Press Release



San Francisco-based Marea Media Will Use Funds to Complete Documentary about Gender-Defying Lesbian Community in Thailand

February 7, 2013 (San Francisco, CA) – San Francisco-based Marea Media has been awarded a Frameline Completion Fund Grant for its film Visible Silence: Thai Tomboys and the Ladies who Love Them. The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers to complete films that represent and reflect various aspects of LGBT life. The grant terms also include automatic entry into Frameline’s annual San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

The award is enthusiastically accepted by Ruth Gumnit and Marguerite Salmon, producers for Marea Media. Ruth’s award-winning film, Don’t Fence Me In: Major Mary and the Karen Refugees From Burma, screened at Frameline29 in 2005.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant,” said Ruth Gumnit Director/Producer of Marea Media. “It has allowed us to return to the editing room to complete the film. To receive a competitive grant from Frameline represents a great vote of confidence in our ability to bring this important topic to audiences. The film will also serve as a resource for activism to help ensure human rights for LGBTQ people around the world.”


Visible Silence: Thai Tomboys and the Ladies Who Love Them (Visible Silence) is a short documentary film profiling the unique experiences of Thai lesbians in urban and rural Thailand. It is intended for educational and activist use within Thailand and internationally. The interviews are in Thai and English and will be subtitled in both languages.

Visible Silence was conceived and realized by a Bay Area butch-femme couple and their Thai counterpart, a tom (butch) and dee (femme) couple. The filmmakers are fascinated by the interplay of masculine and feminine, both internally and in terms of gender presentation. Thai toms are essentially gender outlaws living in a traditional society that prizes femininity, yet devalues women. Visible Silence witnesses these women as they strive for acceptance and respect within their communities.


Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of over 55,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBT arts program in the Bay Area.


Marea Media specializes in creating film portraits that illuminate larger social issues through compelling profiles of individuals and communities. Marea Media was co-founded in 2007 by filmmaker Ruth Gumnit and her wife, writer, producer, and psychotherapist Marguerite Salmon. Ruth’s award winning film Don’t Fence Me In: Major Mary and the Karen Refugees in Burma screened at Frameline29 in 2005. Don’t Fence Me In has screened internationally, played on public television and is collected by educational institutions around the world. Marguerite has over twenty years experience working as a psychotherapist in the LGBTQI community.


If you would like to more information about Visible Silence, press photos, or to schedule an interview, please contact Ruth Gumnit and Marguerite Salmon at (415) 861- 5308 or email at


Marea Media

2020 15th Street #9

San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 861.5308

Press (at) mareamedia (dot) com