The Edmonds Diversity Film Series begins its third season this month, with the first screening on Saturday, Oct. 19 at noon at the Edmonds Theater.
Screenings will be offered free to the public and are scheduled for the third Saturdays of the month, October through April (except December). Each screening presents a film, or films, related to different topics or groups representing diverse populations and experiences. After each screening there is a brief opportunity for comment and dialogue.
CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion kicks the season off on October 19th, a film about disabilities portrayed within the Hollywood movie industry, featuring such Hollywood heavyweights as Jamie Foxx, Jane Seymour, Ben Affleck and Geena Davis among others. Filmmaker Jenni Gold explores disability story lines in film, television and advertising to see if the media have helped societal inclusion for people with disabilities.
On November 16th, Lioness presents the untold story of the first group of women soldiers in US history to be sent into direct ground combat, in violation of official policy. Told through intimate accounts, journal excerpts, archive footage, as well as interviews with military commanders, the film follows five women who served together for a year in Iraq. With captivating detail, this probing documentary reveals the unexpected course of events that began with using US women soldiers to defuse tensions with local civilians, but resulted in the women fighting in some of the bloodiest counter-insurgency battles of the war.
This movie will be followed by the short, Charlie & Sam. This movie delves into the World War II generation and their life and wartime experience by showcasing a reunion of two WWII vets for a final farewell.
With a break for the holidays in December, the Series picks up again in the New Year.
On January 18, 2020, The Florida Project, is an award-winning portrayal of a single mother and children eking out an existence in the shadow of the most magical place on Earth, Disneyworld. Six-year-old Moonee and her two best friends forge their own adventures, while Moonee’s struggling mom and William Dafoe as a kind-hearted motel manager, protect the kids from the harsh reality that surrounds them.
On February 15, 2020, the movie 13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.” It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution which abolished slavery and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime. DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the Civil War through criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weigh more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States.
March 21, 2020 features In the Family. Beginning with her story of testing positive for the familial breast cancer mutation (BRCA), Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick chronicles the lives of several women currently undergoing the process of genetic testing — following them from their decision to seek testing, through the testing process, and onto the aftermath as they come to terms with the information they receive.
And to wrap up the season, on April 18, 2020 two movies will be screened:
Fat Boy Chronicles, featuring an overweight teen who focuses on his goals of losing weight and getting the girl of his dreams despite being teased and tormented by his classmates.
And the short, On Beauty. From Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joanna Rudnick (In the Family) comes a story about challenging norms and redefining beauty. On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition, albinism, Rick refocused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows in order to change the way we see and experience beauty.
More detailed information about the films, including full synopses and movie trailers, is available at diversity.edmondswa.gov All movies are free to the public and are screened at Noon at the Edmonds Theater, 415 Main Street, an ADA-accessible facility.
The Edmonds Diversity Film Series is sponsored by the Edmonds Diversity Commission, Rick Steves’ Europe, MyEdmondsNews, the Edmonds Centers for the Arts, and the Edmonds Theater.