||Doc honors 89-year old lesbian-feminist icon Sally Gearhart, raises early $30,000
--From a press release
This article shared 1013 times since Thu Mar 18, 2021
San Francisco, CA — The feature documentary "Sally" is a humorous, thought-provoking and inspiring American road-trip in search of iconic lesbian-feminist activist Sally Gearhart. Brilliant, charismatic, provocative and visionary, Sally Gearhart worked side-by-side with Harvey Milk, was a heroine to the first generation of open lesbians, and one of second-wave feminism's most radical voices. Yet her crucial role in the fight against the 1978 Briggs' Initiative, which sought to ban homosexuals from working in California's public schools, has been virtually erased. Outside lesbian circles, too few people know her name. The film "Sally" takes us on a hilarious, complex and surprising journey to discover how a "good southern girl" became an "outrageous" lesbian separatist leader and ended up living alone in the woods, largely forgotten by history.
In 2014, while shooting a short documentary about lesbians and aging, Bay Area filmmaker Deborah Craig stumbled across octogenarian Sally Gearhart living alone in a remote and ramshackle cabin in the Northern California woods. Deborah was charmed by this outrageous and mischievous characterwho sported rumpled T-shirts, paint-stained jeans, and bright pink lipstickand then realized that in the 1970s and 80s she was a beloved lesbian-feminist icon. Dismayed that she had barely heard of Gearhart, Deborah began to research and record her story.
Fundamentally, Craig's film hopes to highlight Sally's continuing relevance. Although she's now almost 90, and somewhat isolated in the California woods, Sally's key concernsviolence against women and environmental devastationare more relevant than ever. Her fantasy novel "The Wanderground"with its flying, mind-reading lesbians and "remember rooms" where women share their experiences of male violenceforeshadows current events like the Women's March and #MeToo movement.
The launch of the Kickstarter campaign on March 6th was supposed to be the beginning of a month-long endeavor to raise $30,000. Instead, supported by 200 people, the filmmakers reached their goal within 48 hours. "We always believed that Sally deserved a film dedicated to her," director Craig says, "what surprised us was how many people connected with Sally's story and how quickly the donations came pouring in."
Because of their initial success, the filmmakers are taking advantage of the momentum, amping up their fundraising goal to $50,000. They will use additional money raised to pay for animations, the rights to archival footage, and additional filming
You can find out more about the Sally Gearhart Documentary project, and donate, on Kickstarter at www.kickstarter.com/projects/137494927/sally-the-sally-gearhart-documentary .
This article shared 1013 times since Thu Mar 18, 2021
| ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE|
|GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics hands out Dorian Awards|
--From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA, April 18, 2021 — Nomadland, the spare and fact-based drama of a group of struggling Americans living off the grid; the vivid blueswoman biopic Ma Rainey's Black Bottom; the family-happy fish-out-of-water fable Minari; ...
|Lightfoot calls resignation rumors 'homophobic, racist and misogynistic'
On April 18, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called rumors that she's resigning "homophobic, racist and misogynistic," The Chicago Tribune reported. Lightfoot tweeted, "1/ Good morning from my mansion in Sauganash. ...
|SHOWBIZ Brandi Carlile, 'Legendary,' children's book, film festival, Janet Mock|
Lesbian musician Brandi Carlile memoir, Broken Horses, debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Sellers list, a press release announced. In addition to the hardback book, a very special audiobook edition of the ...
|WORLD Peru items, Kenya, UK government, Poland city|
The first lesbian elected to Peru's Congress promised to put up a "strong battle" for LGBTQ+ rights in the South American nation as two social conservatives go head to head for a presidential run-off vote in ...
|SPORTS Rapinoe, Morgan lift U.S. to victory over France|
The U.S. Women's Soccer National Team beat France 2-0 on April 13 in a friendly match against France behind goals by veterans Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, The Olympic Channel noted. The duo won Olympic gold ...
|WORLD Trans women arrested, death threats, Russian film, leader apologizes|
Two transgender women facing charges of "attempted homosexuality" (as well as public indecency and not carrying identification) in a high-profile case in Cameroon will spend more than two months behind bars without a trial after a ...
|SHOWBIZ Trans singer, 'Pose,' Kate Winslet, Lil Nas X, Broadway|
Trans femme indie-punk artist Evan Greer (she/her) released a dystopian new music video for the song "Surveillance Capitalism," a press release noted. She is using it to launch StopSpotifySurveillance.org with Fight for the Future, where she ...
|The Amazon Trail, How to Write a Book|
I'm not giving away any secrets here. Not saying it's simple or that anyone can do it if they send $25.00 to Post Office Box 1,2,3. Nope, it's a personal journey and every story has a story. Here's mine, about the ...
|GLAAD Media Awards honors creative forces of change in media, culture|
--From a press release, video below - Los Angeles, CA, Thursday, April 8, 2021 — GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, tonight hosted a virtual ceremony to announce the award recipients of the 32nd Annu ...
|Movie about art sensation born into slavery to premiere April 16
Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghostsa film about a man who was born into slavery, and whose works became sensations in the art worldwill premiere Friday, April 16, in local virtual cinemas of Music Box Theatre and Facets. ...
|Equality Illinois celebrates Black trans woman's electoral victory in Decatur, Illinois|
From a press release - A statement from Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Illinoisans: "We are extremely proud of Alana ...
|Gerber/Hart hosts 'Disappeared: Chicago's Lost Lesbian Bars' screening, discussion|
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Gerber/Hart) hosted a virtual screening of Disappeared: Chicago's Lost Lesbian Bars, a short-film documentary that Jacob Pieczynski directed. A panel discussion followed the screening. The 2017 ...
|'Ma Rainey,' 'Schitt's Creek' win during diverse SAG Awards
On April 4, a one-hour, pre-taped 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards aired on TNT and TBS, celebrating the best achievements in film and TV performances for 2020. According to Entertainment Weekly, it was a historic night, ...
|SHOWBIZ 'Special,' Bonnaroo, Broadway items, Rita Moreno, Bridgerton|
The second season of the Netflix comedy series Special will premiere May 20, a press release noted. The series revolves around Ryan O'Connell, a gay man with mild cerebral palsy, and is based on his memoir ...
|LGBTQ critics group holding awards event April 18
GALECA, The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Association, along with Karel Media, will present the 2021 Dorian Film Awards on Sunday, April 18, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on digital cable TV network Revry. The ...