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Jenni Olson
(October 6, 1962 - living) U.S.A.

Jenni Olson

Author, critic and producer

Julie Dorf
(? - living) U.S.A.

Julie Dorf

Producer, activist


Jenni was born and raised in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. She received her BA in Film Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1990. She was the founder of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Lesbian, Gay, Bi, & Transgender Film Festival in 1986 and went on to be co-director (with Mark Finch) of the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival from 1992-1994. Jenni was inspired in this move by Vito Russo's book, The Celluloid Closet .

Jenni is one of the world's leading experts on GLBTQ cinema; the director of entertainment and e-commerce for PlanetOut.com and Gay.com, and the founding producer of PlanetOut's PopcornQ, a massive film website based on her book, The Ultimate Guide to Lesbian & Gay Film and Video; also a consulting programmer to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Transgender Film Festival.

In 1992 Olson was hired by the company Frameline and moved to San Francisco to work as guest curator on the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, before being appointed co-director alongside Mark Finch. After three years Olson left this position to co-found the website PlanetOut.com.

Olson worked as director of entertainment and e-commerce for the site, as well fulfilling the same roles for Gay.com. She created the PopcornQ section of the PlanetOut.com website, basing the section on her book The Ultimate Guide to Lesbian & Gay Film and Video .

Her feature-length collections of coming attractions trailers - Homo Promo (1991), Neo Homo Promo (1993), and Trailer Camp (1995) - have played at film festivals around the world, as have her two short videos (Levi's 501s Commercial and Sometimes).

In 1994 Jenni Olson and Julie Dorf met and fell in love with each other.

Olson Dorf

Julie holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Russian and Soviet Studies. She has written, spoken, and advocated extensively on social justice issues ranging from reparations for gay victims of the Nazis, Jewish-Palestinian relations, and marriage equality.

She has been a leader in the LGBT rights movement for twenty years. Julie founded and directed the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) from 1990 to 2000, creating an organization that protects and advances the human rights of all people and communities subjected to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.

As an independent consultant, Julie worked for Open Society Institute, Global Fund for Women, Arcus Foundation, and Fenton Communications/J-Street Project. Ms. Dorf currently serves on the board of directors or advisory boards of Human Rights Watch's Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch's LGBT Rights Program, Gender PAC, IGLHRC, and PowerPAC.

In 1997 Jenni Olson attended the Sundance Festival and arranged, along with Outfest executive director Morgan Rumpf, a small brunch aimed at fellow queer attendees. The event has happened annually since then being co-presented by PlanetOut.com and Outfest until 2005. Since the demise of PlanetOut, it is now presented solely by Outfest.

The sponsors described it in 2005 as "the premiere gay and lesbian industry event during Sundance". By March 2005, Olson was named Director of E-Commerce & Consumer Marketing for Wolfe Video/Wolfe Releasing.

Olson Dorf family
(Left to Right) Hazel Olson-Dorf, filmmaker Jenni Olson, producer Julie Dorf and Sylvie Olson-Dorf (Jan. 22, 2015)

Jenni Olsen lives in San Francisco with her partner Julie Dorf, and their two girls Hazel and Sylvie.


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