What I liked most about the Generations series was the diversity of filmmakers represented. Each film had a different level of production and level of professionalism, but each adhered to the common theme of caring about the LGBT community.
"Teens Like Phil" was really memorable in that the production quality was that of a feature film. It was a story that needed to be told, as teen suicide is a real issue that needs to be addressed. The homeless uncle storyline was a bit misplaced and detracted from the story, and the film may have been more impactful if Phil had been successful in his suicide attempt, but the overall message needed to be stated and I’m glad it was.
The audience also responded really well to "Mariquita" in terms of its message (a 10-year-old boy creatively coming out to his entire family), though the shaky camera (which made sense and was fitting and appropriate) was nauseating for some. What I liked best was guessing at the end whether the film was real footage from a 10-year-old or instead a very cleverly-told story by a documentary filmmaker.
Another standout in the series was "Hear Me Now", which gave voice to a segment of the LGBT community that is widely silenced – the deaf community. The film delicately balanced the dual oppressions deaf LGBT community members face while also ending on a note of hope and positivity. What resonated the most, though, was one interviewee’s story in which he shared his personal experiences with sexual assault. Sexual assault is another issue in the LGBT community that remains shrouded in silence, and this group of college-aged women responsible for creating the film were both respectful and reverent in helping to tell his story.