Magazine article Out

Q+a Nicole Opper

Magazine article Out

Q+a Nicole Opper

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The director-producer discusses her documentary, the festival favorite Off and Running, which chronicles three years in the life of Avery Klein-Cloud, a teenage African-American adoptee growing up with Jewish lesbian parents in Brooklyn (premiering September 7 on PBS). G.M.

How did you first meet Avery?

I met Avery about 10 years ago, when I was filming at her Jewish day school in Brooklyn for a student project. Then I started a film class there, and she became my student. Wc ended up being friends, and she would come back and visit as a teenager. But we didn't start shooting until she was 16 years old and started having this deeper exploration of who she was.

How does a film feature gay people without being a "gay" movie"?

As a lesbian who wants to adopt one day, I went into this with a naïve point of view: I wanted to show how beautiful and tightly knit this family was and for the world to be aware of the diversity of queer families. …

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