NFMLA Virtual Conversation | Chasing Chasing Amy and LGBTQ+ Film Culture

May 31, 2024 11:00am PDT - 12:30pm PDT

Join us for a conversation with filmmaker Sav Rodgers, whose documentary film Chasing Chasing Amy had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2023. We will discuss Sav’s filmmaking journey, including the story behind Chasing Chasing Amy, its focus on LGBTQ+ film culture and identity, both of which he highlights in the film. We will also discuss Sav’s experience as a filmmaker and a nonprofit leader, as he is the Founder and Executive Director of the Transgender Film Center, in addition to advice he has for emerging creatives.

Sav Rodgers Director/Filmmaker

About Sav Rodgers:

Originally from Kansas, Sav Rodgers is a filmmaker and screenwriter whose feature directorial debut CHASING CHASING AMY (Tribeca ‘23) explores the complicated legacy of Chasing Amy and its profound impression on his life. The TED Talk he gave in 2018 kickstarted this filmmaking journey, and spurred the writing of scripts that center on highly specific, surprising stories about queer people. His screenplays have been recognized by GLAAD, Outfest, ScreenCraft, among others. Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Media List in 2024, Sav is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Transgender Film Center.

About Chasing Chasing Amy:

In Sav Rodgers’ debut feature film, he explores the unexamined legacy of Kevin Smith’s cult classic, Chasing Amy. His documentary is both a tribute to the movie that saved his life as a queer kid, coming of age in Kansas, and an exploration of its mixed reviews from the LGBTQ+ community. Through candid interviews with Smith and star Joey Lauren Adams, Sav discovers their journey of making their movie was far more difficult and emotional than anyone could have possibly known. CHASING CHASING AMY is a trans coming of age love story, set against the backdrop of an indie film that solidified some careers and damaged others.

CHASING CHASING AMY includes interviews with the cast and crew of Chasing Amy, alongside thought leaders from the LGBTQ+ community, several revolutionary filmmakers, and friends of the filmmakers. These commentaries and dialogues with Director Sav Rodgers explore the power of media representation and the importance of cinema that shapes our lives.


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