Film Screening: Out in the Night

Film Screening: Out in the Night
September 19, 2014
7:00 PM 
For the fourth straight year, Restoration’s Center for Arts and Culture will join with Toshi Reagon as part of Word* Rock* & Sword: A Festival Exploration of Women's Lives. This year, we will screen Out in the Night, a documentary by Blair Dorosh-Walther, adding to the list of moving films screened at Restoration Plaza in the past three years. In the past three years, we have shown Christy Turlington's No Woman, No Cry - Every Woman Counts, Shalini Kantayya's A Drop of Life, and Yoruba Richen's The New Black. Seats are limited, so make sure to RSVP!

About Out in the Night

Out in the Night is a documentary that sheds light on the story of four African-American lesbians and the media storm that ensued after they got into a fight with a threatening man one night. The film attempts to give voice to the women involved in this so they can share their accounts of what really happened that night. The film also raises questions on how race, class, gender, and sexuality affect the way people are portrayed by the media and in the courtroom. 

About the filmmaker, Blair Dorosh-Walther

Director and producer Blair Dorosh-Walther (who identifies as gender non-conforming and uses both male and female pronouns) is a social-issue documentary director, an experienced production designer, and an artist with a passion for inspiring action for social justice through media. Dorosh-Walther graduated with a BFA in Film from NYU and was awarded the Adam Balsano Award for social significance in documentary filmmaking for hir short documentary "Metsi" on water privatization's impact on women in a South African township. Hir short documentary "Cry Don't Cry" on bereavement experienced through the eyes of a diverse group of teenagers is distributed worldwide through Aquarius Videos and won the National Health Information Awards' Silver Award in 2005. Dorosh-Walther has supported hir artistic career by working in direct care with adults living with developmental disabilities, mental illness, addiction, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS for the past 12 years. (Press materials, from IndieWire)

Check Out the Trailer

About Toshi Reagon

Toshi Reagon is a talented, versatile singer, songwriter and musician with a profound ear for sonic Americana--from folk to funk, from blues to rock. While her expansive career has landed her comfortably in residence at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House & Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out a music festival, intimate venue or local club. Toshi knows the power of song to focus, unite and mobilize people. If you've been lucky enough to be in Toshi's presence, you know you can't walk away from her without feeling better about yourself as a human being. She aims for nothing less. Toshi has been the recipient of a NYFA award for Music Composition, She co- composed music for two Peabody award winning films, The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women's History Month Honoree, and is the 2010 recipient of OutMusic's Heritage Award. Her collaborators include Lizz Wright, Chocolate Genius, Robert Wilson, Ani DiFranco, her band BIGLovely and her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon

About Word* Rock* & Sword: A Festival Celebration of Women's Lives

Toshi created the Word* Rock* & Sword: A Festival Celebration of Women's Lives as a way to learn and be connected to the powerful work and skills coming from the Women in her community. The festival brings together, Musicians, Film Makers, Health Educators, Dance Instructors, Activist, Community Organizations and everyday brilliant people. It is open to all. Check Festival schedule on the website below for venues and times.!/wordsrocksword
Friday September 19th, 6pm/West Plaza