Empty Cup Media is proud to work with our local LGBTQ+ community. We’ve had the opportunity to make many fabulous videos with various non profits in the area including Club 717, PFlag Durham, Aids Committee of Durham Region and Durham Alliance Outreach. Some of the video projects we have worked on are “LGBTQ 101”, Pride promo videos, uplifting biography videos on members of the LGBTQ community as well as photographing many drag shows. And we’d love a chance to throw some heels and mascara on and come and make some colourful and vibrant videos and photos with you!
This first video was made for Durham Alliance Outreach. They received a grant to make 5 “This is us” videos to go along with a campaign targeting 18-3o year olds in the LGBTQ+ community who may feel alone during the Covid lockdowns. Colin filmed 5 different people at 717 and around Durham Region sharing a bit about their coming out story, what makes them happy and what they’re looking forward to. They’re fun and uplifting videos about a handful of the excellent people in the community.
We bartered studio time for the lighting, filming and editing of an event that Velvet Season Studios hosted for Pride Month 2022. It was exciting to light up two of their rooms with our soft box lights and uplights and then work with the influencers to get some awesome video shots. It was a full event in heels and we loved the opportunity to rub elbows with some positive LBGTQ influencers in our area.
The Durham Alliance Outreach has it’s own registered pantry program and it’s available to everyone. They asked us to write, shoot and edit a commercial advertising the program. This is what we came up with! Colin even makes a few cameos in it.
We filmed about 7 drag shows and boiled the footage down into this reel featuring 19 different performers from Durham Region and Toronto.
A handful of years ago we visited a few Durham Pride events to collect shots for this sizzle reel.
Empty Cup Media ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 to raise funds to finish the shooting and editing of our feature length documentary “Heal Myself”. The film is about Kate Reid, a queer singer song writer, who writes music about queer families and her own experience as growing up a lesbian in Canada. Colin and Carla spent nearly 7 years filming Kate doing concerts, at her home in Vancouver and doing artist in residence projects with school boards across Ontario.