September 17, 2012
|Remembering a Cool September, by Critical Media and Cultural Studies Lisa Tillmann, will premiere at this year's Global Peace Film Festival. Photo by Andrea Booher.|
Professor of Critical Media and Cultural Studies Lisa Tillmann’s reaction to 9/11 was, for her, atypical. “I went completely blank,” she said. “People around me were wracked with grief and/or anger, but I had an overwhelming feeling of numbness.” A few days later she visited two gay friends who had placed American flag decals on their trucks, as many did following 9/11 to convey patriotism and solidarity.
Given the discriminatory attitudes and public policy towards the LGBT community in 2001, Tillmann recognized that her friends had every right to feel ambivalent about their country. Yet they grieved deeply alongside their fellow Americans. The experience moved Tillmann to write a short story. She has since translated that story into a film she has titled Remembering a Cool September, which will premiere at this year’s Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF).
“The Festival is an ideal venue for this film, not just because it’s local and on the Rollins campus, but because of the ethos and philosophy of the festival,” Tillmann said. “My film is in service of peace, equality, and harmony. It encourages us to take a look at how we define what it means to be a ‘real’ American, who is included and who is excluded. I hope people come away more educated about the civil rights of LGBT citizens and about human rights generally on and since 9/11, as well as where we still need to go and the work that still needs to be done.”
Also screening at the GPFF is The Necklace, a 2012 Campus MovieFest entry by Clementine Leger ’12 and Billy Yates ’12. “We had the idea to talk about the issue of hunger, not necessarily in regards to homeless people, but people you would see every day and would have no idea that they are struggling to provide meals for their family,” Ledger said.
“I’m excited to have The Necklace be a part of the Global Peace Film Festival because all the films are about social issues and designed to open our eyes to what is around us,” said the CMC major who has since moved to L.A. to be a programming intern for Slamdance, an independent filmmakers festival that takes place annually in Park City, Utah.
Now in its tenth year, the GPFF is comprised of 50 films showing at venues across the Orlando area, including many screenings held on the Rollins campus. It runs from September 18-23.
Remembering a Cool September will screen at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 330 Winter Park Plaza.
The Necklace can be seen at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, Sun Trust Auditorium
By Kristen Manieri