Filmmaker/Subject Collaboration and Oral History in a Queer Biographical Documentary

Presented by Jean Carlomusto
WED, FEB 22, 2023, 3-5pm

In this workshop, filmmaker Jean Carlomusto and pioneering anthropologist/oral historian/film protagonist Esther Newton will discuss their collaborative process in the making of ESTHER NEWTON MADE ME GAY—a biographical documentary situated within the larger narratives of history. Esther will draw from her insightful essay, “Queer Old Movie Star”, which explores her anthropological and critical insights on the process of being an elder film subject. Jean will compare different approaches she has used on other biographical works such as LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER (HBO). Interviewing and the use of oral history will be explored from the perspective of both the anthropologist and the documentarian.