The Year We Thought About Love

Bay Area Premiere

Expected to attend: Director Ellen Brodsky, Subjects Niccole Williams, Trae Weekes, Nick Bazo, Ayden Holliday

How do you perform love? Using personal experiences as inspiration, Boston LGBTQ youth troupe True Colors: Out Youth Theater produces a play that tackles this difficult topic. Ever the ones for drama, the troupe makes the bold decision to feature a surprising kiss in the first act—because what is a play without a little romance?

Director Ellen Brodsky highlights a diverse group of queer youth in the inspiring documentary The Year We Thought About Love. This film features a number of fascinating young people, including Alyssa, a star student on the model UN team who is forced to decide between transitioning and living at home; Giftson, a talented performer who wants to change the way fellow Haitians think about the LGBTQ community—that is, if he has any spare time after juggling work and family commitments; and Roxas, a teen who lives in a community plagued by gun violence but refuses to let that stop him from making it to school and rehearsals. These youth lean on one another while confronting a multitude of struggles, including the horrific 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Amidst tragedy and hardships, these brave teenagers manage to produce an unforgettable play. This uplifting doc celebrates the powerful work of a troupe that believes, above all else, the show must go on!

— Taylor Hodges

Kumu Hina: A Place in the Middle
DIRS Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson 2014 USA 24 min

This short is the true story of a young Hawaiian girl who aspires to become the leader of her school’s all-male hula troupe, and an inspiring teacher who uses traditional culture to empower her.

Proudly underwritten by the Wells Fargo Foundation

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D329

Co-presented by:
Hayward Unified School District
Oakland Unified School District
San Francisco Unified School District

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