2023 Outfest LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Loose Framing: A Dynamic Salon for Decolonizing Distribution

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This session will be held live via Zoom. Join the workshop here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83924486383

Workshop Description:

Join the Open Television (OTV) leadership team (Elijah McKinnon, Sarah Minnie, and Chris Walker) as they peel back the layers to highlight their process for decolonizing independent distribution models. Anchoring their ethos and practice through a lens that returns power back to QTBIPOC artists, learn about OTV's approach to curating intersectional content for a global audience, how they use distribution as a tool for artist development and more. Utilizing an invigorating, hybrid workshop/panel format, Loose Framing creates space for emerging creators to get up close and personal with industry professionals.

Come with questions and leave with answers (and maybe a few more questions!)

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Open Television (OTV) is a Emmy-nominated non-profit streaming platform and media incubator for intersectional storytelling, with artists and their creative visions at the center. OTV’s mission is to transform the way film, television and entertainment industries support independent artists and communities marginalized by their race, gender, sexuality, class, disability or nationality. Through intentional artist development and holistic community development the award-winning organization provides a network of care to identify, activate and mobilize the next generation of storytellers. Learn more about OTV at weareo.tv and stream intersectional series, shorts, and video art via the #OTVapp.

About the Workshop Facilitators:

Elijah McKinnon (they/them) is an award-winning strategist, entrepreneur and visionary from the future currently residing on planet earth. They are the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Emmy-nominated streaming platform and non-profit, Open Television (OTV). Over the past decade, they have worked tirelessly to create brave and equitable spaces for intersectional communities to thrive. Through various non-profit and grassroots initiatives, Elijah has raised over $10 million dollars toward amplifying the lived experiences of people with disabilities, gender minorities, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ identified individuals and many other intersectional communities marginalized by market and society. LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram

Sarah Minnie (she/her) is a storyteller - a video witch - a digital artist. Sarah’s magic as a Producer and Director has led her in “bippity boppy boop-ing” content such as; commercials, fashion films, music videos, web series, pilots, short films, a feature and more. Her work has been published in VOGUE, The Chicago Tribune, Hyperlink Magazine, Women & Hollywood, and in film festivals such as DC Black Film Festival, NYC Web Fest, Austin Film Festival. Sarah’s work illuminates the power of being authentic, bold, abolishing barriers and creating unapologetic content which come in handy when serving as the Head of Artist Development and Production for Open Television (OTV). LinkedIn

Chris Walker’s (they/them) life work revolves around creating space for and uplifting marginalized communities in the arts and non-profit sectors. Equipped with a musician’s mind and museum exhibition background complemented by business training, they center marginalized storytellers with a combination of production, technical direction, and marketing as Head of Marketing and Exhibitions for OTV | Open Television. LinkedIn


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