Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100 at the QDoc Film Festival.

I received this email from Unity. They do alot of good stuff, but tend to be best known (so far!) for Black Pride

UNITY PROJECT of OREGON is proud to partner with QDoc in presenting Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100 at the QDoc Film Festival.

QDoc takes place at the Clinton St. Theater, May 29 – June 1. The LIVING WITH PRIDE screening is on Saturday May 31 at 2 PM.

Living With Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100
Sat, May 31, 2pm
Hers is a busy schedule by anyone’s standards. If she’s not out dancing (doing a mean “electric slide”) or shopping for her neighbors at the retirement community, she’s guest of honor at one of the many engagements on her packed lesbian social calendar. What makes Ruth Ellis unique is that she’s 100 years old! And yet she still finds the time to share her remarkable story, offering us the rare opportunity to experience a century of our history through the life of one inspiring woman.

Born July 23, 1899, and “out” for as long as she could remember, Ruth was thought to be the oldest African American lesbian before passing in October 2000. Filmmaker Yvonne Welbon had the foresight to document Ruth’s life while she was still with us. LIVING WITH PRIDE is a delightful, moving and inspiring film. The film combines interviews with Ruth and her friends, and rare archival material, together with clever reenactments of the period when Ruth’s home in Detroit (shared with her life companion) was the social hot-spot for African American gay men and lesbians.

Living With Pride exemplifies the tremendous gift our elders in the community offer us if we take the time to appreciate it. With undeniable charm, humor and joy for life, Ruth shows us that a life lived with pride is a life well lived.

QDoc is the only festival in the US focused exclusively on LGBT documentaries. Now in its 2nd year, QDoc is devoted to building queer community with a program of the best in thought-provoking and engaging queer documentaries.

Program and ticketing info available at the QDoc website .

And here is the rest of it.

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