Bisexual Atlanta filmmaker’s documentary premieres on PBS
“Breaking Through: Out of the Closet, Into the Halls of Power,” a documentary about LGBT politicians made by a bisexual Atlanta filmmaker, received major exposure on Oct. 6 and during an encore presentation on Oct. 11 on PBS.
“Breaking Through” director, writer and producer Cindy Abel started work on the project in 2010 after a rash of suicides caused by anti-LGBT bullying.
“We wanted to show that regardless of the barriers that seem to be in our way—sexual orientation, gender identity, race, poverty, addiction, homelessness, gender—any of those things that we think are going to prevent us from being something that we really want to be, those are all surmountable,” Abel tells Georgia Voice. “And it was a way of letting people know that if we’re willing to do the work and do what it takes, we can live open, authentic lives that are also full of love and very fulfilled.”
Abel isn’t the only Atlanta connection to the film, with a big chunk of screen time going to Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan, plus interviews with Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, former Decatur Mayor Pro-Tem Kecia Cunningham and state Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates).