New Film “People Like Us” Celebrates Queer Culture in Mountain Communities

This article originally appeared on Ski Mag

A new film out this fall, “People Like Us,” follows Ryan Collins as he connects with the queer community of Revelstoke, seeking their opinions and stories and relationship with mountain culture to build perspective into what it is like to be queer in a rural setting.

After moving to Revelstoke in 2020 to work in the mountain sports industry, Collins felt welcomed, building a strong friend group and work opportunities. Despite this warm reception, he felt something was missing: a connection with people like him.

<span class="article__caption">“People Like Us” is a celebration of queer culture in rural mountain communities. </span>
“People Like Us” is a celebration of queer culture in rural mountain communities.

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In the film, as Collins actively reaches out to members of the local queer community, he begins to understand the shared queer experience better. In doing so, “People Like Us” celebrate the existence of queer folks in non-urban settings, and show that healthy queer communities can flourish in small towns.

Keep reading: By coming out, this ski photographer was able to create his best work yet.

The film is directed by Collins, and produced by Nat Segal. It features Bruce Johnston, Jasmine Clancy, Lily Bradley, Janet Wong, Open Mountains, Hank Stowers, Queershred Revy, Emma Kelly, and Katarina Chycjiz alongside Collins.

The film is supported by Mountain Hardwear, Storyhive, MEC, Fat Tire, Arts Revelstoke, and Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.

Want more? Hank Stowers stars in a new two-part ski flick filmed on Mt. Hood that fuses freeskiing, pole dancing, and LGBTQ+ culture.

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