Communications Office: Stephen Mease
On Thursday, Nov. 29, Champlain College student creators of the Internet documentary film project titled "Worst Thing About Coming Out" will host a screening of the 59 minute High Definition-cut of the documentary, with discussion to follow. "Worst Thing About Coming Out" (WTACO) is a collection of first person stories about coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer. The companion website,worstthingaboutcomingout.com/ , is based on the philosophy that, "Truth is healing and knowledge is empowering." The many individual interviews, with subjects looking directly into the camera, reveal each person's strength and offer inspiration to anyone interested in personal identity. The screening is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 in the Perry Presentation Room at Champlain College (251 South Willard Street).
The film and website and the interviews within are informative and heartfelt. As word spreads and the number of interviews increase, a collective story is unfolding, representing a unified message of the struggles and triumphs experienced. The website will continue to collect interviews, to prolong the goal of providing access to as many first person stories about coming out as people will share.
Professor and filmmaker Rob Schmidt Barracano has led Champlain College students in making the documentary. While the website is still in its early days, actress Eliza Dushku (Buffy, True Lies, Wrong Turn) has already tweeted about it, spiking the traffic on the site to 30,000 hits in one day!
The group is determined to make WorstThingAboutComingOut.com an accessible documentary site for anyone interested in the struggle with personal identity. There has been worldwide outreach, and already WorstThingAboutComingOut.com is receiving download requests from every continent. The goal is to appeal to a broad base of people; from those who are simply curious about the stories to those that are struggling with the decision to come out — especially folks who may not have safe people to talk to and want to hear the whole story, good and bad, from as many folks who have come out as possible.
WorstThingAboutComingOut.com is also for people who know someone who may be part of the LGBT community; to get a better understanding of the struggles their friends and loved ones go through and overcome to establish who they are.
Some quotes from the interviews include:
"We were very afraid of our affection for one another."
"It took a lot of courage to have the 20 seconds of bravery to start talking."
"It's just part of who I am and there's nothing wrong with me."
"What was amazing to me, and still is, is the sheer amount of weight that was lifted once a parent knew, and once you knew they were still going to love you."
"I didn't want to cry because I didn't want them to think that I thought there was something wrong with what I was going to tell them."
"It's almost as if this one, horrible thing my family had said to me had brought us closer together."
Go online at http://www.WorstThingAboutComingOut.com to hear more.
The crew is looking for more people to interview. Contact them at their website, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Like" them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worstthingaboutcomingout?ref=ts&sk=wall
Follow them on Twitter @WTACO1
This project was made by Slippery Rock Pictures under the direction of Rob Schmidt Barracano.
Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2013 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu