Friday Theater 7

12:00pm - 2:50pm
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From executive producers Elton John and David Furnish, Hating Peter Tatchell is the powerful and inspiring true story of the controversial human rights campaigner whose provocative acts of civil disobedience rocked the British establishment, and revolutionise attitudes to homosexuality and exposed world tyrants.

Featuring an amazing array of rare archives and an intimate conversation between celebrated actor Ian McKellen and Peter himself, as well as evocative interviews with the likes of former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, activist Angela Mason, and actor Stephen Fry, this film explores what motivates Peter Tatchell's lifelong fight for equality.

The documentary follows Peter Tatchell’s childhood life, his relationship with his mother and his influences in Melbourne, Australia, including his involvement in the movement against the Vietnam War and the draft in the 1960s.

Hating Peter Tatchell also includes Peter’s confrontations with Mike Tyson (2002) and Robert Mugabe (1999 and 2001), his Bermondsey by-election bid for parliament in 1983 (the most homophobic election in British history), staging the first LGBT+ protest in a communist country (East Germany 1973), and his Easter Sunday protest in Canterbury Cathedral in 1998 against the anti-gay policies of the then leader of the global Anglican church, Archbishop George Carey.

The film shadows him as he embarks on his bid to protest at the FIFA World Cup in Moscow in 2018, to draw attention to the persecution of LGBT+ people in Russia and Chechnya. We witness his arrest near Red Square and the Kremlin.

Moderator
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Roen Braunstein is the president of the SCV LGBTQ Center. He is a jewish transgender psych major who works hard in making sure his community is a safe and welcoming space.

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Shawn Balentine had the courage to come out and be his authentic self in 2016. Since then he continued to crash the rainbow ceiling for the behind-the-scenes LGBTQA community in the motion picture industry! Shawn Balentine is a Stunt Coordinator/Stunt Double whose credits include Patton Oswalt on multiple projects for over 9+ years including "Reno 911 Movie" and "Justified", Henry Winkler in season 3 of "BARRY", the upcoming Nathan Lane project "F-ING IDENTICAL TWINS A MUSICAL", and currently Stunt Doubling for Betti on HBO Max "SLCG" season 2 along with lending his voice & skills to an Anti-Bullying PSA and speaking engagements around the world.

3:00pm - 5:20pm
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A reverse telling of Elvis’ musical journey from Vegas, Nashville, Memphis, to Tupelo, MS where his love of music was born and thrived in its purest form. Special attention to specific details from Elvis life are depicted and interwoven with creative allegory in this homage to the king of Rock n' Roll.

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"Background" is a story based on the childhood of Presley Aronson during his time in school when he was bullied. Sharing moments that no kid or teen should experience to help bring awareness to the cause.

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Doors was created in collaboration with three choreographers who designed scenes of movement with three very different, unique doors. This piece explores moving in outdoor spaces where doors appear in both nature and as brick n mortar. The camera was a witness to what was revealed.

5:30pm - 7:50pm
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Returning home late at night after class, a woman finds her partner at the mercy of a desperate burglar.

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A regular everyday manager goes through his daily work grind looking forward to his retirement. The boss is on his case, the projects keep piling up and deadlines loom. His only escape is at night or is it?

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A young banker struggles with reconciling his estrangement with his mom before Mother's Day.

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With a career that spans over four decades and across the globe, Jamaican singer Pat Powell (Patou) is one of Australia’s most accomplished yet hidden vocal talents. He is the artist that everyone wants to work with – the singer’s singer who sings
with 15 bands, including the ARIA award-winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra.
Born in the UK to Jamaican parents, Pat left the racism of the UK as soon as he could, although ‘stupidly’ found his way to Australia with its own racism issues. Father to four children from different mothers with varying ethnic backgrounds, Pat’s children all identify differently and raise a discussion about racism and where identity comes from.

8:00pm - 10:40pm
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A child living in an abandoned attic tries to pass the time while staying alert to a looming, mysterious threat.

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The debut feature film from creative duo—Alexandra Loreth and K Pontuti—is a chilling look at the historic and ongoing battle for women's rights, mental health, and bodily autonomy.

 

Jane, a writer and young mother suffering from postpartum depression, is prescribed a rest treatment by her physician husband John, who takes her to a remote country estate for the summer. Under his control, Jane's health deteriorates.

 

Locked in her room, she becomes obsessed with the peculiar yellow wallpaper in the bedroom he has chosen for her. In her isolation, she secretly writes about a woman trapped in the wallpaper—that she must free.