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Jen Gilomen collaborating with COLAGE

Award: $40,000 Media Arts grant awarded in July 2009

Premiered:  June 2010

Media artist Jen Gilomen collaborated with COLAGE to create Family Time, a 15-minute film and a participatory multimedia exhibit tracing two decades of evolution in the concept of family as experienced by people with one or more Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Queer  parents.  The artist mixed present-day interviews with important figures in the history of COLAGE along with materials from the COLAGE archives.  The film is being used at COLAGE events and at other human rights and LGBTQ organization gatherings across the United States.

The Web-based multi-media timeline notes major events, media coverage, legal victories, and personal anecdotes. Developing the timeline required Gilomen to digitize the COLAGE archives, making a further contribution to their preservation and use.

Jen Gilomen has been Director of Public Media Strategies at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), working to develop innovative initiatives for public media production, collaboration, distribution, and education. Jen was co-director and cinematographer documentary Deep Down, a one-hour HD film for PBS broadcast on the Emmy-award-winning series Independent Lens.

COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents.  It builds community and works toward social justice through youth leadership development, education, and advocacy.