‘American Experience’ and WGBH Lab have announced an open-call video contest entitled Stonewall Uprising and Gay Rights in 2011. Producers welcome work from all citizen reporters, journalists, video-bloggers, documentary storytellers, animators, and new media-makers illustrating where the legacy of Stonewall continues today.
Among the panel of judges is musician and equal rights advocate Cyndi Lauper, founder of the “Give a Damn” campaign that aims to raise awareness within the straight community about discrimination against those of LGBT orientation. Dan Savage, the journalist whose “It Gets Better” campaign works to boost the morale of gay teenagers who have experienced bullying and has created a national outpouring of support, also acts as one of the project’s five judges.
Five cash prizes of $1,000 are to be awarded, with the single best video selected by WGBH Lab and a panel of judges for a premiere on the PBS series American Experience following the April 25, 2011, television broadcast of Stonewall Uprising. Submissions are being accepted through February 14, 2011. thewgbhlab.org/open-call/stonewall. —Nancy Ford