Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Gay Filmmaker Addresses Bullying In New Feature Film

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with filmmaker Kim Rocco Shields of Genius Pictures about her award-winning viral short LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED? that’s about to become a full-length feature. The concept of the film follows the life of an ordinary heterosexual girl who is bullied in a world where everyone is gay. Imagine a world where gay was straight and straight was gay. Challenging our current conception of the terms ‘gay’ and ‘straight’ this controversial film written and directed by Shields reverses not only the meaning of the terms but also addresses the social and cultural prejudices that emerge with hate and bullying. We talked to Rocco about her film project and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Shields stated, “My personal commitment to LGBT civil rights is through the power of cinema; we can make a difference and impact the world. I give this lecture at different universities around the United States about how to use media for social change. In short basically we can track media, television, film, as a springboard to represent minority cultures and bring them to public awareness. It was done with the Afro-American community and it’s been done with several other minority communities and the more we can show these people on cinema we can make them less of an other and more of just part of society. So I dream for a day when we see gay characters on TV and the storylines are not about them being gay. I really think that a film like this can really open up people’s eyes and really make them understand because it allows them to put the shoe on the other foot and really walk a mile in LGBT civil rights issues.”

For the first time GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), considered one of the most revered anti-bullying organizations in the USA, has partnered with independent film company Genius Pictures and Melke Pty Ltd to co-produce this feature length film version of the multiple award winning viral short LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED?. Also the charitable 501c3 organization From The Heart Production will partner GLSEN, Genius and Melke in their Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign that launched May 13th. This is a fabulous opportunity to get involved and help end the LGBT teen bullying epidemic.
For More Info:roccoshields.com


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