Apr 17-21, 2021
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Cured chronicles the strategy and tactics that led to a crucial victory in the movement for LGBTQ rights: the American Psychiatric Association's 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses. Following the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969, the battle that culminated in the APA’s decision marked the first major step on the path to first-class citizenship for LGBT Americans. Cured will shed new light on this victory — which was far from inevitable — while situating the APA story within the larger context of the modern movement for LGBT equality.
Patrick Sammon (Producer, Director) has a mix of experience in filmmaking, broadcast journalism, and LGBT political advocacy. The President of Story Center Films, LLC in Washington, DC, he is the Creator and Executive Producer of Codebreaker, a “superb” (The Telegraph), “imaginative” (Sunday Times), drama-documentary that “artfully explored” (The Mail) the life and legacy of gay British codebreaker Alan Turing.
Sammon turned his idea for Codebreaker into a highly acclaimed film that has attracted more than three million viewers across the globe. He put together an award-winning international production team (including Great Britain-based Furnace Ltd.), secured financing, and helped oversee both the business and creative sides of the production. Sammon also developed and implemented a creative and comprehensive grassroots distribution strategy for Codebreaker, combining traditional distribution channels with a unique outreach campaign to connect with the target audience. More details about the film can be found at turingfilm.com.
Before founding Story Center Films, Sammon served three years as President of Log Cabin Republicans, which advocates for LGBT rights in the Republican Party on behalf of its 20,000 members. Sammon started his career as an award-winning television news reporter.
Bennett Singer (Producer, Director) is a New York-based filmmaker who has been making social-issue documentaries for more than 20 years. With Nancy Kates, he produced and directed Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, an “electrifying” (MetroWeekly) and “poignant” (Time) film that premiered at Sundance, was broadcast nationally on PBS’ POV series and Logo, and has won more than 20 international awards, including the GLAAD Media Award and prizes at LGBT film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other cities. Singer received a duPont-Columbia Award for his work on Eyes on the Prize II and co-directed Electoral Dysfunction, a feature-length documentary about voting in America. Hosted by political humorist Mo Rocca, the film was featured in a four-part New York Times Op-Doc series, aired nationally on PBS, and won multiple awards, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award.
The former Executive Editor of Time Magazine’s Education Program, Singer is the author or editor of five books. With his husband, David Deschamps, he co-authored LGBTQ Stats, an “astounding” (Booklist, starred review) compendium of facts and figures about the ongoing LGBTQ revolution. The book won a 2018 Stonewall Honor Book Award from the American Library Association. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Video, a Visiting Artist Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Residency for Collaborative Teams at Yaddo.
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