The Bay Area is known for many things, not the least of which being a proud and vibrant filmmaking community. These queer homegrown shorts touch on every area of Bay Area life, including coming of age in a gentrifying Oakland, caring for partners in their final moments, and creating safe spaces for all. This mix of fiction and doc films highlights the best in the Bay today.
— DOMINIQUE ONEIL
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM
When I Write It
DIRECTORS Nico Opper & Shannon St. Aubin | 2020 | USA | 14m
Two Oakland teens explore what it means to be young, Black, and committed to making art in their rapidly changing city.
That Was Ray
DIRECTORS Kaustubh Singh, Jordan Gorman, & Brenten Brandenburg | 2019 | USA | 18m
That Was Ray chronicles the life of Reverend Raymond “Ray” Broshears, who was at the forefront of the San Francisco gay rights movement in the late 1960s-to-mid-70s. While he preached peace and acceptance, he also founded a militant group The Lavender Panthers, which curbed hate crimes with the threat of violence.
DIRECTOR Annie Dean-Ganek | 2019 | USA | 16m
Unity Skateboarding, founded in 2016 by Jeffrey Cheung and his partner Gabriel Ramirez in Oakland, seeks to create a safe space and visibility for queer skateboarders within the hetero-masculine mainstream skateboarding culture. Carving Space follows Unity and affiliated queer skate activists—including 2019 US Olympic Skateboarding team member, Leo Baker—as they provide spaces and voices to the often-overlooked queer community.
DIRECTOR My-Hanh Lac | 2020 | USA | 19m
In this coming-of-age story inspired by true events, Mads, an exuberant tomboy in the 1990s, struggles to balance relationships with friends, family, and her own sexuality.
DIRECTORS Anna Kuperberg & Julie Caskey | 2020 | USA | 14m
Carla Jean Johnson accepts her fast and aggressive cancer diagnosis with clarity and grace while photographer Anna Kuperberg, her long-time wife, documents their final days and weeks together. With mesmerizing footage and intimate recordings of the couple’s final conversations, Eleven Weeks is a story more about love than death.
I’ll Cry Tomorrow
DIRECTOR Brett Thomas | 2020 | USA | 5m
Pieced together through self-shot found footage (which the director found under his bed), I’ll Cry Tomorrow is a personal poem about being 21 in San Francisco in 1986 during the AIDS pandemic.
Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 11:00am Sunday, September 27. There is no Q&A.
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