Director BIO: Andrew Hassenruck (BEING BLACK)

At present I am a gay long-term foster dad to two wonderful boys. I am also an award winning Film Editor with over 35 years of Broadcast experience. I now edit films from home for clients all over the world.

I make Film Portraits where I sit with individuals and capture the essence of them opening a window into their soul. The camera melts into the background creating an opportunity for them to stop and see themselves as they have never done before.

Director Statement

Having lived with an Afro-Caribbean foster son for over 8 years I was aware of the many prejudices against him. Being in care, with two white men in a very white village in Wiltshire were maybe difficult circumstances but were things that would change when he left home.

What wouldn’t change was society’s prejudice against the colour of his skin. My dear friend Wayne speaks to his lifelong experience of prejudice for BEING BLACK.

By lgbttorontofilmfestival

Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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