new documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 26 has, with the aid of advanced digital technology, gone to greater lengths to preserve the secrecy of its sources while still conveying their humanity.

“Welcome to Chechnya,” directed by David France, is about an underground pipeline created to rescue LGBTQ Chechens from the Russian republic where the government has for several years waged a crackdown on gays. In the predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia ruled by strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, LGBTQ Chechens have been detained, tortured and killed.

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Taylor Swift explains why she got political in new Netflix doc

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“I need to be on the right side of history,” pop icon Taylor Swift says about her jump into the political arena in the trailer to a new documentary film coming to Netflix Jan. 31. “Miss Americana,” directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Lana Wilson, follows Swift throughout the making of her album “Lover” and as she finds her political voice over the last few years.

Prior to the 2018 mid-term elections, Swift had been quiet publicly on matters of politics until she came out in an Instagram post endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee in October 2018. Less than a year later, Swift encouraged her fans to support The Equality Act — legislation designed to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination on the basis of  sexual orientation and gender identity — in the music video for her single “You Need To Calm Down,” which featured dozens of LGBTQ entertainers.

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Sundance to include LGBTQ panels by Outfest

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LA’s Outfest has been hosting a famous Queer Brunch at the Sundance Film Festival for years, but this year the organization has announced plans to expand its presence there for the first time in more than a decade.

The world-renowned LGBTQ Film Festival announced Jan. 20 that it was launching the Outfest House @ Sundance, an afternoon of celebration and education for festival alumni, community and fans of cinema celebrating the LGBTQ films at Sundance. Taking place in the heart of the festival at Kimball Terrace, it will offer a program of panels and discussions with industry professionals, exploring the history, politics and purpose of queer cinema.

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Sundance Film Festival aims for more movie critic diversity

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | A Sundance Film Festival program designed to increase diversity among media members covering the annual event in Park City boomed in popularity in the initiative’s second year.

For this year’s festival, 51 journalists were selected out of a pool of 319 applicants to receive travel stipends provided in the program, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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Gay teen film ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ wins top honor at Sundance

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” earned the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.

The coming-of-age dramedy is based on the novel of the same name by Emily M. Danforth. Set in 1993, the film stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a teen whose evangelical aunt forces her into gay conversion camp after she is caught in a sexual encounter with the prom queen.

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Imagine Dragons singer stars in documentary about LGBT mormons

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Dan Reynolds, frontman of the rock band Imagine Dragons, will star in the documentary “Believer,” which follows his journey as an advocate for LGBT Mormons.

“Believer” chronicles Reynolds, who is Mormon, and out Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn, a former Mormon, as they plan the LoveLoud Festival, a charity concert last summer in Utah that raised money for at-risk LGBT youth.

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GLAAD Media Awards 2018 releases nominees

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The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards announced its 2018 nominees at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday via Trace Lysette (“Transparent”) and Wilson Cruz (“Star Trek: Discovery”).

Netflix raked in the most nominations for television with seven nominations. ABC, CBS and NBC came in at a close second with six nominations. This was also the first time the category Outstanding Kids & Family Programming was introduced which recognizes “Andi Mack,” and “Doc McStuffins,” among others, for their LGBT inclusion.

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ trailer showcases passionate summer affair

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A steamy summer romance begins in the countryside of Italy in the trailer for the upcoming film, “Call Me By Your Name.”

24-year-old American scholar Oliver (Armie Hammer) comes to Italy to stay at a professor (Michael Stuhlbarg)’s villa to assist him. The professor’s 17-year-old son Elio (Timothée Chalamet) finds himself falling for the older man who appears to share the same attraction.

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Doc on transgender YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous among films premiering at Sundance

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams flexes her dramatic chops, Cate Blanchett pays homage to great 20th century artists and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani tells a very personal story in some of the films premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Festival programmers announced their selections for the documentary and narrative premiere sections Dec. 5, which has launched films like Boyhood, Manchester by the Sea and O.J.: Made in America.

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James Franco says upcoming film challenges typical gay narrative

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James Franco says his upcoming movie, I Am Michael, is different than other LGBT films but that it is certainly not anti-gay.

Franco and I Am Michael writer/director, Justin Kelly, spoke with Benoit Denizet-Lewis, the writer of the New York Times Magazine article on which the film is based, about the complexities of doing a film so controversial for a new interview for BlackBook.

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