Being Seen Making Scenes: An Archival Exploration of Ottawa's First Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival

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Smart, Scott




This thesis documents the history of Making Scenes, Ottawa's first lesbian and gay film and video festival, a festival that was active from 1992 to 2003. I have uncovered the history of this organization through archival work and by interviewing Making Scenes organizers, volunteers, and attendees. Today this festival is relatively unknown, despite a heavily branded and relatively recent presence in Ottawa. This work interrogates the festival's archival erasure. The archive of Making Scenes is interrogated through its queer and trans embodied affective reverberations both within and outside of the archive. This project hopes to add to the growing archival projects into lesbian and gay history that moves away from the focus on the metropolitan Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.


Gender Studies
Canadian History




Carleton University

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