We are so thrilled that the film Out in the Night will be screened at the New Orleans Film Festival as part of the OUTakes Sidebar Series! Here is a link to the film screenings! It documents the true story of four young Black lesbians who are violently and sexually threatened on the street in NYC. They defend themselves and are charged, convicted and labeled “the Gang of Killer Lesbians”. Black & Pink – New Orleans is proud to be one of the Community Partners helping to promote the screenings.
Friday, October 17, 2014, 5:15 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center.
Followed by discussion with director & panel!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Theatres at Canal Place 9
Followed by a Social Justice Filmmaking Mixer co-hosted by Patois! 7:30pm – 9pm inside the Westin VIP Lounge. Complimentary refreshments provided.
About the film, Bitch Magazine writes:
Who has the right to self-defense? How do race, class, sexuality, and gender expression affect what our society sees as violent? In 75 minutes, new documentary Out in the Night challenges us to consider these questions.
The film follows the case of Venice Brown, Terrain Dandridge, Renata Hill and Patreese Johnson, four women who became known as the New Jersey Four after they defended themselves against an assault on the streets of New York City’s West Village.
On August 18, 2006, seven young black lesbians friends from Newark, New Jersey, came to New York City’s West Village. As they walked down the street, they were harassed by a man named Duane Buckle. When they told him they were gay, he began threatening to rape them—then he physically attacking them, throwing his lit cigarette at them, ripping the hair from one woman’s head, and choking another woman. The women defended themselves and, at some point during the four-minute fight, two unknown men jumped in to assist them. As Buckle attempted to choke Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson stabbed him with a pen knife. The two unknown men left the scene, but when police arrived, they arrested the women. Buckle was taken to the hospital where he stated that men had attacked him. Nonetheless, the women were charged with assault and attempted murder.
Both the media and the prosecution framed the women as a “lesbian wolf pack,” “killer lesbians” and a “seething sapphic septet” who had attacked Buckle because he was straight. […]