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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thurs. April 30 7p - San Francisco - Fundraiser for Jose Sarria Documentary hosted by City Supervisor David Campos

City Supervisor David CamposFilmmaker Dante Alencastre and 
the San Francisco GLTB Historical Society

Cordially invite you to attend a Fundraising Reception at the GLBT Museum 
to benefit the production of the documentary film



Enjoy some wine and cheese as we celebrate of Jose Sarria's
remarkable life.  Help us preserve a place in history for Jose.

The feature-length documentary, Nelly Queen, will celebrate the social, cultural and political legacy of Jose Sarria, Empress I, the Widow Norton. 

Nelly Queen reveals an intimate portrait of the civil rights pioneer whose heroic drag has long been overlooked as a cornerstone of the gay rights movement. 

All contributions are tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor, From the Heart Productions.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Forthcoming documentary to honor early gay pioneer - Echomag.com

NellyQueen

Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of José Julio Sarria

Forthcoming documentary  to honor early gay pioneer

By David-Elijah Nahmod – April, 23, 2015
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As early as the 1950s, Sarria (1922-2013) was out and proud. As a popular drag performer at San Francisco’s The Black Cat, he mentored many young gay men during a time when sitting in a gay bar could get patrons arrested on moral charges.
Sarria went on to become the first openly gay man in the United States to run for public office. His campaign for San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors commenced in 1961, more than 15 years before Harvey Milk was elected to the board.
Though he didn’t win the election, he garnered the attention of the press and got more votes than anyone thought he would.
And, when Sarria passed away in 2013, many gay men attributed him as the first person to tell them it was OK to be who they were.
Sarria’s life is now going to be honored and remembered in Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of José Julio Sarria, an upcoming documentary from openly gay filmmaker Dante Alencastre.
Alencastre, a native of Lima, Peru, who currently lives in Los Angeles, spoke to Echo about what the project and Sarria’s legacy mean to him.
“I have always been drawn to storytelling, which began in my college days and continues today,” Alencastre said. “I am especially drawn to people’s stories which are often underrepresented in the media. Nonconformity has been a trademark of my story telling, and I like pushing the boundaries and rattling the cages of the established structures.”
Alencastre also said that he looks for the “defiance, and the resilience” of individuals who are not considered part of the mainstream LGBT communities.
“It’s my goal to preserve and reclaim our queer stories for the present and future generations of gender nonconforming, gender queer and trans youth,” he said.
Alencastre’s film, now in production, will tell the story of Sarria’s life through home movie footage provided by Joe Castel, Sarria’s friend who serves as the film’s executive producer.
In addition to his run for office, the film will recall Sarria’s service during World War II and his lifelong refusal to conform to what was expected of him.
Courtesy photo.
Courtesy photo.
“As a feminine-identified gay man, José’s life teachings and defiant stance inspired me to embrace my feminine ways with pride and to find courage in his life lessons,” Alencastre said.
The filmmaker pointed out that during Sarria’s lifetime, being openly gay was frowned upon not only by mainstream society, but by gay men and lesbians who lived their lives deep in the closet. It was during these times that Sarria proudly labeled himself a nelly queen.
“José is as important today as he was back in 1961 when he ran for office,” Alencastre said. “Nelly Queen is not just an LGBT history lesson, it’s a triumphant story of the human spirit – a hero’s journey of a man fighting unjust laws and uniting a fractured community. José stands as a courageous role model to people still struggling with their sexual identity and self esteem.”

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thank you


Dear Friends,


Our funding campaign ends shortly and we want to take this opportunity thank everyone who has supported us in the making of Jose’s documentary and giving so generously. We especially want to thank the National LGBTQ Task Force and the International Court System for all their support.  

With the funds raised on Indiegogo we can begin production of taping interviews with Jose’s colleagues and contemporaries. We will continue to raise funds for the completion of production and post production on this very important activist and friend to the LGBTQ community.

Please follow us on www.nellyqueenfilm.com to keep updated on current events and info.

Tax deductible donations also can be made directly on our website through our fiscal Sponsor, From the Heart Productions. 

Checks can be sent to: 
From the Heart Productions
1455 Mandalay Bay Road
Oxnard, CA 93035

(Be sure to note that it’s for the Jose Sarria Project)


“United we stand, divided they’ll catch us one, by one!”
Jose Sarria, Empress I, Jose


Sincerely,
Dante AlencastreDirector
Joe CastelExecutive Producer

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria





Our funding campaign ends tomorrow, April 10, 2015. Invite your communities and organizations across the country. Join us in recognizing Jose’s immeasurable contributions to the LGBT movement with an overdue biography on the legendary diva and activist. Please tell your friends that their tax deductible contribution is  made possible through our fiscal sponsor, From The Heart Productions on IndieGOGO. If you have contributed, we thank you for your generous support and being a part of this historic project!



http://igg.me/at/queenfilm/x/3326297

David Campos On Jose Sarria - The first Gay American to run for office.





Our funding campaign ends tomorrow, April 10, 2015. Invite your communities and organizations across the country. Join us in recognizing Jose’s immeasurable contributions to the LGBT movement with an overdue biography on the legendary diva and activist. Please tell your friends that their tax deductible contribution is  made possible through our fiscal sponsor, From The Heart Productions on IndieGOGO. If you have contributed, we thank you for your generous support and being a part of this historic project!



http://igg.me/at/queenfilm/x/3326297

Monday, April 6, 2015

Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza - Empress I Jose Sarria Award for Uncommon Leadership


Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza created and launched #BlackLivesMatter as a call to action for Black people after the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was not held accountable for his crime. Since then, this brilliant and sharp ideological and political intervention has become an iconic phrase and image in a nationwide protest movement against police and vigilante killings of Black people, young and old, women, men and children. We have chanted, marched and carried signs and banners that uphold the value of Black lives. #BlackLivesMatter has created space for Black LGBTQ people and allies to confront and shut down the war on black bodies. The creators of #BlackLivesMatter, three visionary queer Black women, have made an enduring contribution to the movement by, for, and about freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

David Campos On Jose Sarria - The first Gay American to run for office.


Jose Sarria documentary film "Nelly Queen: The Life and Time of Jose Sarria". David Campos On Jose Sarria - The first Gay American to run for office.
Director Dante Alencastre
Executive Producer Joe Castel