Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series to host free screening: the Westchester premiere of Major!, the story of a 73-year-old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years, followed by a panel discussion. At the Ossining Public Library, 6:30 on Thursday June 7th, 2018.
This month’s offering from The Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series (ODDS) is the Westchester premiere of Major!. The free screening will take place on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at the Ossining Public Library. Seating begins at 6:15 PM, admission is always free, and all are welcome. A panel discussion will follow with panelists drawn from the Ossining Pride community.
Miss Major’s extraordinary personal story is one of resilience and celebration in a community that has been historically traumatized. While mainstream gay rights and marriage equality dominate the headlines, Miss Major’s life is a testament to the fierce determination and everyday challenges of transgender women of color, who often live on the margins of the already marginalized.
“I’m so proud to be curating our screening of Major!” said Christina Picciano, one of the ODDS committee members, “because it furthers the dialogue about transgender rights and honors our elders who fought for the LGBTQ community. I love how the ever-increasing breadth and depth of the films we offer”
As always, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Every month panelists with expertise in the film’s subject matter generously volunteer to help shed light on the issues raised. Audience members are encouraged to respond honestly and ask their questions. The panel for this film consists of: Cole Rivers, writer, spoken word artist, and community activist; and Brendon L. Scholl, member of Ossining High School’s SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Acceptance) Club.
IThe Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series is organized by a committee of volunteers committed to bringing their “community together one film at a time.” This will be the group’s 58th screening since its founding in 2013 by Victoria Gearity, Mayor of the Village of Ossining and Suzie Ross, Chair of Green Ossining. The public is invited to visit OssiningDocumentaries.org to learn about more upcoming films on a wide variety of topics. Screenings are always free and all are welcome.
The Series is supported by an Arts Alive grant from ArtsWestchester and by its Grand Sponsors, Ossining’s SBS Printing and Shipping, Matthew and Cinthia Gullotta, and Down to Earth Markets, which manages many regional Farmers’ Markets, including Ossining’s. Friends of the Series and Screening Sponsors are acknowledged at the screenings and on the ODDS website. Partners and affiliates include Green Ossining, the Ossining Public Library, the Ossining Arts Council, Energize NY, and Yonkers Tribune.
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Additional biographical information on the panelists:
Cole Rivers, Writer/Spoken word artist, and community activist.
Cole is an innovative writer, spoken word performance artist, and community activist who focuses on supporting youth in the arts. He is also a leader in the local chapter of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a worldwide Buddhist organization which focuses on fostering capable young people in today’s society. He identifies as transgender and uses He/Him/His pronouns.
Brendon L. Scholl, member of Ossining High School SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Acceptance) Club
Brendon is a student at Ossining High School and is an active member of the local LGBTQ community. They’ve worked with the Trevor Project on a mini-documentary about art and being LGBTQ, and attended Pace’s annual Prideworks. Activism and learning about LGBTQ history are important to them – history provides a way to give proper respect to the community leaders who came before.
ODDS Website: OssiningDocumentaries.org
Official Film Site: MissMajorFilm.com
Trailer: (available at official film site)
IMDB Entry: IMDB.com/title/tt5065142
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Organization: Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series
Org Website: OssiningDocumentaries.org
Film Title: Major!
Date & Time: Thursday, June 7, 2018. Seating begins 6:15 PM
Location: Budarz Theatre, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562
Panelists: Cole Rivers and Brendon L. Scholl
Admission: Free. All are welcome.
Prepared by: ProBono PR, a project of Our Better Future (OBF)
Preparer website: PaulStark.name/Projects
Paul Stark, founder of Our Better Future, a multi-threaded non-profit dedicated to educating and increasing citizen engagement in Northern Westchester, says, “I believe in the Documentary Series. Supporting endeavors dedicated to increasing the strength of ourcommunities is part of OBF’s mission.”