Did you know? There are over 6,000 conservatives, Christian
mothers who accept their LGBTQ children.
Spread all over the country, but connected through private Facebook support groups, they call each other mama bears because of the ferocity with which they fight to love and protect their sons and daughters.
They may have grown up as fundamentalist, evangelical Christians, but when given the choice between their religious beliefs and the lives of their children, mama bears put their kids first. Even though it may challenge everything they’ve been taught, shatter their belief systems, and rip their worlds apart, these courageous women are willing to risk losing friends, family, and faith to keep their children safe.
Mama Bears is a feature documentary that will delve into the stories of LGBTQ people whose lives have been profoundly affected by religious and parental rejection. Currently, in production, the film will focus on the personal details of each family’s life as audiences watch these mama bears go to bat for their children’s rights in an increasingly polarized nation.
It will also delve into the stories of LGBTQ people whose lives have been profoundly affected by religious and parental rejection, to provide viewers with a clear understanding of the absolute need for acceptance.
These true tales, along with vitally important conversations with both affirming and non-affirming theologians and ministers, will form a rich tapestry around the complex intersections of politics, religion, faith, and true, unconditional love.
Laura has worked as the associate producer for the feature-length documentaries Chavela (Berlinale, 2017) and Dispatches from Cleveland (CIFF, 2017). Laura also acted as the NYC production office manager for Garret Bradley’s America (Sundance, 2019), a series of narrative shorts.
Scotch Ellis Loring is an actor, writer, producer, director, and singer-songwriter whose career has included everything from musical theater to numerous roles on television and in feature films. He wrote, produced, and directed the web series Faux Show starring Tiffany Haddish and Kim Coles and the short film, WIG, featuring Tim Bagley and Judy Greer.
Hajer S. I. Salem is an editor and writer from Starkville, Mississippi. She attended both Louisiana State University and the University of Houston. She graduated with a double major in Biology and Sociology with a concentration in race relations and ultimately forwent graduate studies in medicine to pursue a career in filmmaking. She is also a recipient of the 2017 Sundance Institute Fellowship for Contributing Editors.
Amy is a cinematographer and filmmaker. Recently named a “DP on the Rise” by Paste magazine and twice nominated for the Kodak Excellence in Cinematography Award, she lensed the feature films Loves Her Gun, which premiered at SXSW in 2013, The Golden Rut, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2016, and the short Bad at Dancing, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015.
Set is Impact Producer for videos and shorts to advance grassroots messaging for California Immigrant Policy Center. They recently served as Assistant Editor and Impact Producer for PJ Raval’s documentary, Call Her Ganda, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and are a 2018 Firelight Impact Producer Fellow, 2017 Soros Justice Fellow, 2017 IDA Emerging Filmmaker Mentorship Recipient, and 2016 at land’s edge Fellow.
Maximina Revis is a filmmaker and owner of HUMovies. Maximina was contracted by the Harlem Children Zone to produce a feature documentary about their story and mission to break the cycle of generational poverty. She is also producing and directing a documentary called The 3/5 Compromise, which will tell the story of The Electoral College and its roots in slavery.
Mama bear Sara Cunningham and footage that will be used in Mama Bears were featured on ABC's
The first sample video we cut for Mama Bears featuring the first Free Mom Hugs Tour.