Dispatch From The Boiler Room: August 19



We’ve survived the Proud Boys invasion of our fair city (primarily by staying on the east side and making fun of them from the safety of the internet), and it’s time to get back to the grind…

Genevieve Roudané sits in the hot seat.

Things are progressing nicely on our new series produced in partnership with the Northwest Film Center, in which we profile the regional directors featured in their ongoing Northwest Tracking series. Last week we had the pleasure of interviewing Genevieve Roudané about her new film Las Chunta, a documentary exploring the unique tradition of men dressing as the female character Las Chunta during the Fiesta Grande in Chiapas, Mexico. In Roudané’s skillful hands, the practice serves as a lens through which to examine the tensions between the queer community of Chiapas, who see the festival as a time to be visible and joyous, and those who consider queer involvement to be a threat to the tradition. The profile for the first director featured in this series, Dustin Morrow, will be premiering later this week if all goes well.

Capturing some macro photography for our profile of director Dustin Morrow.

In other news, we can’t wait to get started on this year’s tribute film for the District Court Historical Society’s lifetime acheivement award, this time honoring the Honorable Anna Brown, who we previously met while producing last year’s piece on Barnes Ellis.

This week…

…is National Aviation Week, held the week of August 19 to commemorate the birthday of flight innovator (and fellow Ohioan) Orville Wright. Fun fact: the distance traveled during that first flight at Kitty Hawk was 120 feet—92 feet less than the wingspan of a Boeing 777.

Until next time…