ALL WE’VE GOT is a personal exploration of LGBTQI women’s communities, cultures, and social justice work through the lens of the physical spaces they create, from bars to bookstores to arts and political hubs.
US | 2019 | 67 minutes | Color | DVD | English | Order No. 191240 |
ALL WE’VE GOT is an insightful personal exploration of LGBTQI women’s communities, cultures, and social justice work through the lens of the spaces they create, from bars to bookstores to arts and political hubs.
Social groups rely on physical spaces to meet and build connections, step outside oppressive social structures, avoid policing and violence, share information, provide support, and organize politically. Yet, in the past decade, more than 100 bars, bookstores, art and community spaces where LGBTQI women gather have closed. In ALL WE’VE GOT, filmmaker Alexis Clements travels the country to explore the factors driving the loss of these spaces, understand why some are able to endure, and to search for community among the ones that remain. From a lesbian bar in Oklahoma; to the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center in San Antonio run by queer Latinas; to the WOW Café Theatre in New York; to the public gatherings organized by the Trans Ladies Picnics around the US and beyond; to the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, the film takes us into diverse LGBTQI spaces and shines a light on why having a place to gather matters. Ultimately, ALL WE’VE GOT is a celebration of the history and resilience of the LGBTQI community and the inclusive spaces they make, as well as a call to action to continue building stronger futures for all communities.
"An up-close look at the modern challenges facing queer women’s establishments across the U.S. - at a time when those spaces may be more necessary than ever."
"In a time of cultural anxiety about the erasure of our Lesbian, feminist, and queer histories, Clements brings alive five sites where progressive collectives subvert brutal capitalism and racist exclusions with joy, shared struggle, respected desire, and gender complexities. For historians, community activists, poets, philosophers of change, for the young and for the old, All We’ve Got is a text, a vision, a challenge, and a pleasure."
"All We’ve Got is a beautiful rumination on community, resilience, and resistance. Unlike so many laments about the disappearance of LGBTQ spaces for women, the film shows us a diverse range of ongoing spaces for queer women. In the end, it is a DIY call to action and a celebration of the creativity, moxie, and determination of LGBTQ women and the inclusive communities they insist upon creating and sharing."
“Using impressive archival footage and intergenerational collaboration, Clements weaves together a story of identity, intersectionality, history, community, and family. Her incisive critique of gentrification examines interlocking systems of power under capitalism that create barriers for these communities, yet her repositioning of these voices and stories offers much corrective hope for a better world in which lesbian, dyke, queer, and trans folks survive and thrive across race, place, and space."
“Beyond stories of lesbian bar closures, lesbians, dykes, queers, and trans and gender non-conforming people need a movie to make sense of their spaces and histories. All We’ve Got is that film.”
Alexis Clements is a writer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. An alumna of the WP Theater Playwrights Lab, she has been awarded a Bruce and Arch Brown Foundation Grant, a Dramatists Guild of America fellowship, two Puffin Foundation Artist Grants, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, the Source Theatre’s Washington Theatre Festival Literary Prize, and she has been a resident at the Millay Colony. She is also founder of the multi-disciplinary arts project New Acquisition, which produced projects from 2007-2010, and a co-founder of the queer writing group and publisher, Private Commission, which was active from 2012-2017.
Her creative work has been produced, published, and screened across the US, and in Europe, South America, and Asia. Her recently completed feature-length documentary film, All We’ve Got, premiered in October 2019 at NewFest.
Selected productions of her plays and performances include: Unknown (20% Theater Company, Minneapolis, MN); The Elephant in the Room (LaBute New Theater Festival, St. Louis, MO); Conversation (Fringe Festival: Philadelphia, PA); Enough! (Highline Park: New York, NY); Place ReImagined (Women’s Project & River-to-River Festival: New York, NY); Dance Away Your Debt (FIGMENT Festival: Governors Island, NY & Dance Parade: New York, NY); Spitting Against the Wind (Brooklyn Arts Exchange: Brooklyn, NY & Dixon Place: New York, NY); Your Own Personal Apocalypse (One Million Forgotten Moments Project: New York, NY & Chashama: New York, NY); Causality (Towngate Theater: Wheeling, WV); The Interview (Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Scotland, UK); Three Choices (Pomegranate Theatre: Chesterfield, UK); and Pieces (Riverside Theatre: Iowa City, IA).
She served as a co-editor of Women in Theatre Magazine Online and she co-edited the two-volume anthology of plays, Out of Time & Place, which includes her performance piece, Conversation. In 2016, she was the invited guest editor of the 40th anniversary volume of Sinister Wisdom titled Variations. Her plays, Pieces and Three Choices, have been published by KNOCK. She has also written and published a selection of short stories which have appeared in literary magazines and collections, including The Guardian and two different anthologies published by Route (UK), Bonne Route and Ideas Above Our Station.
Her articles, essays, and interviews have appeared in publications such as The Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Bitch Magazine, American Theatre, The Brooklyn Rail, Two Serious Ladies, Autostraddle, The L Magazine, and Nature. She is a regular contributor to Hyperallergic.
Alexis has led numerous workshops and moderated panels focused on labor issues within the arts, as well as arts writing. She was a fellow of the Cultural Strategies Initiative from 2012-2014. In addition, she has been an invited speaker at Harvard University, Emerson College, TEDx Chelsea, the Flux Factory, and the Playwrights Forum, among others.
Alexis currently serves on the Executive Board of CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies and also on the Coordinating Committee at the Lesbian Herstory Archives. She has also volunteered with a handful of other organizations including the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and University Settlement’s Older Adults Program. In 2017, she co-founded the monthly queer children’s program, Little Rainbows: Story Time at the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
Alexis has a M.Sc. in Philosophy & History of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Theater Studies from Emerson College. (10/20)