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YouTube to deliver “State of Pride” from Portal A in 2019

YouTube has greenlit digital studio Portal A’s feature-length documentary State of Pride, which looks at the significance of Pride 50 years after the historic Stonewall Riots that kicked off the modern LGBTQ+ ...
September 13, 2018

YouTube has greenlit digital studio Portal A’s feature-length documentary State of Pride, which looks at the significance of Pride 50 years after the historic Stonewall Riots that kicked off the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedmanthe YouTube Original feature doc was filmed over multiple-months, covering the entirety of the Pride calendar in the United States. The film features intimate interviews led by activist Raymond Braun, who travels between major cities and rural towns across America, visiting Pride events to learn from those for whom the annual celebration is meaningful.

Epstein and Friedman have worked on high-profile LGBTQ+ projects in the past, including the Oscar-winning Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt and the Emmy Award-winning The Celluloid Closet.

“We are built to tell stories that speak to a new audience,” said Nate Houghteling, co-founder and executive producer at Portal A. “With State of Pride, we have the opportunity to work with two extraordinarily accomplished filmmakers to capture this one-of-a-kind celebration in a way that’s uniquely suited to the YouTube generation.”

“The film features powerful conversations with inspiring individuals as they open up about Pride and how it has changed over the past 50 years,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube, in a press release.

State of Pride was developed by Portal A, with executive producers Nate Houghteling, Kai Hasson, and Zach Blume for Portal A, Epstein and Friedman for Telling Pictures, and Raymond Braun.

The film is slated to debut on YouTube as a YouTube Original in June 2019.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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