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563: Why LGBTQ+ Representation in Film Matters – Christin Baker
Episode 56322nd March 2023 • Life (UN)Closeted: LGBTQ+ Coming Out Stories & Advice for living out and proud! • Rick Clemons - LGBTQ+ Expert
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Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood. Everything in Hollywood is so open, diverse, welcoming, and gay. Maybe not so much. But it has gotten better. So good that it is becoming more common for the LGBTQ+ crowd to be honored with Emmy's, Oscars, and all types of film acknowledgements. Sharing her journey as Founder of Tello Films, a queer content driven film house, Christin Baker talks candidly about where the film industry stands and why more fluidity in the industry helps  LGBTQ+ individuals have more impact in the arts.

About Christin

Kristin is the founder of Tello Films, which focuses on lesbian/queer content and is the first LGBTQ network to receive an Emmy nomination. Their 2017 series “Secs & EXECS” earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for Austin Powers actress Mindy Sterling. Also, in 2019, their series Riley Parra received two Emmy nominations for actresses Liz Vassey and Carolyn Ratteray. The SVOD platform has a wide library of the best LGBTQ+ women's titles and thousands of paid subscribers. The majority of their million-dollar revenue goes back to filmmakers, enabling them to make more shows. Christin is also the Founder and Chief Director of A Baker Production, which focuses on bigger budget films and a range of genres, including LGBTQ, horror, and socially relevant stories. The project is built upon the values of respect, inclusion, diversity, creativity, fiscal stewardship, profitability, and artistic integrity. In 2016, Christin was awarded Best Director at the London Raindance Film Festival for her work on Maybelle, a series that follows the story of a 35-year old gay woman in the south after the death of her mother. Over the last four years, as an indie producer, she has made five features on SAG Ultra Low Budgets, but she believes the storytelling quality is as high as anything on Netflix.

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