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UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation present

In the Life: Signing On, Signing Off

Actress Lily Tomlin on In the Life
December 3, 2020 - 4:00 pm


A presentation from the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Collection

In the Life: Signing On, Signing Off

This program celebrates the legacy of In the Life, the Emmy-nominated, groundbreaking LGBTQIA newsmagazine that aired on national public television for two decades. Included are the first exciting minutes when In the Life signed on and made history in 1992, and also major events and memorable moments from the early seasons with appearances from luminaries such as original host Kate Clinton, Lily Tomlin, Joan Rivers, director Todd Haynes and Liza Minnelli. Also included is a moving recap of 20 years of stories remembered in the final episode when In the Life signed off in 2012.

This event will also pay tribute to the late Henry van Ameringen (1930-2020), a philanthropist who championed In the Life from its first season and whose enduring generosity made the series possible.

For 20 seasons, this venerable program earned a place as the community’s media source of record through solid reporting, interviews with noted leaders and cultural figures, and coverage of major historical events. In 2014, the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project was enriched by a historic deposit of almost 200 In the Life episodes, along with outtakes and other related materials.

This sweeping scope of this virtual program, culled from a 2014 screening coordinated by UCLA Film & Television Archive’s former Head of Public Programs, Shannon Kelley, will showcase the community’s diversity, long-term struggles and triumphs alongside stirring musical performances, comedy sketches and interviews with seminal New Queer Cinema filmmakers.

The program will conclude with a conversation with former In the Life producers John Catania, Jacqueline “Jac” Gares and Charles Ignacio about Mr. van Ameringen’s critical early support of the series, as well as the decades of historic work that pushed the series and its concerns into a new millennium.

Color, approx. 60 min.