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Student film premieres Nov. 14

Friday, October 30, 2009

Jana Shortal, a Twin Cities television reporter, is in the student film documentary

Jana Shortal, a Twin Cities television reporter, is in the Bruce Meyers-Gordy Severson student film documentary "It Doesn't Define Us."

Student filmmakers Bruce Meyers (left) and Gordy Severson Jana Shortal, a Twin Cities television reporter, is in the student film documentary  

Student filmmakers Bruce Meyers and Gordy Severson will host the Central Minnesota premiere of their feature-length documentary about gay rights.

"It Doesn't Define Us" discusses the issues facing lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The film introduces same-sex couples starting families. It discusses coming out of the closet and examines the politics working for and against the LGBT community.

The film will be screened 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at Pioneer Place on Fifth, 22 Fifth Ave. S. in downtown St. Cloud. Tickets, which are $8, will be sold at the door.

View the trailer. Visit the Web site.

A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Among the more than 40 interviews in the film: Television anchor Robyne Robinson, television reporter Jana Shortal, activist Mandy Carter and Scott Dibble, a state senator from west Minneapolis.

"We're showing all these different aspects of gay life and community," said Severson, who is from Sauk Rapids, Minn. "What it all means is that it is just a part of your life. It doesn't define who you are."

"The film has definitely always been about social inequalities," said Meyers, who hails from Prior Lake, Minn. "It doesn't matter what you are or who you are. It all comes down to, as human beings, we deserve a certain level of representation and a certain level of equality from government."

The film made its world premiere Nov. 7 in Minneapolis.

 


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