What is the human impact of a campaign to ban gay marriage? Through the stories of gay parents in Kentucky, this film examines how our nation’s political, social and religious environments have been altered by recent anti-gay constitutional amendments. While these three Kentucky families live at ease in their neighborhoods, churches and schools, an amendment outlawing gay marriage ascends from the mega-churches to the ballot box. As support for the amendment builds, these parents begin to fear for their safety and the futures of their families. By giving a face to those at the center of this issue, Out In The Heartland illuminates the long-term consequences anti-gay amendments have for us all.
Distributed by Frameline www.frameline.org
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Worth Saving (2004) co-directed with Leah Wolchok Watch the video
This compassionate short video follows two drug users through a groundbreaking program that teaches the signs of drug overdose, and the basic CPR needed to save lives. DOPE (Drug Overdose Prevention and Training) works in needle exchanges, shelters and SRO hotels, as well as with the police, addressing the needs of the often forgotten casualties of the ‘war on drugs.’ In conjunction with the city’s Department of Public Health, the DOPE project takes the bold step of prescribing the opiate antidote Narcan (naloxone – usually only carried by paramedics) directly to drug users. Responding to critics who question whether it is worth saving people who may return to drugs and overdose again, Rachel McLean, DOPE’s Project Director, says “I just want people to stay alive long enough to change.”
Distributed by Fanlight Pictures www.fanlight.com
Screenings/Awards: Frame by Frame – HBO Documentary film series San Francisco, CA 2004; Best of the Fest, International Conference for Reducing Harm, Vancouver 2006
The Smallest Space (2004)
In 1978 the filmmaker’s family drove away from San Francisco to start a new life in a small town in Vermont. By retracing the emotional tracks of this trip through family photos and lush 16mm and Super-8 film, the filmmaker uncovers the roots of her family’s disintegration that followed their journey east.
Screenings: Madcat Women’s Film Festival, San Francisco, 2004, New York NewFest, NYC, 2005
Awards: Finalist, Columbia College Chicago: International Documentary Student Competition, 2004
This four-minute documentary film takes a new look at body cutting as a personal, political and artistic practice. Two San Francisco-based artists share their newest work, which they draw and cut into each other’s bodies. Shot in rich black and white 16mm film, this beautifully intimate view explores cutting as an exhilarating and liberating experience.
Screenings: The New Fest – New York City, 2005, Inside Out Film Festival – Toronto, CA, 2005, MIX NYC – New York City, 2005, Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – Atlanta, 2004, Cinekink, New York City, 2004, Madcat Int’l Women’s Film Festival San Francisco, 2004, Junk Travelling Queer Underground Film Festival, 2004,Chicago Underground Film Festival – Chicago, 2004, Transgender Film Festival – Chicago, 2004, San Francisco Int’l Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2004