Where do you gather with your community?

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One of the things that I’ve been asking people since this project began is, where do you gather with your community? It’s intentionally an open-ended question. People bring to it a variety of meanings of community. A number of people feel deeply ambivalent about the question, and for some, it pisses them off.

If you haven’t had a chance to answer this question for the project yet, please do so using this form.

The image above is a rough draft of a visualization of the results that I’ve compiled through December 2014 from people I’ve spoken with for the documentary, people who have attended events, as well as donors and supporters of the project. I’ve grouped specific answers into general categories to help simplify the visualization a little bit, and I’m tinkering with how to represent the spaces on a spectrum from very private spaces where you must be invited in to spaces that are entirely open, public spaces.

This is obviously not a “scientific” study in any sense and my sample is highly biased because most of the people who have answered the question have some connection to me or to the project. It’s just an attempt to get a rough sense of where people meet up with people they consider to be part of their community.

Below are some of the responses that aren’t yet represented in the visualization; specifically the ambiguity, the uncertainty, and/or the dislike for the question.

Meanwhile your question brings up more questions, like what is/are my communities at this point?

I don’t seem to actually know more than one or two other gay women here.

Where do I spend time with my community…..

This question resonates and sucks for me because I feel so stretched trying to fit into many communities…

Your question, however, is a little tough. Since I became disabled in 1999, many gathering spots have been off-limits to me…

To answer your survey question, I don’t really “gather with my community.”

Your question is an odd one for me. Essentially, I am an introvert. Yeah, I know when let out of my box I talk a lot, but I need lots of quiet time and tend to socialize one on one rather than drawing together in a community.

I don’t really think about gathering with community much—it doesn’t feel like a big part of my life, to be honest.

Please feel free to use the comment section below to challenge or ask your own questions about how things are organized, categorized, or represented. It’s a work in progress—very much a first draft.

Thanks to Funders & Project Update

We’re very excited that the Hatchfund crowdfunding campaign was a success and want to thank everyone who offered support during the process, financial and otherwise!

Because it was successful, Hatchfund is going to keep the campaign open for an additional 30 days for other donors to join in. So you can still give—every dollar will go towards the film, as the costs for both production and post-production will exceed what we’ve raised so far.

The campaign was fantastic not only for helping us raise some of the money we need for the project, but also in helping to spread the word about it. If you haven’t had a chance to see the press that we got, we’ve posted a round-up of all the press.

Just two days after the campaign ended we headed over to the WOW Cafe Theatre to do a follow-up shoot there with Maria Bauman and Micia Mosely, who brought their insight, personal connection, and thoughtful reflections to the project, plus their humor! You can see a tiny unedited outtake from our interview with them below – the act of clapping at the start of each take took on a life of its own between these two close friends.

Video: (left to right) Maria Bauman and Micia Mosely – Camera: Jeanette Sears

And below are still images of the 12 different members of the WOW Collective that we interviewed there in May.

The WOW Collective is comprised of thousands of people who have participated in the space over it’s 34 year history in a variety of ways. These 12 individuals represent a tiny snapshot of some of the people participating in the collective at the time when we came to film, some of whom were brand new to the space, some of whom had been with it for decades.

WOW is a non-hierarchical collective of women and trans* artists, with a strong lesbian & queer legacy. Some collective members participate just once or twice, while others have participated since the 1980s. Learn more about WOW on their website.

Group 1 Image: (left to right) Julia Havard, Justine Renson, and Sarita Covington (with Sunshine)
WOW Collective Group 1: (left to right) Julia Havard, Justine Renson, and Sarita Covington (with Sunshine) – Photo Credit: Jeanette Sears
WOW Collective Group 2: (left to right) CeCe Suazo-Augustus, Hudson Krakowski, and Mariam Eusebio - Photo Credit: Jeanette Sears
WOW Collective Group 2: (left to right) CeCe Suazo-Augustus, Hudson Krakowski, and Mariam Eusebio – Photo Credit: Jeanette Sears
WOW Collective Group 3: (left to right) Dorene Christmas, JZ Bich, and Gaelle Voltaire - Photo Credit: Jeanette Sears
WOW Collective Group 3: (left to right) Dorene Christmas, JZ Bich, and Gaelle Voltaire – Photo Credit: Jeanette Sears
WOW Collective Group 4: (left to right) Laura Marie Thompson, Karina Pantoja, and Sharon Jane Smith - Photo Credit: Jeanette Sears
WOW Collective Group 4: (left to right) Laura Marie Thompson, Karina Pantoja, and Sharon Jane Smith – Photo Credit: Jeanette Sears