BraveMaker Film Fest 2022 Opening Night: Mama Bears (Documentary)

BraveMaker Film Fest 2022 Opening Night: Mama Bears (Documentary)

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Fox Theatre

2215 Broadway

Redwood City, CA 94063

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Mama Bears documentary, opening night for the BraveMaker Film Fest: Thurs 7/7/22 in Redwood City, Ca

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For more info on our OPENING NIGHT FILM:

5pm: VIP reception for special guests.

6pm: Doors open for general admission, art show, DJ music.

6:15pm: Special Short Film presentations: Full Picture + TBA

7pm Mama Bears Film Starts

830pm: Panel Discussion with filmmaker and special guests TBA

9:15pm: Event ends.

Masks are optional per COUNTY MANDATE for those that are vaccinated.


Dd you know there are more than 32,000 mothers in America — many from conservative,Christian backgrounds — who fully accept their LGBTQ+ children?

Spread across the country but connected through private Facebook groups, they call themselves “mama bears” because while their love is warm and fuzzy, they fight ferociously to make the world kinder and safer for all LGBTQ+ people. Although some may have grown up as fundamentalist, evangelical Christians, mama bears are willing to risk losing friends, family, and faith communities to keep their offspring safe—even if it challenges their belief systems and rips their worlds apart.

MAMA BEARS is an intimate, thought-provoking exploration of the journeys taken by Sara Cunningham and Kimberly Shappley, two “mama bears” —whose profound love for their LGBTQ children has turned them into fierce advocates for the entire queer community — and Tammi Terrell Morris, a young African American lesbian whose struggle for self-acceptance perfectly exemplifies why the mama bears are so vitally important.=

DARESHA KYI: Director/Producer

Daresha Kyi is an Emmy Award–winning director who also writes and produces film and television in Spanish and English. A graduate of NYU Film School, Mama Bears is her second feature documentary. In 2018 she was commissioned by the ACLU to direct Trans In America: Texas Strong, which garnered over 3.5 million views online, screened at SXSW, and won two Webby Awards and an Emmy for “Outstanding Short Documentary.” Texas Strong is a stand-alone short that also serves as a proof of concept for Mama Bears.

In 2017 she co-directed and co-produced Chavela, a multiple award-winning documentary about iconic singer Chavela Vargas that was distributed domestically by Music Box Pictures, screened in over 40 countries, and was recently ranked the Number One Latin American Documentary of the Decade by CineArte magazine. She has also produced Dispatches From Cleveland, Kristina Wong’s How Not to Pick Up Asian Women, and Emmy-winning writer Kevin Avery’s comedies The Whizz and Thugs, The Musical.

Daresha’s films have been funded by ITVS, NEA, NYSCA, the Jerome Foundation, and numerous others. A former fellow in the Firelight Media Documentary, Chicken & Egg Eggcelerator, Creative Capital, and A Blade of Grass programs, Daresha has an extensive background producing content for FX, WE, AMC, Telemundo, and FUSE, among other networks.

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THIS FILM IS NOT RATED BY THE AMPA. Viewer discretion is advised.


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