My need to make this film is two fold. On one end, I am deeply inspired by the creative genius that I’ve witnessed for years while photographing New York’s Gay Balls. On the other, I know too well the negative consequences that unfold when family members are unwilling to do the difficult work of understanding each other. At age 16, I was kicked out by my biological family. They refused to accept my gay identity, so I spent the next decade homeless. I am desperate to understand what my mother was thinking when she put me out. In writing and directing Walk For Me, I wanted to make a work that she can see and learn how to love from — and I want to free others through this work. Most importantly, my personal story is proof of the power of self invention. Walk For Me posits that each and every person is in some form of transition and that that’s just a part of life. In the wake of so many horrifying recent tragedies as the Pulse shooting in Orlando and ongoing murder of innocent black men at the hands of police, I believe it’s more important than ever to show the community real success stories of acceptance, love and defiance against hatred of all kinds.
Elegance Bratton, Writer and Director of Walk For Me
Elegance Bratton is an award winning photographer, filmmaker, public thinker, and author. He is a 2012 Humanity in Action Senior Fellow. His book Bound by Night is shortlisted for the Kassel 2014 photo-book award. His work has been published in Vice, GayLetter, The Fader, and Another mag. His film Pier Kids The Life has been featured on ABC NEWS, Huffington Post, and Out Magazine. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a combat camera. His a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in African American Studies, and a Master’s candidate in Tisch School of the Arts for directing and writing.
Cast & Crew
Brittany M. Fennel
Director of Photography
Dominique Tyra Jackson
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