Who are we?

Gender Reel, is committed to providing an art space that is inclusive of people from all background and experiences. If you are interested in joining Gender Reels Planning Committee contact genderreelfest@gmail.com.

Listed below are the names and bios of the 2017 Festival Organizers, Contributors and Board Members:



Joe Ippolito (Founder & Executive Director) 

Joe identifies as a trans person of masculine experience, who transitioned his gender from female to male 17 years ago. He is a Doctor of Psychology, clinician, researcher, writer, educator, filmmaker and activist. Joe is currently a Faculty Member at Metropolitan State and a mental health professional at Ramsey County's Mental Health Department. Joe has been organizing and advocating for the transgender community for close to two decades. He has been on the forefront of the transgender movement, chairing positions with such organizers and groups as The Philadelphia Trans-health Conference and The American Psychological Association. Joe founded Gender Reel in 2010 and has been acting as Executive Director since. Joe also co-authored a chapter in the book, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, is writing a book about the socialization of men and founded the Trans Masculine Abuse Project. Currently, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his partner and 3 animals.







Vega Darling 

Vega Darling is a punk rocker turned filmmaker. He co-founded Atlanta Riot Grrrl in the mid-90’s, managed the first riot grrrl/queercore band out of the American South and wrote several zines in the 90’s and early 2000′s. Vega has spent 20 years creating space for the underdogs. He has organized feminist, queer, trans, and punk festivals, events, and conferences including Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (2004-2009) where he designed the first of its kind trans youth and family programming, Ladyfest Bay Area (2012), and Gender Reel Film Festival in Oakland (2013). Currently he is the Program Director for Gender Reel Film Festivals, and the Director of the riot grrrl documentary, GRRRL. 







evelynEvelyn Friel (Webmaster)

Evelyn is an administrative assistant by day, computer programmer by night. Her days are kept busy with work, two children Patrick and Russell, and partner. 







leeroyLeeroy Joyce 

Leeroy Joyce is a mixed race chef turned film-maker. His history spans activism in high-school to help pass AB537, the California Law that protects California students against harassment based on actual or perceived gender or sexual orientation. He also opened the first Gay Straight Alliance at his high-school, the first one attempted in the 120 years of the history of the school. Leeroy has been involved in organizing events and conferences since he was a young queer himself. From LadyFest Bay Area, to Gender Reel Oakland, Gender Reel Long Beach, and the LATCH Conference. He is currently pursuing a degree in sociology at Long Beach City College, while working on GRRRL, a documentary on the Riot Grrrl Movement.  He lives in Atlanta with his husband and fur-babies, living the dream.





Tammyrae Barr 

Tammyrae is a life-long advocate of fairness and justice for all people; an organizer/activist in the Philadelphia LGBT community, she spans beyond gender, race, religion, and politics and tries to connect the dots to form a path to equality for everyone. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University. She believes the power of visual media transcends the population and is a strong vehicle to helping mainstream the existence and understanding of transsexual and gender variant people.







Jen Przewoznik 

Jen, who obtained her Masters in Social work from Temple University, is a trainer, technical assistance provider, practitioner and program evaluator with over 15 years of experience working with and within marginalized communities. Jen is currently the Director of Prevention and Evaluation at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) where ze provides training and technical assistance to organizations and college campuses working on sexual violence prevention efforts. Hir also co-chairs the North Carolina Sexual Violence Prevention Team and the NC Campus Consortium.  While Jen is a proudly born and raised New Jersey-ite, she currently lives in Durham, NC with her partner and many rescued animals. 





Ryan Sallans 

Ryan is a public speaker, diversity trainer, consultant, publisher and author specializing in health care, campus inclusion and workplace issues surrounding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community. Over the past fourteen years, Ryan has conducted over a thousand presentations and trainings to diverse audiences including professionals, students and the general public. After his appearance in the documentary Gender Rebel featured on MTV’s LOGO network, Ryan began traveling to universities where he shares the story of his transition from female to male. His story is told with an intermixing of humor and intricate clinical details surrounding the transition process. Ryan has also been interviewed twice on Larry King LiveRicki: The New Ricki Lake Show, NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, and HuffPost LiveIn 2012, Ryan released the first edition of his memoir, Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life. In 2013, he founded Scout Publishing LLC and released the second edition of his memoir, Second Son. He is also publisher and editor-in-chief of the quarterly literary journal, The Outrider Reviewwhich explores themes surrounding sexuality, gender and identity and features artists and writers worldwide. Ryan attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology, Master of Arts in English, and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology.



Venus DeMars 

Venus was born in Duluth, MN. Venus is a performance artist, musician, painter, graphic designer and filmmaker. 










2017 Contributors: 





 Sasha Alexander (Co-programmer) 














Olympia Perez (Co-Programmer)












Quinn Villagomez (Host & Co-programmer)












Gender Reel Board Members:



Jayden H.C. Sampson (Secretary)








Cody Poerio (Treasurer)







422864_10150644737753287_669680325_aWallace Burchette (Chair)







Mary Hoffman (Ad Hoc Member)

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