Out in the Night

   3:30 PM – May 16th, 2015 @ Central Hamilton Public Library                                                        Pay what you can

UNITED STATES / 2014 / 75 ‘ / ENGLISH

This screening is part of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia (IDAHO) hosted by Space Between: Troubling Narratives of Belonging. For a full list of this day-long event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/LGBTQHamilton

OUT IN THE NIGHT is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians who are out, one hot August night in 2006, in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They are all in their late teens and early twenties and come from a low-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. Two of the women are the focus – gender non-conforming Renata Hill, a single mother with a soft heart and keen sense of humor, and petite femme Patreese Johnson, a shy and tender poet.

As they and their friends walk under the hot neon lights of tattoo parlors in the West Village, an older man sexually and violently confronts them. He says to Patreese “let me get some of that” as he points below her waist. When she says that they are gay, the man becomes violent and threatens to “fuck them straight”. He spits and throws a lit cigarette. Renata and Venice defend the group and a fight begins, captured by security cameras nearby. The man yanks out hair from Venice’s head and chokes Renata. Then, Patreese pulls a knife from her purse and swings at him. Strangers jump in to defend the women and the fight escalates. As the fight comes to an end, all get up and walk away. But 911has been called and the man involved has been stabbed. Police swarm to the scene as their radios blast out warning of a gang attack. The women are rounded up and charged with gang assault, assault and attempted murder.

Three of the women plead guilty. But Renata, Patreese, Venice and friend Terrain claim their innocence. They are called a “Gang of Killer Lesbians” by the media. In activist circles they become known as The New Jersey 4.

DETAILS

DIRECTOR:Blair Dorosh-walther
EDITOR: Kristen Huntley
WRITER: Blair Doroshwalther
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Daniel Patterson
ANIMATOR: Axel Hallgren, Johan Sonestedt, Veronica Wallenberg, Johan Edström, Arvid Steen
SOUND EDITOR: Michael Gassert
SOUNDTRACK COMPOSER: Mario Grigorov, Toshi Reagon
PRODUCER: Mridu Chandra, Giovanna Chesler, Abigail Disney, Blair Doroshwalther, Sally Jo Fifer, Scott Gracheff & Yoruba Richen

LINKS & REVIEWS

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AWARDS & FESTIVALS

Winner: AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST FILM, Baltimore International Black Film Festival, 2014
Winner: AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST DOC FEATURE, image+nation, Montreal, 2014
Winner: JURY AWARD, Special Mention Documentary Feature, image+nation, Montreal, 2014
Winner: JURY AWARD – Showcase Feature, ARC Queer People of Color Film Festival, Oakland, 2014
Winner: AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST DOC FEATURE, New Orleans Film Festival, 2014
Winner: AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE, Reel Q, Pittsburgh, PA, 2014
Winner: JURY AWARD- Special Documentary Jury Prize for Courage in Storytelling, Image Out, Rochester NY, 2014
Winner: AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST DOC, Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2014
Winner: JURY AWARD, Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2014
Official Selection: Budapest Pride, Budapest, Hungary, 2015
Official Selection: Athena Film Festival, New York City, NY, 2015
Official Selection: Los Angeles Film Festival, 2014
Official Selection: Frameline, San Francisco Int’l LGBT Film Festival, 2014
Official Selection: Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Canada , 2014
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