Our hearts go out to the loved ones of those 49 beautiful souls who were massacred in Orlando. As ever we must look out for each other, take care of each other, love each other. We will continue sharing links on our social media -- empowering and inspiring essays that articulate our vital fight against racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia, and all that is wrong in our nation right now. Thank you for your efforts to fight for justice. 

We are continuing our 20th Anniversary celebration this month with excerpts from Aubin Pictures' 2004 production entitled MAKING GRACE about two women in love and their quest to have a baby. 

Read along for exciting announcements about WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE? and A MOVING BODY. Check out two awesome docs this month in the "Things We Love" section. Our "Bookshelf" includes insights into how parents are making the world a better place for our trans kids and what democracy looks like in Oregon. 

Thank you for reading. 
 
Amor Puro y Duro
Editor Recommended for The Academy!

We are incredibly proud of Carla Gutierrez (Aubin's esteemed Editor for Amor Puro y Duro) for making the list of 100 people who should be added to The Academy!

"Gutierrez edited the 2008 Oscar-nominated documentary short La Corona and the Emmy-nominated documentary Reportero in 2012. She also cut Kingdom of Shadows, which premiered at SXSW in 2015, and When Two Worlds Collide, which won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance this year."

Read more about the other 99 nominees  here!

20th Anniversary Spotlight :  Making Grace
 
Making Grace (2004) [Trailer]
Making Grace (2004) [Trailer]
Making Grace (87 min, 2004) Produced, directed and shot by Catherine Gund. Ann Krsul and Leslie Sullivan want to be mothers together. Ann will carry the baby, and Leslie will leave her job to stay at home and raise their child. Choosing the route of the anonymous sperm bank, they hope to match Leslie's vital statistics so that Ann can give birth to a baby with the potential to look like them both. Ann is a worrier, compulsively analyzing and judging their performance at each stage of the process. Leslie is soothing, a quiet counterpoint. Together they ride the menstrual roller coaster, until finally, one year later, Ann is pregnant.

Click to the left to view its trailer!

What's On Your Plate? Book Grant Update
Thanks to a generous grant donation, Aubin Pictures was able to give 1,400 What's On Your Plate? books to 21 different organizations in 14 states across the country!! We gave priority to places providing education and resources to food deserts, impoverished, and underserved communities.





We look forward to seeing kids affecting food  change in their own communities, with national impact!




Shout out to the awesome organizations we're working with: Down To Earth Markets * Berea Neighborhood Food Project * Foodshare Connecticut * Love Your Lunchbox California * The Laundromat Project * Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley * Center for Children and Families * World Hunger Education Advocacy & Training * Sustainable Food Center * Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona * Food Bank of North Alabama * Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay * FRESHFARM * Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation * Share Our Strength New Orleans * Grow Dat Youth Farm * Second Harvest New Orleans * Atlanta Community Foodbank * Detroit Food Academy * Gr ace Presbyterian Church * Open Hand Atlanta *

 

Catherine Gund Honored at EVC Awards

Catherine Gund joined Maria Hinojosa as the recipients of the 
Filmmaker/Journalist of Conscience Award 
at the  Educational Video Center  annual June Benefit on June 9th!

EVC's Executive Director Steve Goodwin wrote:

Catherine's work as founder and Director of Aubin Pictures is an inspiration to me, and all of us at EVC. Her longstanding social commitment and accomplishments producing groundbreaking films on LGBT issues, race, arts and culture, promote much needed public dialogue and community action for social change. In Aubin Pictures, I see a kindred spirit with EVC ' s mission and goals."

A Moving Body receives a grant from Chicken & Egg!
Aubin Pictures is thrilled to announce that A Moving Body has been selected as a grant recipient for the  Impact and Innovation Initiative from Chicken & Egg Pictures!!!

Chicken & Egg strives "to foster community-building opportunities to nurture women filmmakers whose
diverse voices and dynamic storytelling have the power to catalyze change and help build movements for equity and justice, at home and around the globe."


Film Still from A Moving Body

Focus on Film: A Few Things We Love...
The Return Project

Trailer for The Return Project

Want to take action?

The Return Project - In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law - one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days, the reintegration of thousands of "lifers" was underway. 'The Return' examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines - prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions, and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. At a pivotal moment of reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California's experiment teach the nation? 
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez - four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. The film begins its journey inside a Texas prison, after these women have spent nearly a decade behind bars.  The film unravels the interplay of mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor that led to their indictment.

Southwest of Salem
Directed by Deborah S. Esquenazi and Produced by Sam Tabet
Southwest of Salem - Festival Trailer
Southwest of Salem - Festival Trailer

Learn how you can  take action !



Aubin's Bookshelf
How This Mom Is Making a Better World for Her Trans Daughter


"As a Black mom, I am committed to doing what I can to change things. One of the single most important things I can do is simply tell my story and show other families of color that they are not alone. We must create a space to support one another and create a culture where no one has to choose between their blackness, their sexuality, their gender identity, their love of g-d, and their love of family." -  DeShanna Neal

Read more here!

That Was Then, This Is Now: No on 9, No on Trump

"The battles that have been fought on so many issues since then have taught many in Oregon's progressive community that solidarity is not a me for you thing, but a we for us thing. It begins with understanding that democracy is the best defense against those who would prey on us, and there is no democracy unless it includes all of us." 
Scot Nakagawa


Read more  here 


Upcoming BORN TO FLY Screenings

    June 9 @ 7pm: Born To Fly  
                             at Antioch College
 
    August 19th @7:30pm:  Born To Fly  


Aubin Pictures Lost & Foundd

Lost: Our spring fever.

Found: One very sassy leopard print heel. We would love to meet the match to this Cinderella. 
E-mail us us to claim. :)
 

You can support Aubin Pictures while you shop!
 
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