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Gaming In Color
2014 Feature Documentary
Coming in April
Directed by Philip Jones
Edited and Written by Ryan Paul
Music by 2 Mello
Matthew Michael Brown
GAMING IN COLOR exists for anyone who believes that the pixelated world can be a better place for everyone, no matter who they are. It is not too uncommon a tale where a bullied, abused youth seeks solace in a video game, only to find that their one hope of sanctuary, their escape into a virtual universe, is plagued with floods of more vitriol and hatred. This exists doubly so for anyone who is a minority, including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community.
A lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer gamer has a higher chance of being mistreated in a social game. The power dynamic of a geek society tips against them. Diversive queer themes in storylines and characters are still mostly an anomaly in the mainstream video game industry. However, the gaming community is far more colorful than one may expect. Gaming In Color shows that there is a full spectrum of gamers picking up their controller to play.
This feature length documentary explores the queer side of gaming culture and the game industry’s LGBTQ presence. The GaymerX convention that took place in 2013 was a huge step forward for the queer geek community being recognized on a worldwide industry scale. In the same year, more popular mainstream and indie games featured a greater amount of gay and lesbian characters than ever before, helping with visibility and acceptance. The video games universe will only continue to improve and diversify both in its community and industry if we elevate the conversation about inclusion and respecting one another - not in spite of our gay geekiness, but because of it!
Hey everyone! You already saw the both of them in our new trailer, but with this update we wanted to properly introduce the last two members of our main cast to you. Here’s the official trailer if you haven’t seen it yet.Cast spotlight #7 and #8 are Joey Stern and Jessica Vazquez!
Joey Stern is a founding member of Geeks OUT, an organization who rallies, empowers and promotes the queer geek community through regular events and a dynamic social media & online presence. Joey has been an avid gamer for 20 years, and a gaymer since coming out at 16. In Gaming In Color, he gives insight on complicated issues like visibility, micro-aggressions, power fantasy, and the types of games that foster better acceptance amongst players.http://geeksout.org/
Jessica Vazquez is a writer and video editor at GameRevolution.com, where she has written FAQs, reviews, and news articles over the last few years. At GaymerX, Jessica was a panelist on Journalism & LGBT Issues, which explored the past, present, and future of LGBT journalism. Jessica brings a journalism voice to Gaming in Color, and also speaks the most on being a woman in video games, the need for good women characters, and her experiences seeing other women in the industry and communities.http://www.gamerevolution.com/features/a-lady-of-gaymerx
Well, that’s our main cast! Beyond these eight amazing individuals, there will also be GaymerX attendees and a couple high-level Kickstarter backers that make appearances in the film as well, so keep an eye out for them too.
Be sure to like the trailer and share it with as many people as possible! We want lots more people to be excited for this film. Thank You!