Queerguru is frequently drawn to Seattle as it is the home of such an extraordinarily wonderful and unique queer culture that is so unlike any other US city. With Dina Martina as its unofficial patron saint, there seems to be no end to the talent that emerges from there.
We were back there again this week to talk with filmmaker Aaron Bear and when we asked if he thought it was all to do with ‘something in the water’ he immediately responded that it was actually ‘something in the rain.”
We first came across Bear’s work in 2017 when we reviewed his debut film, Finding Kim. It was a heart-touching compelling documentary about Kim Byford who at the age of 49 had decided that the time is finally right to complete her transition from female to male. We wrote back then that it was an unmissable gem of a film.
Yes I Am – The Ric Weiland Story the story of one of the world’s most generous gay philanthropists was written and directed by Bear, and Hurley was one of the film’s producers. Hurley’s own film is an inspiring feature based on his life story about being gay and immigrating from Russia when he was a teenager is Potato Dreams of America
After the screenings, both filmmakers sat down with QUEERGURU to talk about their films’ journeys to date. The interview conducted by Roger Walker-Dack was filmed by Dan Desjardins at the Lands End Inn in Provincetown