Out in America

“Out in America”  directed and produced by Andrew Goldberg.

“Out In America” delivers a compelling, multi-layered portrait of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans through their own words and experiences. The film connects common themes running through numerous personal stories about growing up, coming out, nurturing relationships, overcoming social and familial challenges, fighting discrimination and HIV and achieving individual status and respect in America.

After the film, the Queer- Straight Alliance at Piedmont High School will discuss challenges for young people  who  are out or not yet out in America.  This film allows audience members to view and share in the touching quality of the relationships shown in the film.

Two free Screenings

1.   Wednesday, April 24, 2013
@ Ellen Driscoll Theater (Havens Elementary School)
325 Highland Ave / Piedmont 94611
6:30 pm: Reception | 7 pm: Film | 8:20 pm: Facilitated community discussion
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2. Tuesday, April 30, 2013
@ The New Parkway
474  24th Street / Oakland 94612
6:30 pm

The Education of Shelby Knox

The film is the story of Shelby, a feisty 15 year old in Lubbock, Texas, and a devout Southern Baptist from a conservative Republican family. The only sex education taught at Shelby’s high school is abstinence, after then-Governor George W Bush passed a law outlawing any other type of sex education in the State.

However, Lubbock has some of the highest rates of pregnancy and STDs in the nation. Shelby joins a student group that wants to bring comprehensive sex education to Lubbock high schools, and from this experience becomes an activist. Interwoven with Shelby’s evolution is her changing relationship with her parents, who support her despite her movement away from their beliefs. This is a film told on many levels, from the personal to the political.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
6:30 PM Doors open, free reception| 7:00 PM Film screening
8:15 PM Discussion

Free

Stonewall Uprising

President Obama has come out in favor of gay marriage, and Federal Courts have ruled California’s ban on same sex marriage violates the Constitution.

Seems hard to believe that in 1969 people in New York City were being arrested, convicted and losing their jobs, for being gay. “It was the Rosa Parks moment,” says one man. June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launched the Gay Rights Movement.

“Told by Stonewall patrons, reporters and the cop who led the raid, Stonewall Uprising recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and even lobotomies; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant. At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history.” – Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum

“The most thorough exploration….of what came to be known as gay pride.” Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Thursday, June 21, 2012
6:30 PM Doors open| 7:00 PM Film screening
8:20 PM Discussion facilitated by ADFS

Free

Off and Running

With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers — one mixed-race and one Korean—Brooklyn teen 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. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she’s always known. She begins staying away from home,starts skipping school, and risks losing her shot at the college track career she had always dreamed of. But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring. 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.

“A unique and very American coming-of-age story that delves into the psyche of race through a fresh and careful dissection of a family’s struggle.”
-Tribeca Film Festival

Thursday, May 3, 2012
6:30 PM Doors open, free snacks, coffee and tea | 7:00 PM Film screening
8:20 PM Community discussion facilitated by ADFS

Free

www.OffandRunningtheFilm.com

Salaam Dunk!

Basketball is much more than a game in SF filmmaker David Fine’s stirring documentary about an Iraqi women’s basketball team at the American University of Iraq — Sulaimani (AUIS) in Kurdistan. For the young women on the team, most of whom have never touched a basketball or been allowed to play any sport, it is a blissful release from the realities of a war-torn nation.

They come from all ethnicities and sects — Arab, Kurd, Christian, Sunni, Shiite — but the joy they discover in playing and working with the young American man who coaches them reveals an Iraq united in a way we don’t see in the headlines.

David Fine will attend the screening, and be there to fill you in on how Salaam Dunk was made, and what’s happened since.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
6:30 PM Doors open and informal reception | 7:00 PM Film screening
8:20 PM Discussion with filmmaker David Fine
Free