Confessions from the Classroom
3. The Making of a Queer Latina Cartoon: Pedagogies of Border, Body, and Home
· 3 · the making of a queer latina cartoon Pedagogies of Border, Body, and Home “Was It Hard to Make a Movie?”: Introduction The animated film Tomboy (Taylor, Parkin, & Pendleton Jiménez, 2008) was the gender narrative I used to introduce the teaching activities described in Chapter 2. The film is an act of vulnerability, a sharing of the kinds of teasing I endured as a tomboy. It served as an invitation to students to write their own gender stories. Tomboy itself is a product of careful, detailed, and sometimes tedious pedagogical production decisions and aspirations. In this chapter I outline the integration of the story, theory, and art that inform Tomboy as a film and curricular resource. January 21, 2009 During a screening of Tomboy, Reel Kids Film Festival, Market Hall Theater, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada I cup my hands over my eyes to block the bright light. Three hundred grades 4 and 5 kids are out there in the dark, raising up their arms with questions: “Was it fun to make a movie?” “Was it hard to make a movie?” “Do they still tease you for looking like a boy?” “How much did it cost?” “How long did it take?” 38 tomboys and other gender heroes We wanted to create a short film about the bullying received by a young boyish Latina Canadian girl, as well as the love and support she receives from her mother. I was working closely with producer/director Barb Taylor, an established lesbian artist/activist who considers...
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