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Bare­foot Wine & Bub­bly Pre­mieres Its First-Ever Short Doc­u­men­tary “One Stride: Cho­sen Fam­ily” at Out­fest Fea­tur­ing “Pose” star Mj Ro­driguez and LGBTQ civil rights trail­blazer Richard Leitsch, the doc­u­men­tary am­pli­fies di­verse sto­ries of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity and speaks to the im­por­tance of find­ing cho­sen fam­ily

Bare­foot, whose mis­sion is to bring peo­ple to­gether and cel­e­brate com­mu­nity through wine, pre­miered its short doc­u­men­tary, “One Stride: Cho­sen Fam­ily,” this week­end at Out­fest, the pre­em­i­nent LGBTQ film fes­ti­val in the world. Di­rected by Out­fest alum­nus Stephen Win­ter, pro­duced by Win­ter and Ned Stre­sen-Reuter and pre­sented by Bare­foot, the doc­u­men­tary cel­e­brates the sto­ries of three sets of LGBTQ friends and fam­i­lies to shine a light on how the com­mu­nity sup­ports each other through a “cho­sen fam­ily.”

Watch the full doc­u­men­tary short now at: http://bit.ly/OneStrideCho­senFam­ily

Told through the lens of best friends who, through their spe­cial bond, be­come each other's fam­i­lies, Win­ter and Bare­foot in­vite au­di­ences into the lives of a late 82-year-old LGBTQ ac­tivist, two trans­gen­der artists and two wives, all shar­ing their unique sto­ries and speak­ing to the im­por­tance of find­ing and cel­e­brat­ing fam­i­lies. Each story shows ex­am­ples of friend­ship, love and sup­port be­tween peo­ple of all ages, gen­ders and back­grounds.

The doc­u­men­tary fea­tures ac­tress and singer Mj Ro­driguez, who has ap­peared in a num­ber of projects in­clud­ing the Off-Broad­way re­vival of “Rent” and the cur­rent hit drama series “Pose,” which fea­tures the most in­clu­sive trans­gen­der cast in tele­vi­sion his­tory. It also fea­tures late LGBTQ rights ac­tivist Richard “Dick” Leitsch, who led the his­toric 1966 “Sip-In” at a bar in Man­hat­tan's West Vil­lage to se­cure the right of gay pa­trons to be served in bars. Mr. Leitsch passed away on June 22, 2018, just a few weeks af­ter film­ing the project.

“Bare­foot has stood for the same val­ues since its in­cep­tion: in­clu­sive­ness, au­then­tic­ity, and cel­e­brat­ing com­mu­nity,” said Anna Bell, Se­nior Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing at Bare­foot. “Through ‘One Stride: Cho­sen Fam­ily' and the pairs fea­tured in the doc­u­men­tary, we bring the screen a way to honor those val­ues forged through friend­ship. Sadly, we lost Dick Leitsch on June 22, and we are proud to ded­i­cate this film to Dick and the legacy he left be­hind.”

Bare­foot has been a long­stand­ing ally to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity, mak­ing its first do­na­tion to an LGBTQ char­ity in 1988. The brand spon­sors over 200 LGBTQ events around the world each year. Ear­lier this year, in cel­e­bra­tion of Pride Month, Bare­foot launched its Bare­foot Bestie La­bel pro­gram ben­e­fit­ing Out­fest to con­tinue build­ing com­mu­nity by con­nect­ing di­verse pop­u­la­tions to dis­cover, dis­cuss, and cel­e­brate sto­ries of LGBTQ lives. The Bare­foot Bestie La­bel pro­gram al­lows wine lovers ev­ery­where to cus­tom­ize Bare­foot wine la­bels for them and their best friends to en­joy. Through Septem­ber 8, any­one look­ing to cel­e­brate their best friend or “sole mate” can choose from three va­ri­etals – Pinot Noir, Rosé, or Pinot Gri­gio – to cus­tom­ize their own spe­cial rain­bow la­bels through the “Bare­foot Bestie La­bels” web­site found at bare­footbestiela­bel.com.

Watch the film now at: http://bit.ly/OneStrideCho­senFam­ily

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