Many members of our Pickle community turn to art to celebrate their identity. While some of this year’s Pride events have been postponed to fall or are continuing in modified fashion, we’ve put together a streaming list to check out from home or on the go.
Below you will find films and series that our talented alumni have helped to create. They feature main characters and / or prominent LGBTQ + themes, in the hope that members of our community can feel seen and represented through the art.
1. “Euphoria” – HBO Max
A series that explores what the life of the modern teenager can be like, “Euphoria” has received rave reviews from critics for its cinematography, acting, production, and mature content management. Zendaya, frontman of the series, who plays Rue Bennet, is the youngest person to ever receive the Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series.
Hunter Schafer, a former high school student in visual arts, plays Jules Vaughn, a friend and lover of the main character Rue Bennet. Schafer was also a screenwriter for the special episode “F *** Any Who’s Not a Sea Blob – Part Two: Jules”, released in January 2021.
2. “Sense8” – Netflix
A sci-fi drama, “Sense8” tells the story of eight aliens from around the world who are suddenly reborn as “senses”, meaning they are psychically connected and can share their knowledge, language and skills. . Throughout the series, the group works to help each other overcome personal obstacles and avoid kidnappings.
Former theater student Terrence Mann plays the villainous “Whispers”, who tries to capture the members of the Eight.
3. “Master of Nothing” – Netflix
While the first two seasons of “Master of None” primarily follow series creator and actor Aziz Ansari as Dev Shah, the recently released third season centers around Dev’s friend Denise, played by Lena Waithe, and the wife of Denise Alicia, played by Naomi Ackie. The season follows the couple as they face their relationship and struggle as they try to have a baby.
Former film student Cody Beke served as a casting director for the series.
4. “One Day at a Time” – Netflix
Immigration, racism, PTSD, sexual orientation and gender identity are just a few of the topics covered in this reboot of a 1970s show of the same name. Comedy / drama series that follows a multigenerational Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles, “One Day at a Time” has received critical acclaim for both its writing and its ensemble.
Former theater student Tiffany Little Canfield served as a casting director for the series.
Editor’s Note: “One Day at a Time” was also recommended by Film Faculty Joy Goodwin in “15 Shows Created By Women You Must Know”.
5. “Indoor boys” – series web page
This comic web-series follows two home-roommates who discover the limits of their friendship without borders. The third season of “Indoor Boys” won six Indie Series 2020 awards, including Best Comedy Series, and actress Veanne Cox received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Series. digital series for his work in the series.
Former theater students featured in the series include Wesley Taylor as Luke, Issac Powell as Logan in six episodes, Erich Bergen as Rodney in one episode, Will Rives as Rocky in one episode. and Ciera Payton as Alyssa in one episode. Wesley Taylor is also the co-creator, producer and writer of the series.
6. “Orange is the New Black” – Netflix
Showing life inside a federal prison for women, “Orange is the New Black” is Netflix‘s most-watched original series. Based on the memoir of the same name, the fictionalized series is celebrated for its diverse cast and storytelling while following main character Piper Chapman throughout her time in prison.
During the series, former film student Michael Brake served as music editor, Stephen Geiger former theater student was principal stage artist, and Frances Smith, former design and production student, served as set designer.
7. “Ma Rainey’s Black Background” – Netflix
An adaptation of August Wilson’s play of the same name, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is based on 1920s blues singer Ma Rainey, performed by Viola Davis. Nicknamed the “Mother of the Blues,” Rainey is considered a black LGBTQ icon of the early 1900s.
Former dance student Camille A. Brown created the stylized choreography for this Oscar-winning film, while former production student Gilana Lobel served as production supervisor.
8. “Angels in America” - HBO Max
Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winning Tony Kushner, “Angels in America” is a mini-series about the crossed lives of six New Yorkers in 1985 amid the AIDS epidemic. It is one of only two series to receive a “full sweep” at the Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the “Outstanding Limited Series”, top four acting awards, and major writing, directing categories. , artistic direction and casting.
Former theater student Mary-Louise Parker plays agoraphobic Mormon housewife Harper Pitt, who often hallucinates with drugs.
9. “Hearts are pounding hard” – Hulu
A feel-good story about Brooklyn-based musician and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) and his studious daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons), “Hearts Beat Loud” takes place over the summer before Sam takes off. leaves for college in California. After a song they are recording for fun goes viral, Frank tries to convince Sam to start a band with him and make more music.
This film is full of connections with alumni, starting with former film student Brett Haley who has served as a screenwriter and director. Former drama connections throughout the film include Linda Lee McBride as Callie, Alex Reznik as Professor Berg, Micheal Abbot, Jr. as Master of Ceremonies, Quincy Dunn-Baker in the role of Ryan and casting director Tiffany Little Canfield. Other alumni of the film include Abraham Bengio as assistant producer, Dustin Bricker as super script, and Zach Seivers as re-recording mixer, sound designer, and supervising sound editor.
Bonus: Ryan Murphy Productions – Netflix
Writer, director and producer Ryan Murphy is widely regarded as one of the most well-known content creators of our time. The majority of her work has focused on telling stories about people with marginalized identities. Below are some of his most notable movies and series, available to stream on Netflix, which have links to UNCSA alumni:
- “Pose” takes place in the underground ballroom scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s and tells the story of black and Latin transgender and transsexual artists. The series is notable for having the most trans actors ever in a scripted TV series.
Tanase Popa, a former student of Design and Production Management, has worked with Ryan Murphy Productions since 2014 and has been a producer of “Pose”.
- “Joy” is a musical / drama that follows the story of a high school Glee Club that rivals other performing choirs while exploring a wide range of social issues. Tanase Popa was assistant to the executive producers.
- “Hollywood” follows actors and filmmakers during the golden age of Hollywood. The miniseries explores different social and political aspects of the time while re-imagining events that could have happened in a more tolerant world. Tanase Popa was a producer and Joe Mantello, former Drama student, plays Dick Samuels.
- “The boys of the group” is a film adaptation of a 1968 play of the same name by Mart Crowley. The film takes place over the course of one night as nine friends attend a birthday party and share secrets. Tanase Popa was a producer and Joe Mantello directed this film.
- “Failed” is based on the life of nurse Mildred Ratched from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. A thriller drama series, “Ratched” was particularly praised for its acting, costumes, production design, and cinematography. Tansase Popa was a producer, former wig and makeup design student Johan Teng worked on prosthetics and former film production design student Lorr Volatier was production assistant in the art department.
- “Prom” follows a group of stranded Broadway actors who come together to support a high school student in a small Indiana town who isn’t allowed to bring her girlfriend to prom. Tanase Popa was a producer.
- “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: The History of American Crime” shows the events leading up to and following Andrew Cunanan’s murder of famous fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997. Tanase Popa was an executive producer.
- “Halston”, Ryan Murphy Productions’ latest series, is based on the life of fashion designer Halston who first gained notoriety for the design of Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat. Tanase Popa was co-executive producer.
by Melissa Upton-Julio
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