In the thick of summer, both Dispatches from Cleveland and Chavela flew to Frameline and played to brilliant, receptive, profoundly engaged audiences! Meanwhile, Chavela has also been jet-setting across the Atlantic, leaving soul-touched tears, booming laughter, and sing-a-longs in her wake all across Spain. She's been picking up a few awards along the way. We are loving all the love and want to spread it around: read below to discover some power "Films We Love"... Check 'em out! 

And may we suggest that while you're reading along, you delight in the sensuous sounds of Fatoumata Diawara.

- Cat & the Aubin crew
Highlights from Frameline!

Last year, both  Dispatches from Cleveland and  Chavela received finishing funds from Frameline and both had their Bay Area premiere at Frameline Film Festival in June. 

We heart Frameline! 

Shout out to Des Buford, Director of Exhibition and Programming, who is moving on after 15 glorious years of service to the organization and to our broader community of justice-minded filmmakers and audiences. 

Thank you for all your work Des, and keep touching hearts & minds!

About Dispatches From Cleveland:
"Gund's web docuseries  Dispatches From Cleveland shows that no injustice
 is an island...its five chapters outline how seemingly disparate wrongs such 
as economic apartheid and trans rights can provide starting points for 
unifying different communities...her docuseries offers an honesty that its marginalized subjects have been denied in other media." -    Peter Wong, 

Co-producers/co-directors of Chavela
Daresha Kyi and Catherine Gund

Diane Sabin, Julie Dorf, and the legendary Jewelle Gomez at Dispatches from Cleveland

Brenda Schumacher, Cat, and 
Marga Gomez enjoying the show
Consulting Producer Lourdes Portillo
with Tenzin Gund-Morrow
Cat, Daresha, and Peter L. Stein,
Senior Programmer at Frameline

Chavela  is a crowd pleaser with audiences 
from San Francisco to Spain!

Chavela won the Audience Award and Honorable Mention as an Outstanding Documentary at Frameline 41! With a sold out audience of over 1400 on opening night, we can't thank you enough for your votes, love, laughter, and deep connections to this vibrant artist. 

Watch the announcements 
from Frameline live!
Co-producer/co-director Daresha Kyi  at the festival  "Muestra de Cine de Mujeres"  in Spain, where Chavela won the Audience Award.  Beautiful theater, amazing crowd.  Thank you so much for your support!

C havela  Soundtrack Nominated for Award

Chavela is a finalist in the 2017 Music & Sound Awards for Best Original Composition in  a Feature Film Score, thanks to the musical brilliance of GIl Talmi under Konsonant Music. 

Chavela posters
available for sale!

Now you can have your own  Chavela poster  with a breathtaking image of the bad-ass woman herself, standing strong in her truth. 

Photographed by Maj Lindstrom. 

With this on your wall, you will feel Chavela's  powerful,  rebellious, iconic, free-spirited sexiness, everyday. 

Get yours at the  Aubin store !  

Shipping available worldwide.



Russell Simmons served as Executive Producer for Californians for Safety and Justice's "Imagine" video as part of its  #SchoolsNotPrisonsCampaign, which calls for replacing prison and justice system waste with common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods and save public dollars. 

For more info, go to

Californians for Safety & Justice & Russell Simmons present
Californians for Safety & Justice & Russell Simmons present "Imagine"


"Immigrants" video from "Hamilton Mixtape"

Just Charlie

Football star Charlie has the world at his feet. With a top club desperate to sign him, his future has been mapped out. But the teenager only sees a nightmare. Trapped in the body of a boy, Charlie is torn between wanting to live up to her father's expectations and shedding this ill-fitting skin. Charlie's next move will tear her family apart and threaten everything she holds dear.  Learn more.
Watch the trailer for
Trailer for "Just Charlie" by Rebekah Fortune



13TH Official Trailer
13TH Official Trailer

The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States." The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. 

For where to watch and more on Ava DuVernay, go here



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