Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen LGBTQ Film Series

Film series schedule

Exploring themes of marginalization, immigration, the criminal justice system,  isolation, prejudice, solidarity, community, equity, and liberation. 

All screenings at 6pm.


Wednesday February 7: Free CeCe!, 6 pm in Textor 101 Screening in observance of Black History Month

On her way to the store with a group of friends, CeCe McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed and CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota.  CeCe’s powerful story highlights the groundswell of voices questioning the prison industrial complex and calling for its disassembly.


Thursday February 22  Regarding Susan Sontag, 6 pm in the Handwerker Gallery With guest discussant Jennifer Spitzer, English Department

From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, the film is a fascinating look at Sontag, a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. Screened in  collaboration with Women and Gender Studies Program, and The Handwerker Gallery.


Tuesday March 6 Check It, 6 pm in Textor 101

At first glance, they seem unlikely gang members. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed and attacked. Started in 2009 by a group of bullied 9th graders, now Check It members are creating their own clothing label, putting on fashion shows and working as runway models. But breaking the cycle of poverty and violence is a daunting task as they struggle to survive in one of Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods.  


Tuesday April 10  Contralto, 6 pm in the Handwerker Gallery Filmmaker

Sarah Hennies introduces her new film “Contralto,” a film and sound work that exists in between the spaces of experimental music and documentary. It features a cast of transgender women speaking, singing, and performing vocal exercises accompanied by a musical score that includes a variety of conventional and “non-musical” approaches to sound-making, using  instruments such as paper, bowls of grains, and office equipment. The cast includes clients of the Ithaca College Voice and Communication Modification Program for People in the Transgender Community. Made possible by Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, and New York Foundation for the Arts Shelley Pinz  Professional Development Grant.

More information?  
  www.ithaca.edu/lgbt    607.274.7394 All films are free and open to the public.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations  should contact [email protected] or 607-274-7394.  We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.