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Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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DOES IT REALLY GET BETTER?

January 17, 2011 , , , , , , ,

Out in the Silence captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the filmmaker Joe Wilson’s announcement of his same-sex marriage in the local newspaper ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown – Oil City.

Co-Producers and Co-directors of Out of the Silence - Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

The announcement also catches the attention of Kathy Springer, a local woman whose gay teenage son, C.J., is being brutally abused at school. With nowhere else to turn, Springer seeks Wilson’s help—the only openly gay person she knows from the town. With camera in hand, Wilson and his partner, Dean Hamer, return to Oil City to engage with traditional values activists, conservative politicians, local leadership, and townsfolk. They confront school authorities, follow the trials and tribulations of a grassroots effort to promote diversity and tolerance, and form an unlikely and transformative friendship with an Evangelical preacher.

Out in the Silence is a deeply personal social issue documentary that takes viewers on journey through rural America as the battle over gay visibility and equality unfolds over a three-year period. The ultimate aim of the Out in the Silence Campaign is to increase the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people in rural and small town America and to promote dialogue and action that will help strengthen the struggle for fairness and equality for all. The film has an outreach campaign and it is possible to watch the film on Hulu and Snag films.Watch the entire film online. Also, the film is being screened in many venues all over the country. Check the link below to locate a local screening http://wpsu.org/outinthesilence/screenings_index or contact them to schedule a screening.

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