Official Trailer for ‘The Letter League’ Doc About Pandemic Pen Pals
by Alex Billington
October 31, 2023
“My pen pal is a true badass woman.” An official trailer has debuted for an indie documentary film titled The Letter League, made by filmmaker Michelle Boyaner. The film is premiering this upcoming weekend at the 2023 QDoc Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Everyone has heard of pen pals, and everyone probably had a pen pal at one point in school. But why stop? Why not keep writing to people randomly around the world? That’s what happened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Letter League documentary tells the story of queer artist Heather Spooner and the adult pen pal program she created during the 2020 pandemic, featuring the poignant and humorous stories of connection and humanity that came from it. A heartfelt film about connection, and how much we really need to feel connected and understood when times are tough. The film features cute animation to visualize a lot of the interviews & stories being told by the participants.
Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for Michelle Boyaner’s doc The Letter League, direct from YouTube:
A documentary about connection. The story of an adult pen pal program founded during the COVID-19 pandemic by Heather Spooner, a queer artist from Traverse City, Michigan, with a large social media following. When the lockdown hit, Heather was concerned about her followers and she created The Letter League with the hope that her online community would find solace and connection in a time of such isolation by being matched with a pen pal, someone unknown to them and their world. Hundreds of people from around the world participated and formed meaningful connections via letters during this extremely challenging time for all. The Letter League is directed by award-winning filmmaker Michelle Boyaner, director of the doc films A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour, Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson, and It’s Not a Burden: The Humor and Heartache of Raising Elderly Parents. Produced by Michelle Boyaner, Katie Ford, Barbara Green, Wendy Zipes Hunter, Heather Spooner. The film is premiering at the 2023 QDoc Film Festival. Stay tuned for updates – no release dates are set yet. Curious?