ABOUT

FROM SELMA TO STONEWALL: ARE WE THERE YET?

 

THE FILM TEASER

 

SYNOPSIS

 

An exploration of the similarities, differences, and conflicts between the black civil rights and gays rights movements. This 60-minute documentary follows a “black, straight preacher and a white, lesbian activist” as they seek to find the intersection between the Civil Rights and the LGBTQ Equality movements.

 
 

FEATURED IN THE FILM

CAST & CREW

Darnell L. Moore, Black Lives Matter activist, senior correspondent at Mic News, and managing editor of the Feminist Wire
Rev. Dr. Brad R. Braxton, founding pastor of Baltimore's The Open Church of Maryland
Rev. Fred Davie, Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary of New York City
Joyce O'Neil, Citizen of Selma
Sarah Schulman, activist, writer
Cara Page, Executive Director, Audre Lorde Project
Lee Jimenez, FIERCE anti-police brutality activist
Rev. Dr. Tommie Lee Watkins, The Watkins Group and soon to be the first openly black gay man to be ordained in the Alabama Diocese of the Episcopal Church
Cd Kirven, Dallas activist and artist
Tiph Browne, Nerdscarf
Tree, Bartender, Stonewall Inn
Robert A. Woodworth, Director of Capital Projects, LGBT Community Center, New York City
George Bellinger, Jr., Consultant
Cathy Renna, Managing Partner, Target Cue
Rev. Peter Johnson, Director, Peter Johnson Institute for Non-Violence

 
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Marilyn Bennett – Author, activist, video biographer, non-profit consultant with a long career in social justice working with LGBTQ equality and the church. She was Executive Director of Reconciling Ministries Network (Chicago), a national organization working for sex and gender equality in the United Methodist Church. She has a Master of Divinity from SMU Perkins School of Theology where she later worked as the executive director of development, media and alumni relations. She is the co-author of We Were Baptized Too: Claiming God’s Grace for Lesbians and Gays, foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She currently produces video biographies for elders and people with cancer nationwide, and is a co-founder of Truth in Progress.

 

Gilbert Caldwell – Retired United Methodist minister, and a lifelong activist in the Civil Rights Movement from the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer to the Million-Man March of 1996. Gil is author of numerous books and blogs on social justice, including his latest collection, Something Within. Gil served several historic Black churches in the Northeast, including Union Methodist in Boston and St. Mark’s in Harlem. He also served as Associated General Secretary to the General Commission on Religion and Race in Washington, D.C., and as Executive Director of the Ministerial Interfaith Association of Harlem. Gil helped found several significant organizations on the forefront of erasing bigotry within the church, including the Black Methodists for Church Renewal, the National Conference of Black Churchmen, and United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church, which works toward equality in ordaining Methodist ministers who are gay or lesbian. He served as a national board member of PFLAG, and is a co-founder of Truth in Progress.

 

Editor Lynn-Wood Fields is a film editor, teacher and filmmaker.  She runs her own production company, Scenic Route Films, and her films have premiered at Cine Film Festival, toured with the American Indian Film Festival Tribal Touring Program, and been shown on PBS. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her amazing family.  She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Montana in editing, screenwriting, production, visions of film, directing and entertainment management. She has been lucky to have a film career with projects that bring awareness and compassion to the subjects in the films.  She hopes to continue to use film as a voice for those who need it and to make change in arenas she feels passionate about. 

 

Award winning filmmaker Ky Dickens is best know for her highly acclaimed documentary work and her endless list of questions.  Ky splashed into the film world, with her breakout documentary Fish out of Water, winning four juror prizes and securing international distribution by First Run Features. Her second feature film, Sole Survivor, was acquired by CNN Films for broadcast and theatrical release. It premiered on the network in January, 2014. Sole Survivor was named the "Best Feature Film" at the 2013 BMA Awards. Ky’s third and fourth feature films are currently post production. Zero Weeks is a feature film about America’s paid leave crisis, set to be released in 2017.  The City that Sold America, is about Chicago’s often forgotten influence in the advertising, publishing and broadcast worlds. The film is the sequel to Emmy-award winning “Art & Copy” that premiered at Sundance in 2008. The film is in post-production and to be released in 2017 as well.

 

SUPPORTERS

International Advisory Panel

Lagenia Bailey, Doctor of neuropharmacology and Pranic Healing practitioner, Chicago, IL

Pat Clark, Program Officer, Fund for Nonviolence; Commissioner, Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and Director Emeritus, Southern Poverty Law Center; Austin, TX

Ky Dickens, Filmmaker, Director for Conspiracy Production Studio, Queer Activist and Director of Fish Out of Waterand Sole Survivor, Chicago, IL

Drew Emery, Producer & Director of Inlaws & OUTLAWS, and the True Stories Project, Seattle, WA

Arlene Groch, Civil Rights Trial Attorney, artist, community activist, Northfield, NJ

Jody Huckaby, Executive Director, PFLAG, Washington, D.C.

Christine Kaufmann, Montana State Senator, Helena, MT

Rev. Phil Lawson, United Methodist Clergy and veteran of the Peace and Justice movement, Hercules, CA

Karen McCrocklin, Author, filmmaker, and radio show host, Dallas, TX

Rev. Irene Monroe, Syndicated queer religion columnist, Boston, MA

Rev. Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force, Washington, D.C.

Sung Won Park, Founding Director, Building Bridges, New York, NY

Bishop John Selders, Jr., Pastor, Amistad UCC; Associate Chaplain, Trinity College; Co-Convening Bishop, SCPE; and Bishop Presider, ICLCM, Hartford, CT

James Steele, Director of Student Success, Salish Kootenai College; Board Member and Lecturer, The Policy Institute; and former 1st Vice President of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and former Chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, St. Ignatius, MT

Samuel Thoron, National President Emeritus, PFLAG, Board of Directors; Freedom to Marry, Inc.; and Board of Directors, Marriage Equality USA, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Rev. Canon Mpho A. Tutu van Furth, Executive Director, Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa

Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, writer; speaker; Director, Center for Sustainable Justice; former Faith Work Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources, Minneapolis, MN

Rev. Mel White, Co-founder of Soulforce, author and filmmaker, Laguna Beach, CA

 

MAJOR FUNDING PROVIDED BY

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

AHS Foundation/Lee Schubert

The Drake Bettner Foundation

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Adele Bennett

Greg Hawthorne

Susan Bennett

PRODUCERS

Curtis & Kelly Bennett

Paul & Valarie Bennett

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS

LaGenia Bailey

Leda Calma & Lisa Ponfick

Janice Lee Canterbury

Shirley Cooper

Jere B. Ford

Arlene Groch

The Estate of Edward & Helen Gryczan

David Hunter & Linda Carlson

Kathryn Kelley

Pat Kemp & Christine Kaufmann

Linda Miles

Gwendolyn Pincomb

Sally and Ralph Ponfick

Reconciling Ministries Network

SisBro Foundation

Carolyn & Del Straub

Sam & Julia Thoron

Marion Zeiger

KICKSTARTER

William Alberts

David Aspinall

Inelle Bagwell & Pat Clark

Kelly Baraby

Jim Bennett & Terry Vanden Hoek

Dorothee Benz

Matthew Berryman

Joan Bird & Max Milton

Belinda Bishop

Lynn & Gary Bowman

Anne Broyles & Larry Peacock

Betsy Burns

Joy Butler

James & Sandra Carter

Jim Carter

Karen & Hunter Coleman

Bobbie Conrady

J. Ann Craig

Jimmy Creech & Chris Weedy

Jonda Crosby & Sandy Shull

Dancing Lotus Center

Greg & Jade Dell

Bob & Betty Dorr

Betsey Downing

Susan Eichler

Andrew L. Flagg

Julie Forbes

Stephanie Ezell & Becky Thompson

Susan Gore

Jamee Greer

Peter & Charlise Hill Larson

John & Jean Hodges

Krys Holmes, Charlie Atkins & Tara Atkins

Jodi Hrbek & Jacki Champagne

Jody Huckaby

Tracy Hunter

Lisa Hudnutt

Rhonda James

Linda J. King

Pamela Lamberton

Kathy Westerfield Larson

Kris Larson & Tom Golnar

Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey

Ted L. Lockhart

Ruth & Lowell Luke

Hunter Mabry

Nadia Malley

Belinda Manning

Andrea Martin Salazar

Kathy Massey

Marilyn & David Meeker-Williams

Don & Bonnie Messer

Robert M. Morgan

Mary Morten & Willa Taylor

Tia Nelson

Dave Nukols

Christine A. Pasinski

Kent & Jan Ping

Morris W. Price, Jr.

Mark E. Scarff

Walter & Gay Schenck

Todd Scranton

Janet Seymour

Don Sinclair

Claudia Smith

Colin Smith

J. Terry Todd

Leslie Traub & Howard Ross

Niki Whearty & James Reynolds