Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman to Direct 'State of Pride' for YouTube

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The doc will take an expansive look at Pride, 50 years after the historic Stonewall riots.

YouTube and filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are partnering on the LGBTQ documentary State of Pride, which will be an unflinching look at the significance of Pride 50 years after the historic Stonewall riots. 

Epstein and Friedman — the filmmakers behind seminal LGBT documentaries like the Oscar-winning Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt and the Emmy-winning Celluloid Closet — will direct. 

State of Pride will be told through a series of interviews conducted by activist Raymond Braun, who will travel between major cities and rural towns across America, experiencing Pride and learning from individuals for whom the event marks a pivotal moment in their personal journeys. YouTube is eyeing a 2019 release.

"We are incredibly honored to bring this important and compelling documentary State of Pride to people around the world," said Susanne Daniels, global head of original programming at YouTube. "The film features powerful conversations with inspiring individuals as they open up about Pride and how it has changed over the past 50 years."

Digital Studio Portal A will produce. Executive producers include Nate Houghteling, Kai Hasson, and Zach Blume for Portal A, Friedman and Epstein for Telling Pictures and Braun. 

Houghteling, Portal A's co-founder, added, "We are built to tell stories that speak to a new audience. With State of Pride, we have the opportunity to work with two extraordinarily accomplished filmmakers to capture this one-of-a-kind celebration in a way that's uniquely suited to the YouTube generation."

"State of Pride is set to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies that audiences need to hear," said Jeremy Blacklow, GLAAD's director of entertainment media. "Raymond's unique ability to tell powerful, inclusive LGBTQ+ stories that enlighten and inspire, coupled with Rob and Jeff's legacy of gifted storytelling, will no doubt lead to a film that showcases the true diversity of the LGBTQ community."

Portal A, Braun, Epstein, and Friedman are repped by WME.