Annual Film Series - Spring 2014 Film Screening Schedule

Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series
Spring 2014

All screenings at 7pm in Textor 103 unless otherwise noted

Wednesday January 29: One Wedding… and A Revolution
In February 2004, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom made headlines when he decided to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. This film reveals the inspiration, motivation and political challenges behind the mayor’s landmark decision and contains now-historic footage of the exchange of vows between long-time lesbian activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon who, celebrating their 51st anniversary, were the first couple to wed.

Wednesday February 12: Brother Outsider – The Life of Bayard Rustin
The story of the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. Rustin brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement, and helped mold Martin Luther King Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence. In 2013 President Obama named Rustin one of the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Wednesday March 26: Overruled! The Case That Brought Down Sodomy Laws
In 1998, on a September night in Houston, police stormed into John Lawrence's home and arrested him and Tyron Garner for violating Texas' "homosexual conduct" law. "Overruled!" highlights their story and the courtroom drama behind Lawrence v. Texas -- the case that led the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down all remaining state sodomy laws and launched a new era in the LGBT rights movement.

Monday April 7: Austin Unbound
With special guest filmmaker Eliza Greenwood
SPECIAL LOCATION—the Handwerker Gallery (near the library) on campus

Deaf transman, Austin, has struggled with feeling burdened by his female anatomy all his life, and he binds his chest every day. “I felt like I was wearing a Halloween costume,” he signs. In middle school, he changed his name and began to dress as a boy. Despite his challenges, Austin is a regular guy with a comedic sense and flair for romance. Gathering varying intimate glimpses from his mother, girlfriend, and best friend, Austin shamelessly counters with his own reflections on his personal journey. The film follows Austin and his best friend on a road trip to finally undergo a double-mastectomy. Unbound at last, Austin is eager to get on with life. His journey is an inspiration to his community and beyond as he shares his intimate insights with self-awareness and humor.

Eliza Greenwood, Producer/Director, is a hearing Sibling of a Deaf American, or SODA. While pursuing her B.A., she was one of a handful of hearing students to attend Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts college for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in the world. Her experiences
working in and promoting deaf theatre at Gallaudet and other venues led her to found Greensoda Productions.
Connor Gillis is a Deaf, queer, transgender community organizer from the South. He has trained over 700 teachers, students, doctors, and professional staff members on LGBTQ topics, and is a bi-yearly guest lecturer at Emory University and the University of Georgia. Connor presented at Creating Change conference in 2013. Connor worked with Lambda Legal and also teamed with Drago Renteria to assist with the creation of Planet Deaf Queer, an online website devoted to the intersection of the Deaf and queer communities. Connor is attending graduate school at Gallaudet University.

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