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Shane’s, Tina’s and Angie’s tour of the USC Campus took a lot longer than they had thought. Rudy Torres, their tour guide was informative and funny. However, he liked hearing himself talk resulting in the three having to excuse themselves early to make it across to WPH B30 where the Gender and Sexuality class on Lez Girls was being held. Lisa texted them directions to the Hall, which only resulted in them getting lost. Like all college campuses, if you don’t attend the school, it is nothing but a maze. Walking into the classroom breathless drew all eyes to the door, and a big smile from Professor Lisa Wright.
Professor Wright set up the introduction of Tina and Shane with an overview of their resumes. Tina and Shane had requested the presentation to be more a panel type so they could support each other during the talk. Shane for her part, discussed more the behind the scenes issues and concerns from the actors and crews point of view, while Tina spoke more of the story’s intent to reach young women struggling with coming out.
”I want to thank Tina and Shane for their presentations and perspectives, but now I would like to open it up to a few questions from the students.”
”Ms. Kennard, can you talk a little more about the impact that the market research had on the name change and the ending change?”
”Sure, all films, especially those that are different or are testing new cultural areas are market tested. This film got a major distributor and in hindsight that may not have been such a good idea. Money became a driving force and ultimately ended up causing the change in the ending and the title. If the film had remained more of art film, falling more within the independent sector, the money would not have had such an influence.”
”Ms. Kennard, do you think that Jenny Schecter’s voice was lost with all the drama and changes that occurred?”
”Well, for sure with the change in the ending. Having Jessie go back to a heterosexual life really took away from what the film was all about. It was a coming out story, it was not ’lets experiment and then go back to what is accepted by society’.”