Jasper Lior (they/them) and Ilana Kapra (they/them)
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
We are a queer-owned Digital Content Company based in Salem, MA that offers start to finish video & audio production, editing & post production services, and custom drone footage. Our team consists of Ilana and Jasper – partners in business and life. We push past dominant culture narratives into a future of queer joy and transgressive celebration. Your voice matters. Let’s collaborate to make your video project stand out proudly.
Some of the services we offer include:
Social Media Videos · Business Promotional Videos · YouTube Videos · Educational Content · Podcast Production · Fundraising Videos · Event Coverage · Music and Performance Videos · Cooking Videos · Short Films · Mini Documentaries · Wedding films · Surprise Engagements · B’nai Mitzvah · Boudoir Shoots · Personalized Birthday Videos · Real Estate Drone Footage · Custom Memes
Our past work can be found at queervideography.com/videos
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
In 2017, we met on a film set in New Zealand. We admit it wasn’t love at first sight, but as we got to know each other we bonded over our mutual love of traveling, storytelling, and making up terrible pun-based limericks. We spent a year living out of a station wagon and traveling all over NZ making videos together. In 2019 we moved to Puerto Rico. There we built a destination wedding videography company, until earthquakes, hurricanes, and Covid-19 pushed us back to the mainland. In the depths of quarantine, we realized our real passion was making content with fabulous creatives and extraordinary businesses. One logo and some thoughtful rebranding later – Queer Videography was born!
Queer Videography is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To be engaged, you must feel included and valued. We strive to nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a reflex, not an initiative. We know the importance of including people of all backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences both in front of and behind the camera. We endeavor to create content and foster a work environment that brings in perspectives from backgrounds that vary by race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
At QV, our favorite kind of client is a creative client. Collaboration is a key factor in how our company operates internally, and also a vital part of our relationship with you. Our clients always have one thing in common: an amazing project or business that needs to be seen. In a world that values the visual, the idiom “show don’t tell” has never been so true. Our team is excited to help you do just that. Together we’ll make a super cool video about your art installation, business, music, theatre piece, or any project you’ve got going on. As artists ourselves with more than 30 years of collective experience in the creative industry, we can’t wait to bring your vision into the world.
What was the last book you read or film you watched that made an impact on you?
How to Do Nothing: Resting in the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell.
As business owners we recognize we are the most susceptible to the lie of hustle culture. Blending ideas from art, philosophy, and lived experience Odell shares her idea of what it means to resist by resting in a capitalism-driven world. Our team has found her wisdom invaluable as we navigate both work and rest everyday.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
We collab with straight people too!
To us, the term queer refers to more than just a gender or orientation. We use the term in its broadest sense: To be queer is to turn the system on it’s head – To look up when everyone else is looking down -To shout loudly when the overculture says to stay quiet.
“To queer something, whether it’s a text, a story, or an identity, is to take a look at its foundations and question them… To queer is to examine our assumptions and decide which of them we want to keep, change, discard, or play with. ” – Charlie Glickman