7pm Thursday, March 31, 2011 – Lincoln Theatre
Out in the Silence and We Live Here film screenings and panel
This year’s SHRF theme, Bringing It Home, is illustrated with the film Out In The Silence, a conservative rural community’s change when a courageous mother and son and two lesbian businesswomen break the silence about being Gay and search for common ground in both personal and business relationships in a small PA community.
In addition, We Live Here, a documentary about six youth from Skagit County who share their stories and experiences growing up as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ) or allied youth in our community will be shown. The “chapters” in the film include school life, love and violence, allies, coming out, and life in a rural community.
The evening will conclude with a panel of LGBTQ youth, the documentary producer and representatives of Skagit PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). The evening is hosted by Skagit PFLAG.
Out in the Silence Synopsis:
When a popular 16-year-old jock is brutally attacked for coming out at his small town high school, his mother reaches out for help to the only person she feels she can trust – native son and filmmaker Joe Wilson, whose same-sex wedding announcement ignited a firestorm of controversy in the local paper. Returning home with camera in hand, Wilson documents the harrowing but ultimately successful battle waged by the teen and his mom against recalcitrant school authorities, the efforts of a lesbian couple to restore an historic theater in the face of vitriolic anti-gay attacks, and his own unexpected friendship with an Evangelical preacher. As walls are torn down and bridges built, OUT IN THE SILENCE offers a fascinating and moving commentary on America’s culture war.