Making It Queer

A new podcast from Level Ground.

Host Ryan Parker talks with artists who are making their art queer to learn more about who they are, what they do, and what their work reveals to the dominant culture.

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10.08.17: I Don’t Have A Monopoly On The Truth.

We are joined this week in the great “out-of-doors” by Kate Logan, a documentary director and producer of films like Kidnapped for Christ and An Act of Love. Listen in as we talk about how she made Kidnapped for Christ and how queerness and the queer community, in being a community that writes it’s own rules, is helping reframe how we understand relationships.

Time stamps for MIQ questions (in case you want to skip around!):
“Who are you?” 1:52
“What do you do?” 27:07
“How are you making it queer?” 55:33
“What am I missing?” 1:17:40

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10.05.17: It Wasn’t About Making Art. It Was About Living.

This week we are joined by the musician who wrote our intro and outro music, Ryan Amador! We hear about how he bounced from coast to coast as he worked through his process of making art, and how he learned to understand his rysexuality.

Time stamps for MIQ questions (in case you want to skip around!):
“Who are you?” 1:46
“What do you do?” 30:54
“How are you making it queer?” 53:34
“What am I missing?” 1:09:34

Show Links:

Donate to Ryan’s next Album: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-m-going-on-a-recording-tour-social#/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryanamador/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryanamador
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ryanamadormusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanamadormusic


09.19.17: My Process is Honesty

Time stamps for MIQ questions (in case you want to skip around!):
“Who are you?” 1:46
“What do you do?” 30:54
“How are you making it queer?” 53:34
“What am I missing?” 1:09:34

Show Links:

Donate to Ryan’s next Album: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-m-going-on-a-recording-tour-social#/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryanamador/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryanamador
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ryanamadormusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanamadormusic

Join us this week for a conversation with Joy Oladokun, singer-songwriter and Musician-in-Residence at The Loft. Back in 2015 Joy gave herself two years to make it happen in the music industry, and then it happened.

In this episode Joy talks about how her parents fostered her love of music and faith, about her writing process, and the spiritual connection we all have to music. Oh, and she has some HOT TAKES that we all need to hear!

Time stamps for MIQ questions (in case you want to skip around!):
“Who are you?” 2:55
“What do you do?” 18:50
“How are you making it queer?” 44:23
“What am I missing?” 53:49


09.12.17: Making Room for Other Artists

On this week’s episode we interview Giovanni Adams, artist, actor, writer, singer, “and an all around amazing human being.” We talk about his latest project Love Is A Dirty Word, which Ryan describes as a lyrical wonder, and about his unconventional path to who he is today by way of biology/medical research and rowing crew at an ivy league institution.

Time stamps for MIQ questions (in case you want to skip around!):
“Who are you?” 1:44
“What do you do?” 18:30
“How are you making it queer?” 35:05
“What am I missing?” 44:41

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09.12.17: A Queering of Film

In this week’s episode we interview Leslie Foster, an artist, experimental filmmaker, and the 2016 artist-in-residence at Level Ground. Leslie walks us through how his “third-culture kid” identity and his Seventh-day Adventist faith pushed and pulled him in different directions on his path to becoming a filmmaker.

Time stamps for MIQ questions (in case you want to skip around!):
“Who are you?” 6:37
“What do you do?” 18:24
“How are you making it queer?” 26:59
“What am I missing?” 39:25

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09.05.17: Interesting Overlaps

In our inaugural episode we join Samantha Curley, Executive Director of Level Ground, and MIQ host Ryan Parker in a conversation about the ethos behind Making It Queer and the different experiences that led to the creation of Level Ground.

Time stamps for MIQ questions (in case you want to skip around!):
“Who are you?” 8:40
“What do you do?” 41:30
“How are you making it queer?” 48:27


Let us introduce ourselves… (SNEAK PEEK)

Let’s celebrate queer artists and storytellers! Hosted by Ryan Parker, MIQ features interviews with artists who are making it queer to learn more about who they are, what they do, and what their art reveals to the dominant culture.

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