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I Just Wanted to Be Somebody

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What do the religious right and the gay liberation movement have in common? Both were fortified by the efforts of one woman – Anita Bryant. Part document and part poem, I Just Wanted to Be Somebody brings us back to the late 1970’s and reflects on Bryant’s life and the impact she had. The film is comprised of news footage, commercials and Bryant’s own home movies. (Clips from I Just Wanted to Be Somebody appear in Gus Van Sant's film MILK.)

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  • Original title
    I Just Wanted to Be Somebody
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Fenton Johnson
  • Editing
    Jay Rosenblatt
  • Music
  • Duration
    10 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Sundance Film Festival
    • IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam)
    • SF Frameline Film Festival
    • Tribeca Film Festival
    • Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
    • Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, Canada
    • Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany
    • Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece
    • DocumentaMadrid, Spain
    • Uppsala Film Festival, Sweden
    • Sydney Film Festival, Australia
    • IndieLisboa, Portugal
    • Silverdocs
    • Ann Arbor Film Festival
    • Silverlake Film Festival, Los Angeles
    • Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    • Punta Vista, Spain
    • Hamburg Short Film Festival, Germany
    • Ashland Film Festival
    • Madrid Doc Festival, Spain
    • Newfest, New York
    • Sarasota Film Festival
    • Arizona Film Festival
    • Nashville Film Festival
    • Odense Film Festival, Denmark
    • Winterhur Film Festival, Switzerland
    • Seattle Film Festival
    • London Film Festival
    • DOCSDF, Mexico
    • Guelph Film festival
    • Newport Short Film Festival
    • Inside Out, Toronto
    • Mix Festival, New York
    • Kassel Film Festival, Germany
    • Denver International Film Festival
    • L'Alternativa, Spain
    • VideoEx, Switzerland
    • Boston Museum
  • Awards
    • Grand Prize, Regensburg Short Film Week, Germany
    • First Prize, Athens International Film & Video Festival, Ohio
    • 2nd Prize, Documentary, Marin County Fair Film Competition
    • Award of Merit, California State Fair


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