This film takes place at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center. Launched in 2013, REEL Queer is more than just film showings–it’s a community! Now in its second season, REEL Queer has broadened its community partnerships to include Squeaky Wheel and the Pride Center of WNY, in addition to maintaining its preexisting relationship with founding partner Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.
Pride, based on a true story, depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists in Maggie Thathcher’s UK who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group’s support due to the union’s public relations worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to Onllwyn, a small mining village in Wales, resulting in an alliance between the two communities. Directed by Matthew Warchus. (2014, runtime 120 minutes)
The conversation continues after the screening with a panel discussion facilitated by long-time LGBTQ activist and founding member of REEL Queer Paul Morgan.
Post-screening Panelists include:
Colin Dabkowski, Arts Critic, The Buffalo News
Dr. Ruth Meyerowitz, Professor of American Studies/Feminist Labor Historian, SUNY at Buffalo
Mark Higgins, Board Member, New York State Workers Compensation Board