JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement
In close-up, John Banks tells us of his personal and professional life, and how it has changed along with the LGBTQ+ communities. John Banks, a witness to personal and community development.
Documentary Film: JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement
Director: Alexis Baribeault
Length: 46 min. 24 sec. | Year: 2018 | Language: French
Copyright: Quebec Gay Archives, 2018.
PREMIER OF THE FILM
JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement has been presented for the first time during a two part event August 15 2018 in the context of ‘’The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc in August 2018’’ (Montréal).
ABOUT JOHN BANKS
Born in Montréal, John Banks has been recognized for decades for his activism. The personal secretary of the legendary Marlene Dietrich for many years, he has always been active in LGBTQ+ community organizations. In the 1970s and 1980s, he regularly collaborated in publications and two gay radio shows as producer and co-host. In 1979, he followed in the path of LGBTQ+ groups in the USA commemorating the anniversary of Stonewall by organizing in Montréal a demonstration of a happy, proud and exceptional proud LGBTQ+ community. This demonstration became a model for Pride celebrations all over Canada.
In 2017, he was invited to be a Grand Marshall of the Fierté Montréal Pride celebrations. He is an active member of the Quebec Gay Archives.
ABOUT ALEXIS BARIBEAULT
Alexis Baribeault produced his first film, as part of an internship with the Quebec Gay Archives in 2017-2018, while he was a student at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
« (…) Le jeune réalisateur vient de terminer une majeure en histoire. Se dirigeant maintenant vers un certificat en documentation, il a cherché à acquérir de l’expérience en archives, ce qui l’a mené vers les AGQ. (…) »
« Une première expérience en réalisation pour Alexis Barbeault avec ‘’John Banks, une vie d’engagement’’ », Frédéric Bouchard, 15 août 2018
Upper: John Banks at the Reading Room – Quebec Gay Archives
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Galland / Quebec Gay Archives. All rights reserved.
Down: Poster for the film « JOHN BANKS, une vie d’engagement »
Graphic designer: Jean Logan
Source: Quebec Gay Archives. All rights reserved.