The scarcity of LGBTQ+ representation is something many of us millennials, particularly those identifying as queer, grappled with throughout the 90s and early 2000s. While present-day narratives include compelling LGBTQ+ stories in dramas such as Blue is the Warmest Color and Moonlight, horror films like They/Them, and reality TV shows like Netflix’s newly-released, The Ultimatum: Queer Love, the variety wasn’t as rich back then. Our sources of representation included original versions of The L Word and Queer as Folk and the cult-favorite Natasha Lyonne’s film, But I’m a Cheerleader, but they were not easily accessible and remained outside the mainstream.
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Sav Rodgers, despite not being a 90s or early 2000s kid, experienced a significant turning point in his life when he stumbled upon Kevin Smith’s 1997 rom-com, Chasing Amy, at the age of 12. The film’s portrayal of self-love and complex queer characters immediately resonated with him, earning the movie a special place in his heart. However, he soon realized that the LGBTQ+ community was divided over the film, as many critiqued its message, implying that people wouldn’t be gay if they could just find the right partner. Undeterred, Rodgers maintained his admiration for the film and initiated a journey that led him to confront the creators in a documentary aptly named Chasing Chasing Amy.
FilmSweep is thrilled to present an exclusive poster for the movie, just days before its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. It encapsulates the joy and inquisitiveness of Rodgers’ quest, beautifully designed by artist Scott Kawcynski, known for his collaborations with W. Kamau Bell, Ed Burns, and Ross Kauffman. The vibrant poster, with its comic-like aesthetic, highlights all individuals involved in the documentary’s making. Everyone from Smith to the lead actress Joey Lauren Adams and those cognizant of the film’s cultural impact has a significant role in the poster for Chasing Chasing Amy. At the heart of it all is Rodgers, his partner, and his quest for love and self-acceptance, which was prompted by the contentious rom-com.
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What’s the Story Behind Chasing Amy?
Kevin Smith’s 1997 rom-com features a familiar cast from his View Askewniverse, where Ben Affleck’s character, Holden McNeil, falls passionately in love with Alyssa Jones, played by Adams. Despite knowing Alyssa identifies as a lesbian, Holden cannot resist and follows his heart.
Rodgers takes on the role of producer, working alongside Carrie Radigan, Alex Schmider, Matthew C. Mills, and Lelea Meadow-Conner, with Drew E. Burbridge, Chris Vivion, Tyler J. Emerson, Jeffrey Weber, Anthony Pedone, and Yana Burhrer-Tavanier acting as executive producers.
Take a look at the poster for Chasing Chasing Amy above, and stay tuned for more updates about the film’s release following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this week.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Chasing Chasing Amy Documentary
What is ‘Chasing Chasing Amy’?
‘Chasing Chasing Amy’ is a documentary film that chronicles the personal journey of Sav Rodgers, who was profoundly influenced by Kevin Smith’s 1997 rom-com, ‘Chasing Amy’. The documentary explores his experiences within the LGBTQ+ community and his love for the film that has sparked mixed reactions.
Who is Sav Rodgers?
Sav Rodgers is a filmmaker who was deeply influenced by Kevin Smith’s film ‘Chasing Amy’. He was so moved by the movie that he embarked on a journey to create a documentary, ‘Chasing Chasing Amy’, that explores his personal experiences and encounters with the creators of the original film.
What is ‘Chasing Amy’ about?
‘Chasing Amy’ is a 1997 romantic comedy by Kevin Smith. The film revolves around the character Holden McNeil, played by Ben Affleck, who falls in love with Alyssa Jones, an out lesbian, portrayed by Joey Lauren Adams.
When and where will ‘Chasing Chasing Amy’ premiere?
‘Chasing Chasing Amy’ will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The exact date is not specified in the text, but it is indicated to be later in the week of the announcement.
Who has designed the poster for ‘Chasing Chasing Amy’?
The poster for ‘Chasing Chasing Amy’ was designed by Scott Kawcynski, an artist who has previously collaborated with W. Kamau Bell, Ed Burns, and Ross Kauffman.
Who are the producers and executive producers of ‘Chasing Chasing Amy’?
Sav Rodgers serves as a producer for ‘Chasing Chasing Amy’, alongside Carrie Radigan, Alex Schmider, Matthew C. Mills, and Lelea Meadow-Conner. The executive producers are Drew E. Burbridge, Chris Vivion, Tyler J. Emerson, Jeffrey Weber, Anthony Pedone, and Yana Burhrer-Tavanier.