Heather began her advocacy of people on the margins in her home state Vermont, providing resources and job skills to the underserved, and a magnified voice to the underrepresented. She explored her love of art through hosting open mics, stage managing events, and experiencing everything she could. Upon moving to Atlanta, Heather combined that love of art and advocacy by producing Moxie Cabaret, representing a diverse spectrum of queer, racial, and gender identities. Witnessing the power of positive and intersectional representation, she picked up a camera to capture this shift; the film Queer Moxie is the result. Growing up, only seeing stories of overcoming adversity and scarcity for people on the margins, Heather, as a producer, writer, and director strives to shift the lens and pass the mic to tell stories of celebration and abundance.
Leo grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and to this day considers himself a proud Clevelander. He is a graduate of Georgia State University’s Film program. He has completed several short films which have screened in various cities across the country. As well as directing, Leo is an editor and writer. A student of film theory and occasional cinephile, Queer Moxie is Leo’s first feature length project. Being a queer black man in the South, he finds it is important as a filmmaker to create art of all mediums as diverse as the world around him. He is in the process of writing Mettle & Plucks first narrative features and shorts with plans to start production on them in the very near future.
We are Heather Provoncha and Leo Hollen, Jr.: Atlanta based filmmakers focused on celebrating and representing the communities on the margins. Our goal is to tell the amazing stories of our intersecting communities past and present through documentary, while pushing our story forward to the future through narrative and other visual media.