‘The Blue Hour’ Will Show at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Fisher Auditorium
Columbia, Mo. (March 27, 2017) — The Queer Media Association, with support from the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative, will host a free screening of “The Blue Hour” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Fisher Auditorium in Gannett Hall at the Missouri School of Journalism. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion. The event is open to the public.
QMA members recently interviewed the film’s director and co-writer, Anucha “Nuchy” Boonyawatana, about “The Blue Hour.” Described as a gay romance-horror story, the 2015 film was screened at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. Boonyawatana said she drew inspiration from the true story of a son killing everyone in his family and tried to interweave more questions than answers into the film to inspire discussion.
“There are more opportunities for LGBTQ people to produce work, which hasn’t been the case previously,” said QMA member and Thai visiting scholar Pongrapan Pongsophon. “LGBTQ content had to be either disguised or made comical, but now, more diverse stories can be told. We can learn from Boonyawatana’s work and experience.”
The Missouri School of Journalism’s QMA is a chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. The group hosts speakers, professional development events and social activities for aspiring LGBTQ journalists and allies. Previous events include a discussion with a People magazine journalist to discuss trans coverage in the news media, a screening of an LGBTQ film during the annual True/False Film Festival, and a New York Times best-selling author to discuss writing tips.