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Marc Smolowitz 13TH GEN Films (Audio)

By Charlotte Robinson, June 21, 2021

This week I talked with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz about his film company 13TH GEN based in San Francisco. 13TH GEN is an entrepreneurial boutique company with a current slate of some 10-15 high quality projects both fiction & nonfiction all at different stages. 13TH GEN works with a dynamic range of independent film partners to oversee the financing, production, post-production, marketing, sales & distribution efforts of a vibrant portfolio of films & filmmakers. Recently his documentary “Being BeBe” directed by Emily Branham was showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival & has been selected as the closing film at the Provincetown International Film Festival on June 24th. “Being BeBe” is about Marshall Ngwa (a.k.a. renowned drag performer BeBe Zahara Benet) who travels to the United States from homophobic Cameroon with dreams of a better life & became the first winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2009. With over 15 years of unfettered & intimate access to Marshall’s story, the film presents his unique love affair with performance alongside his unstoppable sense of persistence & purpose, offering an unprecedented portrait of an artist who chooses to live a creative life against all odds. Marc Smolowitz has been significantly involved in 50+ successful independent films wearing many hats across the entertainment industry. His career focuses on powerful social issue films & filmmaking across all genres. 13TH GEN believes strongly in the power & potential of beautifully produced social issue films to speak to every generation. I talked to Marc about what he hopes to accomplish with his company 13TH GEN & his commitment to our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

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