Date of Award

5-25-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Film and University Honors

Department

Film

First Advisor

Amy Borden

Subjects

Sexual minorities -- Identity, Gender identity in motion pictures, Documentary films -- History and criticism

DOI

10.15760/honors.626

Abstract

Depictions of queer subjects in documentary filmmaking predominantly emphasize the promotion of queer visibility and activist rhetorics. Limited research and discourse has been executed, practically or academically, to explore documentary form as holding potential to contribute to subversive renderings of contemporary queer experience. The following thesis outlines possible basis for reconsidering contemporary queer filmmaking through the disposition of current documentary production limitations. This includes synthesizing tenets of queer theory and film theory to support the potential applications of queer documentary and recommending a premise for subversive documentary principles to better express contemporary queerness. The primary issue confronted is the capacity in which filmmakers seeking to create queer content, and more specifically content that embodies queerness’ radical fluidity, within the confines of a formulaic medium.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/25493

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