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Someone Like Me

Sean Horlor & Steve J. Adams
2021 | 80 min

Selections and Awards

  • Rogers Audience Award for Canadian Feature DocumentaryHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2021)

  • Official Selection NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival, Alberta, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionDOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2021)


LONG SYNOPSIS


ONE-LINER & TWO-LINER


INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTORS SEAN HORLOR AND STEVE J. ADAMS

Promotional Materials

Trailer

Excerpt: Christmas party

Excerpt: Job search

Excerpt: Finding your place

Excerpt: Kay and Emily

Images

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Drake (he/him)
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Vancouver Pride Parade
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From left to right: Conrad (he/him), Rayan (he/him) and Drake (he/him)
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Sponsorship circle meeting
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From left to right: Kay (they/them) and Emily (she/her)
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Drake (he/him)

Team


Sean Horlor & Steve J. Adams
Directors
Biography
Photo
Photo : Grady Mitchell


Sean Horlor & Steve J. Adams

As proud members of the LGBTQ+ community, directing duo Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams have created work that shines a spotlight on misunderstandings—queer and otherwise. Their first feature-length documentary, Someone Like Me (NFB), follows a group of queer volunteers as they resettle a young gay Ugandan man seeking asylum in Canada. Sean and Steve have directed and produced more than 20 projects together, including the award-winning short The Day Don Died (Hot Docs 2019) and Brunch Queen (Inside Out 2018). They recently completed a series of shorts for Knowledge Network entitled Dear Reader, and their next feature documentary, Satan Wants You, is currently in development with CBC Documentary Channel.


Shirley Vercruysse
Producer, Executive Producer (NFB)
Biography
Photo
Photo : Emily Cooper


Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she leads the team producing documentary and animation projects. The studio’s new releases include the feature-length documentaries The Magnitude of All Things and Sovereign Soil, along with recent releases The Whale and the Raven, Because We Are Girls and the musical documentary The Road Forward. Short works include the documentaries Now Is the Time and Highway to Heaven, the animated films Old Dog and The Zoo, as well as the Webby Award-winning docu-series True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball.


Teri Snelgrove
Producer (NFB)
Biography
Photo
Photo : Emily Cooper


Teri Snelgrove

Teri Snelgrove is a Producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio.  Prior to stepping into the producer position in August 2019, she worked as an Associate Producer at the studio for 7 years, working on a range of documentary and animation projects, including the short docs, Highway to Heaven,  Now Is The Time and The Way of the Hunter, the musical documentary The Road Forward and the feature doc, Because We Are Girls; and the animated shorts, The ZooShop Class and The Mountain of SGaana. Teri is a Newfoundlander and a graduate of the film/video program at Emily Carr University.

Film Subjects

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Chris Morrissey (she/her), Rainbow Refugee founder
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Michael Davis (he/him), Rainbow Refugee mentor
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Drake (he/him)
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Kay (they/them), Sponsor, Rainbow Refugee Volunteer
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Emily (she/her), Sponsor, Rainbow Refugee Volunteer
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David (he/him), Sponsor, Rainbow Refugee Volunteer
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Marlon (he/him), Sponsor, Rainbow Refugee Volunteer
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Anthony (he/him), Sponsor, Rainbow Refugee Volunteer

Credits

Written and Directed by
Sean Horlor & Steve J. Adams

Producers
Shirley Vercruysse
Teri Snelgrove

Line Producer
Jennifer Roworth

Directors of Photography
Farhad Ghaderi
Blake Davey

Editor
Graham Kew

Composers
Edo Van Breemen
Johannes Winkler

Sound Designer
Oscar Vargas

Additional Photography
Bryce Zimmerman
Mike Dinsmore
Vince Arvidson csc
Jeremy Cox
Alfonso Chin

Location Sound Recordists
Alex Shamku
Oscar Vargas
Xavier Prat
Sandor Gyurkovics
Jeff Henschel
David Pullmer

Technical Coordinator
Wes Machnikowski

Senior Production Coordinator
Nathan Conchie

Assembly Editor
Freya Maude

Researcher
Melissa James

Production Assistants
Eli Morris
Frankie Tear
Katy Tooth

Sound Assistant
Milena Salazar

Translation
Amos Kambere of Umoja Operation Compassion Society
LAT Multilingual Translation & Marketing Inc.

Colourist
Sam Gilling

Online Editor
Serge Verreault

Re-recording Mixer
May Guimarães
Kevin Morales

Musician
Jeffrey Innes

Technical Coordinator
Luc Binette

End Credits
Jason Lau

Featuring (In Order Of Appearance)
Emily
Marlon
Aheri
David
Shira
Anthony
Kay
Chris
Adam
Michael
Brenda
Drake
Issa
Rayan
Conrad

Special Thanks
Ali Z.
Christopher Zupan
Danny Ramadan
Emily Cooper
Emily Kydd
George Baptist
Hana Prochazkova
Hikmat Termos
Jack Fox
Lizzy Karp
Mathew G.
Moses Mbazira
Megan Lau
Nonna Clark
Paula Amorim
Sandra Chung
Sharon Young
Sizwe Inkingi
Trevor Loke

Thank You
Rainbow Refugee
Kenya Nature Network
Refugee Flag Kenya
40 Love Circle
West Coast Welcome Circle
ROAR Refugees
Foundation Of Hope
Andrew Benson
Brian Nicol
Chad Wilkinson
Elfred Matining
Frances Mahon
Horst Backe
James Chamberlain
James Gough
Jeff Fisher
Lauren Mather
Lex Vides
Lola
Lucifer
Mark Rabnett
Michelle Van Beusekom
Phil Walmsley
Ross Johnstone
Sam Aldabak
Sharalyn Jordan
Bob Christie
Simon
Softieshan

Locations
Scorer Law Corporation
Vancouver Native Health Society
Douglas College
CAVE Youth Employment Program
Main Street Dance Authority
WISH Drop-In Centre Society
China Cloud Studios
Ride Cycle Club
Vancouver International Airport (Diane Pelosse)
Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club Vancouver
Opus Art Supplies
Chaos Space Photography Exhibition
Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
The Woodward’s Building
Kelly & Kelly
Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lot
Vancouver Pride Society

Music
“Boom Party”
Performed by Cindy
Composed by Cinderella Sanyu
Published by Sheer Publishing
Courtesy of Cindy

“Soy Bonita”
As Performed by French Horn Rebellion, featuring Marcy Chin
Written by David Perlick-Molinari, Robert Perlick-Molinari, Lonique Chin and Luis Doncel
Used by Permission of Reservoir Media Music (ASCAP) o/b/o YouTooCanWoo LLC (ASCAP),
Party Ensemble Publishing (A SCAP) and Abood Music Limited (PRS)
Courtesy of toucan sounds
By arrangement with ZYNC Music | A Round Hill Company

“The Fear of Falling Apart”
Performed by Geoffroy
Written by Gabriel Gagnon, Max-Antoine Gendron, Geoffroy Sauvé, Clément Leduc and Nicola Ormiston
Published by Third Side Music
Courtesy of Bonsound Records

iPhone Footage
Drake
Kay & Emily
David & Brenda
Conrad
Rayan

Archival
Refugee Flag Kenya
Rob Newman
Kenya Nature Network
FranceFootage / Pond5.com
Google
Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery

NBC News
Amid ‘ Kill the Gays’ bill uproar, Ugandan LGBTQ activist is killed by Tim Fitzsimons

Rolling Stone
More Homos Faces Exposed

The Guardian
‘Gayropa’: challenges and hopes of Europe’s LGBT+ refugees by Bradley Secker
Gay asylum seeker faces deportation from UK to Nigeria by Owen Bowcott
Police arrest 30 at gay pride rally in Moscow by Alexander Winning
LGBT asylum seekers’ claims routinely rejected in Europe and UK by Jon Henley

The Independent
Uganda announces ‘ Kill the Gays’ law imposing death penalty on homosexuals by Samuel Osborne

Gay Star News
Chechnya: Police tell parents to ‘ kill your gay children or we will’ by Joe Morgan

Associated Press
Gay rights activists take to streets in India by Nirmala George

Ruptly
Nationalists burn LGBT flag while marking 76th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising

Wikipedia
World laws pertaining to homosexual relationships and expression, Silje, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophobia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Studio Administrator
Carla Jones

Marketing Manager
Kay Rondonneau

Publicist
Katja De Bock

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

Executive Producer
Shirley Vercruysse

Filmed on the unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of
the xʷməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),
Stó:lō (Stolo), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

©2021 National Film Board of Canada



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