May 18, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 20
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Portland Hosts First Queer Documentary Film Festival In the Nation
Portland Hosts First Queer Documentary Film Festival In the Nation

Portland, Oregon  Portlands First Annual QDoc will be held June 1-3, 2007 at the Clinton Street Theater. This will be the first festival of its kind in the United States, and only the second in the world devoted exclusively to documentaries with a queer content. QDoc gives a boost to Portlands burgeoning reputation as an innovative cultural hotspot.

QDoc aims to engage the public on core issues of queer identity in politics, history, culture, family, aging and coming out issues, queer diversity, gender identity and sexuality. The festival is not only screening 11 intriguing, award-winning queer films, but it is also bringing in film makers from around the country to present and discuss their work. QDoc has garnered tremendous support by partnering with organizations like Q Center, Basic Rights Oregon, Equity Foundation, as well as nine additional organizations in the community and numerous individual supporters such as Gus Van Sant and Thomas Lauderdale.

Portlanders Russ Gage and David Weissman are the founders and co-Festival Directors of QDoc. Gage served for 10 years as the Operations Director of the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the oldest and largest LGBT Film Festival in the world. Weissman is a film maker and film festival participant with over 20 years of experience in the field. He is best known for his award winning feature documentary, The Cockettes (2002).

The screening schedule for QDoc is attached. For detailed information on the films, visit

Queer Documentary Film Festival
June 1-3, 2007
Clinton Street Theatre
2522 SE Clinton St. Portland, OR 97202

General Admission - $7
Student/Senior - $5
Group - $5
Festival Pass - $45
Opening Night Package $20
:: Tickets available in advance at or at the door ::

Film Show Times | Check Schedule for Listings
Opening Night Party | 9:30 p.m. @ Savoy Tavern & Bistro
Freeheld free screening & Marriage Equality Panel Discussion | June 3 @ Noon
Closing Night Reception | 9:00 p.m. @ Q Center

Red Without Blue
Co-Directors: Brooke Sebold, Benita Naschold Sills, Todd Sills

Red Without Blue is an artistic and groundbreaking portrayal of gender, identity, and the unswerving bond of twinship despite gender transformation.

Saving Marriage (SMProtesters.jpg)
Directed by Mike Roth & John Henning

In Saving Marriage, demonstrators on both sides of the issue stood outside the Massachusetts State House for over twelve hours as lawmakers debated whether to amend the state Constitution.

Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (jacksmithflower.jpg)
Directed by Mary Jordan

Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis visits the life of avant-garde and counter culture artist, Jack Smith, who has been simultaneously hailed as the godfather of performance art, the William Blake of film, and a photographer who has "influenced three decades of artists."

On the Downlow
Directed by Abigail Child

On the Downlow is a revealing portrait of four African-American men living in Cleveland, who all struggle with their sexual identity in their cultural community and process of coming out as Kerwin is to Robin in this photo.



7:30 PM Red Without Blue

9:30 PM Opening Night Party @ Savoy Bar & Grill, 2522 SW Clinton


2:00 PM No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

4:30 PM On the Downlow

6:30 PM Boy I Am

9:00 PM Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis


12:00 PM Freeheld (Free Screening)
Panel Discussion: Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Partners in Oregon to follow.
Panelists: Mike Roth, Producer/Director Saving Marriage, Linda Traeger of Equity Foundation and representatives from Basic Rights Oregon and others.

2:00 PM Juchitan Queer Paradise

4:00 PM Hot and Bothered film pairing
Lesbian Sex and Sexuality: The Evolution of Erotica

Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone & the Age of the Beefcake

7:00 PM Saving Marriage

9:00 PM Closing Night Reception @ Q Center, 69 SE Taylor

Queer Documentary Film Festival co-Founder/Director Bios

David Weissman is a film maker, activist, and teacher who has been prominent in the queer and indie film making scenes for over 20 years. David was Producer and co-Director of the feature length documentary THE COCKETTES, which premiered at Sundance in 2002, was released theatrically as well as for broadcast and home video. The film received the LA Film Critics Award for Best Documentary of 2002. Weissman has made many of his own award winning films, worked on other film makers projects, and attended more than 100 film festivals. He was the first recipient of the Sundance Institutes Mark Silverman Fellowship for New Producers, and served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for six years.

Russ Gage has been involved in producing film festivals and live performances for over fifteen years in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and now in Portland, Oregon. For the past three years, Gage has been the Festival Coordinator for the Portland International Film Festival. Gage served for ten years as the Operations Director for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and prior to that was a founding board and staff member of the Philadelphia Alliance for Performance Alternatives. He was co-producer of the feature documentary LIFE IN A BOX which premiered at the 2005 San Francisco International Film Festival, and associate producer of the feature documentary THE JOY OF LIFE which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

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