Lenora Claire, Bye Felipe, Ending Dick Pics, and Rae Threat Exhibiting in SF!

Happy Pride Month! And Yay, Summer!

Here’s some news from our newsletter!


Lenora Claire Sits With Congressman Adam Schiff

Lenora Claire is one of the amazing women we’re profiling for our new project: a short documentary series about the online harassment of women. This is a really important and personal topic for us, and one even President Obama recently singled out as a growing epidemic. Lenora is lobbying for more laws to protect women and she recently had a chance to sit down with Los Angeles Congressman Adam Schiff. We are super excited about the documentary project and can’t wait to share it with you all! We stand with Lenora and other women like her!

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California goes to the polls today! LA dwellers, please consider Adam Schiff while you’re at the ballots today!


Bye Felipe: End Dick Pics!

Threat Films recently had a chance to provide support to Bye Felipe as they produced this PSA as part of a petition to make sending a ‘dick pic’ against Facebook’s community guidelines.

Bye Felipe is a project which exposes the reality of the harassment and abuse women receive online every day. Creator Alexandra Tweten is working with Change.org to have things like unsolicited dick pics and online harassment be taken seriously by Facebook and other social media outlets.

Learn more about the petition here: http://change.org/enddickpics

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View the PSA here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-pNFCcIxow


Rae Threat’s Work Cited At The University of Victoria!

 Our director, Rae Threat, recently had their work cited at the Moving Trans History Forward conference at the University of Victoria. Moving trans history and committing to change is what we at Threat Films are all about. We’d like to thank the speakers there for including their work in the conference and congrats, Rae!


Rae Threat At SF Pride!

Speaking of, Rae has also been personally invited by Queer icon Courtney Trouble to exhibit at the Queerly Beloved show on Sunday, June 26th in San Francisco! If you find yourself in SF for Pride this year, please drop by El Rio and say hi!

Info about the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/300357660295517/

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Rae Threat will be in San Francisco June 25th – July 2nd. If you’d like to book them for a shoot, please email vicky@threatfilms.com

If you aren’t in San Francisco, fear not: Rae also has prints for sale! They’re available for sale at their website at http://threat.tv/shop!


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Our Threat Films October Newsletter! Mia Matsumiya, Shadi Petosky, Thailand’s First Digital LGBT Magazine, and More!

Fall Is Here — And So Is Our Newsletter!

News from our newsletter!

Here’s what we’ve been up to over the last month:

Mia Matsumiya Breaks The Internet

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Wow! Proud Threat Films supporter, Mia Matsumiya, is blowing up the internet with her Perv_Magnet project, as you may have seen covered by Buzzfeed, Daily Mail and various other media outlets. We think it’s so great that she is using the growing exposure to highlight the growing issue of online harassment and the ‘trolling’ phenomenon.

Read her whole interview with David Farrier here: [LINK]

Shadi vs The TSA

Shadi Petosky is still reeling from her incident with TSA officials last month at Orlando airport, as we reported in our last newsletter. TSA harassed and unlawfully detained her simply for being a transwoman. Disappointingly, TSA still denies any wrong doing and there have been no apologies issued either publicly or to Shadi. Shockingly, there are no written guidelines for TSA in regards to trans passengers and only a very small percentage of TSA agents have any sensitivity training at all, meaning that this kind of discrimination is happening almost daily right here in the US. This has to change and we will keep you updated on this ongoing fight.

Please read more about Shadi’s ordeal here: http://www.advocate.com/transgender/2015/10/13/holding-pattern-trans-woman-humiliated-detained-and-delayed-tsa

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Kath Gets Ready To Fight

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Continuing the subject of Trans rights struggles, we’re still closely following Kath Khangpiboon’s battle with Thammasat University in Bangkok. Kath was fired from her job simply for being an out Transwoman. As part of our ongoing work on our documentary, we’re closely following Kath and her fight against ongoing discrimination in Thailand.

Read more about Kath and her story here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/727440/transgender-lecturer-takes-tu-to-court

Prism Digital Magazine Launches!

Finally, we’d like to congratulate one of the subjects in our Trans in Thailand documentary, Wattina Tna Thongmiton, on her new project! Prism Digital Magazine is Thailand’s first ever digital format LGBT lifestyle magazine and it launched TODAY! It’s available for download for iOS and Android at www.prismdigitalmag.com. Go check it out!

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TV3: A Conversation with Mia Matsumiya

This is a news story mirrored from 3News.co.nz:

A Conversation With the Woman Who Saved More Than 1000 Gross Online Messages

Mia Matsumiya is a talented violinist based in Los Angeles, perhaps most well known for her time with a band called Kayo Dot.

It’s a rather strange group, which makes perfect sense for Mia. She’s into some pretty strange stuff. Cryptozoology – the study of “hidden” animals like Bigfoot – is a huge passion. So is adding to her collection of human teeth. Her father is a scientist, and she has inherited his passion for the obscure – specifically transhumanism and nanotechnology. At 4’9”, she also prides herself at squeezing into small spaces. “I can literally fit inside a queen-size pillow case, which is my proudest squishing moment,” she informs me.

 

Another of her interests has been archiving the hundreds of disgusting messages sent to her by men on the internet over the last decade:

“What will feel if I enter inside you? Are you a virgin?”

“You are so cute and tiny. I just want to shrink you down and keep you in my pocket”.

“I wouldn’t fuck you. I would fuck the shit outcha. Morning, noon and night. Till ya black and blue”.

“I wish you were here. I wish you were mine”.

I was going to make a list of five examples, but four seemed enough. They’ve arrived in a horrid ongoing torrent since 2000, blocking up her MySpace; her Twitter; her Facebook.

Mia screen-grabbed them all, and about a month ago she decided to start posting them on an Instagram account called Perv_magnet. The bio succinctly sums up the project: “4’9” violinist & perv magnet. I’ve archived 1,000+ messages from creeps, weirdos & fetishists over the last 10 years.”

Okay, okay, here’s what we all need: A white male writing an article about the systematic online harassment of a female… by lots of mostly-white males.

But stay with me: Mia Matsumiya is my friend. I met her through my other friend Rae in LA about 8 years ago. I love cryptozoology too, so we bonded over our love of the Mongolian Death Worm. Over the years she’s shown me some of the messages she received, sort of joking about it at the time. I mean, what else could you do, right?

Well, you publish them online. You show the world what’s going on. And people are starting to take notice. Perv_magnet’s already surpassed 10,000 followers, and been written about by theHuffPost, The Daily Mail and as of today, Buzzfeed.

Of course this is the Internet, and so awful often breeds more awful. This is starting to happen with Perv_magnet now. So while most of the feedback is supportive of Mia, there’s a bunch of gross dudes out there still being gross:

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Director James Gunn (he made a film called Guardians of the Galaxy) follows the account, and summed up pretty well:

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Which is exactly what Mia’s doing:

I thought it would be a pretty interesting time to check in with her to see how it’s all going.

David: You created this Instagram account about a month ago now, and it’s doing great. I’ve seen articles pop up on Huff Post and so on. Why did you want to do this thing in the first place?

Mia: It’s awesome that Perv_Magnet has gained so many followers and press already, but all the attention is a bit terrifying too, since it was so unexpected!

Five years ago, I wanted to make a coffee table book out of all these fucked up messages. I thought they were hilarious, anthropologically interesting and would make an entertaining but disturbing read.

I never really had the courage to launch it though, but the messages kept coming and coming and never stopped, especially the abusive ones (It was like a Lars Von Trier Film, haha!)

Individually, I found a lot of the messages darkly funny, minus the death and rape threats, of course, but looking at them collectively, it’s pretty upsetting!

I definitely don’t deserve to be the recipient of such vitriol, just for posting photos of myself and tweeting and blogging harmless self-expressions. I thought a good place to start actualizing the book would be Instagram. My intention is to bring to light all the horrific things people say to women online when everyone else’s heads are turned.

The messages are shocking, to put it bluntly. When did you start getting these messages, and has your reaction to them changed over time?

Right? Some of the messages are so, so terrible! I began getting them in the early 2000s when I started my own website and blog, writing about all my fringe interests and various projects.

The first one I ever saved was from a guy who had a fantasy of being roasted on a spit alive on a deserted island, and then cannibalized, which is the worst idea ever. I saved it because holy shit, I found it so disturbing and strange. Maybe it’s a quirk, but I compulsively save everything that affects me so I can study it later.

In 2003, I joined a band called Kayo Dot, and self-promotion was a necessity. It was right around the time Myspace started, and I ended up with 110,000 followers.

The upside was that we gained tons of awesome fans, but the downside was that it attracted a LOT of sexual aggressor weirdos. The Myspace days are definitely where the bulk of the messages come from.

Where are these messages coming from? Most of them are over OkCupid, I think – but that’s something we don’t really use here in New Zealand.

Most of the messages are actually just from normal, non-dating social networks, like Myspace and Facebook, but there are some from OkCupid too. P.S. – Ew, Okcupid.

Right. I think I forgot how Myspace used to look and assumed it was OkCupid. What social network leads to the most pervs, would you say?

Everywhere, both online and offline, is brimming with perverts, from what I’ve experienced! It doesn’t matter where you are, those weirdos will find you. I’ve walked down the street fully covered, and looking not unlike a frazzled meth addict, and STILL been a target for unwanted sexual advances.

Pretty much every woman has experienced this phenomenon.

The description on the account is “4’9″ violinist & perv magnet”.  I’ve noticed some of the comments tie in with your height, and you’ve mentioned to me in the past that your physicality seems to attract the creeps. Do you still think that, and why?

I still think that, even though the overall blanket reason for why this happens is definitely because I’m a woman. The combination of being 4’9″, Asian, and female really seems to attract predatory behavior.

My race attracts fetishists who believe that Asian women are subservient and I have a theory that my size is non-threatening to men who might otherwise be scared to approach normal-sized women – not to mention that it’s fetishised.

Throw in the fact that I’m a musical performer and it makes everything ten times worse because of the attention I receive for all of it.

You have over 1000 of these comments – does it change the way you view the human race?

Fuck yes, it does. I’m terrified and suspicious of men! I try to be positive though, despite all the gross, scary encounters and crossed lines.

All the dudes in my life are wonderful people.

Now this isn’t just online reactions you get, right? I recall countless examples you’ve given me in the past of the crazy shit people say to you IN REAL LIFE.

Right. It’s kind of awful both online and offline. I guess online harassment just happens with more frequency because harassers can hide behind their keyboards without seeing a reaction from their target.

You mentioned on Facebook that someone suggested you are just trying to show off about all the compliments you get. This seems like another layer of horrible onion you are peeling back. What did you make of that comment?!!

Since starting this account, I’ve gotten this comment sooooo many times now. I think it’s ridiculous to suggest that I’m trying to show off about how many “compliments” I get.

These are NOT compliments. These are degrading and dehumanising messages! I’m sure the people who think these are compliments are the same exact people who are sending the messages.

I’d like the messages themselves to be the focus of attention, not myself. I honestly believe that as a collection, they’re really powerful and cause the reader to ask, “Who in the world is sending these messages and why? How can it be fixed?” I don’t actually know what the answer to that question is – I have some hints – but I feel like the first step is definitely to shed light on it.

What has the reaction been like in general to the account and your stories?

Thankfully, most people have been wonderfully supportive and sympathetic. Surprisingly so! Women have commiserated, and I’m encouraging them to submit similar messages they’ve gotten so that I can post them on my account too.

I only represent a tiny slice of what online sexual harassment looks like and I’d love for my account to represent more.

Men have written me, telling me that they had no idea that this sort of thing was going on, and that they’re horrified.

Still, some people, mostly men, accuse me of attention-seeking. I’m glad the messages are getting attention though. I strongly feel like this issue needs attention.

One of the most interesting reactions I’ve gotten are from people who began following my account because they initially think the messages are funny. After a while though, they realize that they’re actually dark and disturbing as fuck, and then they unfollow me.

What’s the reaction been like from the men involved? Have they reacted, or has it been embarrassed silence?

So far, no one I’ve posted about has contacted me. I’m receiving messages and apologies from lots of dudes who are terrified that I’m going to post their messages though, haha!

Most of them actually have done nothing wrong, but I guess Perv_Magnet has made them feel insecure. That’s good – it’s working! Some of them actually have sent weird messages, for sure. Interestingly enough, I’m seeing some people who have written me some very creepy messages following me on Perv_Magnet. I have no idea if they’re self-aware or not.

Please tell me this is just an LA thing. Please tell me it’s just this LA cesspit and not the rest of the world too?!

No, I’m sorry, David. This is universal. These messages have come from all over the world. It’s depressing. So, so depressing.

What do you want readers of this interview or viewers of your gram to take away from this? Is there light at the end of the tunnel? I mean – on one level it’s hugely entertaining reading these posts, on another it’s absolutely awful. I mean if you don’t laugh, you cry, right?

Exactly. I try to take a humorous approach with these messages, at least publicly, even the most horrible ones, like the ones threatening to kill or cannibalise me.

The jokes are definitely a coping tactic. I hope that people start acting civilized and cutting this shit out. Man, that would be nice.

Finally, what do your friends and family think of this stuff? How do they react?

I think my parents would be super worried if they saw the messages I get, so I hope they never see them. My older brother has been very supportive of the book idea.

My partner can barely read the messages. They really upset him on multi-levels.

Source: David Farrier / 3 News NZ

Our September Threat Films Newsletter! Thailand’s Gender Equality Act and More!

Welcome Back From Summer Vacation and to Our Threat Films September News!

News from our newsletter!

Summer is over (apparently) and we’re glad to be back working on all our Threat Films projects! Our main focus of course being our Thai transgender documentary which continues to develop daily 🙂

Speaking of…

Thailand’s Gender Equality Act Has Passed!

This is amazing news for Thailand and especially the LGBTQ community!

“The legal instrument, officially titled the ‘Gender Equality Act B.E. 2558’, prevents discrimination on the basis of gender and is inclusive of LGBTI people. The Act was launched at a three-day workshop which focused on practical policy implications of the new law’s implementation in Thailand. The Act was announced in the Royal Gazette on 13 March 2015 and [came] into force on 9 September 2015.”

Hopefully, this will help pave the end to discrimination and bring forth more equality in Thailand and elsewhere as example 🙂

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More details can be read about here:
http://www.th.undp.org/content/thailand/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2015/09/02/undp-partners-with-royal-thai-government-and-being-lgbti-in-asia-to-launch-new-gender-equality-act-.html

Bella’s Story

One of the amazing people we’ve been collaborating with for our documentary is Thanakarn “Bella” Vongvisitsin! From talking at the United Nations; helping transgender students graduate from Thai universities as their preferred gender; to being one of the forces behind Thailand’s Gender Equality Act, we couldn’t be more proud of her philanthropic work. We’re also in talks on another cool project with Bella. Stay tuned for more details!

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Photo: Facebook/Thanakarn Bella Vongvisitsin

Trans Discrimination Still Exists

Despite the good news on movement of Transgender Rights, there still many battles to fight. Discrimination against LGBTQ people STILL exists and problems faced while #travelingwhiletrans continue to be a prevalent issue.

Shadi Petosky is a friend of Threat Films and has been integral in helping us shape and direct our Thailand trans documentary. This week, Shadi was subject to humiliation, discrimination, and harassment at Orlando airport simply for being a Transwoman.

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Photo: Twitter/@shadipetosky

We’re completely outraged by this and await an explanation and apology from both the TSA and American Airlines. It’s unfortunate that a situation like this happened for the everyday discrimination of the Trans community to actually be brought to light in mainstream.

We will follow this story eagerly. Please make sure to follow us on social media for updates on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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Documentary Update: Threat Films In Thailand and Thailand’s Gender Equality Act!

Rae has recently returned from a second research trip to Thailand, which was a fantastic experience and also helped us garner some great footage and interviews for our documentary.

Among those Rae interviewed for the documentary was Thanakarn “Bella” Vongvisitsin, an inspiring young activist who was recently asked to speak at the UN about Thailand’s Trans Rights. Rae also interviewed model and activist Sarina Thai and Shade of Divas founder, Xwattina.

Rae was also personally invited to attend the Gender Equality Act seminar at Thailand’s Human Rights Comission Office in Bangkok alongside Kath Khangpiboon, a main organiser of Thailand’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and a founder of the Thai Transgender-Alliance.

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Rae Threat and Sundance’s Female Filmmakers Initiative

Rae Threat was invited to take photos at Sundance Institute’s Female Filmmakers Initiative Financing Intensive. We at Threat Films support women filmmakers and are 100% behind ‪#‎FILMEQUALITY‬. Thank you Sundance Film Festival and Women In Film Los Angeles for hosting such a wonderful and empowering workshop!

You can view the rest of the photos up on Sundance.org and on their Facebook page!

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Our First Threat Films Newsletter! Skrillex, Diplo, RuPaul, and More!

Have you subscribed to our newsletter yet? If not, you’re missing out on news about Rae Threat’s shoot with Skrillex and Diplo and our exclusive engagement exhibiting at RuPaul’s DragCon next month!

Threat Films At RuPaul’s DragCon

We’re thrilled to say that we will be exhibiting at the upcoming RuPaul DragCon in Los Angeles on May 16th-17th. We’ll be showcasing some of our recent visual arts, as well as participating in a panel discussion and promoting our documentary! If you’re in L.A., drop by and say hi! It promises to be a great weekend!

Purchase your tickets today at www.rupaulsdragcon.com!

Threat Films at The Trans Erotica Awards

We attended the Trans Erotica Awards a while back and it was an absolutely fun and fabulous night. Check out our interview with Sam Saturday on his Porn and A Donut podcast!

Update On Our Documentary

Threat Films’ first feature film is coming to life! Our Thai trans rights documentary, #tdoc, is slowly but surely coming together. We’ve been hard at work putting the pieces in place interviewing key members of the Thai transgender rights fight, as well as getting involved with LGBTQ organisations who can help us with the authenticity of the film. Stay tuned for more updates!

Threat Films x Mad Decent Fall/Winter Shoot

Skrillex, Diplo, and Rae Threat all got together recently to shoot the Fall/Winter campaign for Mad Decent. Plus social media star Dinky decided to drop by and say hi as well! Check out some of the photos from the shoot here:

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We’re Selling Shirts On Booster.com!

As part of our fundraising efforts towards the film, we are selling t-shirts featuring Jiz LeeGo buy one before they’re gone!

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Go buy one before they’re gone!

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