"... far more than a mere anthropological expedition. Deeply moving and deeply humbling, Dan Hunt’s Bear Run is a beautiful and exemplary piece of documentary filmmaking."
Les Wright, ph.D, Editor, THE BEAR BOOK
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"BEAR RUN is the first documentary to portray the community of gay and bisexual Bears from the inside out, and it will undoubtedly remain the definitive film on the subject for quite some time.
Director Dan Hunt has opened a world of tough and tender men who struggle with identity and body issues to find acceptance within mainstream and GLBTQ societies, and the moving story of their journeys is a triumph that indeed celebrates the Bear community in all its furry glory."
Ron Suresha, author, Bears on Bears:
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"Uplifting! The bear world has given tens of thousands of men a sense of community, acceptance and fellowship - something all gay viewers will understand and appreciate."
-Brian Callaghan, EDGE
"Bear Run, the first documentary to accurately portray the Bear Community. Four Paws! Very well done!"
-Steve Harris, A Bear’s Life Magazine
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Award-winning documentarian Dan Hunt has created a delightful, intimate—and surprising—portrait of what it means to be a maturing gay man in the new millennium. BEAR run tracks the contemporary rituals, language, values and evolving aesthetic of bear culture, by following three characters as they romp through the 2006-2008 event circuit Bear Albany, International Bear Rendezvous, Bear Week – Provincetown, Bear Trek and Lazy Bear Weekend… among others.
BEAR run celebrates the BEAR community through the moving and compelling stories of Mikhael, Louie and Mike.
Their personal stories of coming out, dealing with body image and searching for community will move and challenge you. They offer a new way to look at the bear community.
For the uninitiated, Bears are a diverse community of men whose body types often defy the buff-gym-body-ideal seen plastered across mainstream gay culture. Bears embrace their body, their large and hairy physiques—hence the name Bear. And the playful naming doesn’t stop there—there is also the cub, chaser, polar, otter, panda, black, chub, muscle, daddy, sugar, trans, pocket and wolf. This rapidly growing community comes complete with its own language, customs, code system, and pride flag.
For the initiated, Bear Runs are gatherings across the world where the Bear community comes together to love, fi ght, fl irt, challenge, empower, compete, heal, dream, play and hug amidst the campy and wonderfully kitschy backdrop that is the bear community. Every weekend of the year you can fi nd a welcoming BEAR RUN to go to.
A diverse bear pack--Mike (black bear) and his partner John (classic bear), Mikhael (daddy bear) and Louie (Mr. International Cub) share one thing in common, they all have found mainstream gay culture to be unwelcoming and now are looking for acceptance and seeking community. One character tests the openness of bear culture about gender issues to see if it lives up to its values of acceptance and camaraderie. Can you guess who?
If you are interested in a public screening of BEAR RUN, please contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thus far, we have had extremely successful events at Lazy Bear Weekend, NYC MetroBEARS, the Vermont Bear Film Festival and Bear Albany. Upcoming are screenings at Dartmouth College and the TIC Conference at the University of Vermont.