Mission

OUTWORDS collects, archives and shares the experience and wisdom of LGBTQ+ pioneers, to serve as a model for enduring social change in the United States and beyond.

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Vision

OUTWORDS envisions a world where the history of the LGBTQ+ civil rights struggle is preserved, and the unique identities of LGBTQ+ people are celebrated; where profiles of brave, brilliant LGBTQ+ pioneers are taught in every school in America; where the knowledge and wisdom accumulated over a half-century’s worth of queer activism empowers other marginalized communities in their quest for visibility, self-expression, and legal protections; where labels fade, categories expand, and authenticity abounds.


Board of Directors

Richard Tate

Richard Tate

Board Chair

Richard Tate is executive vice president at the California Wellness Foundation where he leads strategy development, public affairs, learning, and innovation. In addition to serving as OUTWORDS' board chair, Richard is on the boards of Northern California Grantmakers and the Bay Area Surgical Mission.

Emma Colquitt

Emma Colquitt

Board Member

For more than three decades, Emma Colquitt-Sayers has been a successful businesswoman specializing in medical technology in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She has also served on many non-profit boards including the Coalition for Aging LGBT, Leadership Texas Alumnae, and the Women’s Athletics Advisory Board for Florida State University.

Craig Hartzman

Craig Hartzman

Board Member

Craig Hartzman is an entrepreneur, political activist and civic philanthropist residing in both Washington State and California. Craig has served on many non-profit boards relating to LGBTQ rights, education, youth and the arts, and served as board chair of the Cascade AIDS Project and Congregation Beth Israel.

Andrea Pino-Silva

Andrea Pino-Silva

Board Member

Washington DC-based Andrea Pino-Silva is a consultant, digital activist, and author of the book "We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out," basis of the award-winning documentary "The Hunting Ground." Andrea consults on Title IX issues, and develops educational programs around social justice movements.

Lynne Tsuda

Lynne Tsuda

Board Treasurer

Lynne Tsuda has worked in non-profit management for over thirty years, and currently serves as Associate Director of Strategic Investment for the Girls Inc. Prior to Girls Inc., Lynne held several executive posts with the YWCA of the USA. She has also served on numerous non-profit boards.


Production Team

Amy Bench

Amy Bench

Director of Photography

Austin-based cinematographer and filmmaker Amy Bench has been twice nominated for the Kodak Excellence in Cinematography Award, and was recently named a “DP on the Rise” by Paste magazine. Her camera work has screened at many festivals including Berlin, SXSW, and Sundance.

Isabel Bethencourt

Isabel Bethencourt

Director of Photography

Award-winning Los Angeles-born cinematographer Isabel Bethencourt shot the documentary short Grounded which premiered at the Margaret Meade Film Festival. Her work as a director and cinematographer has been published by The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and Teen Vogue.

Roberto Campos

Roberto Campos

Editor

Roberto Campos was born in Mexico City, grew up in the Chicago area, and is currently an LA-based editor of commercials, promos, non-fiction programs, music videos, and short films.

Scott Drucker

Scott Drucker

Director of Photography

Scott Drucker is a Chicago-based award-winning director and cinematographer. His documentary Who is Arthur Chu? premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2017. Scott has also created content for Vice, Hulu, ESPN, and Vocativ.

Connie M. Florez

Connie M. Florez

Director of Photography

Indigenous Hawaiian director of photography Connie Florez has produced and filmed multiple award-winning documentaries and narrative films for PBS national broadcast, Netflix, Amazon and international distributions since 1998 with her company Hula Girl Productions.

Kate Kunath

Kate Kunath

Producer / Director of Photography

LA and NY-based cinematographer Kate Kunath made the documentary We Came To Sweat about the Starlite Lounge, an iconic, racially diverse pre-Stonewall queer club in Brooklyn. Kate also produces and directs short-form docs for the digital magazine Roads and Kingdoms.

Michelle McCabe

Michelle McCabe

Director of Photography

After beginning her career in the world of fashion, celebrity, and lifestyle still photography, Michelle McCabe has been a cinematographer for more than 15 years. Her documentary work has taken her to China, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Malaysia, Ukraine, Cuba, Brasil, and countless other locations.

Howard Shack

Howard Shack

Director of Photography

Emmy Award-winning director of photography Howard Shack has filmed all over the world for PBS, Discovery, and National Geographic. Over the course of his career, he has worked for many acclaimed documentary filmmakers including pioneer Albert Maysles, Academy Award-nominee Robert Stone, and Sundance Audience Award Winner Tom Shepard.

Janine Sides

Janine Sides

Director of Photography

Cinematographer Janine Sides’ body of work consists of live-action film and TV, music videos, commercials, and documentaries. Her clients have included MTV, Instagram, Fox, Hyundai, Sesame Street, HBO, and Google, and she recently worked on two seasons of the USA Network drama series Queen of the South.

Goro Toshima

Goro Toshima

Director of Photography

Goro Toshima is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He won a best feature award at the SXSW Film Festival, and a best film nomination from the International Documentary Association. His work has been seen on PBS, HBO, and at the Sundance Film Festival.

Natalie Tsui

Natalie Tsui

Director of Photography

Hong Kong native Natalie Tsui lives in New York. Her award-winning work, which revolves around identity, memory, and subjectivity, has screened at Frameline, the National Queer Arts Festival, and the Festival de Cannes.

Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson

Director of Photography

Keith Wilson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker whose films have screened at Sundance, the Berlinale, South by Southwest and the Museum of Modern Art. His documentary Deep Inside the Shaman's Den about the performance artist Frank Moore will premiere in 2020.


Staff

Mason Funk

Mason Funk

Founder / Executive Director

Mason Funk (he/him) grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford University. Prior to creating OUTWORDS, Mason produced and directed award-winning non-fiction films for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Fox Sports, and other major networks.

Tom Bliss

Tom Bliss

Director of Operations

Tom Bliss (he/she) is a queer, bigender, multimedia performer/director with experience managing creative projects. Bliss is author of the award-winning Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence.

Betsy Kalin

Betsy Kalin

Senior Producer

Betsy Kalin (she/hers) is an Emmy-nominated director/producer/writer at Itchy Bee Productions. Her films ‘Vision 2030: Future of SoCal,’ ‘East LA Interchange,’ ‘Roof,’ ‘Chained!,’ and ‘Hearts Cracked Open’ have been honored with multiple awards. She is currently in development with the feature documentaries ‘Dreaming in Somali’ and ‘Phoenix: The Life and Death of Alice Herz.’

Andrew Lush

Andrew Lush

Editor / Technical Director

Andrew Lush (he/him) writes, directs, and edits short films and he has also created animated intro videos for the Sundance Film Festival. He received his MFA in Film Directing from CalArts. In addition to working with OUTWORDS, Andrew teaches performance, filmmaking, and computer graphics, and is writing a feature and a web series.

Rae Mariah MacCarthy

Rae Mariah MacCarthy

Communications Manager / Archival Assistant

Rae Mariah MacCarthy (they/them) is a non-binary human, writer, creatrix, and life coach. Their debut Young Adult novel, Squad, was named a Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated LGBTQAP YA Book of 2019. Their plays have been performed all over the world and called "a lot of fun" by The New York Times. 

Florencia P. Marano

Florencia P. Marano

Editor

Argentinean editor and filmmaker Florencia Marano is based in Los Angeles. Florencia's award-winning documentaries have been shown in international film festivals, art galleries, universities, and international networks.

Oladele “Sogo” Oluwasogo

Oladele “Sogo” Oluwasogo

Transcription Assistant

Nigeria-resident Oladele “Sogo” Oluwasogo is a writer and documentary photographer who believes passionately in the power of the pen and the importance of enabling people to tell their own life stories. He is currently working on a photography project called ‘Identity’.


Language & Terminology

OUTWORDS uses the designation "queer" interchangeably with the acronyms LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQ+, and all their variations. We like “queer” as a catch-all term that bows to the fluidity and complexity of sexual and gender identity. We also recognize the term’s history of derogatory usage, and witness the lasting pain it has caused for some LGBTQ folks.

For resources on LGBTQ terminology, see these helpful glossaries: PFLAG, GLAAD, Trans Student Educational Resources. We also are big fans of the Conscious Style Guide.

Non-Discrimination & Diversity Policy

OUTWORDS actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds and traditions, who vary by their race and ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, religion, and physical and mental abilities. In our workplace as well as in our interactions with outside individuals and groups, we seek to foster an environment where new, unpopular and/or controversial ideas are safely expressed; and we encourage the exchange of such views in a spirit of mutual respect.