Creating Home: Queer Identities, Families, and Spaces

2018 | Black/African American / Bullying / Coming Out / Documentary / Educational / Gender / Homophobia / Identity / Mental Health / Parenting/Family / Relationships / Religion/Spirituality / Transgender / Youth In Motion | 68 minutes | USA
Directors: Hillevi Loven, Elegance Bratton

Creating Home: Queer Identities, Families, and Spaces includes the feature documentary Deep Run, the short narrative film Walk For Me, a discussion guide, and modules that educators can use as classroom curriculum and student groups can use as activities. It focuses on themes that illustrate how members of the LGBTQ community, and particularly the youth we meet on screen, create a sense of "home" through their identities, their given and chosen families, and the spaces around them. Through using these materials, audiences can explore issues around experiences of trans youth, the value of family and community acceptance and support, and the complexities of LGBTQ life in both urban and rural areas.

This collection is available for free to K-12 schools throughout 2018. This collection is not currently available for sale. Both films are closed captioned. Suggested grade levels: middle and high school.


Deep Run

Hillevi Loven, Documentary, 2015, USA, 56 minutes

Executive produced by LGBTQ supporter Susan Sarandon and shot by first-time filmmaker Hillevi Loven, Deep Run is a powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Despite being exiled by his family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Cole finds love and family again and summons the courage to move forward with his journey as a young trans man. His candid humor, strong will, and steadfast, inclusive Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily. This intimate documentary reveals rebirth and resilience within America's Bible Belt.

Walk For Me

Elegance Bratton, Narrative, 2016, USA, 12 minutes

Walk For Me is a contemporary coming out story set in present day New York City. A conflicted teenager is torn between their devotion to their mother and their desire to be their authentic self. When their mother finds women's underwear and a flyer to a Gay Ball in their bedroom, she decides to track down her child and confront them. Arriving at the ball, the mother is shocked to find that her child has been taken under the wing of an adoptive Ball mother, Paris Continental, and assumed the identity of Hanna. The mother is confronted by a choice: deny her child or accept her for who she really is.