The Modlin Center for the Arts announces its On Screen/In Person film screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Gen Silent, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Firehouse Theatre, 1609 West Broad Street.
Gen Silent is a documentary that puts a face on what experts call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender older people so afraid of discrimination by caregivers that many go back into the closet, isolating themselves from their community, friends and life-long partners. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year.
The evening’s panel will include:
Stu Maddux, director
Shannon Marling, Co-Chair of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) for Central Virginia and Gerontologist at Riverside PACE
Lisa Furr, Co-Chair of SAGE for Central Virginia and Project Coordinator at the Virginia Center on Aging
Jay White, Director of Professional and Community Development, VCU Department of Gerontology
Tracey Gendron, Assistant Professor, VCU Department of Gerontology
This screening is presented in collaboration with the Firehouse Theatre Project, the James River Film Society, the UR Film Studies program, UR Downtown and UR Common Ground. On Screen/In Person is made possible with support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.
On Screen/In Person tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. Visiting filmmakers work with host sites to develop their participation in community activities that provide context and greater appreciation for their respective work and the art of film. Films, including animation, documentaries, experimental and narrative work, are submitted for consideration for the program through an annual nationwide open call for entries.
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