LGBTQ network film series awards scholarship to Acushnet mass art student
NEW BEDFORD – LGBTQ + winter film series awarded Acushnet MassArt student with a mini-grant to finance the overall budget of a short film scheduled to shoot in the Azores in August.
“Our goal is to showcase the work of some of the South Coast’s most creative minds,” said Winter film series Co-chair Dan Everton. In April, through the SouthCoast LGBTQ + Network, the film series announced a mini-grant available to support and celebrate filmmakers in the region.
“With this grant, we hope to encourage people in the LGBTQ + community to express their passion for film and storytelling through short films,” added Everton.
Produced in 2018, the bimonthly winter film series ended its fourth year in March. A handful of “queer-themed” films were selected for viewing and then were the subject of a group discussion afterwards.
The Winter Series awarded filmmaker Noah Duarte $ 900 for his short film, “The Lonely Doryman”.
Set during Portugal’s fascist regime in the 1960s, the film is about a man from Vila Franca Do Campo in SÃ£o Miguel. After joining The White Fleet of the dory fisherman in search of his life’s purpose, he soon finds himself lost on a deserted island in the Atlantic.
Duarte, 22, says the film will explore themes such as queer identity, loneliness and masculinity. âI feel like it’s my job to be able to share this unique and personal story with everyone,â said Duarte. âIt’s pretty exciting that this story hasn’t been told before. I really want to share a history and a culture with everyone.
Duarte recently completed a short film, âDilemma,â which is set in colonial 17th-century New England. He says his approach to cinema is to bring contemporary relevance to a historical subject.
âI think when things are more contemporary or located in the present, it looks like an imitation of something that’s already real,â Duarte said. “I think by putting it in the past it kind of gives you that suspension of disbelief already and you just have to automatically accept it.”
Duarte and a small team will travel to SÃ£o Miguel in August to start production. The team includes other SouthCoast filmmakers. Duarte says that with the help of the LGBTQ + Winter Film Series mini-grant, he’s closer to hitting his overall budget.
“We were all very impressed with Noah and his work,” Everton said. “He looked like a really great guy.”
Everton said he was linked to the story of the film because it wasn’t just about an “I’m dating” plot, but rather about a character who just happens to be gay. The backdrop was also personal at Everton as the character is from Vila Franca Do Campo just like Everton’s mother.
âI too am a child of immigrants. So I grew up with the same kind of experience that Noah talks about, of himself, âEverton said.
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âI have always loved cinema, there is a quality that has this escape,â added Duarte. “But I also think it’s kind of a life affirming or showing you a lens of something that makes life even more real than experiencing it in general.”
Everton said he hoped that supporting Duarte, a South Coast filmmaker telling a South Coast inspired story, would encourage other queer filmmakers in New Bedford to seek help from the LGBTQ + network.
âI’m thrilled because this looks like a hit for the film series,â Everton said. “It is as if another step has been taken.”
Everton say the plan is to screen “The Lonely Doryman” when it’s completed. Duarte asked if anyone was also interested in supporting the film to contact them at [email protected]
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