FILMS & VIDEOS FROM THE MEDIA PROJECT

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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.

CECILIA’S DAUGHTER

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.

COMMON CAUSE COMMON SENSE
Produced by Elaine Velazquez & Barbara Bernstein

In 2006 Oregon voters passed an Ballot Measure 37 that threatened the viability of the state’s landmark land use laws, which have protected farm and forest lands from urban sprawl since 1973. COMMON CAUSE/COMMON SENSE was produced in 2007 to educate voters about the urgency to fix Measure 37 and explained how Measure 49 would accomplish this. In the 18-minute video, farmers and other property owners facing some of the most egregious Measure 37 claims tell how these proposed developments impact their lives and livelihoods. COMMON CAUSE/COMMON SENSE illustrates how Measure 49 would protect important natural areas, preserve small farms and keep Oregon the Oregon we cherish. Measure 49 passed overwhelmingly that fall.

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.