“The Lesbian Bar Project” started as a fundraising effort, but the subsequent documentary has swept the nation. Executive Producer Lea Delaria and her team set out to protect the 21 remaining lesbian bars in October 2020 during the beginning of the pandemic. The bars are in Washington, Alabama, Arizona, California (two), Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, New York (three), Ohio, Oklahoma (three), Tennessee, Texas (two), Wisconsin, Virginia, and Washington D.C. She traveled the country to speak with owners, workers, and loyal patrons of the bars about the importance of queer spaces and community.
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The completed short film was released on June 3rd 2021, and audiences everywhere are joining the movement. The full documentary is available on Youtube, but that’s not the only place you can find it. The project announced via Instagram that the documentary had been acquired by Sundance TV. It aired on the channel on June 5, 2022 and is currently streaming on AMC Plus. The presentation of the film was hosted by Jordan Carlos, and he was joined by Dominique Jackson and Kat Cunning after the film to talk about preserving and creating queer spaces, especially lesbian-centric spaces.
Most recently, “The Lesbian Bar Project” has been recognized by Tribeca Festival founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal & Craig Hatkoff. The project announced that the documentary has been named a finalist in the Tribeca X Award for Best Branded Film in the Short Film category. Tribeca Enterprises is a “multiplatform storytelling company” and hosts a festival every year in New York City. The Tribeca X Award is awarded “for storytelling supported by a brand recognizing the intersection of advertising and entertainment” and decided by a jury.
This year’s Tribeca Festival will be held from June 8-19, and the winners of the Tribeca X Award will be announced at the festival. We have our fingers crossed!