Wednesday, September 14, 2016


A cinematic essay set against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, The Royal Road offers up intimate reflections on butch identity, nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo alongside a primer on Junipero Serra's Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War. Featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner. Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

BUTCH – Photography by Meg Allen at Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery

Stop the presses — Public Service Announcement. Do not miss this show: BUTCH – Photography by Meg Allen is on view at Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery in San Francisco (304 Valencia St. near the corner of 14th St.) now thru July 3rd. Here's the description from the website:
Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery is excited to feature the photography of Meg Allen and her ongoing photography project, BUTCH. BUTCH is an environmental portraiture project and exploration of female masculinity, identity and the butch aesthetic in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2012-2016. Recently featured online on Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, we’re proud to present the project in it’s largest, most prolific public showing to date. Allen’s show run coincides with the San Francisco LGBT Pride celebrations and should be on everyone’s list of queer things to do and see in late June in San Francisco. The show runs from May 17th thru July 3rd and the Opening Reception on Sat. May 21st, from 7:30-10pm will feature drinks, snacks and is a FREE EVENT.

From the photographer: “My inspiration to document the variety of Butches that existed around me began when I started to hear many lesbians saying the butch aesthetic was disappearing. I knew that they weren’t, but that they’ve never been adamant about being seen either. I also wanted to explore what exactly that aesthetic was in this part of the world in recent years.”

Bio: Meg Allen is a photographer, adventurer and amateur philosopher. At the moment, she is freelancing in all aspects of photography and image making to fund her art habit. She is finishing her first major body of work called “BUTCH” for book release by 2016. She loves a good story and travels whenever the opportunity presents itself. She prefers freedom over stability and quality over quantity. She currently resides in Oakland, California.

If you're in San Francisco the show is a must-see. You can also see a huge array of Meg's photos here at her website.

Monday, May 25, 2015

WATCH: Queens at Heart — Amazing 1967 Short Documentary

The vintage short Queens at Heart is newly available via the Vimeo On Demand platform. This 90-second clip gives an amazing glimpse at a courageous trans woman two years before Stonewall! Watch Simone explain the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity. And then rent or download the full 22-minute short — it's available worldwide. I unearthed the 35mm print of this lost queer film more than a decade ago. As an archivist it is truly the most amazing discovery I've ever made and is an absolute must-see. I donated the actual film print to the Outfest/UCLA Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation but I'm thrilled to be able to make the film available here on digital so everyone can see it. Enjoy!

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Royal Road Premiering at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

I'm so thrilled that my new film, The Royal Road is finally complete and set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. I'm extremely grateful to the hundreds of people who have supported me and the project financially, creatively and emotionally over these past few years! The Royal Road is a lyrical feature-length cinematic essay set against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes. The film offers up a primer on the Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. Featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner. Please check out the short teaser above and visit the film's official website at for more info or just like, follow, etc. on social media to stay updated!