[VIDEO] People Like Us – Being a Gay Man in Revelstoke, BC, and the Larger Picture of Queer Life in a Mountain Town

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Ryan Collins explores the implications of being a gay man in Revelstoke, British Columbia, while seeking to frame a larger picture of queer life in a mountain small-town.

People Like Us follows Ryan as he connects with the queer community of Revelstoke, seeking their opinions and stories, and relationship with mountain culture in the hope of building perspective into what it is like to be queer in a rural setting.

After moving to Revelstoke in 2020 to work in the mountain sports industry, Ryan felt welcomed, building a strong friend group and work opportunities. Despite this warm reception, he started to feel something was missing: a connection with people like him.

As Ryan actively reaches out to members of the local queer community, he begins to build a better understanding of the shared queer experience. In doing so, People Like Us will celebrate the existence of queer folks in non-urban settings and show that healthy queer communities can flourish in small towns.

  • Directed by Ryan Collins – Produced by Nat Segal
  • Featuring Ryan Collins – Bruce Johnston – Jasmine Clancy – Lily Bradley – Janet Wong
  • Open Mountains – Hank Stowers – Queershred Revy – Emma Kelly – Katarina Chycjiz
  • Made possible by Mountain Hardwear, Storyhive, MEC, Fat Tire, Arts Revelstoke, and Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.
  • Screenings across North America Fall 2023
  • Streaming online Winter 2024

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