Lily Tomlin to Appear at Out at the Movies Event May 15th in Long Beach
2011-04-22 · By Editor
On Sunday, May 15th Artful Thinking’s Out at the Movies is proud to present the theatrical premier of TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, CA with a very special guest appearance by the Award winning Actress and Comedian Lily Tomlin, who narrates the film. .
Every school day thousands of young people who identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender face harassment, bullying, and even violence for simply being who they are.
The documentary film Teach Your Children Well focuses its attention on the challenging issues of homophobia and violence in our schools as directed against our L-G-B-T youth. The primary desire with this project is to change the consciousness that leads our children to commit acts of violence, by teaching acceptance and respect for the right of others to be who they are.
It is the intention that the message of this film expands beyond theaters and film festivals, reaching into the areas where these aggressive behaviors take place: our schools, churches, homes and neighborhoods.
Lawrence King, a fifteen year-old youth was gunned down in his Oxnard California computer class for no other reason than being who he was – a gay adolescent struggling to be himself in an unsympathetic environment. His killer was a fourteen year-old fellow student.
This tragic incident forms the backdrop of the film’s primary emphasis: violence in our schools and in particular as it is directed to GLBT youth.
What motivates a young teenage boy to commit such a heinous act over the issue of sexual identity? Where do teasing and bullying fall in the spectrum of violent behavior? Does the school system play a role in monitoring these attitudes? What part do parents play? How do politics and religion factor into the decisions of what is being taught and what is not? Does the media share in the responsibility for how young people perceive and interact with their environment? We will examine how systemic attitudes of prejudice and intolerance provide a fertile soil in which anyone who is “different” can become a target.
In the attempt to answer these questions, this film will use Larry’s story to explore the troubled mindset that could justify such tragic behavior; and how by ignoring the warning signs we give tacit approval to the perpetrators. We will look at the challenge we face as a society to bring about a change in consciousness that will facilitate respect, understanding, and self-acceptance among our youth, and society at large. In addition to exposing the problem the film presents some of the latest solution-oriented thinking on these critical issues.
Showtime: 9:00pm Tickets: $10.00 in advance $11.00 at the door. To purchase tickets visit formovietickets.com or call 562.438.5435.
Art Theatre of Long Beach is located at 2025 East 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90804.
At Lola’s Mexican Cuisine , across from the theatre, enjoy a VIP reception before the screening. For details contact Paul at 949.290.1770 .
Artful Thinking Organization is a Long Beach, California based 501(c)(3) non profit that engages in artful activities related to educating the public about HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer as well as providing prevention program information on these two very important health issues through community based events.