Aaron Bear talks about YES I AM: THE RIC WEILAND STORY

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Queerguru is frequently drawn to Seattle as it is the home of such an extraordinarily wonderful and unique queer culture that is so unlike any other US city. With Dina Martina as its unofficial patron saint, there seems to be no end to the talent that emerges from there.  

We were back there again this week to talk with filmmaker Aaron Bear and when we asked if he thought it was all to do with ‘something in the water’ he immediately responded that it was actually ‘something in the rain.”  

We first came across Bear’s work in 2017 when we reviewed his debut film, Finding Kim.  It was a heart-touching compelling documentary about Kim Byford who at the age of 49 had decided that the time is finally right to complete her transition from female to male.   We wrote back then that it was an unmissable gem of a film.

Now on the eve of his latest documentary about to be screened as part of Miami’s OUTshine LGBTQ Film Festival this week so we talked with Bear about YES I AM: The Ric Weiland Story.  Queerguru is still reeling from the fact that we had never previously heard of Weiland who was one of the greatest queer activists and philanthropists EVER.

It’s a fascinating story that needs to reach the audience it so deserves, particularly within the LGBTQ community.   

P.S. It goes without saying, that Weiland spent a large part of his life in Seattle too.



Aaron Bear & Wes Hurley : from Seattle to PTown with two stunning new queer films

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Two of Seattle’s best queer filmmakers Aaron Bear & Wes Hurley were presenting their new films at  Provincetown Film Society & Festival

Yes I Am – The Ric Weiland Story the story of one of the world’s most generous gay philanthropists was written and directed by Bear, and Hurley was one of the film’s producers.    Hurley’s own film is an inspiring feature  based on his life story about being gay and immigrating from Russia when he was a teenager  is Potato Dreams of America

After the screenings, both filmmakers sat down with QUEERGURU to talk about their films’ journeys to date.  The interview conducted by Roger Walker-Dack was filmed by Dan Desjardins at the Lands End Inn in Provincetown

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Adam Carver cannot hide his enthusiasm for The Palaver Project …..here’s why

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Adam Carver aka #FattButcher a Brit award-winning performer & cultural activist is presenting Palaver Project celebrating the radical potential of #LGBTQ+ inclusive performance work specifically created for children aged 3-8 and family audiences. at Cambridge Junction.

The ebullient Carver shared his enormous passion for the Project in this interview with Queerguru




Ben Rimalower and Daniel Nolen are having a One Night Stand in PTown

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The multi-talented NY actor/performers/writers  Ben Rimalower and Daniel Nolen are performing their The Broken Record Podcast LIVE at Provincetown Art House Theatre for ONE NIGHT ONLY. Followed by the world premiere of JohnHill (Sirus XM) new play #DeadOnArrival directed by Ben Rimalower: they spilled the beans to Queerguru about these  two one-off events


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