Crew: Producers: Hazel Katz – Screenwriters: Je’Jae Daniels
When Je’Jae is kicked out of their home, attacked on the street, and ostracized by religious leaders, adoptive grandmother Bubby Razi provides a space of refuge and resilience.
Hazel Katz’s short videos focus on trans experience, employ found footage archives, and use essayistic storytelling. Her 2017 short film, Bubby & Them is a docufictional short about the relationship between two liminal members of the Orthodox Jewish community: Je’Jae Daniels, a trans college student, and Razi, their adoptive grandmother. In 2018, she finished Florida Water, her first feature length documentary, a verité film about the challenges of aging in a rural working class retirement community in central Florida. Hazel’s art practice includes her youth media work. She is lead media educator at Global Action Project, a grassroots organization that cultivates and trains youth from low-income, new immigrant, and LGBTQ communities to tell innovative stories that promote and amplify movements for social justice. She has produced videos in collaboration with community groups including Equality for Flatbush, BYP100, and Picture the Homeless. Her films have been shown on public TV and festivals internationally, and her short film Acting Erratically recently won top experimental film at Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. Hazel recently completed a yearlong collaborative residency at UnionDocs and is currently pursuing an MFA at Hunter College.