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Title Houston Voice, No. 1217, February 20, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date February 20, 2004
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstoovoice.com FEBRUARY 20, 2004 | Arthur Dong will return to his roots in next project FILMMAKER, continued from Page 15 Dong: I think it's all up in the air right now. I do know that as our community progresses, it motivates the opposition to become even stronger. That's what I've seen in the past few decades. It's going to be very interesting what will happen next [election] year because of the two great leaps we recently made in Massachusetts and the US. Supreme Court ruling |involving] Texas. I do think that the right community is much more passionate about their principles than we are. We have been under a spell of homophobia for so many decades that we accept second-class citizenship. I'm not just happy with "Will & Grace" and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." That's fine, but it's not good enough. We don't have that level of fanaticism. We become complacent and we fight where we think we can win. HoVo: In "Family Fundamentals" you worked without a crew and used handheld cameras and audio equipment. How was this experience different from your other films, both on subjects and as an interview? Dong: I think it totally liberated both the subject and myself as well. I wanted to go for a certain kind of spontaneity in meeting these folks. HoVo: In "Licensed to Kill" you mentioned being gay-bashed as a youth. How O MORE INFO To order Stories from the War on Homosexuality', access www.deepfwusproductions.com. An Oscar nominee for his 1983 documentary short-subject film 'Sewing Women,' Arthur Dong's substantive three-part trilogy, 'Stories from the War on Homosexuality' explores a culture of dis- cnmination against gay men and lesbians by conservative religious groups, hate-crime perpetrators and tlte US. military. did that experience affect your perspective as a gay man and as a filmmaker'' Dong: I have to think back at that time in 1977, when anti-gay violence was not on the front burner of the issues we were all working on, like it is today. 1 just started collecting data and research out of my own self-interest, and first the question was, "Why did this happen to me?" which eventually evolved into the question of, "Why did this happen at all?" And I started to realize that what happened to me was not isolated — it happened a lot more than what was reported at that time. I didn't want to approach the film from an emotional point of view, so I put on my journalist's hat so that I wouldn't be wrapped up in feelings about being a victim. I also wanted to make films that were accessible to a non-gay audience. I think I would have approached things differently if I thought my only audience was gay people. HoVo: Your documentary "Licensed to Kill" contains disturbing and graphic footage of hate crimes. What influenced your decisions of what materials to include? Dong: That was very difficult. 1 did test screening [without the photosl and I found that it created a distance to what their crimes were. There was too much compassion and sympathy for the men because the audience didn't see the horror of what they did. So I started slowly putting those graphic images back into the film. I struggled the first time I inserted one of the pictures. It took me a long time. But it was important to underscore their crimes they committed and to show people, "this is what you get." HoVo: I found it strange how- many of the convicts tended to distance themselves from their crimes, almost as if someone else had committed them. Dong: I learned that they had to, especially in the subsequent interview with Jay Johnson, he said that after watching his own interview that he had to be distant in order to survive. That's a typical defense mechanism of people incarcerated. Of course they have to distance themselves or they'd go crazy too. "He'sbeen doing his Streisand for so long, he s better at it than she is!' New York Times Saturday February 21, 2004 at 7:30pm Zilkha Hall in The Hobby Center The Hobby Center Box Office (713) 315-2525 l^l lit I louse of Yes FEB.6-29 ATSTAGES RESERVE NOW* CAl l 713.527.0123
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