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Northern B.C. filmmaker granted $50,000 for documentary on Queer Scouts

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A filmmaker from Fort Nelson has been granted $50,000 to produce a documentary about a Scouts program for queer and trans youth.

Katie Cutting received the grant from Storyhive, a competition that helps fund film development and distribution in B.C. and Alberta.

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Katie Cutting.

Cutting's 19-minute documentary Queer Scouts follows the inaugural year of Queer Scouts YEG in Edmonton, started in spring 2018 to help youth learn about queer history, and how to advocate for social justice and change.

"As a trans person myself who wasn't able to come out during my youth, I know first hand the problems that come with queer kids having to hide away their true selves," said Cutting, who now lives in Edmonton, in her pitch video.

"I'm personally inspired by the work these youth are taking on and I can't wait to see where their journey takes them."

Cutting's team is rounded out by Andrea Beça, Katie Gobert, Sheena Rossiter, and Iannari Melissa Casillas.

The film is one 30 projects to receive funding from Storyhive. Final projects will be available in Spring 2019 on TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand and on STORYHIVE.com.