Gay Parenting: Fiction vs. Fact

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Johnny Symons (producer/director/writer) is an award-winning documentary film and videomaker based in Oakland, California. He is the co-producer of the Academy Award-nominated Long Night’s Journey Into Day (2000), a feature documentary about South Africa’s search for truth and reconciliation, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and the Peace Film Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Symons has a 10-year history of creating films on gay culture, including Beauty Before Age (1997), an exploration of the fear of growing older in the gay male community, which received an NEMN Gold Apple; Shaving The Castro (1995), a portrait of a 70-year-old Castro Street barber shop, which aired nationally on public television; and Out In Africa (1994), an exploration of black African gay life, which was named Best Documentary at the Turin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Symons has a master’s degree in documentary film and video production from Stanford University, where he currently works as a lecturer. He is the father of two sons, Zachary (4) and Kenyon (18 months).

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