Proud People

A barber searches for purpose during the global pandemic and her own health crisis

  • John M. Fossum
  • Lori Lozano
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Latina, LGBTQ
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Texas at Austin
Director Biography - John M. Fossum

John is a graduating Masters student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his first documentary film in 2021. John's storytelling passions are labor rights and economic justice, shared through the experiences of people you know. Beyond film, John's work includes international humanitarianism and development, US-based labor rights research, and political campaigns. He appeared in the New York Times for his research into the meatpacking industry's labor standards during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Austin, Texas.

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Director Statement

This film shares the life of Lori Lozano, a queer, chicana barber living in Austin, Texas. She has cut my hair for five years. Lori has a magnanimous, larger-than-life charisma that drew me in like so many other customers. Beneath that outward presentation, she is a struggling business owner, someone living with a harrowing medical diagnosis and no insurance, someone digging deep to understand her native heritage and her identity. I hope this film leaves you wanting more!