Bear Nation (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on November 26, 2011

88. Bear Nation (Available to rent digitally on Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Bear Nation.

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Bear Nation is the most recent documentary by Malcolm Ingram, who I previously praised about his fabulous documentary Small Town Gay Bar.  It teaches the audience about the bear community within gay culture.  The bears are bigger, hairier, more traditionally “manly” men – but the community also includes the chasers who love them.  I’m married to a bear myself, so I certainly understand the attraction.

The bears have entered my consciousness as a flag-waving fag hag in the past 5 or so years.  I knew it was a big deal when the innkeeper at a B&B in Provincetown told me how popular Bear Week was, and theme weeks in Provincetown are a BIG DEAL.  Bear Nation gives us a little more in-depth look at the subgroups within the larger group of “bears,” including muscle bears and leather bears, as well as focuses on a few chasers that aren’t bears but love them all the same.

My favorite part of Bear Nation is the joy I feel when seeing people who have found their people, found their place in the world.  A lot of the subjects of this film talk about being absolutely confused about being not only gay, but not interested in being or being with the twinky standard that many people think of when they think of a gay man.  Thanks to the internet, groups of bears started forming, gatherings started happening, and now the bears all have somewhere to go.

Malcolm Ingram, himself a bear, gives a wonderful look into a lesser-known portion of the gay community that have taken matters into their own hands and have an amazing time doing it.  I definitely recommend checking this documentary out. Go Bears!

Bear Nation is not currently available on DVD, but can be rented for $3.99 from Amazon to watch online, and for $2.99 from Walmart (totally surprising) to watch online.

Also, Malcolm Ingram’s next film will be a documentary about the infamous Continental Baths in NYC, where a young Bette Midler started her career!

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2010 Recap – Work & Travel

by Jamie Sanford on December 31, 2010

Let’s get into some 2010 recap business!  3 hours left this year!

Quit my previous job after 8 years, found a new job I really enjoy and that actually uses a large majority of my skill set. This made an enormous impact on my life, I am much happier than I was in that job and I had no idea how being unfulfilled by my job was affecting me so much until it wasn’t anymore. I miss the people I used to work with, but I can’t really say I miss the job at all.


  • January – Las Vegas for work.

Brahma Shrine at Caesar's Palace.

  • April – Flew to Florida and then solo road-tripped for 8 days in a hot rented Mustang.  I also met my new nephew, Cooper the Boston Terrier.
Cooper and his towel.

Cooper and his towel - April 2010.

  • May – Weekend trip to Provincetown, MA – stayed in a bed & breakfast and had an amazing whale-watching experience.
Blowhole 3.

Humpback Whale - Provincetown, MA.

Here is a video from that whale-watching trip that my husband took.  You can hear my shutter in the background taking tons of pictures.

  • August – Short trip to Savannah, GA in (super steamy) for my new job.
  • September – Crazy weekend in St. Louis, MO. Saw 2 friends from high school, which was amazing, and made some new friends too.
Mike, Jamie, David in the elevator.

Mike, Jamie, David in the elevator - September 2010.

  • September – Less than 2 days after getting back from St. Louis, Will and I were on a plane to FL. Rented another car, this time a brand-new 2011 yellow Camaro. We visited various locations again to see friends, go to Kennedy Space Center, check out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal, and attend my nephew’s confirmation.
Collage from Trip to Kennedy Space Center - September 2010.

Collage from Trip to Kennedy Space Center - September 2010.

I didn’t travel nearly as much in 2010 as I did in years prior. The new job and related lack of paid vacation days put a damper on the traveling.

To be continued….

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Sunday Link Party!

by Jamie Sanford on July 12, 2010

Week 9!

Photo of the week.

Another boat mast.

On the dock in Provincetown, MA.

These photos of outdoor spaces in Los Angeles make me want to move to California immediately. (Apartment Therapy)

I’ve been looking at lots of food blogs lately, so I love these tips on great food photography from The Daily Olive.

In addition to food blogs, I’ve been reading bridal blogs (all goes with the new gig) and I love Bowie Bride because she rocks. She’s getting married soon, I can’t wait for wedding pictures, and her bachelorette adventure in Vegas looked amazing.

I bought the Eclipse soundtrack when it came out, because the music supervisor for the Twilight movies is brilliant. It’s a great collection, and I’m currently in love with this song called “Let’s Get Lost” by Beck and Bat for Lashes.

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Sunday Link Party!

by Jamie Sanford on May 31, 2010

Week 4.

My photo of the week is from my new set of photos from my recent trip to Provincetown, MA with my husband.  We went on a whale-watching excursion, and had an amazing experience with a humpback whale that came up to our boat and hung out for an extended period of time.

Tail and air poof.

I really like this shot, where it is evident that they were moving together by the simultaneous tail and exhalation poof.

10 Google tricks, and then 9 more. (Web Worker Daily)

3-D Paper Dolls at Couturious – like Polyvore and ShopStyle but with a real model. They need to add more body types though. (Bub.Blicio.Us)

Here’s my cute look that I made there, it’s my favorite jeans and t-shirt with some beautiful accessories.

Basic Jamie

Washing your hands after making a big decision can apparently help you avoid second-guessing. (Lifehacker)

This promo makes me laugh…

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