Documentary Film Internship Opportunity for PBS Doc
Documentary Internship- Post Production & Footage/Photo Research
Seeking intern to work on a feature-length independent documentary film titled CURED. CURED is a David-versus Goliath story of a small group of LGBTQ activists who battled the psychiatric establishment — and won.
The documentary will illuminate a pivotal yet largely unknown chapter in the struggle for LGBT equality: the campaign that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Before the momentous 1973 decision, the official view within the medical establishment was that every gay and lesbian person was the victim of a disease and in need of a cure. Business and government used the mental-illness classification to justify discrimination and bigotry. As long as gay men and lesbians were “sick,” progress toward equality was nearly impossible.
CURED will take audiences behind the scenes of this riveting narrative to chronicle the strategy and tactics that led to a crucial victory in the movement for LGBT rights. Indeed, following the Stonewall rebellion of 1969, the battle that culminated in the APA’s decision marked the first major step on the path to first-class citizenship for LGBT Americans. CURED will shed new light on this victory – which was far from inevitable – while situating the APA story within the larger context of the modern movement for LGBT equality.
After 3 years in the making, CURED is in its final stretch to be completed by fall 2019 and is expected to release theatrically and to air on PBS.
Primary intern tasks will involve research, logging video footage, photos and newspapers related to this story. Additional tasks will be to create related cue sheets, other television deliverables, and organizing archival footage and elements for our editorial team. Ideal candidates would have an arts and film background, strong organizational and research skills, and be willing to complete a variety of tasks including archival and print research, tape logging, occasional office jobs and making deliveries. Adobe Premiere skills would be a plus, but not necessary.
Applicants will have the opportunity to work with seasoned producers and editors over the next few months. Applicants should be detail-oriented, consistent with follow-through and should be able to work independently.
DATES: Hiring February/ March til summer 2019. We ask that our interns commit at least 2 (or 3) days a week for at least 3 months.
COMPENSATION: Academic credit (if requested) and a small stipend can be provided
Email your cover letter and resume to the attention of Mridu Chandra at firstname.lastname@example.org