Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-07-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

'Queers in the Kingdom' filmmaker on movie, Wheaton College
REELING FILM FESTIVAL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2014-09-16

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Documentarian Markie Hancock's Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine will be featured at the Reeling LGBT Film Festival Sept. 20.

A prolific filmmaker, Hancock has produced both personal projects and contract work for education, non-profit and corporate entities for 18 years.

She spoke with Windy City Times about her life, career and evangelical Christianity as well as what people can expect from the documentary.

Windy City Times: Tell the readers about your new documentary, Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine.

Markie Hancock: It's about LGBT survivors of Christian colleges, specifically focused on Wheaton College, where I went to school. The documentary goes beyond Christian colleges to explore the deep penetrating roots of evangelical Christianity in the United States, and how they sanction bible based homophobia and transphobia.

Wheaton College isn't an outlier. It's the tip of the iceberg. It's also considered the premiere Christian college and underneath it is this whole network of Christian colleges with a culture of persecuting LGBT students. Wheaton College is emblematic of evangelical resistance to LGBT people.

WCT: You're coming to Reeling. Do you have any other plans for the documentary while you're here. Where else will you be screening the documentary?

Markie Hancock: I was thrilled when Reeling32 accepted Queers in the Kingdom. The film will never get screened at Wheaton College and it's terrific to have the visibility so close to the campus. This is where it happened for so many of us, queer or straight

OneWheaton ( the LGBT and ally alumni group from Wheaton College ) member Dawn Marie Galtieri, the executive director of Voice in the City, will be moderating a Q&A at the Days Inn next to the theater immediately following the screening.

The film will be screened during OneWheaton's Homecoming celebration Oct. 4 at Glen Ellyn Arts Theatre and will also tour various other festivals down the road. It's also being distributed by Outcast Films.

WCT: The title grabs ones attention.

Markie Hancock: It started out as "Let Your Light Shine" but the more I worked on it the title felt too soft and Christian to me. I wanted the film to have a little edge to it so the title needed to reflect that. It's urgent. It matters. The motto for Wheaton College is "For Christ and His Kingdom". It doesn't matter which faith kingdom there are going to be queers there and the title makes that very clear.

WCT: What do you hope people will take away from the documentary?

Markie Hancock: I hope people will be inspired by the activism and energy of this new generation but I also want them to realize how serious this problem is. That's why I end the documentary with Anthea Butler saying that this isn't going to go away anytime soon. They aren't going to change their minds or their policies. It's an inspiring story but it's also a warning.

WCT: Your film focuses on Wheaton College. Did anyone say no to you? Did you consider interviewing LGBT alumni and officials from other evangelical colleges?

Markie Hancock: Wheaton College officials were the only ones who said no to me.

Yes, I started out wanting to do three schools; Biola College just outside of Los Angeles, Wheaton College and Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Each of them have different histories and roots. We started the whole process and then I realized Wheaton's story was just too good and that's where the story and trajectory was. If I had done those other schools it would've felt more journalistic and less personal. I do give a nod at the end of the documentary that groups like OneWheaton are springing up at Christian colleges all across the country.

WCT: What do you think of the current stance that many evangelicals are taking regarding the LGBT community?

Markie Hancock: The film shows the intertwining of the rise of the evangelical right in conjunction with the rise of civil rights, women's rights and LGBT rights and how those two happened as the LGBT community started to assume a more public identity. Evangelicals had to react then and that's exactly what's happening now with evangelicals recognizing that LGBT exist but saying that they can't act on it which I think is worse. This isn't progress at all.

WCT: Talk about your time at Wheaton, your experiences growing up and how you became a filmmaker.

Markie Hancock: When I was at Wheaton [1977 to 1981] we had chapel four times a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. At 10:20, those chimes rang and everything stopped so we could all go to chapel and sit in our assigned seat. I think now it's three times a week but it's still the same atmosphere of seriousness.

This is where it's interesting generationally because when I was there I never heard anyone say the words "gay," "lesbian," "bisexual" [or] "queer." It wasn't a possibility and honestly I don't think I was aware of my identity then. It took me so long to realize my orientation. There was no one on campus that would in any way self-identify as LGB or T, well forget the T. Now you have these kids who say this is who I am and since students are being open now I think they've clamped down even more on campus.

My personal upbringing as an Evangelical Christian in a small town in Pennsylvania was perhaps a little extreme but I was fortunate that I wasn't homeschooled or sent to a Christian school prior to going to Wheaton.

I graduated with a degree in history but I really didn't know what I wanted to do. I went to Germany for three years to study theology after spending one year at the Princeton Theological Seminary but I was still so lost. While in Berlin, I went to the Berlin Film Festival and it piqued my interest. The great irony is when I got back to the U.S. it was a Wheaton College professor who I respected a lot that led me to filmmaking.

She sat me down on her couch and asked me to close my eyes and imagine what I wanted to do. I was never asked that question before and I was shocked because it never occurred to me that I could do what I wanted to do. My thoughts were I really liked the Berlin Film Festival and I even bought a little super 8 camera while I was in Berlin. I told her I wanted to make films so she got me an interview at Columbia College. I entered their film program but I didn't finish it. When I got enough tools under my belt I left and ventured out into the filmmaking world.

My first documentary was Born Again. It came out about seven years ago and did very well in the festival circuit. That film is very much my personal story of growing up evangelical and getting out of it and this film is in some ways a companion piece because it looks at the institutionalization of religion and how at this critical developmental stage in a person's life everything gets suffocated and/or stopped.

WCT: What are your plans going forward?

Markie Hancock: I'm working on a really fun project that will be released next year. It's about feral cats and a New York Philharmonic musician.

See www.hancockproductions.com for more information.

Check out Hancock's documentary at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.reelingfilmfestival.tix.com/Event.aspx .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Welbon invited to join Motion Picture Academy 2020-07-09 - Local Black lesbian filmmaker Yvonne Welbon was among the 819 artists and executives invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and ...


Gay News

Billy Masters 2020-07-08 - "I might as well ask you what your paychecks are. Paul, what's your penis size?"—Chris Evans interviews Paul Rudd and asks the two ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Queer filmmaker has 'Mucho Mucho Amor' for famed astrologer 2020-07-07 - For generations, Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado has brought hope and the future for many families over the years. He grew up ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Paris Jackson, GALECA nods, Halle Berry, Jennifer Holliday 2020-07-07 - More than 274,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to prevent the distribution of the indie film Habit, which critics say is "Christianophobic ...


Gay News

INTERNET Juan Pablo Di Pace: Life's all about the small things in 'Minutiae' 2020-07-07 - The coronavirus pandemic has put many things on hold—but has also led to creative output from individuals who may not otherwise have had ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Terrence McNally, Latino/a/x musicians, singer Harry Hains, Lena Waithe 2020-06-29 - Tony-winning actors Billy Porter and Rita Moreno, along with director Jeff Kaufman, will celebrate Terrence McNally on Wed., July 1, at 8 p.m. ...


Gay News

PODCASTS 'A Queer Serial' delves into LGBTQ history 2020-06-24 - Devlyn Camp, the host of A Queer Serial podcast, is preparing for season two, continuing the stories of milestones in LGBTQ history before ...


Gay News

TELEVISION Dashaun Wesley spills the tea on HBO Max's 'Legendary' 2020-06-24 - "Ladies, gentlemen and genderqueers" exclaims Dashaun Wesley as host and emcee for the new ballroom culture reality-competition show Legendary, on HBO Max. ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Brian Tanen talks about 'Love, Simon' spinoff 'Love, Victor' 2020-06-24 - Ready to binge a new queer-centered television series that had a spoonful too much gay sugar to let the medicine go down for ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE Miss Lawrence talks new song, activism and Lee Daniels 2020-06-24 - Reality-show personality Miss Lawrence has built a diverse career in acting, singing and activism. Growing up in Atlanta, Lawrence pursued hairstyling, which ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.