I'm getting really fired up for attending the Women's Film Festival in Philadelphia this weekend. My film "Truthful Innards" will be screening on Saturday the 12th. So pleased to be a part of the dialogue at this festival.
My film will be featured in the LGBTQ+ shorts program, which is both nerve-wracking and thrilling! I have been pretty tentative to label myself as an LGBTQ+ artist, or to label myself as any kind of artist at all.
For a long time, I have feared the inevitable pigeonholing that happens due to labelling oneself. I have already been rejected from a festival because my film was too niche. That hurt, but maybe niches are good.
Maybe attending a festival where my "niche" is accepted and celebrated will feel much better than previous environments I've shown my work in, where the general atmosphere catered to older straight men. I for one have heard more than enough of that perspective. It'll be wonderful to feel free to participate in a more niche dialogue.
Here's to niche!