Why are we putting together this documentary?

For as long as we can remember, sex worker activists have been boldly organizing against the ever present escalations to criminalize erotic laborers, trafficked people, and other over looked communities. Under The Red Umbrella is  a study of radical resilience across intersections, shining a spotlight on the dire ramifications of legislation created to disappear the sex work community, most recently through FOSTA-SESTA and the introcution of EARNIT and SISEA —as well as showcasing the activists that continue to organize and resist injustice.

This project takes a critical look at sex work through the eyes of erotic laborers as they share their experiences and unpack the impact of stigma, criminalization, and current legislation which further endangers lives and threatens free speech online. An honest account of erotic labor and its rich history in our society, exploring the past fifty years of the sex worker rights movement and celebrating a community that has and always will persist and prevail.

Our Team 

We believe that for a project about sex work to be successful, it must adhere to a well-known slogan: “Nothing about us without us.” Our team is comprised of current sex workers, former sex workers, and allies.

BAMBI KATSURA ▸ Director/Producer

Bambi Katsura is a Bay Area filmmaker and a former sex worker.  They delight in exploring social constructs and creating works that challenge viewers and inspire change. Their work has been featured around the world in festivals including Frameline, Fringe!, and the Toronto Queer Film Festival. Under The Red Umbrella is their first feature-length documentary.

DAHLIA SNOW ▸ Producer

Dahlia Snow has been an erotic laborer in the Bay Area for about 10 Years. Dahlia is a skilled health educator focusing on vulva and vaginal health and has experience working in content marketing and film. She spends a lot of her time making art and eating as much good food as she can.

LINA VEZZANI-KATANO

Lina is a video content producer and a holistic health practitioner in NYC. She is also a competitive amateur boxer who has qualified for the 2019 Olympic tryouts. She is part of Happy Monday Films and offers holistic health consultations on her website.

GRACE VAN NESS ▸ Editor

Grace Van Ness is a documentary video editor and motion graphics designer with a special interest in intimately-told, social justice-oriented storytelling—particularly as it relates to sex worker rights activism and queer identity. Her work has been featured at film festivals across the world, including La Fête du Slip, the Toronto International Porn Festival, and Cinekink NYC. Grace’s experimental, non-fiction video work has appeared in the SOMArts exhibition, We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work, as well as Témoigner pour agir, a project that seeks to “use public testimonial as a social and cultural intervention strategy.” She is also the co-founder of Failed Films, an NSFW art and film event series aimed at supporting local artists with a non-traditional approach. Grace attended the Salt Institute, the Duke Center for Documentary Studies, and the Bay Area Video Coalition, where she studied audio and visual storytelling, creative nonfiction writing, and animation.

TIFFANY FISHER-LOVE ▸ Producer

Tiffany Fisher-Love is a queer Brooklyn-based producer. Current projects include United Skates (HBO premiere Feb 2019) and on-staff Production Coordinator for Brut, Inc., the third-largest social media producer in the world. She has been working in production for 10+ years, including work on Broadway Across America, Van Warped Tour, and Opera Ireland. Tiffany also spent the last four years working in the world of tech and social media at Upworthy, Harmony Labs, Meme Factory, and Thrillist. She is the Managing Directing of New York Madness Production company in NYC and holds the Guiness World Record as Youngest Female Technical Director in Outdoor Theatre History.

MINEKO BRAND 

Mineko Brand has a background in Journalism and Anthropology, and has been working in various facets of video production since 2011. She has worked with public media entities such as SF Public Press, Al Jazeera, and Amnesty International and specializes in creative short-form video, documentary and interviews. Her latest project is a feature length documentary about avant-garde choreographer and artist, Ed Mock. Unstoppable Feat; the dances of Ed Mock which recently screened at Frameline.

with help from 

ANA QUINTANILLA, BECCA REILLY, RACHEL SAXER, JOSH SELF & STEFANO GONZALEZ

We could not have come so far without the invaluable contributions these folks have made. Their help has been invaluable.