Assistant Professor Premieres Local Documentary, Out in Albany

Julie Casper Roth, Assistant Professor of Communications at SUNY Cobleskill, will introduce Out in Albany, an original documentary, at its screening on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. The event, to take place at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Albany at 7:00 pm, will provide attendees a first-time viewing of the powerful documentary produced and directed by Roth which explores the history and contemporary issues of the local Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community.

Out in Albany provides an insightful look into the past and present challenges that members of the LGBTQ community continually face. Though the movement has made vast progress as of today, audiences will be exposed to the various issues LGBTQ men and women have previously experienced and uncover the ever-present hardships that these individuals face currently; despite the critical advancements that have been made regarding universal social acceptance.

Following the film, audiences are encouraged to stay and attend a panel discussion, titled “The Next 10 Years.” Among the panel’s participants will be Jim de Seve – the award-winning producer and director of the pivotal marriage equality documentary, Tying the Knot. De Seve, alongside other local LGBTQ activists, will share their viewpoint into the discussion as to where the LGBTQ movement is going and what the major issues are in the movement.

“It’s an honor to be involved with a project like this. As a producer/director, I feel like I am doing so little in comparison to what the interviewees in Out in Albany have done and continue to do,” remarks Roth. “Being out in the 1950s and 60s often meant having your life threatened. Today, it also comes with risks. I am grateful for everyone who took or takes those risks. It’s an honor to be – as a filmmaker – a conduit of such important stories.”

Those interested in attending the screening of Out in Albany should RSVP by January 9 to 518-880-3400 or rsvp@wmht.org. The televised premiere of Out in Albany will take place on January 15, at 9:00 pm on WMHT TV. For further information regarding Out in Albany, please visit www.wmht.org/outinalbany.

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