Artist Projects

Long Pink Coats and Harleys

Paula Durette

Long Pink Coats and Harleys is a 15-minute experimental digital animation that explores the difficulties associated with being a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth. Combining Czech-influenced puppet animation with traditional character segments, Durette’s film centers on a young girl whose feelings are in conflict with the socializing forces of early-childhood education. The main character’s impressions are presented against a background of clinical, psychological data about class constraints, gender roles and common diagnoses of children’s behavior. Approached humorously and empathetically, Long Pink Coats and Harleys is geared toward both LGBT film festival audiences and educational activists.