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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Partners with Out on Film for AJFF Selects: The Lavender Scare


The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) continues its 2017 AJFF Selects series with the timely documentary, The Lavender Scare, which it will proudly co-present with Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT Film Festival. Tickets are now on sale for the documentary, which screens on Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 PM at Midtown Art Cinema. Tickets are $15 for the screening and post-film Q&A with filmmaker Josh Howard. A $30 VIP ticket includes a VIP reception after the film at Après Diem, with the filmmaker in attendance. Tickets are available at

The AJFF Selects series brings the same caliber of world-class films from the annual festival to audiences year-round. These special screenings feature outstanding new foreign and independent films, as well as expert speakers and guest filmmakers.

Says AJFF Executive Director Kenny Blank, “The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is delighted to continue a longstanding partnership with Out On Film in presenting this timely and important documentary. This powerful exposé revealing a shameful chapter of American history, and the partnership between our two unique film festivals, demonstrates our shared mission to explore themes and subjects relevant to all audiences, in this case where the paths of injustice and inaction can lead.”

Jim Farmer, Executive Director of Out on Film says, “Out On Film is excited to be collaborating on this project with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and continuing a terrific partnership. The film could not be any more topical and I look forward to sharing a piece of history with Atlanta audiences, many of whom might not know the full story behind the Lavender Scare.”

Travel and lodging for filmmaker Josh Howard is made possible thanks to the generous support of Jonathan Shapero.

More about The Lavender Scare

The little-known story of an unrelenting campaign by the federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual is shown in The Lavender Scare.

While the McCarthy Era is remembered as the time of the Red Scare, the headline-grabbing hunt for Communists in the United States, it was the Lavender Scare, a vicious and vehement purge of homosexuals, which lasted longer and ruined many more lives. Before it was over, thousands of government employees lost their jobs. Based on the award-winning book by historian David K. Johnson, this film shines a light on a chapter of American history that has never received the attention it deserves, about an era in which The New York Times used the words “homosexual” and “pervert” interchangeably, and public service films warned that homosexuality was a dangerous, contagious disease.

While infuriating and heartbreaking at times, the film’s underlying message is uplifting and inspiring. The actions of the government had an unintended effect as they inadvertently helped ignite the gay rights movement.

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