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Inaugural Screening Event of “Queer Cuts: New Hope”, A Film Festival Presented by Outfest and TRAVERSE32, to Benefit LGBTQ+ Nonprofit New Hope Celebrates

NEW HOPE, PA – The Creative Hope Initiative, a new incubator program funded by IPG Mediabrands in partnership with OUTFEST and TRAVERSE32, provides five sizable production grants to historically under-represented LGBTQ+ filmmakers for the creation of short documentaries highlighting local queer stories in towns across America. In addition to the grants, the program also includes mentorship for each director with a world-class documentarian from inception to picture lock, in addition to advisors and speakers. This year’s program – “Queer Cuts: New Hope” – will feature the LGBTQ+ haven of New Hope, Pennsylvania in each of the five films, culminating in a screening of all of the films at the historic Bucks County Playhouse on November 4, 2023.

Daniel Brooks and Sara Scully of ScullyOne Productions serve as Producer and Executive Producer of all five films, respectively. Brooks and Scully collaborated with TRAVERSE32 to conceive of the New Hope series, overall program, and provided key producing support to the filmmakers, and content licensing. Brooks is founder of New Hope Celebrates (NHC), a 501c3 LGBTQ+ non-profit highlighting local retail, hospitality, and professional partners through marketing opportunities, educational activities, and cultural events for locals and visitors. Under NHC’s umbrella is New Hope Celebrates History, which preserves New Hope’s rich past.

We are so honored that a little idea has grown into such an important project— no where else does such a project exist in the world of LGBTQ+ documentary film, and New Hope will be the first! Being an intricate part of its evolution has changed my life for the better and I’m sincerely thrilled that the town, its people, and New Hope Celebrates will get national recognition as a decades long safe haven for the diverse LGBTQ+ community” said Daniel Brooks, Founder of New Hope Celebrates (NHC) and New Hope Celebrates History (NHCH).

The project originally began in 2021. Scully had been developing a film about the history of New Hope’s LGBTQ+ community, inspired by working with Brooks to create the NHC History archive in 2014. The two teamed up to develop the film, ultimately pitching it to TRAVERSE32 for development with the option for production. The company was attracted to the rich NHCH archives that had been expanded by Brooks and NHC Creative Director, the late Gordon Pulaski. Thanks to Ann Meredith, Executive Director of The Herald Foundation, and River Towns Magazine who donated ad space, NHC initially raised $15,000 to create a small indie film before it was picked up by TRAVERSE32. A total of 15 local donors gave funding to the project.

Filmmakers include Hansen Bursic (he/him), Joy Davenport (she/her), Natalie Jasmine Harris (she/they), Kase Peña (she/her) and Kristal Sotomayor (they/she). Participating industry mentors include Oscar winning director, Ben Proudfoot (Queen of Basketball) (Bursic); former Emmy winner, Daresha Kyi (Harris); previous two-time Emmy nominee, Deborah S. Esquenazi (Sotomayor); past Emmy nominee Sally Rubin (Davenport), and Webby honoree Ro Haber (Peña). Creative Hope Documentary Intensive advisors consist of previous two-time Emmy winner, Christine Vachon, Jameka Autry, Shanti Avirgan, Anja Block, Brydie O’Connor, and Daniela Quiroz.

Work on the films took place in New Hope, summer 2023. Each film is set in New Hope with incredible photography of the town and an emphasis on issues within its distinct LGBTQ+ community, including gentrification, censorship, drag icons, the importance of safe spaces, and the trans experience. They offer a new, fresh, and contemporary approach to current LGBTQ+ national hot button topics.

Simultaneously, Sara Scully and Fred White, History Committee Liaison on the Board at New Hope Celebrates, have collaborated with Lance Weiler, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Film and Theatre at Columbia School of the Arts, and Marlene Pray, Founder and Director of Lower Bucks Rainbow Room, on an LGBTQ+ youth engagement project where youth will generate their own video stories on what gives them hope. Those shorts will premiere on Sunday, October 22 at The Logan Inn screening Room and will be shown during the last 20 minutes at the Queer Cuts: New Hope premier on Saturday, November 4 at 1:30 PM.

LGBTQ+ cultural media giant, EqualPride, will join forces with “Queer Cuts: New Hope” as exclusive media partner. As part of the new partnership, the media company will make all five shorts available online for free between November 6th and 7th beginning at 6pm ET/3pm PT on both its Advocate Channel and Advocate Channel App. The films will also be entered into LGBTQ+ film festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe in 2024.

Those interested in attending the November 4th “Queer Cuts: New Hope” screening event, may purchase tickets here. Film industry executives from both coasts, Los Angeles and New York City, as well as prominent local organizations have been invited to attend. Limited seating is available to the public, as the event is capped at 450 people. To learn more about the filmmakers, mentors and advisors, please visit the OutFest website or see 

About New Hope Celebrates

New Hope Celebrates (NHC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on highlighting the history and cultural nuances of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ while stimulating the retail, hospitality, and professional community. NHC is comprised of a Board of Directors that drives activities and events that serve the diverse LGBTQ+ populace through the creation and promotion of marketing opportunities, educational activities, and cultural events. One such event is the annual, week-long Pride celebration held in May. Since 2003, NHC has organized events that recognize the strong LGBTQ+ presence in the New Hope area and celebrated the history and culture of our scenic river towns. Funding generated through New Hope Celebrates events is channeled back into our community to support our neighbors in collaborative business and cultural initiatives that make New Hope a great place for residents and visitors alike.


About Outfest

Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting Queer and Trans stories on the screen. For forty-one years, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and preserved more than 40,000 LGBTQ+ films and videos. Outfest programs include The Outfest Screenwriting Lab, which has mentored and helped launch the careers of nearly 150 screenwriters, and The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, which, in partnership with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, is the only film archive in the world exclusively dedicated to preserving LGBTQ+ images, among others.


TRAVERSE32 is an independent development and production studio which successfully bridges the gap between the entertainment and advertising industries. Our innovative approach collaboratively partners with leading filmmakers and creators in the development, production, and distribution of mainstream film and television content, fostering connections with audiences in meaningfully powerful ways. TRAVERSE32’s unique positioning includes the development of narrative and documentary projects from up-and-coming filmmakers and has resulted in notable releases of films directed by Academy and Emmy-winning directors, historic entertainment industry wins, and extraordinary monetization opportunities for brands and creators alike. Backed by Mediabrands, which manages approximately $40 billion in marketing investment globally on behalf of clients across 130 countries, TRAVERSE32 holds deep relationships and the ability to create unique entertainment opportunities with and on behalf of its partners.


About EqualPride

EqualPride is the leading certified LGBTQ+ owned & operated media, digital, social, TV, print and entertainment company in the country. Our mission is to provide content of inspiration, hope, community, equality and love through our platforms that reach a vast majority of the American LGBTQ+ audience every month and increasingly women and people of color, which make up 50% and 25% of our monthly audience, respectively. We are a diverse community of storytellers, innovators, and influencers who believe in giving a voice to all people! Our portfolio includes some of the world’s most prestigious LGBTQ+ brands: Out, The Advocate, Out Traveler, Plus, PRIDE.COM, and the all-new Advocate Channel.

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