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Outfest West Hollywood Series: L WORD MISSISIPPI: HATE THE SIN
West Hollywood City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library
West Hollywood, CA
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WED | AUG 6 | 7:30 PM
West Hollywood City Council Chambers at West Hollywood Library

IN PERSON GUEST: Ilene Chaiken (The L Word, The Real L Word)

SHOWTIME will give viewers a look inside the daily struggles of a group of Southern lesbians in L WORD MISSISSIPPI: HATE THE SIN, which will premiere on the network on Friday, August 8th at 9 PM ET/PT. The 90-minute documentary, executive produced by filmmaker Ilene Chaiken (The L Word, The Real L Word) and the award-winning Magical Elves directing and production team of Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz (Top Chef, Katy Perry: Part of Me), spotlights the unique challenges of being lesbians in between the coasts in the religious, conservative deep South. Directed by Oscar and Emmy nominee Lauren Lazin (Tupac: Resurrection).

What is life like for lesbians living outside more progressive metropolitan areas in America today where gay women endure hardships, bigotry, bullying, sexism and racism while trying to live among their predominantly straight neighbors? Chaiken and the Elves journey deep into Bible Belt towns like Laurel, Gulfport and Hattiesburg to tell the stories of a dozen such women, including a newly out-and-proud former pastor banished from her church, but who later regains her self-esteem by launching a program to support her local LGBTQ community. A white mother would accept her daughter's black lover, if only she were a man. A couple grapples with both infertility and female-to-male gender transitioning. And a former life-long lesbian struggles to "pray the gay away," and hopes to do the same for her openly gay son.

L WORD MISSISSIPPI: HATE THE SIN is a continuation of Chaiken's exploration of modern-day lesbian life. Her groundbreaking SHOWTIME drama series The L Word ran for six seasons on the network and followed a group of Los Angeles-based friends as they navigated careers, families, friendships, inner-struggles and romantic entanglements. The series generated a large and loyal audience, as well as critical praise for its provocative storylines. It was followed by three seasons of The Real L Word, an unscripted series produced by Chaiken, Cutforth and Lipsitz that followed a similar group of lesbians at work and at play in LA and NY. They are now re-teaming to turn their lens on those who live in areas where being out and proud is largely discouraged and sometimes dangerous. Against the backdrop of the burgeoning gender and marriage equality debate, L WORD MISSISSIPPI: HATE THE SIN spotlights those loving, living, working, parenting and forcing change from within places where entrenched, conservative values have resisted the progress the LGBTQ community has worked hard to achieve elsewhere.

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The program is presented FREE OF CHARGE.

Free Validated Parking will be available in the five story public/park structure.

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ABOUT THIS SERIES:
Outfest, the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) stories on the screen, announces a new program: Outfest West Hollywood Series, a monthly program featuring films and discussions of interest to LGBT audiences at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers at West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. in West Hollywood. The program will be the first Wednesday of the month throughout the year and is made possible in part from a grant from the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission

"We are delighted to work with the City of West Hollywood to present a series of films and conversation that will address issues and ideas specific to the LGBT community while offering compelling and provocative entertainment to audiences of all stripes," says KP Pepe, Outfest Director of Programming. "The new library has become a hub for the community at large, and Outfest looks forward to adding it to our many programming venues located throughout the greater metropolitan area."

ABOUT SHOWTIME:
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME, SHOWTIME BEYOND, SHOWTIME NEXT, SHOWTIME WOMEN, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE and THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, SHOWTIME 2 HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution which recently launched SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV.

ABOUT THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD:
The City of West Hollywood, also known as The Creative City, has a strong commitment to providing accessible arts and cultural events programming for its diverse community and visitors. This commitment led to the building of the West Hollywood Library in 2011, which has served as a hub of cultural programming in the area. Through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the City presents numerous film screenings, exhibitions, concerts, and other cultural events throughout the year, as well as an entire month of LGBTQ arts events during June Pride month. For more information on these West Hollywood arts and cultural events, please visit www.weho.org/arts and www.weho.org/pride.
Wednesday Aug 06, 2014 7:30 PM - Wednesday Aug 06, 2014 9:30 PM | Free

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West Hollywood City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library (View)
625 N San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
United States


Categories

Film > Festivals
Film > Movies
Film > Other
Film > Premiers
Social > LGBT

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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