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  • KCUR's Central Standard Hosts Drew Emery

    Dec 12, 2012

    Central Standard This morning, filmmaker Drew Emery was a guest on Kansas City's NPR affiliate KCUR. Appearing on their morning show, Central Standard, Drew chatted with host Jabulani Lefall about love, marriage, equality and, of course, a certain film.

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  • At Last: the Undying Realness of Etta James

    Jan 20, 2012

    ettajames2.jpgWith the passing today of Etta James, we lost one of the greats, a performer who crossed genres with ease while never sounding the least bit compromising of her own essential authenticity.

    That's what I think of first when I think of Etta James: her authenticity, her "realness."

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  • Virginia Public Radio

    Feb 14, 2011

    VPRInterview: Today, Virginia Public Radio aired a Valentine's Day story on Inlaws & Outlaws and our Hearts + Minds Campaign.

    During our Virginia Outlaws Tour last October, WVTF's Sandy Hausman interviewed director Drew Emery in Charlottesville.

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  • Chuck Lazenby, a Remembrance

    Oct 2, 2009

    Charles "Chuck" Lazenby
    August 19, 1931 — September 17, 2009


    In the years since he told his story in Inlaws & Outlaws, my friend Chuck Lazenby shared his humor, wisdom and good spirit with many thousands of people.

    On Thursday, September 17th, Chuck Lazenby passed away after a long illness. He was 78 years old.

    I first met Chuck in 2002 at an open call for The Bridge, an inter-generational oral history project I was working on with the as-yet-unopened Seattle LGBT Community Center.

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  • Why I'm Fighting For Marriage Equality

    Nov 8, 2008

    Commentary: In the wake of the November election, it's been hard for many of us to square our excitement over the historic election of Barack Obama with the passage of Proposition 8 in California. Coming to terms with this has caused me to reflect how I, a filmmaker, got so involved in what I believe to be the defining civil rights issue of the present.

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  • On Making Inlaws & Outlaws

    Feb 14, 2006

    "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" — Gertrude Stein

    The central belief to all my work is that story is transformative. And in an age where we are being continually spun and manipulated and marketed to within an inch of our lives, the true story has an unassailable appeal. Authenticity is increasingly being sought out by audiences - and they know it when they see it. They recognize the truth and, best of all, they see themselves in it.

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