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SFF 2017: Screening Southern Justice – September 6-9, 2017

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Wednesday, September 6

Gavin GrimmGender Revolution with special guest, Gavin Grimm

Reception at 6 p.m., film at 6:30
James Branch Cabell Library Lecture Hall

Free – please Register

with special guests Gavin Grimm & Bill Farrar of Virginia ACLU

Gender and sexuality can be fluid, and today transgender issues are altering the nature of day-to-day interactions. Newscasting legend Katie Couric takes us on a journey to discover the dynamics of gender in our world, and promotes understanding the personal and the political issues behind the headlines. Gender Revolution includes interviews with activists, doctors, families and individuals, and highlights Virginia native Gavin Grimm, a transgender student whose case is currently in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Thursday, September 7

Do Not Resist film stillDo Not Resist

6:30 p.m. at the Virginia Historical Society as part of the Created Equal Film Series


In cooperation with VHS “Created Equal” Series, with special guests Phillip Thompson, President of Loudoun Chapter NAACP, and a representative from the Richmond Police Department.

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary, Do Not Resist (2016, 72 minutes) explores the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, the documentary offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. It puts viewers in the center of the action—from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team to a Congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments.

Friday, September 8

My Cousin VinnyMy Cousin Vinny

6:30 p.m. at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

$8 (VMFA Members $5), free to VCU students, faculty, & staff with valid VCU ID.

With special guests, actor and VCU alum Raynor Scheine and Richmond criminal trial attorney David Baugh; moderated by Trent Nicholas.

In this clever comedy, two New York college kids are accused of a crime in the deep south. Their only hope is their cousin—-a sarcastic Brooklyn lawyer who has no clue of genteel Southern manners and rules. Joe Pesci stars. Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for her role. Virginia’s own Raynor Scheine who stars in a very hilarious scene will speak in-person with attorney David Baugh giving legal commentary.

Saturday, September 9

Double feature: See Loving and An Outrage for $12 (VHS members $8)  – or for free with VCU ID.


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3 p.m. at the Virginia Historical Society

$8 (VHS Members $5), free to VCU students, faculty, & staff with valid VCU ID.

Featuring special guests: historian Peter Wallenstein, Ph.D., professor of history at Virginia Tech; Amelia Zontini, lead set costumer for the film; and others to be announced.

From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, “Loving” celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry — and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

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An Outrage

6 p.m.  at the Virginia Historical Society

$8 (VHS Members $5), free to VCU students, faculty, & staff with valid VCU ID.

With special guests filmmakers Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, and Kimberly Wilson, who appears in the film; moderated by John Kneebone.

An Outrage is a documentary film about lynching in the American South. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, this unusual historical documentary seeks to educate even as it serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past.