I Just Wanted to Be Somebody

2006 | Abuse / Activism / American Studies / Human Rights / Pop Culture / Religion/Spirituality / Representation / Social Issues | 10m | USA
Directors: Jay Rosenblatt

What do the religious right and the gay liberation movement have in common? Both were fortified by the efforts of one woman—Anita Bryant. Part document and part poem, I Just Wanted To Be Somebody brings transports viewers to the late 1970s and reflects on Bryant’s life and the impact she had. The film is comprised of news footage, commercials, and Bryant’s own home movies.

Reviews and Awards

Grand Prize, Regensburg Film Week, Germany

First Place, Athens International Film & Video Festival, Ohio

Award of Merit, California State Fair