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We've been bizzy as b's...
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New feature documentary, "PROUD In a Pandemic" enters the festival circuit.
Our very own Scottie Jeanette directed the feature length documentary "Proud In A Pandemic" for DTLA PROUD, the non-profit organization that produces the Pride Festival for the DTLA Queer Community every August, in addition to building Unity through Community by supporting other non-profits serving the area.
When the lockdown upended life, and events were canceling left & right, the board of directors voted to create a documentary in lieu of the annual festival.
It's two years later, the pandemic is still ranging, but the movie is done!
"It was both a labor of love and a lifeline for the entire volunteer crew," said Ms. Madden, "We were inventing our CoVID protocols before the rest of Hollywood had figured it out." Scottie Jeanette goes on to describe the film, "If you are a member of the Queer community and are alive today, your
life either directly or through the people you love has been touched by
4 pandemics -- Racism, Homophobia, HIV/AIDS and now COVID-19. We as a community have the scars to show, but more importantly we have developed muscles to help us survive and thrive -- we have something to offer the world through our experiences. “PROUD in a Pandemic” captures a moment in time when despite these struggles, the breadth and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community is becoming more connected and united than ever before. The PROUD in a Pandemic film is a time capsule of stories about the innovation, survival, and resilience of the
We couldn't be more... wait for it... Proud to be associated with this amazing film. Check back here for updates as we follow this film through the festival run and onto distribution for your opportunity to watch it!
AND NEWS YOU CAN USE:
A note from our Co-Founder - Scottie Jeanette
It's been a... well, a pandemic! And things here have been as crazy at Zuzubean Press as I'm sure your life has been. So many things changed since the passing of Mylove and Co-Founder, Marcy that it's been hard to keep track - but the most important has been that I am just not getting my head around to fulfilling one of Mylove's last... wishes?
Not exactly accurate, more like a direction, to "Keep Zuzubean going."
What does this mean? In Marcy's words, it would be to continue to follow our mission. We didn't take those words lightly, and we in fact, scrutinized it over several days to encapsulate what had taken a lifetime marriage to understand... that the discord we felt (or sometimes dealt - just being 100) ignorance (the world's and our own) and fear (in all forms) would be transformed into Light (capital L intended), Laughter (again, Superintended!) & (the magic connector, stronger than the mere word "and" and Queer as any character) Love, (of course capital L).
It's a tall order as I try to go forward without her. I'm not done grieving, not sure I ever will be, but I'm ready to jump back in.
But she knew I was just the woman to do it. And it's her unending faith in me that is the wind beneath my wings. So on this TDOV(e) I am the that dove, in Her name. And in her love.
I haven't been idle during this time, creativity is my "go to" coping mechanism, and I've directed a documentary which I'll be announcing soon, a novel (also announcing soon) and I have been on the Board of Directors for The Transgender Chorus of LA and DTLA PROUD, the pride organization of down town LA. for the first two years of the lockdown.
You're going to see some changes to this site in the coming weeks as I dig back into the work at hand. Check back often and share with your friends - this place is a safe place and resource for those everyone, especially those who are new to our evolving community. Please sign up for mailing list as a way to stay in touch - parents with questions, newly out, or anyone seeking support.
all my love, always