Your Investment Full Circle - Elliat Graney-Saucke

by Matt Landers | Sep 29, 2016
bw_elliatElliat Graney-Saucke is a local filmmaker, educator, cultural worker, curator and researcher. As a GSBA Scholarship recipient in 2004, she has found herself coming full circle and back to the GSBA as a young working professional in the arts and cultural sector.

An honors student and GSA club member in high school in Olympia, Elliat ended up quitting high school in the 11th grade. This was largely due to increasing complications with social and familial dynamics in relation to her queer sexual/gender identity. While deeply engaged in creative arts community organizing within LGBTQ community in Olympia and Seattle, she didn't envision herself returning to formal education. That is, until she learned about the GSBA and Pride Foundation scholarship funds.

Being accepted as a scholar due to her strong innovations in queer youth cultural organizing validated not only her intelligence and capability but also her queerness, fulfilling a sense of being seen and valued as a whole person. With a scholarship covering a full year of tuition at Seattle Central College, she went from holding a GED to being a college student. Elliat completed her BA in Cultural Studies at Goddard College in Vermont.

In 2009 Elliat moved to Germany based on her cultural research and feature documentary project "Travel Queeries." Berlin became her home base while completing her BA, and then as she pursued a Masters in UNESCO World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology. In 2015, Elliat returned to Seattle to complete her second feature documentary "Boys on the Inside," an 8 year project about 'boy' identity in women's prisons in Washington State, as well as to develop her production company and creative practice in the Seattle and national arts community. She is currently on the steering committees for The Seattle Documentary Association, S.A.L.T. (Seattle Arts Leadership Team - Office of Arts and Culture), and Next Gen National Arts Network, as well as teaching film around Seattle and working as a critical consultant in media with the National Performance Network.

Reconnecting with the GSBA plays an important role in professionalizing the arts leadership and media work she is currently cultivating. Coming home, not only to the Pacific Northwest, but also to the organization that believed in her as a young queer woman, putting her back on the path of gaining degrees in higher education, is a beautiful and exciting thing.