Private Project


"The Power of We" is a short documentary film that asks the question, “What does it mean to be visibly LGBTQIA+ in a suburban or rural area?” Three brave individuals present the ways in which they are unafraid to live authentically in Conroe, TX. Dynasty Banks, a bipoc drag queen, shares her story of how drag is a means to self acceptance. Debbie Steele, a lesbian bar owner, talks about how she has persevered in order to make safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ folx in her local community. Jhon embodies their queerness through the art of dance.

  • Donald C. Shorter Jr
  • Donald C. Shorter Jr
  • Tina Vaden
    Associate Director
  • Tina Vaden
  • Donald C. Shorter Jr
  • Wynee Bennett
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Dance, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA, Smartphone
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Donald C. Shorter Jr

"Artist, professor, drag queen, filmmaker, and activist are ways in which I walk through the world." Shorter's highly acclaimed film, "A Guide To Breathing Underwater" is currently streaming on the Criterion Channel and has appeared in over a dozen film festivals around the world. Donald holds a M.F.A. in Dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Dance credits include Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, PHILADANCO, Sean Curran Company, and Crystal Pite. Shorter has also toured with Broadway national tours such as "Hairspray", "La Cage Aux Folles", and "A Chorus Line."

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