Category: Writing

Looking Back and Moving Forward: QDoc, America’s Only LGBTQ+ Documentary Festival

Filmmakers have a special place in their hearts for film festivals hosted in small theaters, in idyllic local neighborhoods, with thoughtful Q&As, and crowds as interesting as the films themselves. In many ways, that’s the kind of festival QDoc, The Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival offers itself as. QDoc is the only festival in the US…
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June 28, 2022 0

Documentaries To Watch on Guns and America

It has been a devastating month for us reeling from gun violence in the US. As with many issues, we look to documentaries to give us a deeper understanding of how we got here and what’s next. This blog explores eight documentaries that discuss the topic of guns and America, taking a specific look at…
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May 31, 2022 0

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back: Reflecting on LGBTQ Rights Since Last Pride

The LGBTQ community has been through a lot since Pride 2021. From “Don’t Say Gay” bills to horrendous legislation targeting trans kids, it’s easy to feel like this last year has been one of the worst yet for trans and queer people. Yet still, we persist as a community, stronger than ever before in a…
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May 25, 2022 0

New Voices Stand Out at SFFILM, America’s Longest-Running Film Festival

Local film festivals have taken some of the biggest hits during the pandemic and it’s among the many reasons that returning to the historic Castro Theater and hearing “welcome back to the movies” was so emotional for many of us in the audience. The 65th SFFILM Festival, or San Francisco International Film Festival, has endured…
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May 17, 2022 0

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