Category: Press

How the Small Town of New Hope, PA Transformed Five LGBTQ+ Filmmakers

While a lot of these filmmakers learned during the documentary process, for Hansen Bursic, it took completing production for him to look back on how momentous his work had become. His short documentary, Trans Heaven, Pennsylvania, explores the untold story of legendary weekend-long parties at New Hope bar The Raven that saw hundreds of transgender women…
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October 27, 2023 0

Going Behind the Scenes With LGBTQ+ Filmmakers Uncovering Queer Stories in New Hope, Pennsylvania

Filmmaker Hansen Bursic came to New Hope hoping to find out more about the history of their iconic gay bar, The Raven. His short documentary, Trans Heaven, Pennsylvania, explores the untold story of legendary weekend-long parties that saw hundreds of transgender women and crossdressers take over the town, traveling from all over the country to meet…
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October 10, 2023 0

DOK Industry Podcast: Missionwashing Docs

A conversation on the American Non-Profit Industrial Complex and interrogating how these organizations “mission wash” their role in maintaining a status quo within the documentary ecosystem, harming its labour force.


October 16, 2022 0

Film Premiering in Pittsburgh Tells the Untold Story of Pennsylvania Transgender Woman

Reel Q, Pittsburgh’s annual LGBTQ+ film festival and one of the oldest LGBTQ+ film festivals in the world, will be hosting the world premiere of Halloween 1987. The film is based on the memoir of Jenny Jae Cory of Towanda, Pennsylvania.


October 6, 2022 0

Halloween 1987 diverts from “classic coming-out narrative” at ReelQ Film Festival

For his new film, Hansen Bursic wants to tell a different kind of coming-out story. Bursic’s short film, Halloween 1987, follows Cory, a teenager who dresses up as their girlfriend, Meg, for a high school Halloween party. As the night comes to an end, Cory is faced with a question: Who am I now that…
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October 5, 2022 0

Documentary Workers Unite Against the Odds 

On March 14, workers at the International Documentary Association (IDA) announced their intent to unionize with the Communications Workers of America Local 9003. Documentary Workers United (DWU) is the first union of its kind in the United States, representing 10 staff members, including coordinators, specialists, officers, associates, and non-senior managers. We spoke with two members of…
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May 13, 2022 0

Pennsylvania candidate seeking to be first openly trans county executive in U.S. history

Metro Weekly: In the campaign video, created by award-winning queer filmmaker Hansen Bursic, Titus talks about attempting suicide twice before the age of 16, and how they eventually overcame various hardships and odds to create a better life for themself, and — through their commitment to public service — others.


April 29, 2021 0

Temple senior’s thesis film shares transgender experience

Temple News: Hansen Bursic is taking viewers back to the 1980s to tell an important story about the transgender experience “Halloween 1987” tells the story of Cory, a gender-questioning teenager whose girlfriend, Meg, wants them to wear a couple’s costume to a Halloween party. Because Cory presents themself as a boy, Meg comes up with…
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September 8, 2020 0

Film student’s documentary about a rural transgender teenager’s transition shows at international LGBTQ film festival

Temple News: Hansen Bursic was at work the day he received a congratulatory email notifying him his documentary “The Toothmans” had been accepted into San Francisco-based Frameline42, the largest and oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world. “My boss just saw me completely break down,” said Bursic, a junior film student with a concentration in…
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July 27, 2018 0

Student director screens trans youth documentary set in rural PA

Philadelphia Gay News: At 20 years old, queer filmmaker and activist Hansen Bursic will be one of the youngest directors in attendance this weekend when his award-winning documentary “The Toothmans” screens at the nation’s oldest and largest LGBT festival, held annually in San Francisco. A documentary short with an eight-minute runtime, “The Toothmans” chronicles the…
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June 14, 2018 0