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New Day Filmmakers Reach Beyond The Screen

Published November, 2017

Since the release of The Year We Thought About Love, New Day filmmaker Ellen Brodsky has presented her documentary about a LGBTQ youth theater troupe at a variety of conferences, high schools, and universities. The film has elicited a flood of emotional responses from audience members. One of the most memorable moments, Brodsky recalls, was when an African-American female student sitting with her girlfriend approached her and said, “Thank you. I have never seen two Black women kiss on screen, that means a lot to me.”

 

Read the full blog post on the New Day Films blog here.


Queer Teens Find a Home On Stage

Published October 23, 2017

“Our youth programming is over 50 percent of what we do on a daily basis,” says Evelyn Francis, director of programs for The Theater Offensive in Boston, whose True Colors: Out Youth Theater program is the longest-running queer youth program in the country.

Read the full article from “American Theater” and published by Theater Communications Group, which recognizes the incredible work of The Theater Offensive’s True Colors: Out Youth Theater and other queer youth theaters here.

 


Successful Screening at The 49th AASECT Annual Conference

Published June 20, 2017

So thrilled to meet and hear Byllye Avery, an American hero who created the National Black Women’s Health Project in 1981. The Q&A after our screening was one of the most heartfelt Q&As we’ve had and we are grateful to everyone at AASECT for making it possible. 


Successful workshop for School Social Worker Association of America Conference

Published March 22, 2016

Director Ellen Brodsky ran a three-hour workshop at the national conference in San Diego for school social workers. After a series of activities from our free discussion guide, the group watched “The Year We Thought About Love.” After the film, attendees worked on strategies to make their schools safer and more welcoming for LGBTQ youth. Several social workers are advisors to their schools’ GSAs (Gender Sexuality Alliances, or Gay-Straight Alliances) and decided to buy the film for GSA-led events.


Rave Review of our film and discussion guide From Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (a Journal of the American psychological association)!

Published December 11, 2016

“Films such as The Year We Thought About Love will inspire new generations of LGBTQ allies and activists.”

“We found the discussion guide to be an excellent resource with the potential to harness the full power of the film for promoting a critical examination of the issues experienced by LGBTQ youth as they relate to the lives, experiences, and values of the viewer.”

“By following the narrative-performance processes, the filmmakers did not reduce the experiences of being urban LGBTQ adolescents to a sanitized academic discussion but rather captured the complex, intersectional identities of the troupe members, their challenges, and their sources of resilience.”


Youth Theatre Journal calls our film “alive, bold, and beautiful.”

Published October 10, 2016

The Year We Thought About Love is a vital story for every youth educator and theatre practitioner to see.”

The Year We Thought About Love, expresses the enduring strength of queer youth in the face of marginalization and discrimination.”

The strength of this film is its complexity: featuring stories of many LGBTQ youth from the vantage points of school, home, community, and peer relationships—and providing illustrations of young people’s strength, beauty, and love—all in the process of making a play.”
Click here to read the full review.


True Colors and Trae at the White House

Posted December 4, 2016

In a White House ceremony, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the National Arts and Humanities Youth Award to True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, the first LGBT group to ever receive the award and the subject of Ellen Brodsky’s 68-minute documentary,”The Year We Thought About Love.” One of the film’s stars,Trae Weekes travelled to Washington to receive the award. In this video, you can see her humorously describe how she felt meeting “Auntie Michelle”.


Local LGBTQ Activism on Intersectionality

Posted May 18, 2016

Click here to check out Scout Cambridge‘s coverage of how our film, The Theater Offensive, Boston Black Pride, and local LGBTQ activists work on intersectionality,.


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at Time to Thrive Conference in Dallas

Posted March 28, 2016

Click here to watch the videos of the plenary speakers and honorees at HRC’s Time to Thrive Conference, promoting safety, inclusion, and well-being for LGBTQ youth everywhere.


Representing New Day Films at Creating Change Conference

Posted March 28, 2016

Click here to watch the videos from the inspiring speakers at the Creating Change plenary sessions, including “Black Feminism and the Movement for Black Lives” featuring a conversation with Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, and Charlene Carruthers. Pam Chamberlin and Ellen Brodsky staffed a resource table showcasing all the LGBTQ films from our distributor, New Day Films.


10 Ways New Day Films Changed People’s Lives in 2015

Posted December 23, 2015

Read about how The Year We Thought About Love and 9 other powerful New Day Films from this year are making a real impact in people’s lives here.


What we’re doing is subversive in the very best way

Posted December 3, 2015

Our Associate Producer, Pam Chamberlain, describes how to organize with our film. Check out her full story ‘The Year We Thought About Impact’ on Huffington Post here.


A short Q&A about laughter, art, and Escher

Posted September 24, 2015

In celebration of our screening at One World Film Festival in Ottawa, Director Ellen Brodsky answered some questions about the making of The Year We Thought About Love. Check it out here.


Hot off the presses: free discussion guide!

Posted September 18, 2015

We created this free 59-page discussion guide for you to use in school & university settings, with community groups, or even with your own friends and family. The PDF is chock-full of discussion questions about the film, step-by-step activities, and beautiful images from the film. View or download it here and please share it with others who could use a great resource for discussing LGBTQ topics.


Director Ellen Brodsky interviewed on OUT CHICAGO radio show.

Posted September 18, 2015

Listen to a ten minute interview about the making of the film, as Ellen helps promote the Sept 24th screening of the film in Chicago.


D.C.’s LGBT International Film Festival Returns

Posted July 31, 2015

We are proud to be included in the round-up of programming coming to Reel Affirmations in August. Click here to check out the story and descriptions of the other great films that will be screened alongside The Year We Thought About Love.


Have You Seen Our Outfest Review?

Posted July 31, 2015

“Maybe this film will inspire others to start similar groups… Maybe it’ll help queer kids who feel lonely… Maybe it’ll galvanize creative types…to make more queer art… There’s power in being seen…and that bravery, that honesty, can change lives.” Read the full review here.


One of four films chosen to screen in Lincoln, Nebraska!

Posted July 15, 2015

 Five years ago, Elsbeth Magilton and Mike Echternacht founded Prairie Pride Film Festival with the goal of bringing independent films on LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual) topics to the Lincoln community. This year, the small town festival will screen films that “provide a glimpse at four cultures rather different than what can be found in Lincoln”. Click here to read the story.


AfterEllen Reviews Our Film

Posted June 15, 2015

“Laughter—that’s the constant power that drives The Year We Thought About Love, a film about an LGBTQ youth troupe out of Boston.” Click here to read the full review.


“Must See…This Generation’s Love Story”

Posted April 10, 2015

Rev. Irene Monroe reviews The Year We Thought About Love saying “Brodsky’s documentary shocks, awes and entertains … take[s] you from belly-aching laughter to a deluge of tears.” Her review can be see on The Hollywood Progressive, The Bilerico Project, Velvet Park, and more. Click here to read her full review.

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We’re Named “Queer Cinema to Watch in 2015”

Posted April 10, 2015

And if you know who told Ireland about The Year We Thought About Love, please let us know! Click here for their full list of queer cinema picks.
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Celebrating Stories of LGBTQ People of Color

Posted February 27, 2015

We’re thrilled to screen The Year We Thought About Love alongside great films at Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival in Los Angeles. Get details about the festival in Indiewire here.


Living, Loving, Celebrating – The Boston Globe Takes Notice

Posted February 19, 2015

For those of you who may have forgotten what a “paper” version of the newspaper looks like, we took the photo below. To enjoy the luxury of clear print, click here for The Boston Globe’s coverage of The Year We Thought About Love.
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Community Groups, Cupcakes, and Fans Who Brave the Snow at Bright Lights Series at Emerson

Posted February 19, 2015

Our screening and Q&A at Emerson College was a huge success! Check out the coverage here.Photo of Film Team and Photo of Cast


An Interview with Director Ellen Brodsky

Posted February 11, 2015

“There can be so much laughter right next to so much pain.” Director Ellen Brodsky explains in a Q&A for the publication featuring the 2015 nominees for the Social Justice Award for Documentary Film. Check out the full interview below in this publication by the Fund for Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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Boston Community Event Featuring The Year We Thought About Love

Posted January 31, 2015

Join us for this community event at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury on Sunday, March 15 at 3pm! First we’ll screen the film, and afterward we’ll hold a Q&A with members of True Colors: OUT Youth Theater! Also, our local sponsor organizations will be available to share resources and info about what Boston offers LGBTQ youth and their families. Click here to buy your tickets today. More screenings will happen in the Boston area over the next few months. Stay tuned to this page or click here to join our list to get email updates to ensure you won’t miss the screenings near you!

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Triple the Fun at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose

Posted January 31, 2015

We are thrilled to bring The Year We Thought About Love to the people of San Jose, California during the 25th anniversary of Cinequest Film Festival from late February – early March. Cinequest Film Festival showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. Cinequest calls The Year We Thought About Love one of the “powerhouses of LGBTQ Cinema”; check out their press release here. During the festival, we’re screening the film at Camera 12 Cinemas three times:

  • Friday, February 27 at 5:30pm
  • Thursday, March 5 at 7pm
  • Saturday, March 7 at 11:15am

Director & Producer Ellen Brodsky will be present for a Q&A at the February 27 screening. For more info about the Cinequest screenings and to buy tickets, click here. By the way, have you seen our trailer yet? If not, click here to watch!

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Montana in February — Mittens, anyone?!

Posted January 9, 2015

After our World Premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival the last weekend in January, we’ll be screening at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. Besides having the best laurels in their logo, Big Sky has a great reputation and is the largest Non-Fiction Cinema Event in the American West. We’re honored to be selected from over 14,000 entries! Our screening will be on Monday, February 16 at 1:15pm. For ticket info or to watch the trailer, click here.

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World Premiere: Santa Barbara International Film Festival!

Posted January 8, 2015

The World Premiere of The Year We Thought About Love will be at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1 at 10am! The festival draws over 85,000 attendees and features red carpet events, industry panels, and tributes to the year’s most acclaimed directors, actors, and screenwriters. We can’t wait to see how the West Coast welcomes our film. To buy tickets, click here. Tickets are sold in packs for 4 and up, so we recommending buying a ‘4 Film MiniPak’ and invite 3 friends to join you at the screening! For more info about the screening, click here. And to watch the trailer, click here. We hope some of you can join us!

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