The Video Variant

The Video Variant is a movie screening project that seeks to screen works exclusively made by LGBTQ+ artists. How many times has a film festival boasted a “queer program” that consisted of works made by cishet filmmakers featuring a vaguely queer character who had 10 seconds of screen time? TOO MANY TIMES. How many times have you been to a meet and greet after a screening where the only other filmmakers in attendance were cishet men? TOO MANY TIMES. How many times have you felt you were in a tight knit community of filmmakers like you? NOT OFTEN ENOUGH. The Video Variant seeks to change that! The Video Variant seeks to show your work! The Video Variant seeks to love you and honor you in the hopes you may love and honor your peers with equal intensity! 
Here’s how it works: The Video Variant is a BRAND NEW screening series that takes place in Sally’s Lounge (aka my living room), and as often as possible. If you are an LGBTQ+ artist, submit your films to this screening series! Connect with your peers, hear feedback on your completed or upcoming projects, seek collaboration, make some new friends. At each of these screenings, any filmmakers who are present and willing will come up for a Q&A and open discussion with the audience. These are small and intimate gatherings, ripe for intense and thorough conversations.
The ultimate goal: The Video Variant will eventually seek funding, larger venue spaces, and public outreach. The Video Variant will have chapters all over the country. The Video Variant will connect LGBTQ+ artists together, leading to more collaboration within our community. The Video Variant will focus on marginalized communities as well as youth communities, broadening opportunities and making film accessible to all. The Video Variant operates with the knowledge that the larger filmmaking community will be strengthened by our vision and heart. Art documents culture as it is, was, and will be. Without a diverse set of voices, that mission will remain incomplete. Without us, the filmmaking community is a failure. Let us come together to unify and electrify our community. 

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