Author: Hansen Bursic

The Deadliest Anti-Trans Law in the US Has Gone Into Effect – Are You Paying Attention?

Last month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s crusade to prosecute the parents of transgender kids brought the national campaign targeting gender-affirming care to new lows. Now, it’s not the actions of one politician but the decision of a whole state legislature that threatens some of the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community.

May 13, 2022 0

Labor Documentaries to Watch for International Workers Day

In many ways, 2022 has been the Year of the Worker. Unionized workers in the US at Amazon and Starbucks recently celebrated massive victories, reenergizing the call for more equitable workplaces. As we approach May Day, or International Workers’ Day, it’s an important time to listen to and uplift the stories of working people. In this…
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April 29, 2022 0

Documentaries to Watch During March Maddness

It’s that time of year again when brackets are set and bets are made. March Madness is the peak of the college basketball season here in the US and is one the highest profile college sports leagues in the country. To celebrate this season, here are eight documentaries streaming online that celebrate all things basketball,…
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March 17, 2022 0

2021 Year in Review

This week I have been reflecting on 2021 which, not to mince words, has been one roller coaster of a year. I started 2021 in Pittsburgh, living in my parents basement, not sure what was next and now I am in LA with my boyfriend of two years with an exciting new job. I also…
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December 31, 2021 0

A Spooky Sit Down with Filmmaker and Performer Knucklehead

Provocative, queer, and… made in Lancaster, PA? In the heart of Central Pennsylvania, filmmaker and performer Jake McClellan, also known as Knucklehead, and close collaborators Adam Lenhart and Eric Griffin, were busy working a spooky passion project: a comedic, Halloween-themed collection of short films with a stunning 1990s broadcast look titled HeBGB TV.

October 30, 2021 0

6 Tips for Documentary Filmmakers on How to Better Serve Participants with Gender-Based Trauma

It is no secret that documentary filmmaking has a complicated legacy when it comes to supporting the survivors of gender-based violence. Even with the best intentions, many filmmakers fall into dangerous extractive patterns and use practices that end up doing more harm than good for a participant. Last week, IDA and the Documentary Accountability Working Group hosted…
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October 14, 2021 0

LGBTQ Documentaries that Take a Deeper Look at Coming Out

The act of “coming out” as a member of the LGBTQ community is often the defining moment of films about queer and trans people. Yet many of these films still struggle to capture the nuances of this experience. Audiences can look no further than to documentaries for a raw and necessary look at what coming…
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October 11, 2021 0

Filmmaker David Weissman on Building Intergenerational Bridges for Queer Men

As I moved to Los Angeles this year, I couldn’t help but start to feel haunted by anti-aging culture. It permeates this city and it feels especially powerful in queer spaces. Although it doesn’t have a major effect on me personally, it reminded me of conversations I have had with my friend David Weissman, who has made it part of his personal mission to cross intergenerational divides with his films.

September 27, 2021 0

Outfest’s Documentary Lineup A Reminder of LGBTQ Resilience

Each year, the Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ film festival hosts some of the best queer and transgender cinema in the world. It’s a chance to catch films that were misunderstood by straight programmers or rejected by festivals because they were “niche.” But more than any of that, festivals like Outfest provide a much-needed space for community, both for…
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September 9, 2021 0

The Kids Are More Than Alright: Documentaries To Watch on Youth Activism

Youth movements have changed the world and revolutionized the way we organize against systems of oppression. From Freedom Summer to the March For Our Lives, young people have been at the forefront of some of the most radical and important activism of nearly every generation. In honor of students returning back to school and all…
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August 25, 2021 0