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Loud Mouth Queer. 108 min., United States
“Comfortable people do not change.” – Ray Hill
On the eve of Marriage Equality in 2015, a massive heart attack threatens the life of an aging activist, whose recovery reveals (despite decades in the fight) how the history of progress begins to fade.
“Loud Mouth Queer” reignites the story of a flawed man who fought for decades – both friends & enemies alike – and whose work from the margins led a grassroots effort to connect the Texas LGBT movement to a larger, national stage.
An #AmDocs2020 Film Festival Official Selection, this all-new documentary feature (based on the award-winning short doc “The Trouble with Ray”) takes a nuanced, unflinching look back at the ruckus of Ray Hill’s outrageous (sometimes embroidered) charm offensive as a lone-star original – and how speaking to power, despite rapid social change, always sounds the same.
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Writer/Director Travis Johns is an award-winning filmmaker and HBIC of Proud Pony International, a digital media firm focused on creative commercial dressage. Disciplined by twenty years of post editorial & motion design for brands like Scion, Redbull, HowardTV, & New Balance, his exacting approach is marked by high quality humor (and high quality professionalism!) to inform emotionally grounded stories with a distinct visual style. His narrative work has screened to festival audiences nationwide. In 2010, his intervention-style reality TV satire Get Out! Of The Closet! was an audience favorite (winning awards in Dallas, Seattle, & Chicago) and received dubious, italicized praise when a review asked if this webseries was “an insult to the LGBT community, or is it truly funny?” In 2014, his documentary short The Trouble with Ray screened at IDFA Amsterdam and Raindance London, winning Best Documentary Short Subject before receiving AmDocs 2015 Film Fundee Grant in Palm Springs. After a successful kickstarter campaign to expand the story into a feature (to include additional interviews and never-before-seen archival footage), subsequent years of dedication finally paid off and as an Official Selection for AmDocs 2020, the newly titled Loud Mouth Queer marks his feature-length directorial debut.