Got 10 minutes? You’d be hard pressed to find a better way to spend it right now than to watch “Listen from the Heart” (below), a short documentary film that profiles lesbian moms Laura Fitch and Jaime Jenett, and their son, Simon Lev Fitch-Jenett. The moms talk about dealing with their son’s serious heart condition, being a stay-at-home mom and an employed mom, respectively, being pregnant and butch, managing their relationship to each other, and more. The film is part of The Devotion Project, a series of six films showing “LGBTQ couples and the love they share.”
I learned about the Project from Anne Dougherty, “a queer-identified working mommy” who will be featured in an upcoming film of the Project and wrote to tell me about it. She said, “Our family will be featured as the ‘trans’ family, the fourth of the four shorts … (my partner is a transman).”
Anne’s film will premiere at an upcoming fundraiser the Project is having in Oakland, California, to raise money for the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. The first three films (the Fitch-Jenett’s and two others already online) will also be screened then. (Further details after the video below.)
Anne added, “I think it is an incredibly loving series that seeks to simply show LGBTQ couples and families as we are. Simple, complex, adjusted, loving, living…. It means so much to me to have these films for my daughter, and I thought the films would be valued by the parents who follow Mombian.”
I do, too. Watch on:
(If you liked that, you can watch a bonus scene here.)
The Devotion Project:
A Fundraiser For Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Saturday, May 19th
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Michaan Theater, Alameda
$20 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Join us for a screening of The Devotion Project, a series of short documentary portraits celebrating LGBTQ couples and families. The series includes two portraits of queer couples from Oakland and their children, and the latest film will PREMIERE at this event!
This event will include a screening of all four pieces in The Devotion Project, a raffle with prizes, a Q&A with the filmmaker and a reception with refreshments.
Visit www.thedevotionproject.org for more details.