Queer Resilience in the era of Climate Change

Update: Commemorate LGBTQ History. Screen the Sneak-Peek of the Film and help us reach $9000.

This fall 2019, we will be releasing the next round of sneak-peek screenings to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the two climate disasters shared in this film and celebrate our LGBTQ history of resilience. From September 20th, when Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, until October 8th, when the Tubbs fire burned through sections of Santa Rosa in Northern California- we welcome you to gather community together to watch this sneak-peek and hold conversations. We also welcome screenings celebrating LGBTQ History Month in October.

Sneak-peek screenings are offered on a sliding-scale donation basis (including a NOTAFLOF "Pass the Hat" option). Donations for screenings of this film support the filmmaker and production team (50%), and support LGBTQ organizations in Puerto Rico and two-spirit organizers in CA (50%). More below.

Find a public screening event near you: www.queerecoproject.org/firefloodscreenings

Organize a screening: bit.ly/FireFloodScreenings

After donating, claim your rewards here: bit.ly/FireFloodRewards 


PRIDE MONTH GOAL! Help us reach $5500 in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

In our new video, Vanessa Raditz & Zephyr Elise talk about the Fire & Flood Film and why representation of Two-Spirit, Queer, and Trans communities is critical in stories about the climate crisis.

Please help me reach $4500 by April 22nd, 2019!

"People don’t see the connection between climate change and the treatment of queer and trans people… We need to start having conversations about how to address the powerful changes that need to happen for us to survive and to thrive as a community, as a people, as a species."

                - Javier Armando Rivera-Rosales, Former director of Positive Images LGBTQ Youth Center during the 2017 fires in Santa Rosa, CA


"Fire and Flood: Queer Resilience in the era of Climate Change"

The Fire & Flood Film tells the story of two near-simultaneous, climate disasters in Puerto Rico and Northern California the fall of 2017, through the voices of LGBTQ people. The film explores the vulnerability of LGBTQ communities to climate disasters and lifts up queer and trans strategies for resilience, transition, and survival. "Fire and Flood" was piloted at the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change Conference in January, 2018, mere months after hurricane Maria and the Tubbs fire, with positive feedback on the need for these stories in the LGBTQ movement and the capacity of this film to spark these critical conversations on disaster preparedness, just recovery, and the Green New Deal.

New Filming & Production

Featuring interviews from:

Brooke Anderson, Layel Camargo, and Mateo Nube, Movement Generation
Eliseo Rivas, Former Program Coordinator at LGBTQ Connection Sonoma & Napa
Elokin Orton-Cheung, Shooting Star Botanicals
Fe Fugá, Resident in Isabela, PR
Javier Armando Rivera-Rosales, Former Director of Positive Images LGBTQ Youth Center
Kanyon Sayers-Rood, Kanyon Konsulting & Two-Spirit Society of Indian Canyon
L Frank Manriquez, Tongva/Ajachmem artist, writer and tribal activist
Lucecita Cruz and Ollie Montes de Oca, Cuir Kitchen Brigade
Marcelo Felipe Garzo Montalvo, Graduate Student in Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Marielle De Leon, Transfeminist Activist from La Sombrilla Cuir
Nelson Pagán Butler, Camila Padín, Bianca P. Ortiz Núñez, Valeria Fernández, Graduate Students at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
Patty Berne, Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid
Sally Ortiz Castro, Healer, artist, gardener, and teacher with Huerto Vida
Tara Rodríguez Besosa and Verónica Quiles Maldonado, El Departamento de la Comida
Tre Vasquez, Lead Organizer of North Bay Organizing Project

Thank you to all those who have contributed to this project. 

About the Filmmaker:

Vanessa Raditz, MPH is an environmental health researcher, youth educator, and culture-shifter dedicated to community healing, opening access to land and resources, and fostering a thriving local economy based on human and ecological resilience. Vanessa holds a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley, and is part of the founding collective of the Queer Ecojustice Project, educating and organizing at the intersection of ecological justice and queer liberation. Vanessa co-organized the Queers4ClimateJustice contingent to the RISE March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in fall of 2018 and continues to manage the #Queers4ClimateJustice instagram. The "Fire and Flood" film project is rooted in Vanessa's lived experience of the 2017 fires in Northern California.

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $4500 BY EARTH DAY - April 22nd, 2019

HALF - 50% - of all donations* will go directly to the people interviewed in Puerto Rico and Tow-Spirit organizers in California (or projects they select) to support their ongoing community work. 

HALF – 50% - of all donations* goes into film production:

-       Transcription of over 30 hours of interviews
-       Spanish Translation and Bi-Lingual Captioning
-       Music Production from Shea Freedom
-       Production Travel from Georgia -> San Juan -> San Francisco
-       Post-production support
-       Website hosting

*After GoFundMe's processing fees (2.9% + $0.30 per donation), expenses for printing and sending art rewards, and after director's estimated tax burden from this fundraiser


After donating, claim your rewards here: bit.ly/FireFloodRewards 

$5 - Thank you!
Your name in the film credits & a downloadable PDF of "Imagine Queer Futures" coloring page

$15 - Queer Ancestral Futures
QEP's First Zine "Queer Ancestral Futures" + Coloring page + Thank you in the film credits

$25 - Queers4ClimateJustice Art
Your choice of artwork from the Q4CJ contingent to the 2018 RISE March! + Coloring page + Thank you in the film credits

$50 - Two choices of Q4CJ Art + Zine
Mix and match any two of the Q4CJ art options + Queer Ancestral Futures Zine + Coloring page + Thank you in the film credit

Choose from any of the following:

·       Queer Ancestors 11x17 Color Poster
(Gloria, Audre, Rachel, Harry, or WeWha)

·       Forces of Nature 8x11 Screen Print Patch 
(Corn, Butterfly, Dolphin, or Mushroom)

·       Honor Two-Spirit Land 11x17 Color Poster
(50% of donations for this item go to the artist)

·       Queers4ClimateJustice Postcards 
(Set of 10 cards: 5 Queer Ancestors, 4 Forces of Nature, and Honor Two-Spirit Land)

·       Two copies of QEP's "Queer Ancestral Futures Zine"


To celebrate Earth Day, the film will had two sneak-peak film screenings where I will show the first 2 chapters of this still-in-production film:

-       April 22nd: Central Connecticut State University, LGBT Center
-       April 23rd: Duke University, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

More screening opportunities will be announced in the coming months. 

Find a public screening event near you: www.queerecoproject.org/firefloodscreenings

Organize a screening: bit.ly/FireFloodScreenings


Thank you for donating, sharing the video, and passing along word about this project! The Fire & Flood Film is entirely funded by community: your donations are what make this project possible.

I am excited for this journey, grateful for everyone in my community holding me through this, and humbled by the scale of the solutions available to us in this precious moment.

Thank you for all that you are doing in your communities to build a living future for all beings.

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