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March 27, 2014

'Meet and Greet' with Director, Star of Documentary 'fagbug' Set for March 28


Students, faculty and staff who are interested in documentary filmmaking, want to learn how to make their own documentary, or want to know how to distribute their film on major platforms like Netflix and Hulu are invited to attend a special "meet and greet" with Erin Davies, the director and star of the independent documentary film "fagbug."

The free program, which includes lunch, will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, in 2106 Dragas Hall. Space is limited and RSVP is required: mfrench@odu.edu.

On the 11th Annual National Day of Silence, Davies was victim to a hate crime in Albany, N.Y. Because of sporting a rainbow sticker on her VW Beetle, her car was vandalized, left with the words "fag" and "u r gay" placed on the driver's-side window and hood of her car.

Despite initial shock and embarrassment, Davies decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. She took her car, now known worldwide as the "fagbug," on a 58-day trip around the U.S. and Canada. Along the way, she discovered other, more serious hate crimes, had people attempt to remove the graffiti and experimented with having a male drive her car. After driving the fagbug for one year, she decided to give her car a makeover.

The March 28 program at ODU is sponsored by the Safe Space Committee, Office of Intercultural Relations, Counseling Center, Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, Department of English, Women's Center and ODU Gay Cultural Studies.

For more information about the event, contact safespace@odu.edu. For more about Davies, visit WWW.FAGBUG.COM.