Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Film and University Honors
Sexual minorities in motion pictures, Documentary films, Queer theory, Heterosexism
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.
Kreck, Lea G., "Rendering Identity: Normativity in Conventional Contemporary Queer Documentary" (2018). University Honors Theses. Paper 614.