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National Coming Out Day Screening of Open Dialogues Set For ArtServe Auditorium

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

Presented on Oct. 11 in partnership with ArtServe, World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, and ArtsUnited

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood will present a live public screening and discussion of its documentary short film Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community in collaboration with four Broward County nonprofit organizations.

This special event commemorating National Coming Out Day will take place:

Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 | 6 - 7:30 pm

Location: ArtServe Auditorium 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 Admission: FREE

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception in which visitors may view on-site exhibitions presented by ArtServe, ArtsUnited, the Stonewall National Museum & Archive, and World AIDS Museum and Educational Center. The screening of the 20-minute film begins at 6:30 in the ArtServe Auditorium and will be followed with an interactive panel discussion. Jason Hughes, Executive Director at ArtServe, will lead the dialogue.

Panelists for the post-screening talk are Nicole Stodard, Producing Artistic Director/Chair at Thinking Cap Theatre; Terry Dyer, Director of Development-Administrative & Executive Department at SunServe; and Gary Keating, Founder and Director of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, who is featured in the film.

Completed in 2020, Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community captures the diverse coming-out narratives of seven Broward residents who took part in on-camera interviews. The film was produced by the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, and was directed, photographed, and edited by award-winning Miami-based filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez.

“The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is excited to share our Open Dialogues film in partnership with four cultural organizations that have done so much to foster greater inclusion and acceptance of LGBTQ residents in Broward County,” said Joy Satterlee, the Center’s Executive Director. “We look forward to commemorating the 32nd annual National Coming Out Day with this in-person film screening and community dialogue.”

Open Dialogues reveals in intimate detail how the LGBTQ community is often marginalized within families, schools, churches and public spaces – and how individuals interviewed for the film learned to empower themselves in these spaces. The Broward residents who took part in on-camera interviews are Julie Marie Wade, Dan Bassett, Christine Walters, Omar Morales, Franchesca D’Amore, Michael Goodman, and Gary Keating.

“It’s not often that I get impacted so deeply with a project,” Rodriguez said. “Working on Open Dialogues reminded me that hate and misunderstanding not only play a powerful role in how we are perceived as a community, but plays an even more important role in how we perceive ourselves as gay people. The stories in Open Dialogues are real, powerful, and raw. Prepare yourself.”

Open Dialogues is an Official Selection in the 2021 Orlando Film Festival and 2020/2021 OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival and 35th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, where it was awarded Best Broward Documentary in 2020. For more information, visit, or call 954.921.3274.

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that presents a year-round schedule of contemporary gallery exhibitions, artist talks, film screenings, and youth education and career development programs. The Center cultivates creativity and the support of the arts in our community through education, innovation, and collaboration.

Support for Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community was provided by the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Ruth H. Brown Fund for the Arts, Dot and Keith Cobb Fund, and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

About the Community Foundation of Broward:

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals and organizations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. 479 charitable Funds represent more than $200 million in assets, distributing $131 million in grants over the past 36 years. The Community Foundation provides bold leadership on community solutions and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation empowers visionaries, innovators and doers to create the change they want to see in the community – and to BE BOLD.



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