When Jenni and Lisa first fell in love, they vowed to follow a life of adventure. However, this eBay Business Manager and HIV Social Worker had no idea that their promise would lead them on a yearlong adventure across 16 countries, spanning Asia, Africa, Australia and South America in search of the people who are leading the international movement for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.
Though neither had any experience with filmmaking, Jenni and Lisa decided to pick up a camera and document nearly 120 hours of video footage. The result is a universal story of hope that combines video-journal footage and unprecedented interviews with the LGBT leaders pioneering the movement for social justice across the developing world.
Out & Around documents the momentous changes occurring in the status of queer people around the world today while simultaneously shedding light on the themes that connect us all. The film is helmed by a directing duo that represents the balanced tone and universal accessibility of the film: lesbian narrative filmmaker Lauren Fash and heterosexual documentary filmmaker Ryan Suffern.
Proud to be partnered with the It Gets Better Foundation, Out & Around is set to a soundtrack featuring Macklemore & Mary Lambert; Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Tegan & Sara and Moby (to name just a few), with Abbie Cornish lending her voice as narrator. The support of these collaborations represent the magnetism encapsulated by the story of Jenni & Lisa’s inspiring journey.
This post originally ran on Lesbian.com.