Directors

  • Denna Dean Aaron

    A free fella who roams the globe igniting seeds of freedom everywhere he adventures.

    • Big Mama's House | Director: Denna Dean Aaron, 2013

      Big Mama’s House

      Scandalous mischief sprouts in Big Mama’s House at the Earthlodge while she watches over the spiritual health of queer folks. ,

  • Lilly Alvarez

    Fiercely anti-oppression and anti-authoritarian, she lives in West Oakland and wants to see a better world for everyone.

    • Push/Pull | Lilly Alvarez, 2014

      Push/Pull

      The erasure of communities creates a Push/Pull between the “American Dream” and the fragments of migration, rich lands, nourishing foods and healthy bodies. ,

  • Yanira Arias

    A journalist that promotes health equity, LGBT and immigrant rights, she was born and raised in San Salvador, migrated to NYC and lives in San Joaquin Valley.

    • La Justicia Nace En Mi | Director: Yanira Arias, 2013

      La Justicia Nace En Mi

      Through the teachings of slain priest Romero, a Salvadoran lesbian learns that justice begins with her in La Justicia Nace En Mi. ,

  • Penny Baldado

    Self-taught dreamer, passionate, hardworking, determined, problem solver, leader, and proud of where I came from, where I started.

    • My Beautiful Resistance  | Director: Penny Baldado, 2014

      My Beautiful Resistance

      From the roots of struggle, My Beautiful Resistance grows vibrantly for an undocumented, queer, person of color. ,

  • Nadia Capdevilla

    Actress, drama teacher, cultural worker, artistic and theater producer. As a child, I flew with the wings of art and still do.

    Actriz, profesora de teatro, gestora cultural, productora artística y teatral.. desde muy niña ya volaba con las alas del arte y lo sigo haciendo.

    • Adan y Eva Vinieron a mi | Director: Nadia Capdevilla, 2013

      Adan y Eva Vinieron a mi

      Adán y Eva Vinieron a Mi intertwines the burgeoning hope of falling in love with both men and women with the constant threat of homophobic violence in a society that doesn’t allow us to love. Adán y Eva vinieron a mi lleva la posibilidad de enamorarse de hombres tanto como de mujeres entrecruzado con la amenaza permanente de la violencia […]

  • Kim Castillo

    Poet, philosopher and accidental therapist recently transplanted from Davao, Philippines.

    • Keyed Up| Directors: Kim Castillo, Shannon Shue, 2013

      Keyed Up

      A queer Chinese-American girl is Keyed Up to talk to her little brother before he goes to college. ,

  • Tina Cates

    A poet, spoken word artist and author of Spoken Wordz & Kitty Kat Letters.

    • Hip Hop Dee | Director: Tina Cates, 2014

      Hip Hop Dee

      A queer Black butch underground MC navigates the music industry in Hip Hop Dee. ,

  • Celeste Chan

    Creates work born from queer diaspora and is honored to be the co-founder of Queer Rebels.

    • Malaysian Memories | Director: Celeste Chan, 2014

      Malaysian Memories

      Food and survival are carved into Malaysian Memories during the WWII Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia. ,

  • Sanjay Chhugani

    Community activist, manager and optimist who loves film from Bollywood to Hollywood.

    • Casey's Hope | Directors: Sanjay Chhugani, Viet Hoang, Casey Huynh, 2013

      Casey’s Hope

      For a Chinese-Vietnamese queer refugee, Casey’s Hope is found in starting a family of her own. ,

  • Alice Choe

    A nanny that fixes motorcycles, she is a UC Davis graduate in English & Film, with a M.A. in Cinema from SFSU.

    • Trucker Kitty | Director: Alice Choe, 2013

      Trucker Kitty

      The adventurous Trucker Kitty shows off her driving skills while clearing new paths. ,

  • Claudia Corredor

    Bio is coming soon.

    • Mujeres De Tierra: Sembrando Resistencia | Directors: Claudia Corredor y Aritza Ríos

      Mujeres De Tierra: Sembrando Resistencia

      Mujeres de Tierra Sembrando Resistencias harvest corn, cassava, marjoram and resistance from memories of war. Mujeres de Tierra Sembrando Resistencias cosechan el maíz, la yuca, la mejorana y la resistencia de los recuerdos de la guerra. ,

  • Carie-Elena Edwards

    Feminist, activist and proud mother of twin daughters, a chihuahua, two hermit crabs and one mighty bird.

    • Girls You Know | Director: Carie-Elena Edwards, 2014

      Girls You Know

      The support of Girls You Know inspires a young girl to mold her environment. ,

  • Catherine Frost

    Often gets so excited that she words her misorders.

    • Liberation | Directors: Catherine Frost, Christine Liao, 2013

      Liberation

      The sea and sand connect a young woman to her Liberation. ,

  • Nicholas Hatten

    Executive Director of the San Joaquin Pride Center.

    • Finding Hope | Directors: Nicholas Hatten, Rosie Walker, 2013

      Finding Hope

      A young lesbian discovers the strength to be herself after Finding Hope in an accepting community. ,

  • Viet Hoang

    Corporate trainee by day and an actor by, well, day also.

    • Casey's Hope | Directors: Sanjay Chhugani, Viet Hoang, Casey Huynh, 2013

      Casey’s Hope

      For a Chinese-Vietnamese queer refugee, Casey’s Hope is found in starting a family of her own. ,

  • Casey Huynh

    Fulltime single mom, marriage family therapist by trade, creator & writer.

    • Casey's Hope | Directors: Sanjay Chhugani, Viet Hoang, Casey Huynh, 2013

      Casey’s Hope

      For a Chinese-Vietnamese queer refugee, Casey’s Hope is found in starting a family of her own. ,

  • Melinda James

    Her work places women and underrepresented communities in positions of power and recognition, and her messages are tangible enough to reach many.

    • 16 Seeds | Director: Melinda James, 2012

      16 Seeds

      Community organizers, black farmers and elders preserve tradition, lay groundwork and spread 16 Seeds in the struggle for food justice. ,

  • Christine Liao

    A lover of sunflowers, avocados and oranges.

    • Liberation | Directors: Catherine Frost, Christine Liao, 2013

      Liberation

      The sea and sand connect a young woman to her Liberation. ,

  • Beth Nelsen

    Makes documentaries that speak to social justice issues through the telling of personal stories.

    • The Sky is the Roof | Director: Beth Nelsen, 2014

      The Sky is the Roof

      Carried by the voices of women, The Sky is the Roof is an Indigenous perspective of ecology. ,

  • Tracy Nguyen

    A queer Vietnamese daughter of refugees who will one day own her own hair salon and film production company.

    • Possibly | Director: Tracy Nguyen, 2014

      Possibly

      What could Possibly be the connection between wooded trails, sunny BART stops and floral sheets? ,

  • Aaron Ornelas

    A rainbow road dog who can’t wait to make films back in queer Guatemala City and beyond.

    • Closet Dance|Directors: Aaron Ornelas, Catherine Pope, 2014

      Closet Dance

      A young African American lesbian affirms herself after a Closet Dance. ,

  • Megan Ortañez

    Feminist media activist and aspiring art historian, s/he really enjoys pizza bagels, Judith Butler text and spending time with hir grandparents.

    • WoMan Native otHer | Director: Megan Ortañez, 2014

      WoMan Native otHer

      WoMan Native OtHer finds a source of personal transformation by decolonizing language, time and vision. ,

  • Vanessa Paniagua

    There is power in accepting myself and leaving the patriarchal system and the manipulation of the church in which I was raised.

    • Ñembotavy | Director: Vanessa Paniagua, 2013

      Ñembotavy

      A Guaraní word that means turning a blind eye, Ñembotavy describes the way young lesbians are silenced by their families and the watchfulness of a church that preaches love. Ñembotavy es una palabra guaraní que significa hacer el desentendido y así se describe la forma en que el entorno familiar de muchas jóvenes lesbianas y la mirada vigilante de una […]

  • Tara Perez

    Rainbow-tinted visionaire who would love to collaborate on projects and experience people’s visions come to life.

    • Interrogation |Director: Tara Perez, 2013

      Interrogation

      Fear proliferates during an Interrogation when a young woman is forced to reexamine the truth about herself. ,

  • Catherine Pope

    A filmmaker who creates your favorite films.

    • Closet Dance|Directors: Aaron Ornelas, Catherine Pope, 2014

      Closet Dance

      A young African American lesbian affirms herself after a Closet Dance. ,

  • Jessica Praznik

    Born in Buenos Aires, she studied Audiovisual production at the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte and has worked in television, music videos and film.

    • The Cake Factory | Director: Jessica Praznik, 2013

      The Cake Factory

      Nestled among existential dilemmas and confessions, love blooms in The Cake Factory. ,

  • QWOCMAP Productions

    QWOCMAP’s in-house production company collaborates with long-term Community Partners like SFWAR.

    • History of SFWAR | QWOCMAP Productions, 2013

      History of SFWAR

      History of SFWAR  honors 40 years and the role that San Francisco Women Against Rape plays in the movement to end sexual assault. ,

  • Jovelyn Richards

    Storyteller, writer and performance artist.

    • What's It Like | Director: Jovelyn Richards, 2013

      What’s It Like

      An African American elderunearths resilience when she reveals What’s It Like? for her enslaved grandmother in the bleak landscape of race and sexuality. ,

  • Yoruba Richen

    An award-winning documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S. and abroad including Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.

    • The New Black | Director: Yoruba Richen, 2014

      The New Black

      An African-American community grapples with Civil Rights, LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage in The New Black. ,

  • Aritza Rios

    Bio is coming soon.

    • Mujeres De Tierra: Sembrando Resistencia | Directors: Claudia Corredor y Aritza Ríos

      Mujeres De Tierra: Sembrando Resistencia

      Mujeres de Tierra Sembrando Resistencias harvest corn, cassava, marjoram and resistance from memories of war. Mujeres de Tierra Sembrando Resistencias cosechan el maíz, la yuca, la mejorana y la resistencia de los recuerdos de la guerra. ,

  • Shannon Shue

    Strikes a healthy balance between creative storytelling, social entrepeneurship, empowering mindsets and eating the perfect Vietnamese spring roll.

    • Keyed Up| Directors: Kim Castillo, Shannon Shue, 2013

      Keyed Up

      A queer Chinese-American girl is Keyed Up to talk to her little brother before he goes to college. ,

  • Monely Soltani

    A post-revolutionary war child who has found healing through storytelling and now there is no stopping her/them.

    • Desert Lullabies | Director: Monely Soltani, 2014

      Desert Lullabies

      For a 7-year-old girl in war-torn Iran, Desert Lullabies are rich with fairytales that give her the courage to flee. ,

  • Tiye Yayu Square-LeVias

    Filmmaker, real estate developer, retired social services on a life-long mission to empower black youth with the richness of their historical relevance.

    • Free in Song | Director: Tiye Yayu Square-LeVias, 2014

      Free in Song

      Singer, choir director and musician Melanie DeMore shows children and adults how to be Free In Song as she sows the seeds of cultural activism and history. ,

  • Ruth Vera

    Paraguayan feminist and community organizer in the Latin American & Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights and InterAmerican Covention on Sexual & Reproductive Rights.

    Paraguaya, feminista, promotora social, integrante del comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la defensa de los derechos de la mujer y la convención Inter americana de los derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos Paraguay.

    • Mentiras Que Dan Alas | Director: Ruth Vera, 2013

      Mentiras Que Dan Alas

      Renouncing the truth of Catholic teachings planted by family tradition gives Ruth wings to fly toward feminist organizing and lesbian love in Mentiras Que Dan Alas. ,

  • Danielle Villegas

    Seattle based film and theater artist.

    • Dos Almas | Director: Danielle Villegas, 2013

      Dos Almas

      In the western wilderness of the mid-1800s, Dos Almas reveal their natures when worlds collide. ,

  • Rosie Walker

    A high school student and member of the San Joaquin Pride Youth Group.

    • Finding Hope | Directors: Nicholas Hatten, Rosie Walker, 2013

      Finding Hope

      A young lesbian discovers the strength to be herself after Finding Hope in an accepting community. ,

  • Raquel Wells

    A refugee from “the great white north,” she has found a home here in the Bay.

  • Tiffany Whigham

    A California native, she loves to discover delectable new eats and treats that tantalize her taste buds.

    • Sweet & Hot | Director: Tiffany Whigham, 2013

      Sweet & Hot

      Sweet & Hot bounty from the farmer’s market proves that the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach. ,

  • Alexandria Wright

    Black feminist, artist and Berkeley PhD candidate from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

    • Heft | Director: Alexandria Wright, 2014

      Heft

      With her alluring Heft, a queer black woman in the East Bay draws a bevy of suitors and scoundrels. ,

  • Camila Zabala

    Born in Bogotá, Colombia, moved to Asunción with a feminist separatist mother at 4, and co-founded the lesbian feminist Aireana Group 10 years ago.

    • Yo Soy Mi Centro | Director: Camila Zabala, 2013

      Yo Soy Mi Centro

      A non-birth mother in Yo Soy Mi Centro is at risk of losing her child through laws that don’t recognize their bond. ,