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Activists and artists resist assimilation and fight the ongoing oppression of queer, trans, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.
Activists and artists resist assimilation and fight the ongoing oppression of queer, trans, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.
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Pride Denied: Homonationalism & the Future of Queer Politics

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UPDATE 7/19/15: WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAL!

The producers would like to thank everyone who supported Pride Denied throughout this campaign. We would not be able to complete the film without you! But even though the Kickstarter is over, it's not too late to make a donation to fund additional post-production services such as color correction and closed-captioning. Visit the Pride Denied website for more information and to make a donation today!

UPDATE 7/9/15: NEW SUPPORT FOR PRIDE DENIED

The Women and Hollywood blog at Indiewire supports Pride Denied: "Why we're interested: To criticize the celebration of LGBTQ advances by the mainstream media is by no means to undermine or take for granted how far we have come in the struggle for gay rights: It shows a valid concern for the ways in which corporations engage with LGBTQ causes to make gay liberation profitable. Commericial interests of corporate companies -- especially when it comes to advocating gay rights -- should always be questioned, which is why Chisholm's documentary is an important one. As the Kickstarter page describes, "[P]ride is big business. Non-profits formed for the purpose of hosting pride events ... sport multi-million dollar budgets. But where and how is this money spent? And to what end?" By highlighting the ways in which social issues are often obfuscated by the mainstream media and its appropriation of gay culture, "Pride Denied" opens up space for valuable discussion."

Cinema Politica selects Pride Denied for its "Adopt-a-Doc" program: "On the heels of the US Supreme Court decision to grant legal rights for same sex marriage in that country, we are thrilled and indeed proud to announce our support for an in-production documentary that questions the mainstreaming of pride and the assimilation of queer politics into hetero-mainstream culture. Kami Chisholm’s bold documentary PRIDE DENIED: HOMONATIONALISM AND THE FUTURE OF QUEER POLITICS moves beyond same sex marriage, parades and gays in the military to examine ongoing sites of oppression in the US and Canada for queer and trans people that have been largely overlooked by mainstream media in the clamouring to celebrate the legal right to marry."

In addition, The LGBT Update urges support for the Pride Denied Kickstarter: "The historic victory of same-sex marriage becoming legal nationwide within the U.S., has been a monumental win for the LGBTQ community. Yet, the on going battle for LGBTQ rights and fight against queer injustice is far from over. With the upcoming film Pride Denied, filmmaker Kami Chisholm hopes to tackle many of these ignored issues within the LGBTQ community (like job discrimination, unjust immigration laws and failed healthcare policies), that continue to hindered countless queer individuals. Pride Denied will also question our communities reflection on the concept LGBTQ pride, to see if it truly embraces our diverse narratives as a whole."

Banner at Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) press conference condemning the Toronto police Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS)
Banner at Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) press conference condemning the Toronto police Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS)

ABOUT THE FILM

Pride Denied is a feature-length documentary that focuses on sites of ongoing oppression of queer and trans people that have been largely obscured in the mainstream media by the celebration of advances like marriage rights. These urgent issues include: state violence (disproportionally faced by queer and trans people of color); the criminalization of public sex (especially targeting sex workers), alongside the marginalization of other queer forms of intimacy that aren't hetero and homonormative couplings; and the ongoing lack of access for many to basic rights such as economic security, health care, affordable housing, immigration, and freedom of movement.

In taking up these crucial issues, Pride Denied asks: what is "pride?" And what does it mean to us now, in 2015? Many pride events and organizations in the US and Canada evolved out of organizing by grass-roots gay liberation movements in the 60s, 70s, and 80s that focused in particular on challenging systemic police and state violence.

Most of us are familiar with the story of how many north american pride events initially emerged out of sites of revolt and resistence— such as the anti-police riots at the Stonewall Inn in NYC in 1969 and the protests that emerged after police bathhouse raids in Toronto 1981. 

The Stonewall Inn, NYC. Photo by Kami Chisholm.
The Stonewall Inn, NYC. Photo by Kami Chisholm.

Today, however, pride is big business. Non-profits formed for the purpose of hosting pride events in cities such as Toronto, San Francisco, and New York sport multi-million dollar budgets. But where and how is this money spent? And to what ends?

Pride Denied imagines ways of celebrating the past while continuing to build on the many accomplishments of queer and trans activists to end oppression for everyone. As Christina Hanhardt reminds us in the film: "LGBT and queer activists have been the best at showing us for generations that protest and transformation can also be about pleasure, about pride, about humor and fun, and about celebrating what we have while asking for more."

Pride Denied also endeavors to create a visible archive of the often unrecognized work of contemporary activists, artists, and academics who take on the most pressing issues facing queer and trans people today.

Brilliant and engaging interview subjects featured in Pride Denied include: community activists and educators Monica Forrester, Chanelle Gallant, Akio Maroon, Tim McCaskell, Anna Rekhviashvili; artists Kim Katrin Milan and Gein Wong; and activist-academics such as Ryan Conrad, Christina Hanhardt, Natalie Kouri-Towe, Jasbir Puar, and Dean Spade.

Upon completion, Pride Denied will run approximately 70 minutes and begin touring film festivals and universities near you!

To keep up to date with the film, and participate in ongoing discussions about queer and trans politics and resistance, join the Pride Denied Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312208485623784/

Banner at the 2014 Dyke March, Toronto
Banner at the 2014 Dyke March, Toronto

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT THE FILM

Here are some things you can do, including options for those who are not able to support the project financially:

  • Pledge as little as $5, or as much as $1000
  • If you are able to donate, please also leave a comment on the Kickstarter page supporting the project 
  • If you are a Kickstarter user, email stories@kickstarter.com to indicate your support for Pride Denied and request they consider designated the campaign a "Staff Pick"
  • Share the project with your friends on social media and email
  • Write an article about Pride Denied for your blog or for another on or offline media site
  • Let us know if you are able to offer any "in-kind" donations or services that could help with the completion of the film or support the campaign itself (i.e. rewards donations, Kickstarter campaign management, media promotion, captioning services, etc.).

WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO

Up to this point, we've managed to shoot 20 interviews and a dozen events with almost a zero budget, thanks to the many people who have volunteered their time. But we are only able to take the project so far without any financial resources. Your contributions are essential for finishing the film.

First and foremost, funds raised here will go to hire an excellent sound engineer — who has agreed to work for discounted rates — to do the dialogue edit, sound design, and final sound mix.

Initial campaign budget: $3500

  • Sound design and mix: $3000
  • Rewards fulfillment: $200
  • Kickstarter fees at ~9%: $300

Additional priorities for funds above $3500:

  • Color correction: $1500
  • Captioning/subtitling: $2000
  • Mastering (the tapes/files that actually get screened): $500-$1500
  • Website creation: $1000

ABOUT THE CREW

Kami Chisholm (Director/Editor/Co-cinematographer) is a filmmaker, community educator, and activist who holds a PhD in History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Chisholm has made more than a dozen films that have screened at festivals, universities, and events worldwide, including “The Insomniacs” (distributed by Wolfe Video and MTV/Logo, 2008) and FtF: Female to Femme (Frameline Distribution, 2006). Her current work eschews disciplinary and disciplining divisions between narrative/documentary, written/visual, art/academics, history/fiction, analysis/ storytelling and revels in assemblage critique of topics such as homonationalism, settler colonialism, racism, consumer capitalism, mental illness, and sexual violence.

Chisholm is currently finishing an MFA in Film Production at York University. She has also been selected as an Artist in Residence at Osgoode Law School for the 2015-16 academic year, where she will begin work on her third feature documentary.

Website: http://www.altcinema.com

Danielle Waters (Associate Producer) is a photographer, photojournalist, community educator, and organiser and activist who is mad identified and a woman with a trans history. She holds a B.A. (Honours) in Human Rights and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations specifically in regards to diaspora immigrant and refugee populations from the former Yugoslavia, World War 2 and the Middle East. She is currently studying towards a Clinical Psychology designation. Waters has had work displayed primarily in Canada so far and has done several documentary photography projects on location in Louisiana post Katrina with Habitat for Humanity, as well as in Winter Haven Florida, in Bosnia and Croatia, in Los Angeles and in Cairo, Istanbul and Lebanon (Baalbek and Beirut).

Her current work is bent on exploring Canada and it's histories in a Turtle Island context. Beyond photography she also writes, films and creates mixed media installations.‎ And is active in organising around sex worker, migrant, refugee, mental health and addictions, trans, first nations and race rights.

Danielle is a member of Grassroots Trans Toronto and sits on the Board of Directors for the Empowerment Council at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto and often does work in this position for the most marginalized segments of society.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Danielle-Waters-Photography/235238713163994

Aimée Mitchell (Associate Producer) is the current Distribution and Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. She has been the Project Coordinator for The Visible City Project + Archive, The Leona Drive Project, and The Expo ’67 Expanded Cinema Project, supporting the work of artists and important research in Canadian film history and art practice. She has sat on the Executive Committee for the Film Studies Association of Canada (2009-2011) and the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies (2010-2012). Aimée is currently completing a PhD in Communication & Culture at York University, studying Canadian amateur cinema, the politics of the archive, cultural historiography, and film preservation.

Lulu Wei (Cinematographer) is a Toronto-based filmmaker, photographer and digital content producer. She graduated from Ryerson University with a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media. She holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, graduating with a double major in Political Science and Visual Art. In 2012, her short documentary film Spoke screened at the Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival and won an honourable mention for best Canadian short. Her accompanying installation to Spoke has been exhibited at the National Film Board of Canada. During 2010 her short films Meatsmoothies and The Bluffs were screened in group exhibitions at Images Festival and Nuit Blanche. Her photography has appeared in publications such as In Toronto Magazine and HK Magazine. Lulu is developing her portfolio as a freelance filmmaker and photographer. She is also a dedicated four-season cyclist.

Website: http://www.luluwei.com/

Risks and challenges

Barring some sort of major natural disaster or equivalent, there is little risk this project won't be finished.

Most of the film, 20 interviews and numerous events, was shot in June and July 2014, with select pickups in Spring 2015. We have already completed the editing prep and have made significant headway into the editing process. We've set a deadline to finish the film by September 2015, and with your help it will be!

If problems do arise, we estimate completing the film and the fulfillment of all rewards by the end of 2015 or early 2016 at the latest.

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