Annual Film Series - Fall 2015 Film Screening Schedule

Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series - this year's theme:
Fall 2015
All screenings at 7pm in Textor 101

Tuesday September 1: Gay Pioneers
On July 4, 1965, a small group of activists laid the foundation for the organized LGBT civil rights movement by demonstrating at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. When these 40 activists picketed, it was the largest demonstration for gay rights in world history. Known as "Annual Reminders," the protests took place each Fourth of July 1965 -1969. In July 2015, the city of Philadelphia commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Annual Reminders with a National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. Gay Pioneers is the story of these first organized annual gay civil rights demonstrations in the US, and the people who planned them.

Tuesday October 6: Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement
In June 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that the right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. But two years before this, another case made history. This film tells the love story that culminated in the historic decision in June 2013 that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Shortly after they meet in New York’s West Village in the early 1960s, Edie Windsor and Thea Clara Spyer become “engaged,” though the idea of a civil marriage for LGBTQ couples was unthinkable at the time and would not come to pass for another 4 decades.

Tuesday November 3: Out In The Night
In 2006 in a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids quickly dubbed them a gang of "Killer Lesbians" and a "Wolf Pack." Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. The women pleaded self-defense and went to trial, and they became known as the "New Jersey Four.” The award-winning Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women's uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity, and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. Co-sponsored by Sister 2 Sister and Feminists United.

Tuesday December 1: How To Survive A Plague
Screening in observance of World AIDS Day
Thirty five years ago, New York State was at the center of the AIDS epidemic. In 2015 Governor Cuomo announced a plan to end AIDS in New York by 2020. The ambitious plan aims to achieve zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero incidences of HIV discrimination. This film highlights the HIV-positive activists, advocates and allies—improbable, radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. How To Survive A Plague is the story of how activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

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