Celebrate PRIDE month on Sunday June 18th at 1pm in Woodstock with a free benefit screening (suggested donation $10), followed by a panel discussion anchored by Jason West, the former mayor of New Paltz; Duffy Violante, producer and board member of Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center; and Ted Snowdon, producer. This screening is presented by the ENGAGE Film Series (read more on the series below) and sponsored by the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center Board of Directors. Proceeds will benefit the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center.
The inspiring story of the most successful civil rights movement of our time, The Freedom to Marry follows Evan Wolfson (the man known as the architect of the movement) and civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto in their decades long battle to win marriage rights for LGBTQ couples. A powerful document of the long and difficult work that victory took, the film is a reminder that no triumph can be taken for granted.
(USA / 2016 / Directed by Eddie Rosenstein)
Unrated / 1 hr 26 mins.
ENGAGE: Learn, Build, Act
It’s near impossible to avoid the 24-hour news cycle and the onslaught of latest developments on social media, telling us how our country is divided and our people are hurting. The questions being asked over and over are: 1) What are these issues that everyone is talking about, their impact, and their origin? 2) What can be done and how?
Join the ENGAGE series as it presents selected social justice documentary screenings at Upstate Films. Each film in the series touches upon an issue of our time. And each screening is followed by a panel discussion where attendees together have the opportunity to learn more and hear from people directly impacted by the issue.
Groups come together to organize, underwrite, and present ENGAGE screenings each month. And audiences leave with some clear next steps for how to take action in their community.
ENGAGE is presenting these films for free, with a suggested $10 donation. All proceeds go to different local groups working on the ground in the Hudson Valley.