The Queer Family Podcast
The Queer Family Podcast
Jaimie kelton
Pivot: A Short Film Challenging Gender Norms
31 minutes Posted Dec 21, 2023 at 1:30 am.
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S14 BONUS | In this bonus holiday episode, Jaimie sits down with Robin and Anna, the creators of the short film "Pivot." They discuss the inspiration behind the film and its powerful message. The film tells the story of a young girl who rebels against societal expectations and fights against wearing a dress. The film explores themes of self-acceptance, identity, and the importance of allowing children to be true to themselves. "Pivot" has been well-received in film festivals and is currently being considered for an Oscar nomination. The creators encourage everyone to watch and share the film to promote inclusivity and understanding.

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🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈

  • Robin Campbell is a Canadian screenwriter and filmmaker. She is the creator of the short film "Pivot," which explores the journey of a young girl who doesn't fit the traditional gender norms imposed by her mother. The film is based on Robin's own experiences with bisexuality and the fear of not fitting into societal expectations.
  • Anna Gusson is a working director in the animation industry based in Vancouver. She directed "Pivot" and was responsible for translating Robin's story into visual images. Anna's role was to bring the words to life and create a visual representation of the emotional journey depicted in the film.

🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈

  • The film "Pivot" addresses the emotional journey of a young girl who doesn't fit traditional gender norms and the fear of not being accepted for who she truly is.
  • The film highlights the importance of self-acceptance and standing up for one's true identity, even in the face of societal expectations.
  • "Pivot" is a universal story that resonates with people from different cultures and backgrounds, as it explores the common experience of feeling misunderstood or pressured to conform.
  • The film aims to bridge conversations between children and parents, encouraging open dialogue and understanding.
  • The team behind "Pivot" wanted to create a film that empowers children to be the heroes of their own stories and encourages parents to see and value their children for who they truly are.


  • "The film is about a young girl who doesn't fit the image that her mom has for her... It's my journey of my bisexuality." - Robin Campbell
  • "We made the film to bridge conversations and to make sure everyone gets a little bit out of it." - Anna Gusson

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