In our March newsletter, we embrace our twenty-year-old roots (throwing back to the year South Africa got its new constitution!), welcome the recent additions to our Aubin production family, shout-out the work of our new fiscally sponsored projects, and show our love to the vital work being done by Trans and #BlackLivesMatter activists throughout the US. 

So please curl up, listen to Usher's latest song "Chains", and join us in reading all about these and a few other things that bring us joy.
20 Years of Socially Engaged Films

20 years = 10 feature films, 10 shorts, and 3 archival collections (and still going strong!)

When we kick off our yearlong celebration in April, keep your eyes peeled for exciting video bites and historical tidbits in each of our upcoming newsletters. 

Aubin Pictures could not happen without all of you! Thank you for your continued support!
Aubin's Editorial Team!

Lynn True
Editor: A Moving Body
Lynn True is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of True Walker Productions. Lynn directed, produced, and edited the feature Lumo, which was broadcast on PBS/POV in 2007, and  Summer Pasture, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an IFP Gotham Award, won a Peabody Award, and aired on PBS/Independent Lens in 2012. Her most recent film,  In Transit, was made in collaboration with the late Albert Maysles and premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize. Lynn graduated from Brown University with a joint degree in Urban Studies and Architecture and lives in New York City with her husband and filmmaking partner, Nelson Walker.

Based in New York area, Carla Gutierrez edited the Oscar-nominated film,  La Corona, for HBO and the Emmy-nominated documentary Reportero, which was broadcast on PBS/POV. Carla also edited Kingdom of Shadows, which premiered at SXSW and opened theatrically in Mexico. Her latest work, When Two Worlds Collide, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  Carla's work has screened at Sundance, IDFA, SXSW, Full Frame, AFI, and Ambulante. She has been a creative advisor for the Sundance Edit Lab, and a mentor for Firelight Producers' Lab.
Carla Gutierrez 
Editor: Amor Puro y Duro

New Fiscal Sponsored Projects

Aubin is pleased to announce two new films in our fiscal sponsorship program.

Produced by Leonard Yakir and Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Nation, 1200+ investigates the disappearance of hundreds of aboriginal girls and young women whose deaths have been masked in the depths of the Red River in Winnipeg, Canada. The discovery of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine's body on the river bank leads to Indigenous communities dragging the river beds and uncovering more bodies.

A 2013 RCMP study reported 1,181 unresolved murdered or missing aboriginal women while some Indigenous accounts report more than 3,000. Investigative reporter Sheila North Wilson wants to know why and how so many of these young women slipped away, forgotten by the mainstream. 1200+ is a work in progress, sounding an alarm; an investigation and stark look into the lives of MMIW: Murdered or Missing Indigenous Women.

Watch the trailer >>>here<<<

Tens of thousands of heartland  
conserva-tionists are leading some of the most consequential work in the nation to restore America's forests, grasslands, wildlife, soil, rivers and wetlands. Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman will tell the stories of five Americans representative of this movement, in a book and film to be released together in the spring of 2016. The book is being written by Miriam Horn, co-author (with EDF President Fred Krupp) of the 2008 New York Times bestseller Earth: The Sequel. The film is being produced by John Hoffman, creator of HBO's flagship documentary series (Weight of the Nation, The Alzheimer's Project, Addiction) and multiple-Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated director Susan Froemke (Lalee's Kin) as well as multi-Emmy-winning producer and director, Beth Aala (RADiUS'/A&E Films' Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, HBO's I Have Tourette's and An Apology to Elephants). 

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

A Few Things We Love...

The Fixers

The Fixers Trailer
The Fixers Trailer

Check out 
The Fixers'  website >>> here <<<

"In journalism, a fixer is a well-networked local who helps a foreign journalist find quick entry into a story by translating for them and introducing them to people who are in the know.  The Fixers has sought out Clevelanders who operate like fixers. People who work within large social networks to build Cleveland's vitality, and social and economic equity.  We asked these fixers what tour of Cleveland they would give RNC delegates if they had the chance.  Their tours were documented in a series of short films, being released serially from May 20 - July 21, 2016. Each release is being accompanied by  screenings and public dialogues  around Cleveland." 

YouTube phenomenon Lacie Green is a s
ex education activist living in the San Francisco Bay Area and a Youtube superstar (check out her channel, Sex Plus). The channel was a response to what she saw as a "nationwide failure to provide comprehensive sex education and to adopt healthy, realistic attitudes about sexuality."

Lacie made this clever educational video explaining systemic racism and we think it's right on! Her videos are a concise examination of gender, race, and sexuality in pop culture.


Lacie Green
Lacie Green: System Racism for Dummies
Lacie Green: System Racism for Dummies

Stiletto: Passing the Torch
A newsletter by the Transgender, Gender-variant, & Intersex Justice Project

TGI Justice Project  is a group of transgender people - inside and outside of prison - creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom. Members include lo w income transgender women of color and their families who are in prison, formerly incarcerated, or targeted by the police.

They "work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen [them] for the fight against imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures.  [They] seek to create a world rooted in self determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice."

The Stiletto newsletter is chock full of incredible information by and for transgender, gender-variant, and intersex people. Inside their latest edition, you'll find  articles on issues pertaining to prison reform, transphobia, areas of improvement for transgender equality, film recommendations, events in the Bay Area and beyond, #BlackLivesMatter, letters from incarcerated trans people, and resources for transgender and incarcerated people. 

Read their latest newsletter >>> here <<<

Aubin's Bookshelf


Did you know that  Hattie McDaniel was the first Black woman to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind? Hattie won despite the racial climate of the pre-Civil Rights era, where she was not allowed to sit at the main table with the Gone with the Wind cast during the ceremony.

Hattie was then typecast as the maid 74 more times. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw believes that not only was her success held against her, but in some ways this first incident may have set the precedent for  Best Supporting Actress nominations going to Black women in domestic service roles (as well as the current lack of representation of Black nominees at the Oscars). 

The list for should-have Oscar wins includes some excellent performances from  James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope (1970), Margaret Avery in The Color Purple (1985), Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction (1994), and Marianne Jean-Baptiste in Secrets & Lies (1996). 

Read more Oscars That Got Away 

Let's also give a shout out to the  sign ificant wins by Cambodian American actor Dr Haing Ngor for  The Killing  Fields  (1984)  and the refusal  speech  given by Sacheen  Littlefeather 
on behalf of Marlon
Brando for  The Godfather (1972) highlighting the lack of representation of Native Americans in Hollywood.

Marshawn McCarrel

A Poem by Marshawn McCarrel

M arshawn McCarrel was found dead of apparent suicide in front of the Ohio Statehouse on February 8, 2016. He was    a committed social justice activist and helped organize protests in Ohio after the white Ferguson police officer shot and killed unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown. He also founded a youth mentorship program called Pursuing Our Dreams and the organization Feed the Streets, which helps Ohio's homeless population. The death of Marshawn was a huge loss to the Ohio community and to us all. 

Democracy Now: Remembering Marshawn McCarrel
Democracy Now: Remembering Marshawn McCarrel

Toward Transfeminism: Moving Beyond Inclusion

  This excellent article highlights the importance of intersectionality among oppressed communities, the continuing struggle for trans leadership  in the LGBTQIA movement, and why trans-autonomous movements are still needed. "To bring the most marginalized members of our trans communities into focus, we must examine the ways oppressions and structural barriers multiply, compound each other, and magnify existing challenges. Using multiple lenses to understand inequity can help build root-cause solutions. This includes weaving together trans-justice solutions with racial justice, immigration justice, feminism, and economic justice."

"How can we reconcile the mainstream media celebration of trans identity with the stark reality of violence and injustice that trans women of color, in particular, continue to face today? Has much changed since 1973, when Sylvia Rivera faced intense disrespect at a New York City Pride rally in Washington Square Park? Archival footage shows a young Sylvia standing onstage, pleading to her gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to take political action on behalf of trans people, amid booing and cursing from the crowd. She was able to get out her call to action in the end, and even inspired the crowd to chant 'gay power!' along with her, but not before being almost drowned out by a hostile group reminiscent of the one that tried to shame [Jennicet] Gutiérrez over forty years later."

Race and the 
American Creed
Recovering Black Radicalism

LaToya Ruby Frazier
Home on Braddock Avenue , 2007

Aubin Pictures Lost & Found!

We have lost our winter blues thanks to a swinging new office chair!
(Shout out to Aubin's intern Crystal for her swing stylings!)

And we have found a pair of adorably ribboned rain boots that need a new home!

(Please inquire if interested--they are a women's size #9)

You can support Aubin Pictures while you shop!
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