Maxine Oracle performs at the Embassy Theatre in downtown Cumberland. For over two decades the theatre has provided a haven for the queer community and was the host of the annual Queens of Queen City Drag Pageant. Due to funding, understaffing, and intra-community conflict, the pageant no longer exists, and the community has had to move the show elsewhere.

Michael Snyder 3018047710 United States

Topics of Focus

Documentary film and photography with a focus on environmental issues

Geographic Areas of Focus

Global; native to Appalachia


Michael O. Snyder is a photographer and filmmaker working at the intersections of social justice and environmental sustainability.  His work has been featured in magazines, films and galleries by National Geographic, The Guardian, Vox, Roads & Kingdoms, The Washington Post, High Country News, The Wild Magazine, Condé Nast, NPR, Political Science and Politics, Social Documentary and Beautiful Decay. 

As Founder of Interdependent Pictures he has directed documentary films in the Amazon, the Arctic, the Himalaya and Uganda. His work has been named Official Selection to over 40 film festivals and he has won numerous awards including Best Environmental Film (Canada Int. Film Fest), Best Environmental Film (The World's Independent Film Fest), Best Doc Feature(Blackbird Film Fest), Best Environmental Film (Colorado Film Fest), Audience Choice Award(G2 Green Earth Film Fest), and Sir Edmund Hillary Award  (Mountain Film Fest). 

Driven by a spirit of adventure, Mike has hiked the Appalachian and John Muir Trails, cycled across Europe and ridden trains across Asia.  He holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability, is a member of Blue Earth Alliance and Fearless Photographers, and currently splits time between Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, VA.

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