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Incubator program to fund documentaries highlighting queer stories in New Hope


A new incubator program will fund five short documentaries featuring local queer stories in New Hope.

Outfest and indie development and production studio TRAVERSE32 announced the Creative Hope Initiative Thursday.

The new incubator program, funded by IPG Mediabrands, provides five sizable production grants to historically under-represented LGBTQIA+ filmmakers for the creation of short documentaries highlighting local queer stories in towns across America.

The program also includes mentorship for each director with a world-class documentarian from inception to picture lock, in addition to advisors and speakers.

This year’s program – “Queer Cuts: New Hope” – will feature the LGBTQIA+ haven of New Hope, in each of the five films. The culmination of the program will be a screening of these films at the historic Bucks County Playhouse on Nov. 4.

New Hope residents Daniel Brooks and Sara Scully of ScullyOne Productions, will serve as producer and executive producer of all five films, respectively. Brooks is founder of New Hope Celebrates. Brooks and Scully collaborated with TRAVERSE32 to conceive of the New Hope series and overall program and provided key producing support to the filmmakers as well as content licensing.

LGBTQIA+ cultural media giant equalpride will join forces with “Queer Cuts: New Hope” as exclusive media partner. The media company will make all five shorts available online for free between Nov. 6 and 7 on both its Advocate Channel and Advocate Channel App.

Those interested in attending the Nov. 4 “Queer Cuts: New Hope” screening event may purchase tickets at A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales from the day will benefit New Hope Celebrates.

To learn more about the filmmakers, mentors and advisors, visit the OutFest website or see Outfest.Org/Queercuts.