Subjects: American Politics, Queer Films, Gender, Sexuality and Identity
Growing up, Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe learned to be a fighter, but never imagined having a chance to make history as the first openly elected transgender official in Texas. Unfolding amidst an onslaught of trans legal attacks, A Run for More immerses viewers on Frankie’s journey as she finds her voice, questions her relationship to community, and tries to win an election. Shot over 4 years, A Run for More immerses viewers into Frankie's unique campaign and the impact it has on her, the city, and the LGBTQ+ community in San Antonio.
Official Selection at the 2022 Sidewalk Film Festival, 2022 aGLIFF Prism Film Festival 35, 2022 Outfest LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival, 2022 Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival
"A Run for More is a film that ignites conversation around critical issues in America today. Artfully crafted, passionately told, this story takes the viewer on a journey rarely seen. The film fits seamlessly into the classroom, opening up discussions around identity, gender, and polarization of politics. As a professor of documentary storytelling, I witnessed the film inspire young journalists and filmmakers. It was also a helpful educational tool in the craft of filmmaking. The power of the film is in its intimacy and total immersion in the lives of the people in this campaign. It is authentic and real, and all I hope for in documentary storytelling. " - Chad Heartwood, Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media
"The first time I saw “A Run for More,” I knew I had to show it to students in my cross-cultural journalism class. Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe’s story teaches and inspires in several intersecting ways we discuss in class including gender, sexuality and race. Afterward, I asked the students to share emotions and thoughts about the film and these are just a few of their answers: extremely powerful, very inspiring, it really changed something in me, heartwarming, genuine and heartfelt, wanting to fight for change, gave me chills, empathetic and connected to her, very moving, emotional, powerful, impactful, tugged on the heart strings, raw, beautiful and intimate, heartbreaking, empathy, vulnerability and strength, and courage. Some longer replies include: She is so powerful, dedicated, and passionate and it’s really inspiring to see her do her thing; I found it joyful watching Frankie go against the odds and showing young people that this is possible. It’s inspiring!; Made me feel like I was literally present in the scene because of the strength of my emotion’ and ‘Being able to tell that story and be as vulnerable as they were was amazing to watch.” - Lisa Krantz, Ph.D. student, teaching fellow and visual journalist at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.
About the filmmaker
Ray Whitehouse (he/him) works at the intersection of documentary film and journalism. After growing up in Chicago, he lived in San Antonio, Texas, before moving to Washington, D.C. He served as the second unit director of photography on TO THE END, directed by Rachel Lears, which premiered at Sundance in 2022. BRING THEM HOME, a documentary short he co-directed and DP’d, premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in 2022. He’s worked as a cinematographer on more than 20 documentary features and filmed, produced and edited projects for The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, and Univision, among others. He is community coordinator for the D.C. chapter of Video Consortium and a regional co-chair of the Documentary Producers Alliance. He holds an M.A. in documentary journalism from UNC Chapel Hill and a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University. The core tenets of his practice are transparency, collaboration and critical reflexivity.