DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / SHOOTER

 
✮✮✮ stars, Video Librarian

”A deeply affecting film that powerfully focuses on the plight of one particular group of Vietnam veterans while also illuminating issues that affected all, this is recommended.
— F. Swietek, Video Librarian
an Intimate Account of Village Life, the Vietnam War and the Veteran Condition
— Anchorage Press
A powerful and disturbing look at what happens to peaceful men, for whom hunting is key to their community’s survival, when their aim is repurposed in service of a murderous war
— Stuart Ewen, Distinguished Professor, Department of Film & Media Studies, Hunter College
...this artful documentary makes clear that the costs of the war at home are still being incurred almost 50 years later.
— Danielle DiNovelli Lang, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
Hunting in Wartime masterfully pulls together the tough but critical issues of the impact of war on soldiers—especially following their return home—and the way Alaskan native communities have been repeatedly oppressed...
— Stan North Martin, Director of Communications, NC State University
Multilayered and Nuanced Story about Struggle, Survival and Healing.
— Homer News
Take to the road with internationally renowned folk poet and progressive queer artist/activist Alix Olson and manager/filmmaker Samantha Farinella in this intimate portrait that follows the duo across the country while highlighting spoken word performances and fueling the never-ending struggle to promote independent thought. Igniting and inspiring audiences wherever she may travel, Olson uses her witty and sympathetic voice to highlight a grassroots struggle against intolerance that is as entertaining as it is poignant.
— New York Times
(Left Lane) takes you on the road with fun, funky, and fiery Alix the Great: irresistable force… she may just infect you with optimism… Olson is running at full velocity.
— The Advocate
One standout film is Left Lane.. which takes the viewer along as Olson performs in places ranging from Nebraska to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. The 29 yr. old Olson is a mesmerizing firebrand, a joyful dyke-feminist preacher.
— TimeOut New York
Editor’s Pick & DVD of the Month
— Curve Magazine
Ready for a political and cultural revolution? Well, sit back and watch Left Lane: On the Road with Folk Poet Alix Olson... Left Lane shows more than just a rebel with a cause. We see the remarkable response of her audiences, fellow artist-activists, and a voice that just won’t quit...Pieces like “America’s On Sale” and “Pirates” echo George Carlin, Lenny Bruce and the Beat generation.. a candid look at a woman rake(ing) issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality through the coals is definitely inspiring.
— Velvet Park Magazine
Films like LEFT LANE are forms of activism as well as entertainment; they complement and celebrate the gay rights movement, highlighting current injustices, reminding us of what has yet to be done.
— GNC, Ireland’s National Gay Newspaper

LEFT LANE AWARDS / SCREENINGS

Audience Award for Best Picture – NewFest (NY LGBT Film Festival)

Audience Award for Best Documentary – Kansas City Gay and Lesbian Film + Video Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Documentary - Reel Pride Michigan

Audience Award for Best Female Feature – Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Documentary - Outtakes New Zealand

Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary - Fire Island Film Festival

Public's Choice for Best Feature Documentary Award - Paris Feminist and Lesbian Film Festival

Audience Award - GirlFest Hawaii

Frameline (SF LGBT Film Festival)

Phillyfest (Philadelphia LGBT Film Festival)

Brooklyn Academy Of Music Best of NewFest Series

Milwaukee Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Tampa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Rochester Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Seattle LGBT Film Festival

Tucson’s Lesbian Looks Film Festival

Chicago Reeling Film Festival

Australia’s Mardi Gras Film Festival

Orlando Gay and Lesbian Film Series

International Womyn’s Day in London, ON

Puffin Foundation Screening

Girfest Bay Area

Newfest at GLBT EXPO at Jacob Javitz Center

Penn State Film Festival

Boston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival(opening night!)

International Day Against Homophobia, Uppsala Queer Festival, Sweden

Flaming Festival, MN

Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of Tel Aviv

Budapest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Galway Film Festival, Ireland

Arkansas Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Alter Magazine Film Festival (NYC)

Girlfest Hawaii

RampenFiber Festival - Vienna

Barcelona’s Kosmopolis

Out Takes Dallas Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Rampen Fiber Festival – Zurich