Three Antioch University Seattle students produced a documentary film that will be screened at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) later this month.
“Bailey-Boushay House: A Living History” will be shown as part of a Gay Lives series of short films at 6:30 p.m. May 31 at SIFF Cinema, located in the Nelsholm Family Lecture Hall on the lower level of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.
Kathryn Ellis, student in Antioch’s Strategic Communication program, Kathleen Paul, a 2007 Strategic Communication graduate, and Jonakan O’Steen, a 2007 Organizational Psychology graduate, produced the 32-minute documentary for their master’s degree capstone change project. They had the help of co-producer and director Terence Brown from Slantyhouse Productions.
The film captures the stories of those who founded Bailey-Boushay House, a Seattle facility that offers programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. Featured in the film is Betsy Lieberman, the founding executive director of AIDS Housing of Washington, the organization that opened Bailey-Boushay House. Lieberman is an Antioch College alumna.
“Our intent was to give voice to a community through the Bailey-Boushay House Living History” says Ellis. “As we began the project, it became apparent we would be telling the story of a unique group and organization and an even more extraordinary time in Seattle’s history. Our overall hope is that this real-life example will live on to inspire others.”
O’Steen says making the film not only brought people together but also enlivened important connections. “By allowing AIDS Housing of Washington and Bailey-Boushay House founders to tell their stories,” he notes, “it reaffirmed their sense of community, and celebrated their achievements in order for them to embark on their next mission. This is the story of a remarkable community and in the end it is the community that must own this project.”
Paul credits B.J. Bullert, core faculty member with the Strategic Communication program in Antioch’s MA Programs in Leadership and Change, for encouraging the trio to tackle a more ambitious project.
“When we had our first meeting on the project, B.J. Bullert really challenged us to make something far greater than what we had originally envisioned,” says Paul. “Drawing on decades of experience as a documentary filmmaker, she gave us a much different picture of what was possible. What we originally envisioned as audio recordings of an oral history became a 32-minute documentary short.”