Our award-winning documentary "Deep Run,” a Sundance Institute movie, executive produced by Susan Sarandon, is now being distributed to educational institutions, libraries and conferences by our distributor Women Make Movies. We have also made deals for national television broadcast and with a major Video-On-Demand vendor, details coming soon.
Shot over a 5-year span, Deep Run is a powerful vérité portrait of Cole Ray Davis, a trans teen coming of age in a small rural town in America’s Bible Belt. We meet Cole as a punk evangelical teenage lesbian, fighting the high school principal to start the town’s first gay straight alliance. We then see him transition to identifying male, encountering hatred and rejection from his family, church and his girlfriend, but also finding unlikely allies and support in his conservative community. When Cole tries to pass as a man at a local church with his new girlfriend, the unexpected occurs. (No spoilers!) You can check out a trailer at deeprunfilm.com.
"This story is a microcosm showing how gender identity and faith are being redefined and re-envisioned by the millennial generation," says director Hillevi Loven. "This film depicts how queer people and their allies live their everyday lives with incredible amounts of bravery in conservative rural communities.”
We have screened at dozens of festivals, including DOC NYC, Frameline, OutFest and Woodstock, and international festivals in Sweden, the UK, and Australia.
We were awarded best doc at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival as well as the Emerging Talent Award at Outfest LA.
We have had indefatigable support from our Executive Producer, Susan Sarandon, following are a few examples of her discussing Deep Run with the press:
And following is a pair of articles, one from Filmmaker Magazine, about one writer's experience of seeing our movie premiere where it is set, in North Carolina, where the local legislature recently passed retrograde anti-trans legislation, making our story more timely than ever:
We were favorably reviewed in The Advocate, which mentions our NYC premiere at DOC NYC, and some other media, links below:
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to screen this movie in your community, and further a conversation about trans rights, trans diversity and the changing face of faith in America.
Thank you Sundance Institute, Frameline, NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts), and Lana and Karin Wachowski for recognizing early potential in the movie and the dedicated support since.
And of course, our presenting producers Kill Rock Stars, Luna Press and OVO, a creative stamp of approval for which we are honored. Thank you Cole Ray Davis and everyone on screen in Deep Run for sharing your life with us.
Thank you to the many other patient and talented collaborators including but not limited to Hillevi Loven, Samara Levenstein, Kristen Nutile, Arianna LaPenne, Stephen Fuller, Gill Holland, Phillip Roebuck, Joey Talbott and Kate Duffy.
Thank you everyone who gave on Kickstarter in 2010, or bought an #EmbraceChange t-shirt in 2015, or who helped in countless other ways.
Thanks again Sundance Institute, Sundance Documentary Fund and Sundance #ArtistServices for advice, as well many filmmakers, distributors, publicists, programmers and agents who were kind enough to share what they have learned.