FRIDAY, MAY 29 @9pm
THE LAVENDER SCARE
(online screening + Q&A)
Director: Josh Howard
(USA, documentary, 77 minutes)
This award-winning film is the first documentary to tell the little-known story of an unrelenting campaign by the federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual. In 1953, President Eisenhower declared gay men and lesbians to be a threat to the security of the country and therefore unfit for government service. In doing so, he triggered the longest witch hunt in American history. Also, join us for a talkback with Josh Howard, the film's director and producer.
Winner of over a dozen film festival awards and narrated by Glenn Close with the voices of Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto, T.R. Knight and David Hyde Pierce.
“Queer history is American history, and The Lavender Scare re-examines World War II, the Eisenhower administration and the space race through a lens of gay liberation. It’s fascinating and horrifying — and timely, given the continuing scapegoating of marginalized groups.” -The New York Times
"A gripping, nimbly assembled documentary. A vivid, disturbing and rousing picture of specious government intrusion at its worst." -The LA TImes
“Josh Howard’s incisive documentary “The Lavender Scare” offers a stirring depiction of gay travails during that era that’s as shocking as it is illuminating.” -Roger Ebert Reviews
To put the social into social distancing, we've developed an online screening series called Friday Flicks, where we curate an evening of independent film that includes a screening and an opportunity to (virtually) meet the filmmaker. Here's how it works:
1. Buy one ticket per screen (FYI, the whole family can watch from the same screen).
2. We'll send you a link to the film to watch at your convenience on any web-enabled device, as well as a link to an online "Meet The Filmmaker" session on Zoom.
3. Join us the following Friday evening at 9pm EST for a talkback with the filmmakers, where you'll have the opportunity to hear about the making of the film and get to ask questions.
We split the ticket sales with the filmmakers and encourage you to order in from your favorite restaurant, that way you’ll be supporting an artist, a non-profit and a local business all in one night!