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Irv­ing­ton The­ater to Host Spe­cial Dou­ble Film Screen­ing Event No­vem­ber 15

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Irv­ing­ton The­ater will host an ex­clu­sive screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary The Laven­der Scare on No­vem­ber 15, fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion with the film’s di­rec­tor, Emmy-win­ning film­maker Josh Howard, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued by the the­ater (printed be­low). In ad­vance of the fea­ture-length screen­ing, Irv­ing­ton Mayor Brian Smith will in­tro­duce Hid­ing in Day­light, a short film writ­ten by Irv­ing­ton The­ater man­ager Greg Allen. Look for an ar­ti­cle in our No­vem­ber is­sue for more in­for­ma­tion about the No­vem­ber 15th event.

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Josh Howard

IRV­ING­TON, N.Y. OCT. 21 — The Irv­ing­ton The­ater Com­mis­sion, will host a screen­ing of The Laven­der Scare—one of the most talked about films of the decade—which won 18 awards for best doc­u­men­tary and fea­tures Glenn Close, Cyn­thia Nixon and David Hyde Pierce.

Com­mis­sioner Shana Lieb­man be­gan cu­rat­ing screen­ings of award-win­ning doc­u­men­taries last sea­son at Irv­ing­ton The­ater and is hard at work pick­ing out more for the 2019-2020 sea­son.  This par­tic­u­lar evening will be­gin with a screen­ing of the award-win­ning short film Hid­ing in Day­light, writ­ten by Irv­ing­ton The­ater man­ager Greg AllenMayor Brian Smith, who was an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the film, will in­tro­duce it.

“I’ve loved bring­ing ex­cit­ing doc­u­men­taries to Irv­ing­ton,” Shana Lieb­man says. “Once The Laven­der Scare was cho­sen, we knew Greg’s short film would be a won­der­ful com­pan­ion piece as both sto­ries tackle the op­pres­sion of the LGBT com­mu­nity from two pe­ri­ods in our his­tory: one in our past and one po­ten­tially in our fu­ture.”

Lavendar Scare Protestors
Protest footage from The Lavender Scare

The Laven­der Scare (www.theLaven­der­Scare.comis the un­told story of an un­re­lent­ing cam­paign by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment un­der Eisen­hower to iden­tify and fire all em­ploy­ees sus­pected of be­ing ho­mo­sex­ual. In 1953, Pres­i­dent Eisen­hower de­clared gay men and les­bians to be a threat to the se­cu­rity of the coun­try and there­fore un­fit for gov­ern­ment ser­vice. In do­ing so, he trig­gered the longest witch hunt in Amer­i­can his­tory. Over the next four decades, tens of thou­sands of gov­ern­ment work­ers would lose their jobs for no rea­son other than their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. But the ac­tions of the gov­ern­ment had an un­in­tended ef­fect. They in­ad­ver­tently helped ig­nite the gay rights move­ment.

Lavender Scare“As a for­mer pro­ducer and ex­ec­u­tive at the CBS News broad­cast 60 Min­utes, I think I know a good story when I see one. I felt this un­known chap­ter of our his­tory was one that needed to be told,” says di­rec­tor Josh Howard.

The film is a chill­ing re­minder of how easy it is to tram­ple the rights of an en­tire class of peo­ple in the name of pa­tri­o­tism and na­tional se­cu­rity. The New York Times called it: “Fas­ci­nat­ing and hor­ri­fy­ing … and timely.” The Los An­ge­les Times said it is “a grip­ping, nim­bly as­sem­bled doc­u­men­tary…a vivid, dis­turb­ing and rous­ing pic­ture of spe­cious gov­ern­ment in­tru­sion at its worst.”

Hid­ing in Day­light (www.hidingin­day­ is a fic­tional fu­tur­is­tic story di­rected by Cheryl Al­li­son about four best friends sur­viv­ing life af­ter a gay purge in Amer­ica by liv­ing in fake mar­riages to each other. The film has played al­most 40 fes­ti­vals dur­ing 2019 in­clud­ing screen­ing at the pres­ti­gious Amer­i­can Pavil­ion at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val as well as Hong Kong, Oslo, The United King­dom, SOHO In­ter­na­tional, New­port Beach Fes­ti­val, Global Im­pact in DC, Bur­bank, Chicago, Boston, and Dal­las.

“This is a spe­cial night—two ex­cel­lent films that bril­liantly raise provoca­tive and timely is­sues about our so­ci­ety. Plus au­di­ences can speak to the film’s di­rec­tor and hear from the town mayor. All in one evening. It’s the kind of in­spir­ing event we hope to do more of at the Irv­ing­ton The­ater,” says Lieb­man.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. VIP Tick­ets are $30 (first four rows with a free glass of wine) and stan­dard seat­ing is $15. Wine will be avail­able from our gen­er­ous spon­sor, Ken­wood Vine­yards. Tick­ets are avail­able from the IT web­site (/www.irv­ing­tonthe­ The Irv­ing­ton Town Hall The­ater, lo­cated at 85 Main Street in down­town Irv­ing­ton, N.Y.

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