GEEKS OUT SAYS THANK YOU
Our hearts are full, geeks. Right in the midst of the holidays, during end-of-the-year lean times, and after a year already so full of tremendous support for Geeks OUT from our community, friends, and allies, we asked you for more. We asked you to dig deeper and help us realize another dream, to build upon the fantastic success of Takei Back the Night with Dream Weaver, a celebration in art and geekery of the iconic sci-fi superstar, LGBT ally, and all-around Strong Female Character, Sigourney Weaver. AND YOU DID.
Over and above any goodies earned from donations, Geeks OUT wishes to pause in our collective excitement just long enough to offer a very heartfelt Thank You to everyone who supported our campaign. We can definitely appreciate that times are tough and there’s no shortage of worthwhile causes and dorktastic projects competing for your attention. The generosity on display and great good vibes sent our way during the campaign have renewed and reinvigorated our vision for the event and for Geeks OUT going into 2013. Without your support there would have been no Dream Weaver at all, and we’ll never forget that.
Thanks to your largesse, Geeks OUT raised more than $2,000, every penny of which will be used turning Dream Weaver into the biggest, baddest, GET AWAY FROM HER, YOU BITCH!-iest queer, geek, Sigourney Weaver-themed art show this planet has ever seen! Mark your calendars, y’all, because we are here and now able to declare that Dream Weaver is happening Friday, March 29, 2013.
STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER
Born and raised in New York City, Sigourney Weaver is a world-renowned actress and producer, an award-winning activist, a fierce advocate for social justice and environmental causes, a wife and mother, and an icon.
Projecting class, intelligence, and power, Sigourney Weaver blazed a trail for female actors in sci-fi and changed the rules for an entire genre with her unforgettable portrayal of Ellen Ripley in the Alien series. With career high points including the Alien movies, Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, Avatar, and Cabin in the Woods, she is one of the few superstars who has stayed true to her science fiction roots.
As a versatile Hollywood A-lister for three decades, she delivers a powerful, sexy, and strong female presence to such varied projects as zany comedies (Jeffrey, Heartbreakers, Baby Mama, Paul), serious dramas (Gorillas in the Mist, Death and the Maiden, The Ice Storm, A Map of the World), thrillers (Copycat, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, The Village), and family favorites (Holes, Happily N’Ever After, Wall-E). Moving seamlessly between the silver screen, the small screen, and the stage, she most recently re-teamed with her Yale School of Drama chum, the irrepressibly absurdist queer playwright Christopher Durang, starring in his Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Lincoln Center Theater and as Secretary of State Elaine Barrish in USA’s Political Animals.
Sigourney Weaver remains one of only a handful of women to have been nominated for two Academy Awards in the same year (in 1989, as Best Actress® for Gorillas in the Mist and Best Supporting Actress® for Working Girl) and one of very few actresses to be nominated for a blockbuster genre film—for Best Actress® in 1986’s Aliens. Beyond critical praise, she also places a solid 5th on a list of the top 10 highest-grossing actresses in history, helped no doubt by her starring role in the #1 top grosser of all time, Avatar.
In her private life, too, Sigourney Weaver has proven herself a heroine as an advocate for social justice, including gay rights, and the environment. She received a GLAAD Media Award for playing a grieving mother in 2010’s Prayers for Bobby, has testified before Congress on the health of the world’s oceans, and in 2011 was celebrated by the National Audubon Society for her conservation and environmental activism.
An entire generation of science fiction fans has a bigger, better, and more exciting definition of “hero” because of the boundary-breaking career of Sigourney Weaver, a change of perspective especially liberating to women and queer fans. For these and many other reasons, Geeks OUT is inspired to celebrate her many achievements and overall fierceness with the one-night only event Dream Weaver.
DREAM WEAVER CALL TO ARTISTS
Finding a venue worthy of the spirit of the event and able to meet our requirements is the next exciting order of business for Geeks OUT. While we’re checking out NYC’s most fabulous gallery spaces and halls, there’s something you can do as well, CREATE!
Geeks OUT is now accepting submissions for the Dream Weaver gallery show. Submission deadline is February 15, 2013. See www.dreamweavernyc.com for full details and contact information, but the broad strokes are:
- All works will be displayed during Dream Weaver, so originals should be smaller than 24x36 and manageable for us to transport and hang for the event. Artists should include their name a 100-word bio with all submissions.
- All works will also be raffled off and given away at Dream Weaver.
- All works must be accompanied by a production quality jpeg, pdf, or illustrator file so we may produce a limited-edition booklet of the exhibition for Kickstarter donors—works will be credited and copyrighted to the artists.
- All works are to be inspired by the legendary career and public persona of Sigourney Weaver, from any single film or general era. Dream Weaver is a celebration of Sigourney Weaver’s achievements and character, so works chosen for the show may not contain imagery that is derogatory or inappropriate for an all-ages public event.
- Inclusion in Dream Weaver is entirely at the discretion of Geeks OUT.