Human Rights Campaign
Creative direction, directing, editing, sound design, post-production
Every year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) honors individuals or couples for their efforts promoting and embodying LGBTQ visibility with the Betty Naylor Visibility Award. Named for Betty Naylor, a decades-long advocate for women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, this award was presented to Ceci Gratias in 2017 in recognition of her dedication to the LGBTQ community in Austin. HRC asked Hunt, Gather to produce a video for their annual gala paying tribute to Ceci, and we were honored to donate our time and creative efforts to produce it. We were inspired and moved by what we heard.
"Hunt, Gather knocked it out of the park. They created an incredible video that captured exactly what we were looking for. We couldn't have been happier and are incredibly grateful for the work they did."
The 2017 HRC gala was one for the books, smashing attendance records and fundraising goals. And it was an emotional night. At the gala, we had the privilege of witnessing firsthand how our video was received. 722 people united in silence is a powerful thing to see. Attendees were visibly moved as they watched friends and colleagues, as well as Mayor Steve Adler, CIty Councilwoman Ora Houston and Senator Lloyd Doggett, express their appreciation for Ceci’s work and share the many ways in which she impacted the LGBTQ community over the years. There were tears, and there was applause. But we can’t take credit for that; Ceci and her dedication deserve all the kudos.
Ceci had many admirers, and deservedly so. She became involved with community advocacy when she moved to Austin in 1996, organizing the first local Pride Parade and working with organizations such as Allgo, Queerbomb, OutYouth and HRC-Austin. She was the first CEO and President of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and worked as constituent relations director for City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan. So many people were aware of how much Ceci contributed to the LGBTQ community here that we didn’t need a script. All we had to do was turn on the camera and ask them to tell us about Ceci and their genuine respect and heartfelt gratitude came shining through.