“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.
Community Cinema [DC] presents “Limited Partnership” Sunday, 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.
Todd S. Burroughs, Ph.D. and Dr. Mark Bolden. Photo credit: Institute for Policy Studies
The Q&A of Community Cinema DC’s presentation of “American Denial” was one of the rare moments when the entire audience remained in their seats after the film and yielded most of their questions and comments time to the speakers — Trinity College’s Dr. Mark Bolden and historian/journalist Todd S. Burroughs, Ph.D. Both speakers gave contrasting yet complimentary analysis of Gunner Myrdal’s study “American Dilemma,” the film and its potential to move a conversation on race forward. “It’s a step,” said Burroughs.
Attendees were interested in Dr. Bolden’s recommended readings about the original “American Delimma” study:
a review written by sociologist E.B. Reuter, and NAACP co-founder, writer, and sociologist W.E.B. DuBois, published in the Clark Atlanta University Phylon Journal in 1944. And a second review and analysis written by sociologist Oliver C. Cox in the Howard University Journal of Negro of Education — “An American Delimma: A Mystical Approach to the Study of Race Relations” — published in 1945.
It’s always good to leave a Community Cinema event hungry for more.
Dr. Mark Bolden, assistant professor of counseling at Trinity College will be the guest speaker for the Q&A following the Community Cinema [DC] presentation of AMERICAN DENIAL (Sunday, February 22, 5 pm) at Busboys and Poets. Dr. Bolden was honored in August by the Association of Black Psychologists with the Bobby E. Wright award for exemplary commitment to community service.
Dr. Bolden teaches counseling and education courses at Trinity including a Multicultural Counseling that explores practical and theoretical issues of counseling individuals, couples, groups, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University; M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and B.A. in Psychology from Seton Hall University. More information available at this link.
Dr. Bolden uses the Implicit Bias test (mentioned in AMERICAN DENIAL) in his classes. We encourage you to try the test for yourself and share your results at the Community Cinema screening. It will make for a very interesting conversation starter.
Joining Dr. Bolden is Todd S. Burroughs, Ph.D., journalist, historian, and “popular culture geek.” Burroughs received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and is a lifelong student of the history of Black media. He is the author of “Son-Shine On Cracked Sidewalks,” his audiobook on the 2014 Newark, N.J. mayoral election, co-author with Herb Boyd of the book “Civil Rights: Yesterday and Today,” and one of four primary authors of the book “Civil Rights Chronicle ,” both published by Legacy Publishing/Publications International. He is the o-editor with Jared Ball of the book “A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X,” published by Black Classic Press, and a contributor to several other books, including “Race And Resistance: African-Americans in the Twenty-First Century” (South End Press), “Putting The Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching” (Teaching for Change and PRRAC), “The Fifties Chronicle” (Legacy/Publishing/Publications International), and the “Ethnic Media In America” scholarly anthology series (Kendall/Hunt). More informaiton available on his blog Drums in the Global Village.”