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Inside the Beauty Bubble

BLOCK A | Hopes & Dreams 

Wednesday, March 22 | 7 - 9 PM 

Winthrop University | Dina's Place at the DiGiorgio Campus Center

Inside the Beauty Bubble
Screenings & Awards

Docs Without Borders Film Festival • Impact Docs • American Documentary and Animation Film Festival • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival • California Capital Documentary Film Festival • Dances With Films • Fine Arts Film Festival • NewFilmmakers • Frameline46-San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival • Nevada Women’s Film Festival, June 25 • MOM Film Fest • Nevada City Film Festival • Long Beach QFilm Festival • DC Shorts International Film Festival • Ag and Art Film Festival • California International Shorts Festival • Cinema Diverse Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival • Grand Rapids Film Festival • Albany FilmFest • Santa Cruz Film Festival • Pride Film Fest, virtual • Dayton LGBT Film Fest • LA Femme • Santa Fe Independent Film Festival • Rainbow Visions • Studio City Film Festival • Yucca Valley Film Festival • Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival • Sherman Oaks Film Festival • Yonkers Film Festival • My Hero International Film Festival • Art is Alive, NY • Borrego Springs Film Festival • Thomas Edison Film Festival • Winter Film Awards Film Festival • The Santa Fe Film Festival • SPE Media Film Festival • Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival • Underexposed Film Festival yc

Cast & Crew

DOCUMENTARY | 2021 | 31 min. 15 sec. 


ELIGIBLE | Woman to Watch 

COUNTRY | United States 

LANGUAGE | English 

PRODUCERS | Cheryl Bookout, Cheri Gaulke, America Young, Stacy Sweeting 

DIRECTOR | Cheryl Bookout, Cheri Gaulke 

WRITERS | Cheryl Bookout, Cheri Gaulke 

CAST | Jeff G. Hafler


Enter a pastel dreamland of 3,000 vintage beauty artifacts in the desert community of Joshua Tree, California and meet "America's hairstorian" Jeff Hafler as he struggles to keep his roadside attraction afloat during a remarkable year that changes his life and the lives of his husband and son.

About the Director

Cheryl Bookout | Cheryl is a filmmaker and studio artist residing in Joshua Tree, CA. She directed the short documentary film Inside The Beauty Bubble (2021) and produced the award-winning short documentary film Gloria’s Call (2019); the short sci-fi film PURE (2019); and currently producing the feature-length documentary Acting Like Women. Her short narrative film titled Just A Friend is in preproduction and a proof of concept for her sci-fi episodic project, Women Of Steel, will be shot in the summer of 2022. Cheryl is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Chimaera Project, a nonprofit organization championing women and non-binary filmmakers. 

Cheri Gaulke | Cheri is a pioneer in the feminist art movement in Los Angeles. Her work has been presented in film festivals internationally, in museums and a Smithsonian-touring exhibition, alternative settings including buses, churches, and prehistoric temples. Gaulke directed Inside The Beauty Bubble (2021), a short doc about a gay hair salon owner and his roadside attraction in Joshua Tree, California. Her short doc, Gloria’s Call (2018), has screened in over 40 festivals and won Best Documentary at the Ann Arbor Film Festival among other awards. In 2021, she completed Miss Alma Thomas: A Life In Color, a short doc about a little known African-American woman abstract painter, which is already winning awards in film festivals. She is currently in pre-production on her first feature documentary Acting Like Women about 1970s feminist performance art, an under-represented movement that profoundly shaped art and social movements of today.

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