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‘Out of the Closet’ Film Series at Ithaca College Gets ‘Off and Running’

ITHACA, NY — The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series at Ithaca College will kick off the new year on Tuesday, Sept. 9, with the documentary “Off and Running,” the story of an adopted girl’s complicated exploration of race, identity and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she’s always known. Free and open to the public, the film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Textor 101.

With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers — one mixed-race and one Korean — Brooklyn teenager Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. “Off and Running” follows Avery to the brink of adulthood, exploring the strength of family bonds and the lengths people must go to become themselves.

Produced and directed by Nicole Opper, “Off and Running” was an audience favorite finalist at the Tribeca Film Festival, winner of the Outfest jury prize for outstanding documentary and winner of the Be’chol Lashon Media Award for excellence in portraying the ethnic and racial diversity of the Jewish people.

Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen is sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services. The theme of this year’s series is “Intersectionality.” For more information, visit