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