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Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community

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December 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood will present in partnership with Temple Beth El of Hollywood a live public screening and discussion of its documentary short film.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a reception, followed at 7:30 p.m. with the screening and discussion of the 20-minute film at the Temple. Todd Delmay of the Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council will lead the interactive talk with Temple Beth El Rabbi Allan Tuffs, Rabbi Noah Kitty of Congregation Etz Chaim in Wilton Manors, and Broward resident Jeff Stern, who will share his own coming-out story.

Completed in 2020, Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community captures the diverse coming-out narratives of seven Broward residents who took part in on-camera interviews. The film was produced by the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, and was directed, photographed and edited by award-winning Miami-based filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez.

Open Dialogues reveals in intimate detail how the LGBTQ community is often marginalized within families, schools, religious institutions, and public spaces – and how individuals interviewed for the film learned to empower themselves in these spaces. The Broward residents who took part in on-camera interviews are Julie Marie Wade, Dan Bassett, Christine Walters, Omar Morales, Gary Keating, Franchesca D’Amore, and Michael Goodman.

This special evening will engage audience members in a discussion of how the faith-based community can better include and accept LGBTQ individuals here in Broward County.

Rabbi Tuffs joined Temple Beth El of Hollywood in 1997, where he is committed to preserving Jewish tradition while remaining open to new ideas. Rabbi Noah Kitty has been involved with Etz Chaim since 2007, serving as Executive Director and Rabbi since 2009. In 2015 she was identified by The Florida Agenda as one of the Top 100 LGBT Movers and Shakers in the state.

“The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is excited to share our Open Dialogues film in the sanctuary at Temple Beth El of Hollywood,” said Joy Satterlee, the Center’s Executive Director. “This event supports the Center’s goal for Open Dialogues to foster greater inclusion and acceptance of our LGBTQ community.”

Open Dialogues was an Official Selection in the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival, where it was selected Best Short Film runner-up, as well as the 2021 Orlando Film Festival, and 36th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, where it was awarded Best Broward Documentary in the 2020 virtual edition. For more information, visit https://www.artandculturecenter.org, or call 954.921.3274.

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that presents a year-round schedule of contemporary gallery exhibitions, artist talks, film screenings, and youth education and career development programs. The Center cultivates creativity and the support of the arts in our community through education, innovation, and collaboration.

Support for Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community was provided by the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Ruth H. Brown Fund for the Arts, Dot and Keith Cobb Fund, and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

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Temple Beth El of Hollywood


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