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Visit the Sundance Film Festival and expand your storytelling skills with this series of videos featuring the most compelling and timely talks and panels from recent fests.


The year 1992 was a watershed one for LGBTQ+ film, giving birth to the term “New Queer Cinema” and introducing a revolutionary generation of films and filmmakers with energetic irreverence and disruptive aesthetics. At the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, writer, editor and professor B. Ruby Rich convened and moderated a panel called "Barbed-Wire Kisses: Contemporary Lesbian and Gay Cinema" with preeminent artists to discuss their work and the historic moment of its emergence. In this video from the 2021 Festival, Rich and other LGBTQ+ titans gather 30 years later to look back and imagine forward in this contemporary edition of Barbed Wire Kisses.

Filmmaker
Silas Howard started in filmmaking with his first feature, BY HOOK OR BY CROOK (2002 Sundance Film Festival), made with Harry Dodge. His credits include POSE, DICKINSON, TRANSPARENT, THIS IS US, HIGH MAINTENANCE, EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE OKAY, and his most recent feature, A KID LIKE JAKE (2018 Sundance Film Festival). more...
Writer / Director
Lisa Cholodenko writes and directs film and television. Her feature films HIGH ART, LAUREL CANYON, and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She lives in Los Angeles. more...
Director / Writer / Actor / Producer
Cheryl Dunye is a world-renowned African American director, writer, actress, and producer. She first emerged as part of the “Queer New Wave” of young filmmakers in the early 1990s. She is best known for her work on THE WATERMELON WOMAN, STRANGER INSIDE, and LOVECRAFT COUNTRY. more...
Filmmaker
Isaac Julien CBE RA has had films in festivals at Cannes, Venice, and Berlin and in the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, and Tate collections. YOUNG SOUL REBELS won the Semaine de la Critique prize at Cannes, and LOOKING FOR LANGSTON has garnered 30 years of acclaim. more...
Filmmaker
Tom Kalin’s acclaimed film SWOON received prizes at the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, and the Gotham Independent Film Awards. SAVAGE GRACE premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, screened worldwide, and was named “top ten” by Artforum. more...
Filmmaker/Writer/Director
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Andrew Ahn is a queer Korean American filmmaker. His feature DRIVEWAYS premiered at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. His feature SPA NIGHT premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award. more...
Filmmaker
Gregg Araki earned an MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA in film studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His films have screened at the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, New York, and BFI London. more...
Writer / Director / Producer
Rose Troche is an award-winning writer, director, and producer in film, television, and new media. more...
Editor-in-Chief, Film Quarterly
B. Ruby Rich is the editor-in-chief of Film Quarterly and professor emerita at University of California, Santa Cruz. She chaired the original Barbed Wire Kisses panel in 1992, wrote extensively on these films and those that followed, and published NEW QUEER CINEMA: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (Duke University Press). She lives in Paris and San Francisco. more...

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