What happens when a busload of young activists travel around the country to confront anti-LGBT policies at conservative religious and military colleges? Equality U tells the story of the Soulforce Equality Ride and their experiences combating hatred, fear, and ignorance through direct action. Their goal: to engage in a dialogue with university administration and students, explaining the tragic consequences that discriminatory policies have had on LGBT lives. Some schools welcome them, while others have them arrest and prevent them from speaking to students. Incorporating verite footage, interviews, and personal video journals recorded by the six central Riders themselves, Equality U focuses on the personal stories of our lead characters and the journeys they take during this foray into activism. The story comes through their eyes. They’ll make mistakes and they’ll have conflict with the outside world and amongst themselves. Equality U looks closely at their personal struggles over the course of the entire tour, allowing us an intimate portrait of a group of young people on the forefront of social change.
Film Festivals Featuring Equality U
OUTFEST, Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
Saturday July 19, 2008 2:00pm Fairfax 1
NEWFEST The New York LGBT Film Festival
Wed. June 11, 3:45p AMC Lowes 34th St. – Theater 10
Sun. June 15, 1:30p AMC Lowes 34th St. – Theater 9
FRAMELINE 32 The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Saturday, June 21, 1:15p Roxie Film Center
Ask Not is a rare and compelling exploration of the effects of the US military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy. The film exposes the tangled political battles that led to the discriminatory law and examines the societal shifts that have occurred since its passage in 1993. Current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how "don’t ask, don’t tell" affects them during their tours of duty, as they struggle to maintain a double life, uncertain of whom they can trust. The film also explores how gay veterans and youth organizers are turning to forms of personal activism to overturn the policy. From a national speaking tour of conservative universities to protests at military recruitment offices, these public events question how the U.S. military can claim to represent democracy and freedom while denying one segment of the population the right to serve.
Film Festivals Featuring Ask Not
TimesTalks at the Times Center, New York City
Friday, June 13, 6pm, TheTimesCenter, 242 W. 41st St.
Director, subjects, & military analysts in conversation after the screening
NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival
Saturday, June 14, 6pm, AMC Loews 34th St. Theater (at 8th Ave.)
Director & subjects in attendance
Provincetown International Film Festival
Friday, June 20, 4pm, Crown & Anchor Theater
Sunday, June 22, 4pm, Crown & Anchor Theater
Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – opening night film
Friday, June 27th
Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th