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Gretchen Hildebran

Gretchen Hildebran

Documentary Film and Video


Gretchen Hildebran is a San Francisco based artist, educator and activist.  Her experience in the Bay Area includes work as a commercial editor, youth organizer and video instructor. While editing for the local animation studio Wild Brain, Inc., Gretchen produced and directed the short film Restroom, which was filmed on location in a San Francisco public bathroom. She went on to do media work in indigenous villages in Chiapas, Mexico, taught video to Bay Area youth and practiced community journalism through the online publication Poor Magazine.  In 2002, in collaboration with local activists and welfare recipients, Gretchen produced and directed a television campaign opposing a local ballot measure cutting aid to homeless people in San Francisco. Gretchen is currently working on A Different Country, a documentary about battling definitions of family that are defining the 2004 local elections in the rural Southern communities.


Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2005

Out In the Heartland

digital video

JUNE, 2005
What is the human impact of on-going campaigns to ban same-sex marriage? This film explores the effects of Kentucky's recent constitutional amendment on three families and their communities.   As momentum pushes the issue from mega-churches to the ballot box, these gay parents begin to fear for their safety and future. Out In The Heartland gives a face to those at the center of these amendments, illuminating their long-term consequences for all.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

San Francisco International LGBT Film Fest,  2005

The Smallest Space

16mm color film

JUNE, 2004
In 1978 the filmmaker’s family left San Francisco to start a new life in a small town in Vermont. The Smallest Space documents one American family’s journey towards the unknown. By retracing the emotional tracks of this trip, the filmmaker uncovers the roots of her family’s disintegration that followed their journey east.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Madcat International Women's Film Festival, San Francisco,  2004
The New Fest, (New York LGBT Film Festival), 2005

Worth Saving

digital video

Co-directed by Leah Wolchok
MARCH, 2004
Worth Saving explores a groundbreaking public health program in San Francisco that trains drug users to rescue each other from overdose. The film follows two drug users through the DOPE training and beyond, as they save lives and bring hope to their communities.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

First Place, Film Festival at the 17th International Harm Reduction Conference, 2006
HBO's Frame by Frame – Documentary film series, San Francisco, 2004
Home Street Home Gala Fundraiser for the Coalition on Homelessness , San Francisco, 2004
HypeFest Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2004
"In the Streets" - Street Theater Festival, San Francisco,  2004


16mm black and white film

Carve is a four-minute documentary film that takes a new look at body cutting as a personal, political and artistic practice. Two San Francisco-based artists share their newest work, which they draw and cut into each other’s bodies. Shot in lush black and white 16mm film, this beautifully intimate view explores cutting as an exhilarating and liberating experience.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2004
The New Fest, New York, 2005
Inside Out Film Festival, Toronto,  2005
MIX NYC, 2005
Cinekink, New York, 2004
Madcat Women’s International Film Festival, 2004
Junk Travelling Queer Underground Film Festival, 2004
Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2004
Transgender Film Festival, Chicago,  2004
San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival,  2004