On Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 pm we’re kicking-off the 2009-2010 series with a celebratory screening of the Academy Award-winning Freeheld, directed by Cynthia Wade. This evening will celebrate how and why power of short film and a rigorous community engagement campaign can make a difference.
Lieutenant Laurel Hester is dying. All she wants to do is leave her pension benefits to her life partner, Stacie, so she can afford to keep their house. Laurel’s request is denied because they are not husband and wife. After spending a lifetime fighting for justice for other people, Laurel-a veteran New Jersey detective-launches a final battle. Knuckle-biting and dramatic, Freeheld chronicles a dying policewoman’s bitter fight to provide for the love of her life.
The interactive Q&A, moderated by Emily Verellen, Senior Program Officer, The Fledgling Fund, is with Co-Producer and Community Engagement Coordinator, Robin Honan, and Steven Goldstein, Chair, Garden State Equality will analyze the filmmaker’s strategy, measure impact where possible and make links to the local/national struggle.