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When Jennifer Chang and Lisa Dazols first fell in love, they vowed to follow a life of adventure. The couple had no idea that their promise would lead them to leave their 9-5 jobs, pick up a video camera, and travel to fifteen countries through Asia, Africa and South America for one year.
Without any film experience, they bought a book on “How to Make a Documentary” and went in search of the people who are leading the movement for gay, lesbian and transgender equality. While interviewing LGBT leaders across the developing world they realized that their journey could have larger impact beyond just self-growth.
Their documentary captures the momentous changes occurring in the status of queer people around the world today. A film in partnership with the It Gets Better Project, the joint mission is to share stories of hope around the world.
Happily legally married and now back at home in San Francisco, Lisa is a licensed clinical social worker working in HIV care at UCSF. Jenni is a business manager for eBay.
JENNIFER CHANG // CO-FOUNDER
Jenni Chang co-founded OUT & AROUND as a platform to tell the stories of people around the world who are leading the movement for gay, lesbian and transgender equality works. In her day job, Jenni works as a business manager for eBay Inc, the online marketplace site. She is an LGBT activist who is involved in the Asian American and Christian LGBT communities in San Francisco. OUT & AROUND is her first film.
LISA DAZOLS // CO-FOUNDER
Lisa Dazols is a licensed clinical social worker who is in her tenth year in HIV services. Lisa previously worked at UCSF’s Positive Health Program in San Francisco’s largest HIV clinic. She started her career as an international HIV social worker in Chile before getting her masters degree in social welfare at UC Berkeley. OUT & AROUND is her first film.
RYAN SUFFERN // EDITOR, PRODUCER
As head of documentaries for The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Ryan Suffern has an active role as producer and editor on many films, including the feature documentary TRANSCEND and the award-winning short documentary RUNNING BLIND, which Suffern also directed. He is excited to be directing OUT & AROUND because “it’s a film I’m going to be proud to show my two year old daughter when she gets older, so she can see that her Dad was on the right side of history.”
SUSAN GRAHAM // PRODUCER, WRITER
Susan Graham attended Yale University and graduated cum laude in 2006 with a degree in Theatre. After starting out in comedy, producing an award-winning web series and writing content for Comedy Central, she started her own production company, However Productions, to focus on issues of social justice. Susan is proud to have written and produced QUIET, a film that deals with same-sex medical rights.
LAUREN FASH // PRODUCER, WRITER
Lauren Fash graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2010 with a degree in Film Production. Her thesis film, LITTLE SPOON, premiered at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris and screened at several film festivals in the United States. QUIET, her first independent short film about same-sex medical rights, took her on a journey towards films about social justice and equality. She is thrilled to be writing and directing OUT & AROUND, a film she believes can change hearts and minds around the world.
MEGAN OLIVEIRA// PRODUCER
Megan Oliveira is the Director of Film Education and Impact for the Journeys in Film project at USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center. In 2009, she co-founded the Social Impact consultancy Alight Media Group in an effort to harness the storytelling power of media for social cause campaigns particularly documentary films, and human rights initiatives. As part of creating social action campaigns she has worked with films including HAPPY, LIVING ON ONE and LANDFILL HARMONIC to create curriculum for advocacy purposes.
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