About Us

Queens of Heart began as a community-wide commitment to honor Darcelle XV, a seventy-five year old drag performer and activist, and developed into a feature length documentary on the social psychology of drag performance. In telling the story of Darcelle XV and the club where she is co-proprietor, the filmmakers sought to bring into view the complex skills behind this camp form of female impersonation-a type of entertainment that tends to be trivialized in mainstream portrayals.

The documentary developed as a non-profit project sponsored by the Portland State University Foundation, with profits from the sale of the film to Equity Foundation, a gay rights organization in Oregon. The film has been supported by grants from Equity Foundation, Oregon Entertainment Corporation, Pride Foundation and individual contributors.


Filmmakers

Jan Haaken

Jan Haaken

Jan Haaken is professor of Psychology at Portland State University and a clinical and cultural psychologist. Haaken directed and co-produced the documentary video, Diamonds, Guns and Rice: Sierra Leone and the Women's Peace Movement, distributed with the curriculum guide, Speaking Out: Women, War, and the Global Economy. She teaches courses on gender and film and writes film reviews for KBOO community radio. She is author of Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back, and numerous other publications on sexuality, gender, and cultural psychology.


Wendy Kohn

Wendy Kohn

Wendy Kohn co-founded Kwamba Productions in 1995. She has produced a number of educational videos including Faces of Abnormal Psychology, a collection of video portraits of mental illness. Kohn has extensive experience in educational technology, developing video and CD-ROM products both in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently in post-production for Dignity Village, a documentary portraying the struggles of a homeless community to create a self-sustaining urban village.


Heather Mosher

Heather Mosher

Heather Mosher is an independent filmmaker and is completing her doctoral degree in social/community psychology. She has been directing and editing social issue documentaries for Kwamba Productions since 2000. Her filmmaking focuses on using community narratives as a resource for personal empowerment and social change. Mosher is co-directing and editing Dignity Village.


Caleb Heymann

Caleb Heymann

Caleb Heymann graduated from Pomona College and is currently a film student at AFDA in Cape Town, South Africa. He co-produced and co-edited Diamonds, Guns, and Rice, and is co-director of Moving to the Beat, a documentary film currently in post-production on how Sierra Leonean and African American youth are using hip-hop as a language for social change.


Marie Loeb

Marie Loeb attended the Northwest Film Center and has worked on a number of national productions filmed in Portland, Oregon. She co-founded IndieDVD, an independent film distribution company that operated from 1999 to 2003. She was an assistant editor on David Walker's Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted, a documentary on blaxploitation and its impact on Hollywood.


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