BAYARD & ME (USA) – Directed by Matt Wolf
*Special Featured Screening with Walter Naegle – Sunday, April 9 – 2pm
Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s Bayard adopted his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle to obtain the legal protections of marriage. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and a time when gay marriage was inconceivable. He reflects on the little known phenomena of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.
LOVE WINS (USA) – Directed by Robin Kampf
*Special Featured Screening with director Robin Kampf,
Jan Moore and Emily Sonessa
Love Wins is a half-hour documentary that tells the story of two octogenarian women, Jan and Emily, who met and fell in love during a time when doing so was strictly taboo.
Love Wins is a half-hour documentary that tells the story of two women, Jan (80) and Emily (85), who met and fell in love during a time when doing so was strictly taboo. During this time they raised a family of 3 children, while living in suburban New Jersey, completely in the closet. With the exception of one week each year when they went to Provincetown and flourished as a couple, they lived closeted. Their story has many layers to it, not the least of which is that Jan met Emily while Emily was working for Jan’s husband! In fact, he was Emily’s boss.
Their compelling and at times, humorous story gives a fascinating look in to how gay couples lived double lives, fearing being ‘outted.’ After 45 years of living that double life, Jan and Emily finally got married, once marriage equality passed as law in New Jersey and now both women are community activists and proud flag-waving members of the social movement that changed the course of history.
LUCY (United Kingdom) – Directed by Melinte Reitzema
A documentary about Lucy, who reveals her intimate stories of being a trans woman.
Imagine being born in the wrong body. Everyday you’re fighting. Against society, stigma and yourself. All you want is acceptance. Lucy’s story is one of searching for her true self in a world that’s not quite ready. When she finally found her place amongst a likeminded community, she also found the confidence to stand by her identity – that of a transwoman. Now living with complete fulfilment, Lucy is ready to share her experience and answer the questions you’ve probably always wanted to ask. In a film inspired by a truly inspiring human, Lucy bares her struggles and desires. As Lucy, her family and friends talk through their experiences they’ll make you question what identity really means and why we still hold prejudices against people we don’t even know.