CC[DC] Audience says “Evolution of a Criminal” #1 Event of the Season

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We want to thank everyone who completed the Community Cinema [DC] end-of-season survey including voting for your #1 Community Cinema [DC] event from the 2014-2015 season. Evolution of a Criminal was that #1 event among survey respondents who attended Community Cinema at Busboys and Poets.



Carroll Skipwith of Baltimore takes the mic.  Darius on screen. photo credit:  Institute for Policy Studies

Carroll Skipwith of Baltimore takes the mic. Darius on screen. photo credit: Institute for Policy Studies


Here’s why respondents made Evolution of a Criminal their #1 choice:

I related more with the subject matter. I work as a social worker and in criminal Justice so I had a different view. It also showed a positive outcome.


It was a great true story, well written, something I could actually understand. It reminded me about how I need to NOT include my kid in certain things, even when they “appear” to have the maturity.


… Evolution of a Criminal was an opportunity for people to reassess their beliefs, knowledge and biases.



A Path Appears (Poverty), The Homestretch, and Makers: Women in Space
were among the top choice/favorite events for 2014-2015.


We were happy to offer an incentive for completing the end-of-season survey: a $25 gift card to Busboys and Poets. The name was drawn during our series partners meeting and the winner is Jason Stewart of Silver Spring, MD.

Clela Rorex, a hero in the history of marriage equality

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Community Cinema [DC] audiences want to know more about the brave Colorado county clerk who issued Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan their marriage license in 1975. Limited Partnership has its television premiere Monday, June 15 on the PBS series Independent Lens.

Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan’s Marriage License form April 21, 1975. Courtesy of Tony Sullivan

Still 53 — Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan’s Marriage License form April 21, 1975. Courtesy of Tony Sullivan




“Limited Partnership” wins FilmfestDC’s Justice Matters award

"Limited Partnership" filmmakers brown bag lunch discussion participants. 2nd from left Michon Boston (CCDC), Thomas Miller, Tony Sullivan, Susan Barocas (moderator)

“Limited Partnership” filmmakers brown bag lunch discussion participants including (L) Linda Blackaby (FilmfestDC Justice Matters curator), (2nd from L) Michon Boston (CCDC), Thomas Miller, Tony Sullivan, Susan Barocas (moderator) – WeWork Dupont (Washington, DC)

Limited Partnership” was one of the featured documentaries in this year’s FilmfestDC film festival in Washington, DC. Filmmaker Thomas Miller and LGBT activist Tony Sullivan (featured in the film) have been in Washington, DC for the festival and to witness today’s opening arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on whether gay and lesbian couples have the constitutional right to get married.

During a filmmaker’s luncheon presented by ITVS and FilmfestDC for Tom and Tony, Tony talked about the irony of being inside the court for this high stakes case. The ruling against Tony (a widower since 2012) and his spouse Richard Adam’s marriage in 1975 was written by Anthony M. Kennedy who was a circuit court judge at the time. Kennedy’s final word forced the couple into exile. The marriage didn’t grant Tony, an Australian, citizenship as it does for marriages between a man and a woman. Since joining the Supreme Court, Kennedy has authored some of the most important rulings on gay rights including States v. Windsor which struck down the key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Kennedy’s record may hint at a complete reversal from his position when Tony and Richard appealed to the court to protect their marriage, but the “Limited Partnership” team is not taking that for granted. Tom and Tony believe love always triumphs, but today Tony, who was part of an historical marriage, will be a witnesses to history today at the Supreme Court.

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Community Cinema [DC] presents “Limited PartnershipSunday, May 24 at 5 PM at Busboys and Poets. Filmmaker Thomas Miller will join the Q&A via Skype. Other speakers are TBA. Reserve on Eventbrite. There is no admission fee.

Read a Washington Post feature story about Tony Sullivan by Robert Barnes published April 18, 2015