An impressionistic documentary about poetry, rebellion, and artistic integrity. Poet, prose writer, playwright, teacher and revolutionary activist Diane di Prima started writing at the age of seven, ultimately becoming known as an important writer of the Beat movement. This lyrical and energetic film explores her life and work in a visually and narratively poetic film with rare intimate interviews.
"The visual aesthetic is organic and faithful to the buzzing sense of boundary-less joy that made the Beats so special...a towering beacon of feminist light and energy that illuminates the shadow shrouding the Beats, giving voice and inspiration to women from that era and beyond"
Cornelia Street Café screening, New York City Included in the “Beat Film exhibit,” Museum of American Poetics November, 2013
Cornelia Street Café New York City with pianist Melody Fader and poet James Navé January 29, 2013
Schnitzer Cinema, Pacific Film Festival, University of Oregon Eugene, OR December 12, 2012
Houston Cinema Arts Festival Houston, TX November 11, 2012
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Queens College/CUNY, New York City Sept. 26 2012
Michigan Women’s Music Festival Walhalla, MI August 2012
Brooklyn Public Library with poets Barbara Henning and Jim Behrle March 7, 2012
Unnameable Books Brooklyn, NY with poets Ammiel Alcalay, Ana Bozicevic, and Rachel Levitsky October 19, 2011
Bowery Poetry Club with poet Barbara Henning New York City September 24, 2011
Dixon Place, “Our Material Lives” with poets Ana Bozicevic, Carolyn Crumpacker, and members of the feminist press Belladonna New York City September 13, 2011
Bowery Poetry Club with poets David Henderson and Barbara Henning New York City August 7, 2011
Out North screening with 5 local poets Anchorage, AK July 27, 2011
Barnes and Noble, 86th Street with poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan New York City June 29, 2011
Sir: Just a Normal Guy
Screened to acclaim at Gay & Lesbian Film Festivals worldwide and LBGT events across the nation, this candid and courageous portrait of more than 15-months in the female-to-male (FTM) transition of Jay Snider explores both the emotional and physical changes of this profound experience--beginning prior to hormones and concluding after top surgery. Footage shot before and after the surgery captures dramatic physical transitions, while intimate interviews with Jay, his ex-husband, his best friend and his lesbian-identified partner aptly capture the emotional and psychological shifts that occur during the process. With support from those closest to him, Jay’s experience is remarkably positive, though not without conflict. During the course of the film, he renews long-distant ties with his brother, but also faces permanent estrangement from his parents.
Sir is an in-depth and humanizing exploration of the challenges, discrimination, and alienation faced by transsexuals. Jay’s conflicted feelings around queer identification are portrayed along with his significant other’s continued identification as lesbian. A much-needed look at FTM transition, the film demonstrates both the fluidity of sexual identification and that love and human resilience can triumph over deep-rooted differences.
Sir: Just A Normal Guy (trailer)
"One of the most provocative films this year is this diaristic look at FTM transition.”
Gary Morris, Bay Area Reporter
“Sir: Just A Normal Guy humanizes many of the issues faced by transgender people in a profound and compelling way. The film helps foster understanding of the reality of transsexual experience, and is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to promote this understanding.”
Matt Coles, Director, Lesbian & Gay Rights Project, ACLU
Three very special commemorative videos for a very special organization: the Lambda Literary Foundation, which has supported LGBTQI writers for over a quarter century.
The Adventures of Wonderbooks
The 27th Lambda Literary Awards (2015)
In a world where gloom overshadows everyone, the Wonderbooks shine light through stories about LGBTQ folks and free a teenager from the prison of isolation.
A special commemorative video celebrating LGBTQ literature for the 27th Lammy Awards honoring John Waters and Rita Mae Brown, hosted by the Lambda Literary Foundation.
An LGBTQI Book Saved My Life
The 26th Lambda Literary Awards (2014)
A crowd-sourced video with contributions from writers around the world.
Reviewed in The Advocate:
"The crowd-sourced LGBTQI Book Saved My Life! campaign, released in conjunction with this year's Lambda Literary Awards, asked people to consider books that made them feel reflected, helped them “own up to be[ing] a queer artist” or through difficult emotions, expanded their mind regarding sex and gender, and “meant so much ... that it eased the pain of living and working outside the ‘mainstream,’ in a world where not only our books but our lives are shelved separately from everyone else’s.
The video, which pulses with emotional music and memories, offers such inspiration to all future writers of LGBT literature.”