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The Resource Licensed to kill, a DeepFocus production ; an Arthur Dong film ; producer, director, writer, editor, Arthur Dong

Licensed to kill, a DeepFocus production ; an Arthur Dong film ; producer, director, writer, editor, Arthur Dong

Label
Licensed to kill
Title
Licensed to kill
Statement of responsibility
a DeepFocus production ; an Arthur Dong film ; producer, director, writer, editor, Arthur Dong
Contributor
Director
Editor
Narrator
Producer
Production company
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Licensed To Kill takes a riveting journey into the minds of men whose contempt for homosexuals led them to murder. Attacked in 1977 by gay bashers on the streets of San Francisco, filmmaker Arthur Dong confronts murderers of gay men face-to-face in his film. He asks them directly: "Why did you do it?" Probing on-camera interviews with seven convicted killers behind bars propel the narrative drive of Licensed To Kill. These inmates include a wide range of distinct profiles: a young man who claims he justifiably killed as protection from his victim's sexual advances -- a defense known as "homosexual panic"; a self-loathing, religious gay man who killed because of his own homosexual tendencies; a victim of child abuse who feared losing his manhood; an army sergeant angry over the gays in the military debate; and a self-described homeboy looking for easy prey. Licensed To Kill is an uncompromising investigation into the roots of anti-gay violence. As seen through the eyes of murderers, the film examines the social, political and cultural environments of these men and questions whether society had given them a "license to kill" homosexuals. Licensed To Kill is a powerful fusion of elements from a number of sources: the interviews themselves; videotaped confessions of perpetrators; news reports; court room scenes; graphic evidence from police files; home and police videos of actual gay bashings and killings; and childhood photos of the murderers. These and other graphics are layered with on screen text which punctuate the hard facts of the killings. Adding to the original score is Me'Shell Ndegeocello's searing hit song, Leviticus: Faggot, which catapults the film to an explosive conclusion
Awards note
  • Won 1997 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, Documentary
  • Won 1997 Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers Trophy, Documentary
  • Won 1997 San Francisco International Film Festival Certificate of Merit, Film & Video - Sociology-U.S.
  • Won 1997 Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award, Best Documentary
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
Language note
In English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Dong, Arthur E.
  • Deep Focus Productions
Runtime
76
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gay men
  • Gays
  • Homophobia
  • Hate crimes
  • Murderers
Target audience
adult
Technique
live action
Label
Licensed to kill, a DeepFocus production ; an Arthur Dong film ; producer, director, writer, editor, Arthur Dong
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?MARC;3819199
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed January 02, 2018)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ASP3819199/marc
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (76 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
  • v
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) ASP3819199/mar
  • (OCoLC)1022760858
Video recording format
other
Label
Licensed to kill, a DeepFocus production ; an Arthur Dong film ; producer, director, writer, editor, Arthur Dong
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?MARC;3819199
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed January 02, 2018)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ASP3819199/marc
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (76 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
  • v
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) ASP3819199/mar
  • (OCoLC)1022760858
Video recording format
other

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