The multiple award-winning documentaryChely Wright: Wish Me Away fromfilmmakers Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopfopens June 15 in Los Angeles at LaemmleMusic Hall.
Coming at a time when more and moreAmericans are finding the courage to speakout about LGBT rights, Chely Wright: WishMe Away tells the story of one very brave Nashville music star, who was the first of herkind to come out as gay. After a lifetime ofhiding her sexual identity, Chely risked hercareer and personal relationships in order tolive an authentic, meaningful life. Thefilmmakers spent 3 years of that strugglealongside Chely and were given extraordinary access her unfolding plan tocome out publicly. Using interviews withChely, her family, her pastor, and keyplayers in the music world, alongsideChely's intimate private video diaries, the film goes deep into her back story as an established star, and then forward as she steps into the national spotlight to reveal her secret. Chronicling the aftermath in Nashville and within the LGBT community, Chely Wright: Wish Me Away reveals both the devastation of her own internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life.Chely Wright: Wish Me Away has been honored with the Jury Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature at Frameline, The San Francisco LGBT Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival, among many others. RUNTIME: 90 MINUTES
"A fascinating and inspirational account of coming out." - Joe Leydon, Variety
"A first-rate piece of documentary filmmaking. It's the right moment for this movie." - Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
“A first-rate piece of documentary filmmaking" ~ Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter “An alternately harrowing and triumphant documentary… lovely, raw and riveting.” ~ Steve Pond, The Wrap “Fascinating… inspirational.” ~ Joe Leydon, Variety More about Wish Me Away http://www.wishmeawaydoc.com/
Out Late It’s never too late to be yourself
A FILM BY BEATRICE ALDAAND JENNIFER BROOKE *Documentary contains partial nudity “Out Late” is an inspirational and movingdocumentary about five individuals whomade the courageous and life alteringdecision to “come out” as senior citizens. Their stories are nothing less thanextraordinary: many lived straight livescomplete with marriage and children, andnow face the challenge of beginning againlate in life. Why did they wait until their50’s, 60’s, or 70’s to come out? And whatwas the turning point that caused each of them to openly declare their sexuality?From Canada to Florida, to Kansas, weexplore what ultimately led these dynamicindividuals to make the liberating choice tolive openly and honestly amongst theirfamily, friends and community…perhaps forthe first time in their lives. RUNTIME: 62 MINUTES - Phil Donahue "Very moving and so important" - Gloria Steinem“Gives new meaning to 'better late than never.' A valuable film that could encourage young gays to live their lives without fear and secrets.” - Joy Behar, Host of “The Joy Behar Show”, Co-Host of “The View” "Both compelling and intimate, this well produced documentary provides an important perspective." - Henry Schleiff, President/GM of Investigation Discovery Channel "Depicts both the rush involved in claiming one's sexual identity and the fear that having waited so long might make real romance impossible."
08:00 min Experimental Director: Kai Ling Xue Producer: Kai Ling Xue
Winner of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Rights Award.
About The Film More About A Girl Named Kai from Director Kai Ling Xue
Three years in the making, shot in four countries, A Girl Named Kai is a brave and honest autobiographical vignette in three chapters about Kai Ling's relationships, self discoveries, passions, secrets and dreams. Using digitally-edited Super 8 and 16mm, this experimental short will take you through a true life journey from the highs of love to the lows of loss, delicately threaded together with original music. A Girl Named Kai sets out to challenge our society's preconceptions of people who are considered outsiders while empowering the audience to continue to examine contemporary notions of internal and external social identities.
Kai Ling Xue, Director/Producer Kai Ling Xue was born in Hualien, Taiwan and moved to Vancouver in 1997 to pursue her dream of becoming an interdisciplinary artist. Her work explores women's issues, race and sexuality. Her work has been shown at festivals and Biennales in Asia, Europe, the US and Canada.
Synopsis: Fahisha means “abomination”,the Arabic word used to describehomosexuals in the Qu’ran. However, with LGBTQ issuesbecoming more acceptable insecular countries, traditional regions of the world are lessopen to change. My film willexplore whether it is possible for a growing number of LGBTQ Muslim youth to balance their faith with their sexuality.
Film Maker Bio Nabila
Country: United States/Egypt Age: 18 My Story: I was born in Brooklyn. My father, who is from Egypt, made sure I was raised with a strong Muslim community, and I attended an Islamic school for eleven years. In high school, I decided to come out as a lesbian to my family. My father did not react well, and the circumstances at home made it impossible for me to stay there. I was ostracized from my community and family. Now I’m living in a group home in Bedford Stuyvesant. I wish my family would accept me for who I am, but most importantly, I am at peace with myself, and do not regret my decision to tell my family at all. The situation I am living in is not ideal, but I’m graduating high school. I’ve already been accepted to a good college for the fall, and I’m following a path that feels right for me. I’m working with a non-profit I believe in, and I’m a strong advocate for reform in the Muslim community and LBGTQ rights. RUNTIME: 17:30 MINUTES More About Fahisha http://www.reel-lives.org/films-filmmakers/spring-2011/nabila/
I’m Not A Boy
06:10 min Documentary Director: Julie Joyce Producer: Listen Up! & Frame by Frame Fierce Winner of the Empowerment Award ABOUT THEFILM
I’m Not a Boyfrom Producer Listen Up! Beyond Borders: Personal Stories from aSmall Planet is a creative burst ofdefiance and hope by teenagers who are overcoming the huge obstacles and ignorance that have defined their lives. It’s an inspiring compilation of 11 short films written, shot and edited by teenagers who weave documentary filmmaking, animation and archival footage to tell personal stories on fear and insecurity. When we began the Beyond Borders Project, we were inspired by Michael Moore’s film Bowling for Columbine, as well as a speech given by Tim Robbins at the National Press Corps in Washington, D.C. Moore challenged us to rethink our fears, while Robbins described how our government squandered an opportunity to unite our country and world after 9/11. Both men took heat for speaking the truth. So, we asked the youth filmmakers what they most fear in their own lives and how they manage to overcome it. This is Julie's story: Julie Joyce is not a boy. She is more than just an intense, fast-talking New York City sixteen-year-old. She's a trans-gendered youth who wants what all young people want â€“ to be heard and to have a positive space to live and grow.
Julie Joyce, Director Julie Joyce lives in New York City. She has a Paralegal degree and will be going to school to become an R. N. She plans to combine the two fields and become a legal nurse consultant. She hopes I’m Not a Boy helps young transgendered women to be proud and to be able to voice their struggle. Julie still participates in the ballroom scene, but not as frequently. RUNTIME: 6:11 MINUTES More about I’m Not A Boy http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org/films/im_not_a_boy/