2016-04-05

OUT IN THE NIGHT a Cinema Politica Network screening Presented by Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) Tuesday April 5th @ 7PM The Company House FREE!!!

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 911 has 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.

"This film could help influence the ongoing LGBT civil rights struggle. Everyone should see it." - RogerEbert?.com

"By giving us a glimpse into the human lives at stake in this high-profile case and confronting the complicated gray areas that fill in its background, this film begins to provide the nuance and understanding that the American justice system and media lack." - Bitch Magazine

"A Few Potential Oscar Contenders from the L.A. Film Fest" - LA Magazine

"Moving film that smartly makes this personal question universal" - The Examiner

“Out in the Night goes on to show ... black bodies are at risk everywhere, especially, as the film makes clear, ‘Out In The Night’.” – PopMatters?

TRAILER: http://www.outinthenight.com/ WEBSITE: http://www.outinthenight.com/

There will be a post show talk on Canadian prisons and reactions to the film with El Jones.

El Jones is a spoken word activist and teacher. She was the two-time captain of the back-to-back national championship Halifax slam team in 2007 and 2008. El has performed all over Canada, including at the 10th Anniversary All-Star edition of When Sisters Speak in Toronto. In 2012, she was sponsored by Citizenship and Heritage Canada on a reading tour of Nova Scotia with George Elliott Clarke. Her poetry is particularly committed to political causes and social justice and has worked extensively with organizations around Halifax performing and presenting on issues of social change. She is dedicated to using poetry in prison outreach and youth engagement, and volunteers twice a week at Centerline Studio on the corner of Uniacke and Gottingen. El is current artistic director of Word Iz Bond Spoken Word Artist Collective and can be seen performing on the third Thursday of every month at the Company House at 2202 Gottingen Street in Word Iz Bond’s SPEAK! series, one of the oldest continually running spoken word series in Canada. She currently teaches at Saint Mary’s University in the sociology department. El believes that poetry can empower the powerless and give voice to the voiceless.

Check out some of El's thoughts on the matter here: LINK TO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzK9eGejm6Q "El Jones | Voters of Canada"

Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) is presenting 5 documentary films from April 3rd to 6th. All at The Company House, all FREE!!! Check out the others films: VESSEL, Til The Cows Come Home, Finding Dawn, & Transgender Parents.

The Company House is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral washrooms.