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Shorts: Family Tales

Virtual Q&A: 9/21 (Thu) 8PM EDT
Streaming available in the U.S. from 9/13 12:00 AM EDT - 9/21 11:59 PM EDT.

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These heartfelt stories about family and kinship within the queer experience portray strong bond and love underneath—between Indigenous queer relatives over time, between a mother living with HIV and a gay son who was born positive, between an aunt and niece sharing grief and reconciling past trauma, and between a son discovering his sexuality and a mother who’s unaware of his struggles.

Virtual Closing Night | Shorts: Family Tales Q&A

Date/Time: 9/21 (Thu) 8PM EDT
Location: Virtual on Zoom

Join us as we close the PrideFull Fest with a virtual live Q&A with filmmakers of Shorts: Family Tales program. Ticket and pass holders will receive a link to join the Zoom later via email.


Fateema Al-Hamaydeh Miller (she/her) | Writer/Director, EITR
Fateema Al-Hamaydeh Miller is an award-winning Queer Palestinian-Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto. Her work explores themes of fragmented identity, isolation and connection through a lens of grounded "oh no, should I laugh?" comedy. Fateema’s background in improvisation and clown greatly influences all of her work as she strives to create with integrity, depth and a sense of humour. She is particularly passionate about bringing to life nuanced and humanizing representations of Arabs and Muslims for the screen and strives to build spaces for marginalized voices to thrive both in front of and behind the camera. Fateema's short film EITR was one of 8 worldwide recipients of InsideOut's RE:Focus Fund, she is a Women in the Director's Chair alumni and is currently attending the Canadian Film Center Directors Lab, where she is developing her coming-of-age feature film Waves/ 'Amwaj.

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Timothy Guion Smith (he/him) | Director/Writer/Executive Producer, Next of Kin
Typing my bio in third person for a project you have already gleaned I am spearheading feels weird. I'll try first person!
Next of Kin marks my first time directing.

Although LA is my current home, my real home will always be NYC, where I was born at Staten Island University Hospital (yes, we used to drop my mom off at the Staten Island Ferry to the tune of Carly Simon's Let the River Run for her commute) and went on to receive my BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

As an actor, previous credits include multiple New Media Series and Short Films that have played at film festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Africa--including Nashville FF, Shriekfest, and Rincón International FF. Previous stage: Incitation to Dance at Theatre West in LA and originating the role of Toddy in the then Broadway bound musical Amazing Grace. Absolutely thrilled and honored to be sharing a story near and dear to my heart. Endless gratitude to the rest of the NOK Team.

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Amritpal Kaur (she/they) | Writer/Director, Zindagi Dobara - Life Again 
Amritpal Kaur (Amrit) is an immigrant, queer, Punjabi Sikh storyteller residing in the San Fernando Valley, California. Their creative work challenges traditional narratives of API folks, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC individuals, while exploring community healing, mental health, and joy as transformative tools to uplift and create a better world for BIPOC. Amrit co-founded Brown Girl Joy Productions (BGJ), a production and consulting agency, to create innovative and transformative media centering underserved communities. In 2021, Amrit won the Tasveer Film Fund for Best LGBTQ Screenplay, funded by Netflix, for a 10-page script dedicated to their deceased Nani. BGJ Productions hired an entirely LA-based  BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and undocumented/formerly undocumented team of folks to masterfully create an LGBTQ+ narrative short film, Zindagi Dobara. Along with working on BGJ Productions, Amrit is set to graduate with an MFA in Social Documentation at University of California Santa Cruz.


Virtual Tickets
     Regular: $9.00 | Suggested: $18.00

Festival Pass
     PrideFull Pass (In-person & Virtual): $49.00
     Virtual Pass (Virtual only): $29.00

Buying the suggested-price level ticket helps us cover the costs and sustain PrideFull, a film festival by and for Queer and Trans People Of Color. Thank you!

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