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Oct 25: Free WeHo Screening of #MeToo Documentary ‘Nevertheless’

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is set to host a special sneak-peak event to showcase filmmaker, Sarah Moshman, and her latest work-in-progress documentary, Nevertheless.

Nevertheless takes a look behind the headlines of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and follows the intimate stories of seven individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace or school context. From a writer’s assistant on a top television show, to a tech-industry CEO, to a 911 dispatcher — the film shines a light on the ways in which we can shift our culture and rebuild.

“In 2017, when Senator Elizabeth Warren valiantly objected to confirm Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General, she fought for her voice to be heard over the attempts of her Republican colleagues to silence her. Trying to justify the actions of his Party, Senator Mitch McConnell remarked ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ and sparked a rallying cry for all women who fight to make our voices heard,” said West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Lindsey P. Horvath.

“The remark went global as feminists using social media reclaimed the powerful message: we will not be silenced, we will not be ignored, and we will persist. I’m thrilled that a ‘sneak preview’ of Nevertheless will take place in West Hollywood. This is a must-see film about the #MeToo movement and the struggle women continue to face to be seen, heard, and believed.”

Nevertheless was created to be a tool for workplaces, organizations, and schools to spark or continue the dialogue about sexual harassment in an informative and educational way. This sneak-peak event will be an opportunity to view this work-in-progress film and gather local activists, leaders, and other key stakeholders together to review, provide feedback, and help build a movement for change.

Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America. After directing two short documentaries about female empowerment in young women (Girls Rock! Chicago [2010]) and Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run [2012]) she set out to direct her first feature documentary, The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things (2014), which has been screened more than 700 times around the US and around the world, starting conversations about gender equality.

Moshman’s second feature documentary, Losing Sight of Shore, follows the incredible journey of four women who rowed across the Pacific Ocean; it was released globally on Netflix in May 2017.

The event will take place on Friday, October 25 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The event will begin at 7 p.m. with a film screening at 7:30 p.m.; Q&A at 8:50 p.m.; and reception at 9:15.

The event is free and open to the public and RSVP is requested at www.eventbrite.com/e/nevertheless-documentary-allies-and-partners-sneak-peak-screening-tickets-74893419233 .

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‘Death and Bowling’ Film by Trans Artists to Premiere at Arclight – Mar 29

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UPDATE: The event has been postponed until further notice.

HOLLYWOOD — Slamdance is set to premiere Death and Bowling, the debut feature by transgender filmmaker Lyle Kash. The film was made by over 40 transgender artists and their collaborators.

Kash’s team goes by the name T4T ProductionsT4T stands for “trans for trans”, an abbreviation born out of bygone Craigslist personals ads. 

Slamdance announced “ArcLight Cinemas and Slamdance are proud to present a four-day festival of new films, with a focus on filmmakers and stories from California. The event will also feature live music performances, daily educational workshops and selected works from Slamdance’s (D)igital (I)nteractive (G)aming program.” 

Transparent producer and filmmaker Zackary Drucker will present the film and host a Q and A following the screening.

In a February 27th interview in The Advocate, Kash notes, “usually, I say that Death and Bowling is the story of two trans men who meet at the funeral of the captain of a lesbian bowling league in Los Angeles. On paper, it is definitely about that. But Death and Bowling is just as much about that as it is a coming-of-age tale of a leather jacket. Put another way, it’s a straightforward story about what it’s like to have holes.”

The production team behind the film says they are committed to putting trans people in front of and behind the camera lens, and casting trans people in both trans and non-trans character roles.

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HEY DEATH AND BOWLING FAM: go give @disclosuredoc a follow, and support more #t4t filmmaking. DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN “is an unprecedented look at the depiction of transgender people and experiences throughout the history of film and television. Over 100 years of footage, from A Florida Enchantment (1914) to Pose (2018), is woven together with the personal stories of prominent media figures like Laverne Cox, revealing how Hollywood has simultaneously reflected and manufactured our deepest beliefs and anxieties about gender. Disclosure shows both the consequences of depicting marginalized communities without their participation, and the liberatory potential of film and TV when their voices are centered.” ❤️🎥❤️ 📸: @kingtexas

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“We created a set in which trans people have creative autonomy, access to the film industry, and control over trans narratives,” comments producer and trans NYC filmmaker Ariel Mahler.  

 WORLD PREMIERE to be held March 29th at 6:30PM at ArcLight Hollywood hosted by Slamdance as part of the inaugural Slamdance Emergence LA festival. 6360 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

To learn more, visit www.t4tproductions.com

Instagram: @deathandbowlingmovie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deathandbowlingmovie/ 

Twitter: @lylekashtweets

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WeHo Women’s History: ‘LA Woman Rising’ Screening with Director – Mar 7

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the City of West Hollywood, it’s Women’s Advisory Board, and WeHo Women’s Leadership Conference & Network will host a screening of the film LA Woman Rising, produced by actor Rosario Dawson. 

The film is described as “50 Los Angeles women revealing what motivates them to wake up each morning. Director Nana Ghana gracefully captures the morning rituals and untold stories of uncertainty, struggle and success. Considered a love letter to the real and diverse women of Los Angeles, LA Woman Rising is a distinct celebration of the female voice.”

Special guest speakers include the film’s director Nana Ghana. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested at www.wlcmovienight.

Saturday, March 7, 6pm

West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard

The City presents two Women’s History events on March 7 at the WeHo Park Auditorium. Come by from 12pm -3pm for a flamenco show.

Free parking for both events will be available in the adjacent five-story parking structure at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard with validation at each event.

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WeHo HRSS Presents ‘Tsirk (Circus)’ Film Screening & Panel – Feb 28

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series will host a free panel discussion and screening of the feature film Tsirk (Circus) on February 28 at West Hollywood’s Council Chambers.

This Soviet musical comedy, directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simko, tells the story of Marion, an American circus artist, played by Lyubov Orlova, who flees to Russia after being persecuted because of her mixed-race child who is played by James Lloydovich Patterson.

Although billed as a lighthearted circus romance, this complex film explores themes of miscegenation, racism in America, and the rise of global white supremacy in the 1930s.

Opening remarks will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the film screening, and panel discussion.

The panel discussion will feature: Sasha Razor, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages & Cultures at UCLA, Sarah Valentine, Scholar/Author, When I Was White, Rob Adler Peckerar, Executive Director, Yiddishkayt, and will be moderated by Boris Dralyuk, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The event is free, but seating is limited, but RSVP is requested. Validated parking will be available at the adjacent five-story West Hollywood Park parking structure, limited to availability.

The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together diverse communities to learn about and discuss global, national, and local human rights issues in a supportive environment. The series reflects the City’s commitment to human rights and core value of Respect and Support for People.

Friday, February 28, 2020 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.


For additional information about the Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit www.weho.org/hrss. For more information, please contact City of West Hollywood Arts Technician Joy Tribble at (323) 848-6360 or at jtribble@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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