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Porter Gale

Porter Gale

Documentary Film and Video

About

Porter Gale was an executive producer of 2Chicks, 2Bikes, 1Cause (1998) a film about young breast cancer survivors. 2C2B1C aired on Lifetime Television and on Channel 4/London. The film received national and international press including coverage on or in: The Rosie O'Donnell Show, CNN Headline News, CNN All About Women, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, ABC's Non-Stop New York, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, SELF Magazine and over 100 other press vehicles. Porter also co-founded The 2Chicks Foundation which raised over $100,000 for breast cancer awareness. In a past life, Porter was an account director and new business strategist in the advertising world. Most recently, she worked at "hot shop" Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, in New York City. She has a BSBA from Boston University, resides in San Francisco and likes traveling in her spare time. Her last big adventure was drinking frozen Gatorade, at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.


Access

digital video

JUNE, 2001
VIDEO DURATION: 16:39 MIN.

Access is a 20-minute video about the barriers uninsured immigrants face when seeking medical care. The piece was funded by Community Voices and Asian Health Services (Oakland, CA). In the video viewers intimately meet three individuals; Fabiola, a 15-year old with severe asthma, Negash an elderly man with diabetes and Julia an 8-year old who was almost paralyzed after she suffered an epidural abscess. The emotional film addresses some of the many barriers that keep immigrants from getting preventative medical care, such as; communication challenges, cultural pride, financial concerns and not understanding the medical system.


Yellow Fridays

16mm and Super8 color film

JUNE, 2000
VIDEO DURATION: 6 MIN.

Yellow Fridays is an experimental film, about a writer and a sculptor, who share a unique neurological ability called synesthesia. A collage of images, colors, textures and film stocks are used to explore the perceptions and experiences of the two artists. Through voice-overs, the artists share tales of colored hearing, colored pain and colored alphabets.....several of the many forms of synesthesia.


XXXY

digital video

Co-directed by Laleh Soomekh
MARCH, 2000
VIDEO DURATION: 13 MIN.
"Is it a boy or is it a girl?" the most frequently asked question posed to new parents doesn't apply when a baby is born intersex or with ambiguous genitalia. XXXY is an intimate portrait of two individuals, Kristi and Howard, born "not wholly male and not wholly female." In candid interviews, Kristi and Howard openly talk about the emotional, psychological and physiological impact of being born intersex.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Gold Medal, Student Academy Award, 2001
Best Student Documentary Award, Palm Springs Shorts Festival
Jury Award Winner, New York Exposition of Short Film and Video
Honorable Mention, Making Waves Film Festival
Associazione Consultorio Transgenere, 2012
Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC), 2012
Over a dozen national and international festivals.
Broadcasted on Through The Lens (Philadelphia, PBS)

The Kicker

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 1999
VIDEO DURATION: 3 MIN.

The Kicker is a documentary about unexpected friendships and living your dreams. The film stars Cecelia Clark, a kicker on the Berkeley High School Football Team, and friend and teammate Keith Stephen. The high impact piece challenges viewers to think about racial and gender boundaries that exist in our society. Visually, the piece contains many unique shots, including; close-ups of CeCi's manicured hands on a football, a pixalation of lunch hour at Berkeley High and slow motion footage of CeCi doing flips on a trampoline.