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Studios, Celebs Make Videos for It Gets Better Project: See Sony, Pixar, DeGeneres

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 26, 2011 at 7:38AM

With Chaz Bono's new doc Becoming Chaz (which was acquired by Oprah Winfrey's OWN network)debuting at Sundance, along with David Weissman's historic doc We Were Here, awareness of gender issues is front and center at Sundance--if not everywhere else.
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Thompson on Hollywood

With Chaz Bono's new doc Becoming Chaz (which was acquired by Oprah Winfrey's OWN network)debuting at Sundance, along with David Weissman's historic doc We Were Here, awareness of gender issues is front and center at Sundance--if not everywhere else.

With that in mind, studios and celebs are getting on board the popular It Gets Better Project, formed in September 2010 by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage in order to increase awareness of the bullying and suicides caused by homophobia (including those of Justin Aaberg, Billy Lucas, Cody Barker, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Raymond Chase, and Tyler Clementi). The mission of the It Gets Better Project: to help our youth “see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.” Thousands are contributing to the movement with videos.

Sony Pictures' group Out@SPE, as part of their SPECTRUM diversity initiative to raise awareness on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, invited their studio colleagues to participate in the making of a film. Sony and Pixar's short films, as well as a message from Ellen DeGeneres, are below. And there's more to check out here.

This article is related to: Festivals, Hollywood, Studios, Video, Media, Sundance, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Disney , Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.