The OUTWORDS Team

Amy Bench

Director of Photography Austin-based cinematographer and filmmaker Amy Bench has been twice nominated for the Kodak Excellence in Cinematography Award, and was recently named a “DP on the Rise” by Paste Magazine. Her camera work has screened at many festivals including Berlin, SXSW, and Sundance.

Tom Bliss

Production and Communications Manager   Tom Bliss is a seasoned operations manager on creative projects. Tom is also a performance artist, and author of the award-winning "Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence.

Roberto Campos

Editor   Roberto Campos was born in Mexico City, grew up in the Chicago area, and is currently an LA-based editor of commercials, promos, non-fiction programs, music videos, and short films.

Sarah Chavez

Web Designer    Sarah Chavez is a southern California native with a background in photography, videography, and web design for her company and others. Sarah has a BFA in Documentary Filmmaking from Chapman University.

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Scott Drucker

Director of Photography   Scott Drucker is a Chicago-based award winning director and cinematographer. His documentary Who is Arthur Chu? premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2017. Scott has also created content for Vice, Hulu, ESPN, and Vocativ.

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Mason Funk

Founder / Executive Director   The son of a journalist and a historian, Mason Funk grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Stanford University. Prior to creating OUTWORDS, Mason produced and directed hundreds of hours of award-winning non-fiction programs for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Fox Sports, and other major networks.

Kate Kunath

Director of Photography   Kate Kunath is a NY- and LA-based cinematographer and director Kate Kunath made the documentary We Came To Sweat, about the Starlite Lounge, an iconic, racially diverse pre-Stonewall queer club in Brooklyn.  Kate also produces and directs short-form docs for the Anthony Bourdain-backed digital magazine Roads and Kingdoms.  

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Michelle Patterson

 Production Coordinator    Michelle Patterson has extensive post production experience worked in film, TV and streaming video (including one Emmy- nominated project).  She has also worked as a web and graphic designer.  Michelle holds a BA in Mass Communications from UCLA.

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Goro Toshima

Director of Photography   Goro Toshima is an award winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He won a best feature award at the SXSW Film Festival, and a best film nomination from the International Documentary Association. His work has been seen on PBS, HBO, and at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Natalie Tsui

Director of Photography   Natalie Tsui (b. 1985, Hong Kong) lives in Oakland, California. Her award winning work, which revolves around identity, memory, and subjectivity, has screened at the Frameline, the National Queer Arts Festival, and the Festival de Cannes.

 

Tom Zehnder

Composer   Tom Zehnder is an award-winning composer and songwriter. He has written music for countless clients from Toyota to the video game Van Helsing. He also scored the documentary film Out in India: A Family’s Journey.

 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

 
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Christopher Bram

Christopher Bram is a Lambda Literary award winner. Histitles include Father of Frankenstein, and Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America.

 

Kylar Broadus

Kylar Broadus is the director of the Transgender Civil Rights Project at the National LGBTQ Task Force. In 2012, Kylar made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to testify before Congress.

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Chip Conley

Chip Conley is a hotelier, author of the NY Times bestseller Emotional Equations, and board member of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute.

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Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman is a former actor and model. She is the author of The Gay Revolution, a NY Times Notable Book of 2015.  

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Christine Hurley

Christine Hurley is a longtime LGBT activist who lives in Boston, MA.  A photographer at Hurley Event Photography, she has photographed many LGBT and civic events. 

Karla Jay

Karla Jay is a distinguished professor emerita at Pace University.  Karla was also an early Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and Lavender Menace activist

Lani Ka’ahumanu

Lani Ka’ahumanu is a bisexual/feminist activist Lani Ka’ahumanu co-edited the groundbreaking anthology Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out. She was the first out bisexual board member of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Martin Meeker

Martin Meeker is the Charles B. Faulhaber Director of the Oral History Center at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, and the author of Contacts Desired: Gay and Lesbian Communications and Community, 1940s-1970s.

Mary Morton

Mary Morten is president of Morten Group, a non-profit and for-profit consulting firm. In 2016, Morten Group launched its Equity and Inclusion Institute, offering culturally competent solutions for achieving equity at organizations across America.

Gautam Raghavan

Gautam Raghavan served from 2011-2014 as President Obama’s liaison to the LGBTQ and Asian American/Pacific Islander community, and as the Gill Foundation’s VP of Policy from 2011-2014.

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Elizabeth Coffey Williams

Elizabeth Coffey Williams played featured roles in the early John Waters' films Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she co-facilitates a group for young trans women of color.

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