The Red Umbrella Diaries | 2015
Feature Documentary, 91 minutes
The Red Umbrella Diaries tells the personal stories of seven diverse New Yorkers who work in different sectors of the sex trade and come together to tell their tales on stage at Joe’s Pub. Using the performances as a framing device, the film digs deep into the personal experiences of people who trade sex for a living, and illuminates the complexities and contradictions that sex workers face as they try to do right by themselves and people they care about. The storylines weave in threads that many Americans struggle with: work, family, religion, health, and community. Featured cast members are Anna Saini, Audacia Ray, Ceyenne Doroshow, Dominick, Essence Revealed, Page, and Sailor.
The film is a collaboration between Red Umbrella Project and Free Association, and is executive produced by Audacia Ray. The doc was produced with funds raised by Audacia via a Kickstarter campaign, and features an event at Joe's Pub that Audacia produced. The film had its world premiere at the Portland Film Festival and a New York premiere at DOC NYC.
In My Skin | 2015
Short Documentary, 18 minutes
“In My Skin” tells the story of a theatre ensemble made up of nine transgender women who come together to create a play based on their lives and then perform it at Joe’s Pub at the legendary Public Theatre in downtown Manhattan. The film premiered at the Boston LGBT Film Festival in April 2014 and screened at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (June 2014), the Queer Arts Festival in New York (July 2014), the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia (July 2014), the Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival in Fargo, North Dakota (September 2014), the Chicago LGBT International Film Festival (September 2014), and traveled as part of the Gender Reel Festival in 2014 and 2015.
This film was executive produced by Audacia Ray and she fundraised for and managed the theater program that produced the play. .
A Choice, A Chance: How Young Women in Cameroun are Ending Child Marriage
Photo Slideshow with Narration, 4 minutes
In Cameroun, it is estimated that 36% of girls are married before they are 18. But in the Extreme North of Cameroon, where the International Women's Health Coalition's partner APAD is based, nearly 80% have experienced an early and forced marriage. APAD (in English, Association for the Promotion of the Independence and Rights of the Girl Child) is led by young women who are survivors of child marriage. They work to empower girls like them, and to make sure survivors are able to tell their stories, demand social change, and survive on their own.
Photographs and script by Audacia Ray.
The Red Umbrella Diaries
Podcast & Storytelling Series
The film grew out of a monthly storytelling series that Audacia produced at Happy Ending Lounge from 2009 - 2013 and the 80 episode podcast documenting the stories told there. Listen on iTunes.
SANGRAM: Sex Worker Organizing
in India | 2009
Short Documentary, 6 minutes
Based in a rural community in India's Maharashtra State, SANGRAM works to ensure equal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support: Over 6,000 women in rural India have participated in HIV testing as a result of these efforts. Drawing on 15 years of work to empower marginalized communities to claim their rights, SANGRAM is becoming an increasingly strong advocate nationally, and globally for health policies and programs that are responsive to the real-life needs of local communities.
Video shot and edited by Audacia Ray.
Advocating in Albany:
No Condoms As Evidence | 2013
Short Documentary, 4 minutes
In April 2012 Red Umbrella Project joined with a coalition of advocates, including members of Streetwise and Safe, the Sex Workers Project, and the PROS Network to lobby elected officials in Albany. On this historic day, sex workers and allies met with representatives to express our concerns and encourage them to pass the No Condoms as Evidence (later reintroduced and reframed as Access to Condoms) bill into law. The bill passed the New York State Assembly in June 2013. This video premiered at the Lights. Cameria. Help. Film Festival in Austin in 2013.
Video executive produced and lobby day press conference rally organized by Audacia Ray.