Father Figures: A Two Spirits Companion

Author, photographer, and activist Mark Thompson describes his experience being mentored as a youth by a gay couple who set a positive example of how to live a creative and healthy life. This kind of mentoring is very important to help young people like Fred grow up and be all that they possibly can be.

Kids Like Fred: A Two Spirits Companion

Activist Cathy Renna describes “overkill,” the inordinate level of violence which is common in hate crimes, as Fred’s mother Paula copes with the desecration of Fred’s grave and murder site by vandals and tries to keep kids like Fred safe.

The Changing Ones: A Two Spirits Companion

The world struggles for an understanding of what the terms “gay, straight, bisexual, and transgender” mean. But Native American beliefs about the spectrum of the masculine and feminine also connect with a gender-bending tradition from the Middle Ages in Europe.

The Bravest Choice Is To Be Yourself

Two Spirits is the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

Two Spirits

Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16. But Fred was part of an honored Navajo tradition – the nadleeh, or ‘two-spirit,’ who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits.

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Playing Up the Bad Boy Mystique

With success came celebrity, which both defined and overwhelmed Basquiat. During his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a wunderkind and a phenomenon. Discovered through his graffiti art in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side, he sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and later became best friends with Andy Warhol.

Who was SAMO?

In the late 1970s, graffiti tags by SAMO — the moniker shared by Jean-Michel Basquiat and friend Al Diaz — became ubiquitous on New York’s Lower East Side. Discovered through his graffiti art in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side, he sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and later became … READ MORE

Turning Street Energy Into High Art

Basquiat had a special talent for taking “street energies” and making them into high art. During his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a wunderkind and a phenomenon. Discovered through his graffiti art in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side, he sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and later became best … READ MORE

The Wunderkind of the Lower East Side

In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a wunderkind and a phenomenon. Discovered through his graffiti art in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side, he sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and later became best friends with Andy Warhol. Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in a definitive … READ MORE

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Centered on a rare interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot with Basquiat more than 20 years ago, this definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist whose brilliant life was cut short.

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Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story: Preview

In 2004, Cyntoia Brown was arrested for murder. There was no question that a 43-year-old man is dead and that she killed him. What mystified filmmaker Daniel Birman was just how common violence among youth is, and just how rarely we stop to question our assumptions about it. He wondered in this case what led … READ MORE

They All Wanted Admiration

In 2004, Cyntoia Brown was arrested for murder. There was no question that a 43-year-old man is dead and that she killed him. What mystified filmmaker Daniel Birman was just how common violence among youth is, and just how rarely we stop to question our assumptions about it. He wondered in this case what led … READ MORE