Friday, February 19, 2010

ImageOut Screens for NY LGBT Health Month!

ImageOut will join the Rochester LGBT Health Coalition in celebrating New York State’s LGBT Health Awareness Month (March 2010) with a night of special screenings on Thursday, March 25 at the Cinema Theatre, 957 South Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY. We are pleased to be presenting our 2009 Mary Elizabeth Knight Award-winning local Documentary: Swimming With Lesbians, and a great film that just missed the October lineup; Dare.

A healthy LGBT community is an out and proud LGBT community, and Swimming With Lesbians recounts the struggle Western New Yorkers have experienced to be one such community. After Rochester-based director David B. Marshall contacted Madeline Davis, founder and keeper of the Buffalo LGBT archives to try to film the stories recorded in her 1993 book Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold, it became clear that too many of the stories of Western NY’s gay history were being lost to the ages. This touching and very necessary film captures not only Buffalo’s hidden gay past, but Davis’ spirit and determination to keep history alive for the future. We are very happy to announce that Emmy Award-winning director Marshall will be in attendance to discuss the film after the screening. Preceding the documentary, 2009 festival favorite short U-HAUL Rap will start off the event with its tongue-in-cheek commentary on the fast-paced love lives of lesbians on the move.

ImageOut will be hosting an informal information sharing forum in the newly renovated cafè space at the Cinema Theatre. Learn more about LGBT Health Month participating organizations.

Like to volunteer with ImageOut? All of our committees will be represented to answer questions you may have and help you find a place to lend your talents to our 18th Festival year.

Dare comes to ImageOut’s Health Month celebration after enjoying official selection at 2009’s Sundance Film Festival. When a pompous actor tells good girl Alexa (The Day After Tomorrow’s Emily Rossum) that she hasn't lived, she embarks on a bold journey that takes her to mysterious bad boy Johnny (TV’s Friday Night Light’s Zach Gilford). Envious, her shy best friend Ben (Ashley Springer of Teeth) also dares to pursue Johnny, complicating Alexa's romance and pushing the boundaries among the three friends. Dare also features LGBT icons Sandra Bernhard and Alan Cumming. ( This film is sure to bring some light, love, and smiles into the tail end of what has been a long cold Rochester winter.

ImageOut’s LGBT Health Month screenings are the star attraction for March 25 at the Cinema. Swimming With Lesbians and U-HAUL Rap begin at 6:00pm with Dare following at 8:30pm. As with last year’s March event, these screenings are free and open to the public. See for a full listing of the month’s events.

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