Chicago Story Collection Day is on and I’m thrilled to announce that my film production company, Strangewaze is the city host for NYC-based startup, VideoOut, to bring the event to Chicago, on January 15, 2017 at The Center on Halsted from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.
Chicago Story Collection Day will consist of a day-long effort to engage members of the LGBTQ community and local filmmakers and to film personal narrative stories of coming out as a way of building community and amplifying the voices of LGBTQ people.
VideoOut is building the largest library of coming out stories in hopes that everyone will come out and, as Harvey Milk said, destroy the lies and distortions that surround the LGBTQ community. It also hopes to affirm the work that of generations past by highlight the stories of LGBTQ elders. Lastly, the stories will live forever in VideoOut’s library to serve as a resource for LGBTQ youth and a bridge of empathy between the LGBTQ community and everyone else.
How to participate
Anyone interested in sharing a story should sign up for one of the 30-minute time slots on our event reservation page to attend on January 15 at the beautiful Center on Halsted and encourage others to do the same (and everyone is welcome to join us at our after party at Sidetrack’s Cherry Lounge). There will also be a live podcast recording taking place throughout the event, facilitated by Yak Channel, the Chicago podcast network I co-founded with James VanOsdol.
I also have volunteer, sponsorship, sponsor-in-kind and trade opportunities available for anyone who would like to show support for this event or VideoOut’s mission.
(And, if you’re not in Chicago but would still like to contribute your story to the VideoOut platform, you can still upload video from anywhere directly to the VideoOut platform.)