Annual Film Series - Spring 2017 Film Screening Schedule

Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series - this year's theme:
Queer Voices, Queer Stories

Spring 2017
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series
Queer Voices, Queer Stories

Screening times and locations vary - please see each film event for details below 

Tuesday February 7, 7 pm in Textor 101
MAJOR! explores the life of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has fought for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration. More than just a biographical documentary, the film is an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a widespread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, told with love and humor, and personalized through the lens of a vibrant and charismatic woman. Through first-person narration and innovative visual story telling, MAJOR! seeks to create a living, breathing history of a community's struggle and resilience, as seen and experienced by those who lived it. Presented in honor of Black History Month.

Thursday February 16, 6 pm in the Handwerker Gallery
Gen Silent
Gen Silent startlingly discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall now affects older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with fear and isolation. Many who won the first civil rights victories for generations to come are now dying prematurely because they are reluctant to ask for help and have too few friends or family to care for them. Gen Silent shows the disparity in the quality of paid caregiving from mainstream care facilities committed to making their LGBT residents safe and happy, to places where LGBT elders face discrimination by staff and bullying by other seniors. As we watch the challenges they face, we are offered new hope as each person crosses paths with impassioned people trying to change LGBT aging for the better.
Presented in collaboration with Handwerker Gallery and Ithaca College Gerontology Institute

Tuesday March 7, 7 pm in Textor 101
The Year We Thought About Love
What happens when a diverse group of LGBTQ youth dares to be "out" on stage talking truthfully about their lives? Go behind the scenes of the oldest queer youth theater in America. In a twist on the common image of LGBTQ youth as victims, the film reveals the troupe members as artists and activists, celebrating the fullness of their lives in both thoughtful and hilarious ways. Together they explore love - romantic, familial, and religious - as they write scripts based on their lives. We learn more about the lives of several troupe members, highlighting both the unique and universal struggles of LGBTQ adolescence. A transgender teenager is kicked out of her house; a devout Christian wrestles with his church’s homophobia; and a girl dares to wear boys’ clothing at school even as she models dresses on the runway on weekends. When the Boston Marathon bombs explode outside their building, the troupe becomes even more determined to share their stories of love to help heal their city.

Tuesday April 4, 7pm in the Handwerker Gallery
We’re Just People - a film by current IC students McKinleigh Lair (’19), Parita Desai (’19), & Casey McCracken (’19)
A documentary short about the lives of four LGBTQ+ individuals in Seoul, South Korea, that explores what it means to be LGBTQ+ in Korean society. Discussion with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Presented in collaboration with the Handwerker Gallery.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Luca Maurer at or 607-274-7394. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.