J. D. Disalvatore

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J. D. Disalvatore
Born Julie Disalvatore
(1966-03-05)March 5, 1966
Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died August 24, 2017(2017-08-24) (aged 51)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation Film director
Known for Shelter

Julie "J. D." Disalvatore (March 5, 1966 – August 24, 2017) was an American LGBT film and television producer/director and gay rights activist. She was also an animal rights activist.[1] She was openly lesbian.[2][3]


Disalvatore's credits include the award winning Shelter (2007),[3] Eating Out 2 (2006), A Marine Story (2010)[4][5] Gay Propaganda and[6] Elena Undone.[7]

In addition to producing LGBT films, she had also written extensively about LGBT film for outlets including Clout, Curve,[8] GayWired.com, PlanetOut.com[9] Gay.com, QTMagazine,[10] POWER UP[11] and here! online in addition to her daily blog on Gay and Lesbian entertainment.

Disalvatore was also the Festival Manager at Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the largest film festival in Los Angeles. She had also produced panels on LGBT film for Outfest, Power UP and the Writers Guild of America. She also produced the queer entertainment news show HERE@ for the here! networks.

Disalvatore was on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, where she served a term as Vice President of the Board and was last President of the Board of Directors of the Frontiers Foundation.[12] She was a mentor with The Point Foundation.[13]


Disalvatore died of breast cancer at her home in Sherman Oaks, California, at the age of 51.[14]

Awards and honors[edit]

Disalvatore won a GLAAD Media Award for Shelter, for best feature film in limited release.[15]

In 2009, Disalvatore was honored at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's An Evening With Women with a LACE (Lesbians and bisexual women Active in Community Empowerment) Award for her work in the community,[16] and was featured in Go Magazine's "100 Women We Love".

See also[edit]

List of lesbian filmmakers


  1. ^ Brownworth, Victoria A. "Lesbian Filmmaker JD Disalvatore Dies". Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  2. ^ Romano, Tricia (2008-08-12). "Predator and Prey". The Advocate. Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  3. ^ a b Hensley, Dennis (2008-03-11). "Gimme Shelter". The Advocate. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  4. ^ "A Marine Story Official Web Site and Production Blog". A Marine Story. 2009-01-10.
  5. ^ "Films — A Marine Story". Frameline Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  6. ^ "Gay Propaganda Available at Amazon.com". Amazon.com. 2005-09-10.
  7. ^ Disalvatore, JD (2009-12-14). "The Smoking Cocktail Holiday Party". The Smoking Cocktail. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  8. ^ Disalvatore, JD (2008-09-10). "What a Producer Does". Curve Magazine.
  9. ^ Paul ColichmanChief Executive Officer (2013-03-22). "Here Media, Planet Out". Planetout.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-01. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  10. ^ Kadlec, Meredith; Disalvatore, JD. "Miami Gay And Lesbian Film Festival 2004". QTMagazine. Archived from the original on May 7, 2005.
  11. ^ Disalvatore, JD; Kadlec, Meredith. "here! @ Sundance". POWER UP. Archived from the original on September 29, 2008.
  12. ^ "JD Disalvatore, Board Chair". Frontiersfoundation.org. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  13. ^ "Meet Mentor Pair Brennan & JD". Pointfoundation.wordpress.com. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  14. ^ Cohen, Howard (August 28, 2017). "Director JD Disalvatore, a valiant voice for the LGBT community, dies at 51". Miami Herald.
  15. ^ Barnes, Mike (August 29, 2017). "J.D. Disalvatore, Producer of LGBT Films, Dies at 51". The Hollywood Reporter. ISSN 0018-3660.
  16. ^ "16th Annual L.A.C.E. Award Recipients". Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Archived from the original on 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2009-12-31.

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