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Luchina Fisher's Award-Winning Documentary Available from Third World Newsreel  2022 GLAAD-Nominated Film Celebrates Legendary Trans Activist Gloria Allen and the Power of Unconditional Love MAMA GLORIA Available for Public Screenings and Educational Use from Third World Newsreel Starting on Valentine’s Day “The strong emphasis on family that is woven throughout Mama Gloria makes it a powerful film to share with loved ones.” —Leslie Fields-Cruz, Black Public Media “Young trans girls think they can't make it to 40. They shouldn't have to feel that way… Being a transgender person… sometimes it can be difficult and scary, and then sometimes it can be beautiful.” —Gloria Allen Third World Newsreel is proud to announce the release of Luchina Fisher’s award-winning film MAMA GLORIA, the story of legendary trans activist Gloria Allen. Born in 1945, Gloria transitioned four years before Stonewall with the support of the women in her family, including her mother Alma, a former showgirl and Jet magazine centerfold, and her grandmother Mildred, a seamstress who sewed clothes for crossdressers and male strippers. Gloria felt compelled to open a charm school for young homeless trans people in Chicago, offering lessons on love, makeup, and manners to pass on what she received from her mother and grandmother. Now, living alone in a building for LGBTQ seniors and surviving on social security and a house-cleaning job, Gloria continues to grow old with joy, dignity, and grace. MAMA GLORIA includes rarely seen archival images of Chicago’s Black drag balls, crossdressers, and shake dancers. It features the original song Presence of a Legend by singer and trans activist Shea Diamond and pop songwriter Justin Tranter. Since its 2020 film festival premiere, MAMA GLORIA received a 2022 GLAAD Media Award Nomination, traveled to dozens of film festivals, winning the Black Lens Award at the Milwaukee Film Festival, and aired on World Channel and PBS as part of Black Public Media’s documentary series AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. Gloria Allen and filmmaker Luchina Fisher are available for virtual talks and Q&As. Email [log in to unmask] for more details about speaking engagement rates. Two versions of the film are available for purchase and rental from Third World Newsreel, a 76-min version for public screenings and a 59-min version for educational use. Visit for more information and rates. PUBLIC SCREENINGS EDUCATIONAL USE EDU STREAMING AWARDS GLAAD Media Award Nominee for Outstanding TV Journalism – Long-Form Best of Fest/Best Film, CineOdyssey Film Festival Jury Award for Best Documentary, Teaneck International Film Festival Black Lens Award, Milwaukee Film Festival Nominated for Gold Q-Hugo Award, Chicago International Film Festival Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Chicago International Film Festival Finalist, Holidays 365 International Film Festival FESTIVALS & SPECIAL SCREENINGS Massimadi LGBTQ+ Afro Film Festival Chicago South Side Film Festival Black Alphabet Film Festival MIX Copenhagen Film Festival Reel Affirmations LGBTQ+ Festival CinemAfrica Film Festival Edmonton International Film Festival Chicago On Screen  Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival Cincy Pride Film Festival Inside Out Film Festival Milwaukee Film Festival Holidays 365 International Film Festival Kansas City Film Festival Oxford Film Festival BFI Flare Athena Film Festival Denton Black Film Festival Teaneck International Film Festival Cineodyssey Film Festival Chicago International Film Festival BMO Wealth Management Capital One Duke Energy Nike VMware New York Women in Film & Television ((NYWIFT) LGBT Aging Network MICA - Baltimore ASALH Conference Unitarian Church of the Desert Inside Out Youth Services Town Hall Apartments Time Out Youth Jefferson Madison Regional Library George Mason University Human Rights Campaign Special Screening SUBJECTS Activism African American Studies African Diaspora Studies Aging Black Studies Documentaries Family Gender Studies Queer & LGBTQIA+ Studies Race & Ethnicity Studies Trans Studies Women's Studies LUCHINA FISHER (she/her) is an award-winning director, writer and producer who works at the intersection of race, gender and identity. Her feature directorial debut Mama Gloria has been nominated for a 2022 GLAAD Media Award. Previously, Luchina co-executive produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed feature documentary Birthright: A War Story, which appeared in more than 70 theaters nationwide, qualified for Oscar consideration and streamed on Hulu. She is the director of two scripted short films, including Danger Word, and has written and produced several nationally broadcast documentaries as well as numerous segments for television. She most recently produced two episodes of the upcoming History channel series with President Bill Clinton and is directing a feature documentary on predatory lending in housing as well as the upcoming feature documentary on trans soul singer Jackie Shane. Luchina began her career as a journalist and has written for People, the Miami Herald, The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine and Luchina is a Sisters in Cinema Documentary Fellow and a member of Brown Girl Doc Mafia, the Black Documentary Collective and Film Fatales. She is an inaugural recipient of the Brown Girl Doc Mafia Black Director's Grant. Speaking Engagements TWN is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the NYS Governor and the NYS Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, the National Film Preservation Foundation, and the Peace Development Fund, as well as individual donors. TWN also gratefully acknowledges support from an NEA CARES grant, the NY Community Trust, and a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in our programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To support our work, please donate now! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ Third World Newsreel | 545 8th Avenue, Suite 550, New York, NY 10018 Unsubscribe [log in to unmask] Update Profile | Our Privacy Policy | Constant Contact Data Notice Sent by [log in to unmask] powered by Try email marketing for free today!

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