For Immediate Release
Run through June 21, 2013
Viola Johnson, Public Relations
June 10, 2013 (New Orleans, LA) - Community Cinema, a national documentary screening series presented locally by Ashé Cultural Arts Center in collaboration with WYES, Charitable Film Network, New Orleans Film Society and Independent Television Service (ITVS) presents a screening of Love Free or Die at Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans Friday, June 21, at 6:00 p.m.
Love Free or Die follows Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christianity. His 2003 elevation, in the Episcopal diocese of New Hampshire, ignited a worldwide firestorm in the Anglican Communion that has threatened schism. Even as he has pushed for greater inclusion within his own church, Bishop Robinson has become a standard bearer in the fight over the rights of LGBT people to receive full acceptance in church and state.
Director Alston's camera follows Bishop Robinson as he steps onto the world stage, traveling from small-town churches to the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivers the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration; from London, where he is scorned and relegated to the fringes of a once-in-a-decade convocation of bishops to which he is deliberately not invited, to a decisive meeting in California of the Episcopal Church, where Robinson plays an instrumental role in establishing the full inclusion of LGBT people. Through it all, Robinson steadfastly calls for everyone to stand for equality - inspiring bishops, priests, and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history.
After the film there will be a brief talk-back session with panelists Rev. Melanie Morel-Ensminger, Consulting Minister at North Shore Unitarian Universalists and Hammond Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Pastor Louis Jones from Saint John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, and Father Bill Terry from St. Anna's Episcopal.
WHAT: Screening of Love Free or Die and film discussion.
WHO: Presented by Ashé Cultural Arts Center, WYES, Charitable Film Network, New Orleans Film Society and Independent Television Service (ITVS)
WHEN: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ashé Cultural Arts Center - 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA, 70113
COST: This event is free and open to the public.
About ITVS Community Cinema
ITVS Community is the national community engagement program of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Through Community Engagement Campaigns in support of groundbreaking, independent films, our innovative educational product ITVS Community Classroom and our flagship community outreach program Community Cinema, ITVS Community works to bring communities together and connect them with information, resources and opportunities for education, engagement and positive change. ITVS Community builds on our 15-year legacy of community engagement activities and makes public broadcasting into a powerful resource for individuals, communities and organizations working on key social issues around the country. For more information visit: www.communitycinema.org
About Independent Lens
Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS. The acclaimed anthology series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service (ITVS), the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding provided by PBS, the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. The senior series producer is Lois Vossen.
More information is at www.pbs.org/independentlens. Join Independent Lens on Facebook at www.facebook.com/independentlens.
About Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Ashé Cultrual Arts Center is an initiative of Efforts of Grace, Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent. Located in Central City, the Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts. We house a repertoire of original theater works that are available for touring, and provide sponsorship for many private, public, community-focused, and family oriented events. For more information visit www.ashecac.org/