Pam Walton Productions has been chronicling LGBTQ lives, politics and culture for over 25 years. Spanning decades of rapid change, our collection of films provides a historical perspective on key LGBTQ issues, from adolescent coming out, to elders facing death. Our recent films, Raging Grannies, Triptych and The Lodge are dedicated to shattering stereotypes about aging.
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3 Women Making Art
Art is one of the oldest activities on Earth, predating science or math and is a basic part of a balanced, healthy life. But in our culture, older women artists are not expected to be serious about art. Triptych: 3 Women Making Art showcases women in their seventies who have devoted their entire adult lives to making art, and are still going strong. Lana Wilson is a mother and grandmother who has used her seemingly boundless energy to become a well known ceramic artist. Jeanne DuPrau, author of The City of Ember…
The Lodge is a story about the first-of-its kind LGBTQ retirement community. Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa, California, is the nation’s first state-licensed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that’s specifically for LGBTQ+ seniors and their allies. Today approximately 100 LGBTQ+ residents and their straight allies from all over the United States live at The Lodge. The average age is 75; the oldest person is 97. It offers a continuum of care from assisted living to failing health. Filmmakers Pam Walton…
3 Stories about Life & Death
This extraordinary film interweaves the stories of three close lesbian friends: Joyce Fulton, who died over the course of two years from a brain tumor; Mary Bell Wilson, who, with indefatigable courage, faces up to her own losing battle with lymphoma; and Nan Golub, a black-leather-jacketed, platinum-dyed New York city artist, very much alive. Liberty demystifies death, dispels misinformation about age and sexual orientation and reminds us that life is worth living, even worth celebrating.
Since 1992, Gay Youth and its 16-page study guide have been among the most widely used, respected and effective educational tools for understanding the experiences of gay and lesbian adolescents. By contrasting the tragic death of 20-year old Bobby Griffith, a gay teen who could not find acceptance, with the remarkable life of 17-year old Gina Gutierrez, this pioneering video shows us that information, acceptance, and support make an enormous difference in the lives of young people.
An American Tragedy
Family Values tells the story of a family torn apart by political religious extremism. Filmmaker Pam Walton and her father, a leading behind-the-scenes figure in the radical religious right, have had nothing to do with each other for over 15 years because of what her father calls her “sinful lesbian lifestyle.” Walton sets out to expose the hypocrisy that exists among the right wing’s “family values” activists, but along the way there is an unexpected turn. Family Values reminds us that “family” is a deeply personal experience.
Raging Grannies tells the story of The Action League of the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula. Sporting ostrich feathers, crazy hats and boas, these women, aged 50 to 90, express their outrage, sense of humor and commitment to non-violence in protests all over the Bay Area. Each protest event in the film – what the Grannies call a “gig” – reveals more about these women and what makes them tick. They are enraged by injustice wherever they find it, and won’t let age slow them down.
Out in Suburbia
Against the backdrop of the early nineties culture wars, Out in Suburbia spotlights eleven suburban lesbians, aged 25 to 67, who speak easily and frankly about their families, friends, and loves. A teacher talks about her struggle to come out to her students. A couple shows off the baby bedroom they have prepared for their new arrivals, twins. Can a Tupperware party be far behind? Bold and upbeat, Out in Suburbia demonstrates the extraordinary truth that lesbians are ordinary people.
The Forever Home: Going Green is the story of the remodeling of Iris Harrell and Ann Benson’s beautiful home in Portola Valley, California. Iris, who owns Harrell Remodeling in Mountain View, has remodeled hundreds of kitchens, bathrooms, and homes for other people over the years. This time the remodel is for her and Ann. They’re celebrating their legal marriage in California after over 28 years together…
Grassroots: Contesting Ohio asks: Can a group of ordinary citizens influence the huge electoral machine that runs our country? Can they make their voices heard when the media and most of the country are ignoring them? Immediately after November 2, 2004, a group of passionately concerned San Francisco Bay Area residents said yes. They were teachers, lawyers, business people, computer experts, and other ordinary citizens…