Filmmaker Eric Juhola talks about Growing Up Coy

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The Mathis are a remarkable family whose courage and determination rarely faltered when they supported their youngest child Coy who started transitioning from male to female in kindergarten after it was clear that Coy felt he was a girl.  Growing Up Coy documents the family’s fight for her right to use the girls’ bathroom in a landmark civil rights case that prompted a nationwide debate. 

On the eve of the movie being released for global streaming to over 190 countries on Netflix (it is already available on Itunes) director Eric Juhola talked to queerguru at PTV via Facetime about just how important Coy Mathis’s touching story really is.



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Kareem Tabsch revisits vintage Miami Beach

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The Last Resort is a wonderful new documentary that celebrates the work of Andy Sweet & Gary Monroe two photographers who brilliantly captured the authentic Miami Beach of the 1970’s and 1980s’ producing some stunning iconic images, before Sweet’s tragic murder in 1982.  queerguru talks to filmmaker Kareem Tabsch (who co-directed the film with Dennis Scholl ) on the eve of its World Premiere at Miami Jewish Film Festival (images courtesy Andy Sweet Photo Legacy )

The interview was filmed by Hussein Wentz for  at O Cinema Wynwood 


queerguru reviews Kedi

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queerguru reviews Turkish filmmaker Ceyda Torun  wonderful new documentary  on the street cats of Istanbul. What had originally enticed Torun, a native of the city, was that for the largely Muslim population, the uniqueness of how street cats are treated is in fact not too dissimilar to how cows are honored in India. Certainly what she showed was a seemingly universal love of these feline creatures from the city’s residents and a compassionate understanding and acceptance of all the cat’s rather touching eccentricities, the like of which we have never witnessed on such a large scale.

This queerguru reports was filmed by Roger Walker-Dack for P.T.V.

Shaleece Haas talks about the award-winning Real Boy

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Any documentary that makes a contribution to the continuing transgender dialogue is important, but when it is as poignant and compelling as ‘Real Boy’,  then it can play a significant role in nurturing more understanding and acceptance both within the community and society at large.

Shaleece Haas the writer/director of this multi-award winning movie talked to queerguru about telling the tale of 19 year old trans man Bennett Wallace as he goes on the sometimes difficult journey of transitioning.  Ben is a sheer delight and is refreshingly open and honest about his many lows, as well as his highs, and Shaleece explained to us what it was like being able to share his story.

The movie will be screened on PBS’s Independent Lens on June 19th at 10pm, and soon afterwards will be available on DVD/VOD via

The interview was filmed by Roger Walker-Dack for ‘queerguru reports’ on PTV’s Channel 99

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