Capturing Political Animals: A conversation with director Jonah Markowitz

28 February 2017

Documentary Political Animals tells the story of one of the biggest civil rights struggles of this century – the gay rights movement – through the eyes of four elected women in California. Emotionally charged like its subjects, the film chronicles their fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities.
After showing a short summary of the film, director/producer Jonah Markowitz will join the Centre's American Studies lecturer Aaron Nyerges  and City of Sydney councillor Christine Forster for a conversation about the film, and the role of both the public and politicians in achieving LGBTI equality in Australia and around the world.  

Event details

  • When: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Where: Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre Corner of City Rd & Cleveland St Chippendale NSW
  • Cost: Free, registration required
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    Jonah Markowitz

    Jonah Markowitz wrote and directed the critically acclaimed narrative feature film “Shelter” which was released theatrically by Regent Entertainment and was named “The Number 1 Gay Film of All Time” by on their bi- annual poll. He won the HBO Award for Outstanding First Feature, The Scion Director’s Award, as well as audience awards in New York, Vancouver, Sao Paulo, Melbourne and more.
    Markowitz also has a background in production design. His most recent film, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”, premiered at Sundance 2015 and won the Grand Prix at Berlin. His credits also include the Sundance Jury and Audience Award winning “Quinceañera”, as well as Studio films such as “We Are Marshall”, “The Help”, and “The House of Sand and Fog” and the upcoming “A Futile and Stupid Gesture”.
    He graduated from the Film department at Emerson College and also studied art history in the Netherlands, as well as film theory and production at FAMU in the Czech Republic.
    Christine Forster

    Councillor Christine Forster was elected to the City of Sydney Council in September 2012, and re-elected in 2016.

    Prior to joining Council, Christine had a long history of involvement in her local community, participating in a wide range of volunteer and charity work since the early 1990s. She remains an active volunteer in community-based organisations within the City of Sydney including her work as an Ambassador for Pride in Diversity’s Sapphire Program for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in the workplace. She has been an outspoken advocate for marriage equality in Australia.

    Christine is passionate about Sydney and committed to helping make it the world’s best place to live, work and visit. She believes local government must respect and listen to all its constituents and deliver sustainable infrastructure and services that support communities to thrive and prosper.

    Aaron Nyerges

    Aaron Nyerges is a Lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney and a BA from the State University of New York.

    His articles have been accepted and published in Textual Practice, Sydney Studies in English, and Sound Studies. He is writing a book on American modernism and spatial modernity.

    His areas of expertise include American literature and film, global modernism and modernity, popular culture and celebrity, critical theory, regionalism.

Capturing Political Animals: A conversation with director Jonah Markowitz

Where Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre Corner of City Rd & Cleveland St Chippendale NSW When

28 February 2017

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