Academy Award-Winning "Freeheld" Screened at MCC

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 2, 2008) - An Academy Award-winning documentary, "Freeheld," will be screened at 7 p.m., Oct. 16, in the Selby Room, building 800, at Manatee Community College (MCC) Venice and Oct. 21 in Neel Performing Arts Center, MCC Bradenton. With a Florida Marriage Protection Amendment appearing on the November ballot, the timely documentary tells the story of a dying New Jersey detective's battle to transfer her pension to her domestic partner. In addition to a 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, the film won 14 awards at festivals around the world.

Laurel Hester's battle with elected Ocean County Freeholders was documented by filmmaker Cynthia Wade, who also directed the award-winning HBO documentary, "Shelter Dogs."

"Freeheld is a quietly understated work of art that packs a punch you will feel for days," said author Armistead Maupin.

MCC's "Freeheld: The Human Face of Amendment 2" is co-sponsored by college Film, Philosophy and Progressive clubs. Screenings are free and open to the public. Post-film discussions will be moderated by Ken Shelin, vice mayor, Sarasota City Commission, at MCC Venice and Miriam Lacher, clinical supervisor, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, at MCC Bradenton. Additional screenings are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Oct. 21, Neel Performing Arts Center, MCC Bradenton.

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