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Elevating Our Voices: 2STLGBQINPPA+ Short-Form Screenwriting [Virtual]

Starts January 26

8 sessions: Thursdays, January 26-March 16, 6:30-9pm CST

In this writing class for *2STLGBQINPPA+ participants of all backgrounds, students will learn screenplay structure and archetypal character creation and have the opportunity to create a short screenplay (3-8 pages). In doing so we’ll delve into a comprehensive history of 20th-century queer cinema and its impact on current queer films and TV series.

Students will view pivotal films such as Algie, The Miner (1912), Born in Flames (1983), and Pandora’s Box (1929), and engage in casual and respectful discussions about the films’ screenplays and the use of camera and production techniques to enhance the storytelling. We’ll discuss the evolution of the 2STLGBQINPPA+ experience as told through the films presented, which include features, documentaries, short films from around the world, and themes about the Black gay, lesbian, and trans experience.

Together, the instructor and students will decide on three character names about which to develop a story. The characters will be different in every script; each student will create a different story for their own script. We’ll read completed screenplays aloud in the final class session. There will be weekly homework assignments.

The class is meant to be fun, engaging, and inclusive. Bring your curious minds to class! Novices and anyone who wants to learn about 2STLGBQINPPA+ films are highly encouraged to participate.

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. We’ll e-mail you a course reminder and Zoom link a few days prior to the first session. Click here for a Zoom tutorial.

Tuition: $335 regular | $250 member | $190 low-income

Atlas O Phoenix (they/them/theirs) is an award-winning director, writer, producer, actor, and editor who creates personal, powerful, and uninhibited cinema. Their current project, Beautiful Boi, is an experimental documentary about their transition in their early 50s and their mental health journey of 41 years.


Artist Statement

I want you to deduce for yourself. I trust your emotional intelligence. ­–Atlas O Phoenix

“At this point in my filmmaking journey, as I embrace becoming transmasculine, in my 50s, I want to create films that not only explore the darkness of my soul; I want to examine its flight to the light. 2STLGBQINPPA+ auteurs are an enormous inspiration to me because our stories are powerful and are about overcoming obscene social obstacles based on our sexual orientations and gender expressions. For some of us, this includes a radical bias towards the color of our skin, both outside and within our collective community. If we are vigilant about rejecting tropes, clichés, and tokenism, our cinema will continue to evolve into a powerful and inspiring force for good in the world.”

*Curious about the acronym? I changed the acronym for myself. I will be releasing an essay for the Walker Art Center soon that describes why I needed to change it.

2S – Two-Spirit (to honor the stolen land on which we celebrate Pride)
T – Trans (Marsha P. Johnson and Silvia Rivera – trans women of color who stood up for all of us at Stonewall Inn 50 years ago)
L – Lesbian (Storme De Larvarie, the guardian of the lesbian in the village, also stood up for us at Stonewall Inn)
G – Gay
B – Bisexual
Q – Queer
I – Intersex
N – Nonbinary
P – Pansexual
P – Polyamorous
A – Asexual
+ – There are more of us!

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




January 26 @ 6:30 pm
March 16 @ 9:00 pm
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8 sessions: Thursdays, January 26-March 16, 6:30-9pm CST