- Sep. 9, 2021

Join us on Friday, August 20th at 2pm PT for a discussion about Queer Love Stories with Film Fatales members Marion Hill (Ma Belle, My Beauty), Mari Walker (See You Then) and Natalia Leite (Bare).

The Queer Cinema movement has been politically and aesthetically innovative, growing to include an entire generation of queer artists, filmmakers, and activists. What does this look like in today's landscape? How has onscreen representation evolved alongside our understanding of gender? How does identity intersect with art? Is there such a thing as a "Queer Aesthetic"? Filmmakers telling stories of unconventional queer romances discuss their films, their creative process and various gazes.

This event is open to the public and will be accessible with live captioning.


Marion Hill is a filmmaker whose roots spread from Vietnam to France and England, and is now based in New Orleans. Marion's work is devoted to narratives and visuals of queer femininity and femme power, using the camera to authentically center the nuances of queer sensibility, sexuality, sensuality and feminine agency across cultures. MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY, their first premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and received the Audience Award for Best Film in the NEXT category. The film has also played at 2021's SXSW, San Francisco International, Seattle International, Outfest and Newfest, and was recommended in the New York Times' Sundance lineup. Marion's early short films Bird of Prey (2016) and Goddess House (2018) played at festivals including Frameline, Sidewalk, and Outfest Fusion, and collectively now have over 5 million views online. Marion regularly produces work for New Orleans multi-media station, WWOZ, and is co-founder and video director of the People's Media Front of New Orleans.

Mari Walker (she/her) is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been accepted into over 250 film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Frameline, and Outfest, garnering a total of 76 awards & 52 nominations. Mari's work consistently explores identity through multiple forms and genres, championing the shared humanity of others through narratives that promote empathy and understanding. Her film THE SOUL OF A TREE won Best Short Documentary at the Kerry Film Festival in 2016. SWIM, her first narrative short, won the Audience Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. Her most recent work SEE YOU THEN premiered at SXSW and received CAAMFEST's Honorable Mention Award.

Natalia Leite is a Brazilian writer/director. Her work has been described as having "a bracing, assertive style" (Variety), "emotional intelligence" (LA Times), and as "cementing the reign over highly stylized, sexually progressive dramas" (Slate). Her feature film M.F.A., starring Francesca Eastwood, premiered at SXSW 2017 where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize and a Game Changer Award. Leite's directorial debut BARE, starring Dianna Agron, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 where it was purchased by IFC Films. In addition to her narrative work, Leite has also created original content for Vice TV, immersing herself in different subcultures, and directed numerous branded shorts. Most recently, Leite directed episodes of the HBOMax show LOVE LIFE, and the Hulu show LOVE, VICTOR