About Persistent Visions

Persistent Visions is an award-winning film production company with a focus on social issue LGBT documentaries. Founded in 1993 by Johnny Symons, Persistent Visions is best known for DADDY & PAPA, an exploration of the lives of gay men who have made a decision that is both traditional and revolutionary: to raise kids themselves. The film premiered at Sundance, was nominated for the National Emmy for Best Documentary, and was nationally broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2003.

Persistent Visions most recent production is ASK NOT, which reveals the stories behind “don’t ask, don’t tell,” profiling closeted American servicemembers, and charismatic activists fighting for their right to serve. ASK NOT premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival, broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens, and screened for Congressmembers on Capitol Hill.

Persistent Visions has produced films for a variety of other organizations, including GroundSpark, University of San Francisco School of Law, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Calfornia’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. To inquire about work for hire possibilities, please email info@persistent-visions.com.