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tello Perspectives: How to Fix Representation Stagnation in Movies

By Karen Frost

Every year, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California Annenberg publishes a study examining the presence of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability in the top 100 grossing films of the year. And every...

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tello Perspectives: An Interview With tello Actress Aasha Davis

By Karen Frost

tello favorite Aasha Davis is bubbly, optimistic, down to earth and still good friends with the “South of Nowhere” cast. We sat down with her to find out more about her experiences in LGBT roles, the current state of diversity and representation in Hollywood, and...

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Perspectives: Lessons Learned from Recent Lesbian Movies

By Karen Frost

In cooking, we assume that the success of a dish rests on the quality of the ingredients. Based on its ingredients, the movie “Disobedience” should have been a recipe for success. Rachel Weisz, who both acted in and produced the movie, is a longtime...

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Perspectives: Consequences of the Rise of Amateurism in Content Production

By Karen Frost 

Amateur. The word carries a negative connotation in the American dialect. It suggests a lack of experience or skill, a lump of half-molded clay rather than a fully expressed statue. An amateur makes mistakes. A professional delivers a polished, expert...

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tello Perspectives: An Interview With LGBT Distributor Michael Jack Shoel

​By Karen Frost

Michael Jack Shoel knows about movie distribution. For more than 30 years, he has worked on the distribution side of Hollywood, with his current company, Ariztical Entertainment, focusing on producing and distributing quality LGBT, independent and art...

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tello Perspectives: Yes, Queer Women Are a Different Kind of Viewer

By Karen Frost
 
Queer female fans aren’t your average fans. They’re so loyal that the “Xena: Warrior Princess” fan convention lasted for twenty years. They’re so emotionally attached to characters that they continue to fill Tumblr with page upon page of sites...

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tello Perspectives: Christin Baker and the History and Future of tello Films and Queer Representation

by Karen Frost

Christin Baker, CEO and President of tello Films, and I meet the day before ClexaCon 2018. She’s driving the four hours from L.A. and she’s got so much on her plate that she’s temporarily forgotten we’re even meeting. “Sorry, who is this?” She replies when I text to confirm...

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tello Perspectives: An Interview With Shamim Sarif​

By Karen Frost

Shamim Sarif is a renaissance woman: she writes, directs and produces, all with a focus on women, particularly queer women. LGBT audiences are most likely to know her from “I Can’t Think Straight” and “The World Unseen,” which are coming to tello in June. She also was a...

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tello Perspectives: Trading the Male Gaze for the Queer Female Gaze

By Karen Frost

Both metaphorically and literally, a camera lens is a director’s eyes, and we, as viewers, see the fictional world (of TV or film) through those eyes. Because an oppressively high percentage of directors are white, heterosexual males, according to feminist theory, this...

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tello Perspectives: Tello on the Red Carpet

By Karen Frost

As proud sponsors of ClexaCon in 2018, tello Films was excited to be on the red carpet before the Cocktails for Change party, with the chance to ask some of our favorites about what ClexaCon means to them and how they see the future of LGBTQ+ representation in Hollywood....

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