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6 guys showed at the Stonewall Library to watch Pedro, the true story of Pedro Zamora. Pedro is a very moving story of a Cuban boy who emigrated to the United States with part of his family during the Mariel Boatlift in 1980. In 1989, at age 17, he tested HIV positive and became an AIDS activist. The Real World, the first reality TV show, cast him as one of the members and he became the central character of that show becoming the first openly HIV positive character on TV. He died of AIDS complications in 1994 at age 22.

Everyone of the group thought this was a great movie although for many of us, it may have hit too close to home. A couple guys said they just weren’t ready for this movie although it might make a good topic for the Wednesday Night support group.

It was very emotional for me, especially the part where Pedro’s family tried to shune his partner believing that Pedro needed to be with his real family in his final days.

This is real life and sometimes it’s easier to have my head in the sand.

-Steve

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Friday Movie , January 14, 2011
Showing FREE – at Stonewall Library’s Out Boys Movie Night Presents:

Pedro (2009)

STONEWALL LIBRARY
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Discussion following Movies (time permitting)
954-763-8565 Fred Phillips & Dale Thome

THOSE WANTING TO EAT/DRINK TOGETHER WILL GATHER AFTER MOVIE.
This is the movie about Pedro Zamora of MTV fame:

About the Film

In 1994, Bunim/Murray Productions made the groundbreaking decision to cast openly gay, HIV-positive Cuban-American Pedro Zamora as part of MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco. Zamora’s time in the Real World house on Lombard Street brought a face to the AIDS crisis; and U.S. President Bill Clinton credited Zamora with personalizing and humanizing those with the disease.

In BMP Films’ first scripted project, PEDRO celebrates the extraordinary life of Pedro Zamora, a young man who when he found out he was HIV positive at 17, made the courageous decision to dedicate the rest of his life to speaking out about his condition in an attempt to raise awareness about the disease in his community, even testifying before the United States Congress to argue for more explicit HIV/AIDS educational programs aimed at youth of color before auditioning for The Real World in 1993. His appearance on The Real World brought his story and his message to MTV’s youthful audience and beyond, and when Zamora’s health began to deteriorate in late 1994 (after he left the show), it became front page news nationwide, and his death at age 22 provoked a worldwide outpouring of grief.

PEDRO is a film by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (“Quinceanera”) and was directed by Nick Oceano and written by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”) with story by Dustin Lance Black and Paris Barclay. PEDRO stars Alex Loynaz as Pedro, Justina Machado (“Six Feet Under”) as Pedro’s sister Mily, and Hale Appleman (“Teeth”) as Pedro’s roommate from The Real World, Judd.
–MTV

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FREE FREE FREE
Our movie selection this Friday is at the Stonewall Library and therefore FREE. We like that very much! Come out and join us. Did I forget to mention that it’s Free?

Friday October 8, 2010 Stonewall Library’s Out Boys Movie Night Presents: Details below.

Hey, Happy! (2003) FREE Movie

@ 7:00 PM Not Rated 75 minutes. Stonewall Library
Movie Starts Promptly @ 7:00 pm 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Free. Open to Members and Non-Members Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304


Discussion following Movies (time permitting) 954-763-8565
Fred Phillips & Dale Thome
Out Boys Movie Night Guys

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Friday October 8, 2010 Stonewall Library’s Out Boys Movie Night Presents: Details below.

Hey, Happy! (2003) FREE Movie

@ 7:00 PM Not Rated 75 minutes. Stonewall Library
Movie Starts Promptly @ 7:00 pm 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Free. Open to Members and Non-Members Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304


Discussion following Movies (time permitting) 954-763-8565
Fred Phillips & Dale Thome
Out Boys Movie Night Guys

This review is from: Hey, Happy! (DVD)
What a wonderful discovery! Noam Gonick has designed a film which is impressive in every way. It is shot in 16mm Cinemascope with expansive shots of the prairies around Winnipeg, and its railroads. The design is striking, and the colors vivid against the bleak post-industrial, pre-apocalyptic locations. The score is varied and descriptive. The story is a wonderfully curious blend of science fiction, sadism, and romance, with glances over the shoulder towards Fellini’s ‘Satyricon’ and Kubrick’s ‘2001’.

Mr. Gonick has put together a cast which could not be improved upon. The title role of Happy, a Parsifal-like innocent who communes with aliens through his short-wave radio, is sweetly played by Craig Aftanas. Clayton Godson, as Spanky the vicious queen, is appropriately outrageous. John Simone as Ricky G, the owner of an outdoor XXX store, is (especially when he laughs) a cross between Paul Lynde and the undertaker in Bruce LaBruce’s equally stunning fantasy, Hustler White. But the centerpiece of the film is certainly Jeremie Yuen as Sabu, the stunningly sexy and sensual prairie boy on a personal quest to bed his 2000th man.

When Sabu falls in love with Happy, Spanky (who wants Happy for himself) goes ballistic. Their lopsided triangle is played out against the background of an impending flood and the planning of a final rave, bringing nihilistic and biblical overtones to Mr. Gonick’s allegory. Happy is told that, if he gives himself to Sabu, the aliens will take him with them. His romantic encounters with Sabu lend lovely moments of tenderness and affection to the film, plus a bit of serenity in the midst of the surrounding madness.

Mr. Gonick’s delightful little gem joins, in my mind, Curtis Wehrfritz’s ‘4 Days’ as two of Canada’s finest indies. I love Bruce LaBruce, but these very special works cannot be topped for sheer imagination of conception, remarkable design of production and, above all, the beauty of their respective leads.

Reviews
“If you did not like Pink Flamingos, you probably will not like this film.”

–Fred Phillips

“The most subversive Canadian film ever.”
–Border Crossings, 2001

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On Friday September 10th, Join John & the Group for:

Stonewall Library’s Out Boys Movie Night Presents:
Saint of 9/11 – The True Story of Father Mychal Judge

7:00 PM (Get there 15-20 minutes early to get a good seat)
Not Rated / 91 minutes/ 2006

After the movie, join the Group for a meal & good conversation at one of our favorite local restaurants.

In an enduring photograph of 9/11, a team of rescue workers carry a Franciscan priest’s body from the World Trade Center. The world came to know Father Mychal Judge, in death as a symbol of courage and sacrifice. Saint of 9/11 represents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal. Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, and a beloved New York City Fire Department Chaplain, he was a humble priest who wrestled with his own private demons while touching others in powerful and miraculous ways. Saint of 9/11 weaves interviews with friends, colleagues, congregants and archival footage with Mychal’s words and shows the full humanity of a special life interrupted. Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen. Features interviews with famed author Malachy McCourt and former New York City Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen.

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A New Stonewall Exhibition : September 1st – October 30th 2010

Opening reception tonight, September 1st, 6:30-8:00 at the Stonewall Library!

“You Know it when you See it!”

For further information please contact:
Jack Rutland, Executive Director
Stonewall Library Museum Archive
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
954-763-8565
jack-rutland@stonewall-library.org

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