Dr. Scahill's essay "The Reelness: Queer Film Festivals and Youth Media Training" is featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Cinema Journal, one of the most prestigious journals in the field of film studies and the publication of our largest professional organization. The piece is part of an "IN FOCUS" roundtable on "Youth Culture," and authors were asked to consider the role of visual media in the lives of young people. This essay continues Scahill's work on youth culture and queer audiences, and considers the specific challenges LGBT youth face in the world of media production.
"The Reelness" looks at the history of queer film festivals, which began in 1977 as way for young LGBT filmmakers to screen their films for one another. This centrality of queer youth continues today as queer film festivals frequently provide a space where young people can learn to make movies and also have their voices heard by adult queer culture in a supportive and affirming space.