Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival, will honor actor and producer Wilson Cruz with its Trailblazer Award after a special virtual screening of a powerful episode of Apple’s critically acclaimed docuseries “Visible: Out On Television.”
“Visible: Out On Television” is a five-part documentary that is now streaming globally on Apple TV+. The docuseries explores the history of the American LGBTQ movement through the lens of TV. Combining archival footage with new interviews, the series looks at homophobia, the evolution of LGBTQ characters, and coming out in the TV world. Out On Film will be screening the third episode, “The Epidemic,” which looks at HIV/AIDS and how it was ignored by TV. Fear of the disease stunted representation, but TV eventually raised awareness of the issue.
Cruz first came to notice as Enrique “Rickie” Vasquez in the acclaimed TV series “My So-Called Life,” becoming the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay character in a leading role in an American television series, and was later seen in the landmark LGBTQ series “Noah’s Arc.” The actor has had recurring roles in “Party of Five,” “13 Reasons Why” and currently stars as Dr. Hugh Culber in “Star Trek: Discovery,” becoming (along with series co-star Anthony Rapp) the first two gay characters in the franchise’s history. Cruz is currently part of the ensemble of the animated series “The Bravest Knight.”
Tune in Tuesday, June 16 at 7 pm EST at https://watch.eventive.org/oof – the Live Q and A with Wilson Cruz begins at 8:15 pm.