In addition to screening our documentary Wojnarowicz last night, Outfest also had the world premiere of This Is Jessica, about Jessica Bair and and her journey from devout Mormon veteran to LGBTQIA+ rights activist on the national stage.
Flanked by her fiancée Brianna Oppenheimer in a stunning yellow dress and director Andrea Meyerson in a bejeweled pantsuit, Jessica told us on the red carpet that she hoped the film would inspire others to a life of service.
Check out the trailer and synopsis below:
In this documentary portrait, LGBTQIA+ rights advocate Jessica Bair shares her transition story and struggle within the Mormon faith. Assigned male at birth in Utah, Jessica always knew she was a girl inside. She fought hard to please everyone by joining the military, marrying, and having children, but hiding the truth was too painful. After her transition, Jessica fought to remain a Mormon, but the church still does not support LGBTQIA marriage or parenting. This film poses a question that many LGBTQIA people struggle with: do I remain a part of a religion that I love even though my religion won’t love me back?
The screening at Harmony Gold was introduced by Deputy Director Kerri Stoughton-Jackson, whose team ensured attendees were vaccinated and masked per current Los Angeles County requirements. As full disclosure, your intrepid reporter appears in the film. A reception at the Directors Guild of America was sponsored by HRC, where Jessica has done much of her most influential work.
If you were unable to attend last night, the film is available to view on Outfest today through the 18th at https://outfestla2021.com/this-is-jessica/
Images: Andrea James / World of Wonder / Outfest