'Gen Silent' focuses on gay seniors' struggles in film series kickoff

“Gen Silent,” a critically acclaimed documentary about aging in the gay community, will lead off SUNY Oswego’s On Screen/In Person film series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Oswego Cinema 7, 138 W. Second St. Producer and director Stu Maddux will answer audience questions after the film.

A touring program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, On Screen/In Person will offer two more films this fall and three in the spring as a showcase for some of the most promising new independent American films and their filmmakers.

Still image from Gen Silent movie“Gen Silent” asks six seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses and their lives in order to survive discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the health and nursing case system. Their decisions are captured through intimate access to the lives of people who fought some of the earliest battles for equality, only to be confronted, once again in their senior years, by bigotry and intolerance.

“We need gay-straight alliances for older people living together just like we have in high schools for younger people learning together,” Maddux said. The freelance producer, director, writer and editor also produced “Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure” about an Army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952. It was on that project Maddux became interested in the struggles of the older LGBT community.

SUNY Oswego’s Artswego performing arts organization and the cinema and screen studies department also will present “Runaway,” directed by Amit Ashraf, a Bengali-American, on Oct. 9; “Dislecksia: The Movie,” directed by Harvey Hubbell V, himself a dyslexic, Nov. 13; “Cafeteria Man,” directed by Richard Chisolm, an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, Feb. 26; “Abel Raises Cain,” directed by Jenny Abel, daughter of media prankster Alan Abel, March 5 [DATE CORRECTED AS OF 9-11-12]; and “What We Need Is the Impossible!” directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green, April 16.

The filmmakers tour with their films and work within the community to develop activities that provide audiences with context and greater appreciation for their respective works and the art of film. The National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program provides support for the series.

Tickets priced at $7 ($5 for seniors ages 62 and over; $3.50 for SUNY Oswego students) are available at Oswego Cinema 7, all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at http://tickets.oswego.edu and by phone at 312-2141. Series tickets are available for $35 ($25 for seniors, $15 for SUNY Oswego students).

For more information, visit http://oswego.edu/arts or call 312-4581.

PHOTO CAPTION: Silent struggles—The independent film “Gen Silent,” which follows gay seniors—including Lawrence, right, and his partner—as they deal with discrimination in the health care and nursing system, will kick off SUNY Oswego’s 2012-13 On Screen/In Person film series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Oswego Cinema 7, 138 W. Second St.

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(Posted: Sep 10, 2012)

Tags: cinema studies, cinema and screen studies, artswego