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Phyllis Lyon walking arm in arm Joyce Newstat and Debra Chasnoff outside San Francisco City Hall

Memorializing lesbian activist, Phyllis Lyon

In her 95 years, Phyllis created lesbian community & worked to end discrimination. Her marriage to Del Martin in 2004 was a milestone in the marriage equality movement. We’re offering free streaming of the film about her marriage One Wedding and a Revolution here with the password RestInPower

Debra’s Last Film

With humor and intimacy, Debra Chasnoff explores end of life issues and what it means to live with intentionality in PROGNOSIS – notes on living, the documentary about her own experience living with stage-4 cancer.

It's Elementary

It’s Elementary

The groundbreaking film that addresses anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with children about gay people. Part of The Respect For All Project.

Let's Get Real

Let’s Get Real

Examines issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. Part of the Respect for All Project.

Straightlaced

Teenagers open up about how they are limited by gender role expectations and their process of finding ways to really be themselves. Part of The Respect for All Project.

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Our Films

GroundSpark makes films to create change. We have created a collection of award-winning documentaries on social justice issues ranging from preventing bullying in schools to stopping the production of nuclear weapons.

Our newest film PROGNOSIS – Notes on Living, co-produced by Citizen Film, is a deeply moving personal memoir about GroundSpark founder Debra Chasnoff’s experience living with advanced cancer. The film invites audiences, at a critical moment in American history, to talk about end of life issues, community care, and what it means to live with intentionality up to the last breath.

Through our Respect For All Project, GroundSpark has produced a series of films and their accompanying curriculum guides aimed at K-12 educators and students to promote diversity and anti-bias education on topics including sexuality, gender identity and expression, and family structure.

Ways to Watch

Streaming

Most GroundSpark films can be streamed via our educational distributor, New Day Films. Many institutions also have access to our films through Kanopy Streaming. Streaming requires no special equipment or software, other than a high-speed internet connection.

DVD

You can purchase or rent DVDs with the accompanying GroundSpark film guide from New Day Films.

Film Festival Screenings

GroundSpark films have been screened at festivals around the world. If you’d like to screen a GroundSpark film at your next festival or event, you can contact the GroundSpark team.

Support GroundSpark’s Work

If you would like to help us complete Debra Chasnoff’s documentary PROGNOSIS – notes on living and support our continued efforts to share the Respect For All Project films and resources, please donate today. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made through our secure website here.