Screening: ‘Reel In The Closet’ and Q&A with Marjorie Bryer and Stu Maddux

Reel In The Closet, discovering the hidden benefits and challenges of your organization allowing access, even collaborating (!) with media types.   Special screening and discussion. 

A special screening with the filmmaker and archival consultant/producer of the new critically acclaimed documentary about the movement to save and share LGBTQ+ home movies and personal moving images. The screening will be followed by an in-depth Q&A to share experiences and generate dialogue about:

  • Collaborations between archives, archivists and filmmakers
  • The importance of home movies and films archivists have in their collections
  • Preservation strategies
  • Outreach strategies for collecting from underrepresented communities
  • Crowd sourcing and breaking down barriers between archives and donors
  • Copyright, privacy rights, and encouraging bequests
  • How film events can help achieve the goals of your organization.

Marjorie Bryer

Marjorie Bryer is a Project Archivist at The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked or volunteered at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco since 1999. She has worked with many filmmakers and earned a producer credit for her work with Stu on Reel In the Closet. Marjorie also has a Ph.D. in U.S. History. Her academic work as a historian and her practical work as an archivist reflect her political commitment to preserving the history of groups that have been marginalized by society.

Stu Maddux

Stu Maddux is a multi-award winning filmmaker with international credits whose goals include strengthening the queer community by bringing together different generations through their histories. His current film, Reel In The Closet, is the first comprehensive look at those histories captured in home movies dating back to the 1930s. His films include Gen Silent the widely used documentary about Gay, LGBT older people hiding their lives to survive discrimination and abuse. His first documentary as an independent filmmaker was the critically-acclaimed Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure about an Army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952.

The Bancroft Library is the primary special collections library at UC Berkeley. The GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world’s largest collections of LGBTQ+ materials.

Stu Maddux Films works with NGOs to create documentaries that have been seen internationally on television, web and theaters about topics around LGBT aging and history. The films generally are used in communities to affect change around a film’s topic through grassroots screenings.

Twitter: @stumaddux

The special screening event will take place on the evening of day 2 of the conference

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