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  • Actors: Kevin Smith, Malcolm Ingram, Bob Mould, Tracy Morgan
  • Directors: Malcolm Ingram
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IHH44S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,473 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SYNOPSIS: While the LGBT community has long had to struggle with stereotyping by outsiders, gay men also have to deal with widely held perceptions from their peers that they're supposed to fit a certain image -- men who are stylish, carefully groomed, trim and to a certain degree effeminate. But not all gay men fit this profile, and this has led in part to the rise of ''Bears'' -- gay men who are stocky, hirsute, outwardly masculine and proud of it. As gay culture has moved closer to the mainstream, Bears have come out of the closet (or the woods) and become one of the more visible and active subcultures within the LGBT community. Filmmaker Malcolm Ingram (Small Town Gay Bar, Drawing Flies), a self-identified Bear, offers a look at the lives of big guys who love other big guys in the documentary ''Bear Nation'', which includes interviews with musician Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar) and filmmaker Kevin Smith (the latter has become a Bear icon despite being married and straight). FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER KEVIN SMITH (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Red State)

BONUS FEATURES: Additional extended interviews with Kevin Smith (Clerks), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar), Outtakes, Original Theatrical Trailer and more (special features are subject to change)

Customer Reviews

I really can't say anything bad about it.
Definitely a nice movie to watch and get to know the people that are in it a little bit.
George L
What a great documentary this was Gays in the Bear world..

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. herrin on May 28, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Being a straight man who happens to fit the mold of a typical "bear" (ie: larger, hairy, bearded, etc), I have had several gay friends joke that I missed my calling. I was first made aware of the term because of Kevin Smith, who also happens to resemble the traditional "bear" type. He mentioned that Malcolm Ingram (the director of the film) & he were appearing on the cover of a magazine dedicated to the community & those who loved them. Malcolm talked about the movie & it sounded interesting. Several years passed with not a peep about the project it seemed, until I decided to check Amazon to see if it made it here yet.

I was happy to see it available for streaming, though the DVD/blu-ray release is still not set. I found the film to be a charming, light-hearted look at the bear community, & it really did a good job at taking some of the stigma of being large & hairy within the broader gay community. It was nice to see the local groups creating strong bonds amongst each other, as well as the larger events that brought international crowds. It was also nice to hear the stories of so many people who looked at themselves as outcasts from whichever society they were trying to fit in, who became immediately embraced & accepted when they found their true proper group, where they were free to be themselves without judgement. In the end, that's what most people want, & I thought that Malcolm did a good job of capturing that feeling.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Ligairi on April 17, 2012
Format: DVD
I found this film fascinating, even as an outsider of the gay community. Maybe it has something to do with being a big, bearded-guy myself, but I found these stories of love and acceptance very touching and empowering. BEAR NATION is also visually pleasant, the story is well-crafted, and the film is an enjoyable watch, overall. If you liked the filmmaker's SMALL TOWN GAY BAR, you'll probably like this one too. It is ingrained with the same sensibility, but the production values are improved here. Malcolm Ingram is as exciting a queer filmmaker as I've come across and should be celebrated for his ability to always allow the character, personality, and humanity of his subjects come through in his films which, in lesser hands, could easily be overtly-political diatribes. That's not to say that Ingram's films don't have a point of view--they do--but he crafts his narrative from his characters' stories rather than simply shoving an agenda down the audiences' collective throats, which is both refreshing and the sign of a confident filmmaker. I can say, as an outsider, that goes a long way toward building empathy and creating straight allies who may otherwise be unfamiliar with gay culture and its many sub-cultures. This is an easy recommend for me. Looking forward to Ingram's next film, CONTINENTAL, as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James McDonald on December 7, 2013
Format: DVD
Bear Nation (2010). Running time: One hour, 15 mins.
Directed by Malcolm Ingram. Executive Producer, Kevin Smith.

What is a bear? For many of us "baby boomers", the first bear we saw was "Smokey The Bear", Yogi Bear or Boo-Boo Bear. Then we saw "Grizzly Adams" played by Dan Haggerty. Well, now that we are an adult, the word "bear" has a different meaning, especially in the gay community. A "Bear" means a large, hairy gay man. He can be well-muscular and fit. Broad shoulders with beard and mustache, hairy chest and well you know.
But the man can also be a "chubby" or a "cubby". The hairy man can also have a belly. He could also be a short man with broad shoulders.
You have to be careful out there when looking for a bear or a cub because the man can be straight and arrow, like Kevin Smith who is straight and married. he has a wife.
But you don't have to go by my description, I have to keep it clean here.
This documentary will describe to you what a bear-man is in the privacy of your bedroom and many gay men are interviewed. Most of the men interviewed or seen do not reveal their name, but some are given a special thank you in the end credits. Also discussed is how and where to meet a gay bear.
Comedian, Tracy Morgan (also straight) is interviewed briefly.

Filmed in Chicago, Illinois. Toronto and Grimsby Ontario, Canada. Las Vegas, Nevada. London, England UK.

Some nudity, but nothing revealing.

Bonus: Extended Interviews with Kevin Smith (31 mins), Tracy Morgan (54 seconds), Bob Mould (20 mins).
Original Theatrical Trailer.
Also available from Kino Lorber: trailers of El Bolli (2011), Littlerock (2010).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JASON L PATTON on October 7, 2013
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It is impossible to encapsulate all of the bear experience and keep everyone happy. I realize this is the only reason I assess this documentary as a 4 (in reality, 4.5). I believe a more country or world-wide snapshot is in order, though this is costly and time-consuming. I think the men in this doc were somewhat representative, though I would have liked a balanced approach that did address the laterally marginalizing factions within our generally very-welcoming subculture of a subculture. I hope to see more from this team--I truly feel that it is one of the more fully realized docs of my peeps.
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