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Bear Nation (2011)

Kevin Smith , Malcolm Ingram , Malcolm Ingram  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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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 (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IHH44S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,259 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)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light, Fun Look At The Bear Community 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for Outsiders Too April 17, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars a paw at the bear community March 4, 2012
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This is a movie about the bear community as it is depicted in 2008. It shows several men share their feelings and how it is to be a bear in the gay community. It is a worthy documentary movie to see. I wished it was available in DVD or Blu-ray formats.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ May 11, 2012
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Another excellent film from Malcom Ingram about a subculture of a subculture that is almost completely ignored in mainstream and gay media. Not everyone is a drag queen wannabe, circuit queen, waxed and tan gay, and we don't have to be. I'm proud to say that I am a member of the bear community. The best part though was looking in the back ground shots for people I know.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, as far as it goes August 11, 2012
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"Bear Nation" is a good enough documentary which simply doesn't go far enough. It is a snapshot of the Bear movement at a particular time, 2011, over 25 years on, and mostly in a few particular places, Toronto and Chicago predominantly. There is some interview footage with the current publisher of the current manifestation of "Bear Magazine," which is apparently now headquartered in Las Vegas. The documentary depends predominately on 6-8 talking heads, most of whom appear to have probably been in grade school when the movement began. It would've been nice to see some of the history explored. The first "Bear" magazine began coming out of San Francisco in the mid-80s in a 5"x 8" format, so one can easily hold it with one hand. Interviews with original publisher Richard Bulger and/or early contributors such as Jay Shaffer, Jack Fritscher, Chris Nelson, Congo Moore, Luke Maumerman and Furr (or at least those of whom are still with us) or later editors Rich Iremonger or Scott McGillivray would have been wonderful to see and would have provided insight into the birth and early development of the movement. It would've been nice to see mention of other early publications which explored alternative images of gay men such as "RFD" which began publishing in the 1970s, "Hippie Dick" which began its brief but influential run in 1989, "S.T.H. (Straight To Hell)" which began coming out of NYC in the 1970s, and "Daddy, the Magazine" which published throughout the 1990s. All of these magazines featured photographs, artwork, essays, "one-handed fiction" and men who were not the clichéd smooth, young, pretty, slightly effeminate usually retouched/airbrushed image which was most often propagated through the media, when any image of us was propagated through the media at all in those days. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars yes!!!!!!!
Must see this if youre into bears and the community, even if you're not its informative..check it out..
Published 7 hours ago by randall Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, Frank, Witty, Provocative, and Poignant
Well done, Malcom Ingram... I found this documentary to be insightful, funny, and poignant. My only criticism would be to expand the scope of the film - to include more interviews... Read more
Published 15 days ago by M. Paff
5.0 out of 5 stars Documentary about Bears I liked it
if you like documentaries and bears this is for you
Published 3 months ago by Chuck
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
What a waste of time and money. More like a few guys talking about hairy guys. Big deal.
Published 3 months ago by johnnyphoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
This is a great look/introduction to the Bear community. The are plenty of interviews and experiences shared which provide a detailed and varied definition of what a Bear is.
Published 9 months ago by Vanessa M. Bravo
3.0 out of 5 stars Embrace a Gay Bear
Bear Nation (2010). Running time: One hour, 15 mins.
Directed by Malcolm Ingram. Executive Producer, Kevin Smith.

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Published 10 months ago by James McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could offer a 4.5 review
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). Read more
Published 12 months ago by JASON L PATTON
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
Another bear documentary, but it was ok. I really can't say anything bad about it. If you are into the scene I'd recommend checking it out.
Published 12 months ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Bear Nation
What a great documentary this was Gays in the Bear world.. so glad I got this in my collection.. Thanks
Published 14 months ago by Anthony
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprise
Guess I'm a bear. Interesting look at a subculture most people are unaware of. A little slow in places but overall enjoyable.
Published 15 months ago by Dork Inc
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