I have spent the last five days in England, conducting background interviews and shooting.
It continue to amaze me how willing people are to engage with me on the topic of gender and geekdom; and how much they have to say. More than once I have missed supper with my hosts, back in London, because an interview has gone on much longer than originally planned. The thoughtful input from those willing to talk on camera, and those that would rather not take such a public role, has been wonderful. I continue to discover on a daily basis how big a topic this is, and how deeply it touches our assumptions about gender and privilege.
Friday I went to the beautiful city of Bath to do an on camera interview with Cheryl Morgan. We talked about gender issues in gaming, science fiction, computer programing and publishing. Cheryl has fantastic insights on privilege, gender, and just about any thing else a geek might be interested in.
Cheryl writings at Cheryl’s Musings were an indispensable source for research, and one of the early inspirations for this movie.
I want to thank Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights for hosting us. If you find yourself in Bath, you should check out this fantastic independent bookseller. While you are there, don’t miss the recycled Tin Tin comics papering the stairwell.
Monday I traveled down to Southampton. There I had a great on camera interview with Tab Kimpton. We talked webcomics, cosplay, and much, much more.
You need to check out his work.
I head back to the States on Friday. I will get in at least one more background interview before then, and perhaps even another on camera. Next stop will be the northeast United States in mid-October.
Jay and I sat down to talk about his career in IT and his experience transitioning on the job. He spoke enthusiastically about the support he has received and how his employer’s support facilitated a positive experience. Talking with Jay about everything from IT culture to his writing was a joy.
Props go out to Sayer Johnson for handleing load-in and setup, Vivian Hausmann for acting as grip, and Robyn Carolyn Montague for putting me in touch with Brian and Darin at Hartford Coffee Company.
Today, Sayer Johnson and I loaded up the gear and headed for central Missouri. There we where welcomed by Christianne Benedict for an outstanding interview on film, art, culture, and of course, gender.
Christianne blogs at Krell Laboratories: A site with such depth and intelligence that linking to it should count as nerd sniping. Christianne’s knowledge of film is not only encyclopedic, but incisive. I am walking away with a good number of additions to my must see list.
Anna is an independent game developer and author of
Rise of the Videogame Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form
She creates and champions game development that embodies personal experience, and takes back authorship for all of us. Her message is powerful. I encourage you to get a copy of the book, and head over to her site to play the games.
I also got a chance to sit down with Anna for a one-on-one interview. Afterwards, she did me the kindness of signing my copy of her book with a whimsical call to action:
When you’re done making your movie, remember to make a game too!
I had a great on-camera interview with Robyn Carolyn Montague, Executive Director of TransHaven, in St. Louis. We had a wide ranging conversation about her work in aerospace engineering, and the role Science Fiction has played in her life. Robyn and I spoke off camera about Trans Equity advocacy, and the larger struggle for human rights. While I broke down the camera and lights, we mused about independent film-making and the digital technology that has made it so much more accessible.
It was a real joy visiting with Robyn; on camera, and off.
This was the first filming for TransGeek Movie! It went smoothly. I am pleased with both the technical and editorial quality of the material we recorded.