GAINING GROUND is a documentary about growing food as a vehicle to empower communities and change lives. The film shows the connection between family farmers rejecting big ag and urban activists defying the control of big oil in their community.
Directed by Elaine Velazquez Produced by Barbara Bernstein & Elaine Velazquez
THE STORY OF THE YIU MIEN
Produced & Directed by Elaine Velazquez
High in the mountains of Laos, the Yiu Mien people lived as they had for centuries until the Vietnam War forced them from their homeland. MOVING MOUNTAINS is the story of these refugees caught between two worlds.
A video by Elaine Velazquez, based on video created for a mixed-media performance piece combining video, theater and live and electronic music, featuring the writing of actress Marie Selland. A collaboration with Marie Selland, Susan Banyas, Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein
GAY LIVES CULTURE WARS
Produced by Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein
Through the eyes of gay and lesbian youth and their families GAY LIVES CULTURE WARS explores the challenges of coming to terms with being gay in the face of society’s homophobia. The video graphically depicts and counters the myths and misinformation spread by the religious right, showing the correlation of this anti-gay movement with all discriminatory movements throughout history.
FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES
Produced in 1992 by Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein to defeat Measure 9, a ballot measure in Oregon, that attempted to deprive lesbians and gays of their basic human rights. This organizing video presents interviews with Oregonians from all over the state explaining why it was important to vote against the anti-gay Ballot Measure 9. Measure 9 was defeated by a 14 point margin.