by Megan Smith
Houston-based new media collective Proud Pony International has announced that their mini-documentary, The Trouble With Ray, will be featured in the 22nd annual Raindance Film Festival in London, England. The film’s screening will take place on September 25, the festival’s first full night.
The Trouble With Ray—which has been nominated as one of the festival’s top five short documentaries—highlights the career of iconic longtime LGBT activist and “citizen provocateur” Ray Hill. In the film, Hill describes his hometown, his family, and his coming-out story, and speaks of his Houston and national activism, his time as a convict, and a time when there were only 20 people in the gay rights movement.
“Sometimes people who are older are kind of pushed aside,” Producer Jarrod Gullett told OutSmart. “Sitting with Ray made it all the more clear to me why it is important to engage our elders. Ray has experience and he has knowledge that can only come through doing and living and trying and failing and succeeding. There’s a great lesson to be learned there as well.”
Gullett, along with director Travis Johns, will be traveling to London to represent Proud Pony International during their film’s screening and throughout the festival.
The Trouble With Ray will also be screened in upcoming months at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, Chicago’s Reeling Film Festival, the Tampa Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, and in Austin and Houston as part of the Houston Film Commission’s Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase. The Houston screening will be part of the annual Houston Cinema Arts Society Festival.