Travel Queeries is a documentary film that explores “queer” as an urban sub-culture and political identity in 21st century Europe. The term “queer” is used in the United States as a unifying umbrella term for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, and/or intersex. While once a derogatory term, “queer” as a self-identity, has become a significant political moniker in the international context for those living outside sexuality and gender norms.
Through a combination of interviews, live action footage and animated segments, Travel Queeries reveals and compares how individuals, groups, and communities define and use “queer” as a political identity. From queer squats in northern England, to a historic queer housing project in East Berlin, to queer festivals in Copenhagen and Belgrade, to interviews with organizers of the London-based collective "Queers without Borders", the filmmakers reveal the layers of meaning of “queer” within vastly different European backdrops.
The audience will feel invited into the lives of those living outside societal confines as they build local and international community through the creation of art infused with tongue-in-cheek humor, resistance to repression, and bonds of friendship that extend beyond common cultures or homeland. Taping took place in nine different European cities, spanning 2005-2007. Through the relationships built between the filmmakers and interviewees, this film bridges international borders to bring the stories of queer people and communities across Europe to other parts of the world. The making of this film is a good example of production on shoe string budget - most of the services were sources through the net. Websites like http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/europe-travel-tips/ for travel, http://www.hostels.com/europe for accommodation and http://www.raileurope.com/en/index.html are recommended for all seeking a similar film project.
The final film was shot on digital video with sequences shot on Super 8. High-resolution still images are used through out the film, along with animated segments. Digital video creates a homemade atmosphere, enabling the viewer to relate organically to the experience. The Super 8 and animation segments add an artistic element and complement the visual art displayed throughout the film. Only natural and/or existing light is used to maintain authenticity. Environmental portraiture complements each person’s story and places them within the imagery of their culture context. To the same end, events are captured on handheld cameras, allowing the viewer to feel as though they are watching the story unfold live and in person.