May
28
7:30 PM19:30

This Changes Everything

97 mins | Rated TBC | Documentary

Of the top 100 grossing films of 2017, 90% were directed by men. Of those films, male characters received twice as much screen time as female characters. These statistics are probably not surprising to any woman who has worked in the film industry; but for the rest of us, those are shocking numbers. So how did we get here? If women make up 50% of the human population, then why are we so underrepresented? Why aren’t our stories being told? Providing the answers to these questions and many more, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is an enlightening, highly informative, and deeply moving documentary about sex discrimination and the #MeToo Movement in Hollywood. Recognizing that sexual harassment and abuse are byproducts of employment inequality, several brave women are pushing back and uniting to say enough is enough. Subjects of the film include Gena Davis, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Taraji P. Henson, Reese Witherspoon, and Cate Blanchett—just to name a few. And if these star appearances aren’t enough to grab your attention, the cold hard facts of gender discrimination will. —G.S.

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Angie Haze: Embracing Each Part of You
May
29
6:00 PM18:00

Angie Haze: Embracing Each Part of You

Angie Haze is a constant creative force and an agent for change. Learning to play and compose music at a very early age acted as an escape mechanism from the sexual and physical abuse she endured at home. Moving out on her own and estranged by her immediate family, Angie has a singular goal in mind. To be a force for change. To help everybody find their own inner peace by digging deep and exposing themselves with complete vulnerability. She does this through her music, and the audience is always left breathless with her performances.


Introduced by the director, Todd Volkmer

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May
29
6:45 PM18:45

Woman at War

Halla is a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminum industry in Iceland. As her actions grow bolder, her life changes in the blink of an eye when she's finally granted permission to adopt a girl from the Ukraine.

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May
29
7:30 PM19:30

Made Up Binge Party

Made-Up is the bio-fictional story of a curator, an artist, and their friend joining forces to bring a series of artist interviews to Akron, OH. Despite overcoming funding troubles, interpersonal issues, and conflicting visions, it's a paradigm shift that threatens to put the entire production, even the story itself, at risk.


This event is free and open to the public.

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May
29
8:00 PM20:00

Tracy Thomas and The Angie Haze Project

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Free concert at Jilly’s Music Room

Tracey Thomas is a musical force who fronted the Akron Sound era bands Unit 5, Persona 74 and Gone To Egypt. She started her solo career in 1994 with the release of her critically acclaimed debut CD "Standing Alone" followed by "The Poet Tree", and "Lights". Changing directions, Tracey released "Dancing in Cairo" her folk-rock-bluegrass masterpiece, which was recorded live in a historic church in the town of Cairo, Ohio. Four years later, Tracey worked with producer and singer/songwriter Ryan Humbert on her album, "Ghost Town" followed by a "Best Of" album and the amazing "Queen of Nothing". Her newest release will be out July 2019.

Two transgirls and a transman out to conquer pop music. Part Rogers and Hammerstein, part Tenacious D, and part Daft Punk, The DreamState Band is following in the footsteps of music's most famous duos. Their activism in the LGBT community is as important to them as their music, with both Martin and Eckhart working as featured clinicians at the TransOhio Transgender & Allies Symposium 2017 in Columbus. Martin was a featured musician at Cleveland's 2016 LGBT festival "Pride in the CLE," she provides music for Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremonies in Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, and Northern Kentucky, and she also shares her story as a public speaker for church groups, high schools, colleges, and trans support groups all throughout Northeast Ohio. They stand tall and proud with their trans brothers and sisters every chance they get, and will continue to do so regardless of the success of their music endeavors.

Award Winning Singer Songwriter, Angie Haze is more than just a one-woman band. She is a humanitarian who’s driving force is to help the world find solace, value, unity and a safe haven through the power of art. Her songs are compelling and authentic with vocal arrangements that will move you to sing, unforgettable instrumentation that provokes goose bumps, and a sound so addicting you just can’t get enough. She has arranged and produced a collection of musically diverse, soul-deep songs. The uplifting message of her story never fails to inspire hope and change. She shares her art as a way to connect people proving the importance of music for the individual and humanity as a whole. The Angie Haze Project’s diverse cast represents the Jewish community, the Filipino community, the Guatemalan community, the African American Community, the LGBTQ+ community, and the Eastern European Community. This brilliant American community and musical act of different religions, cultures, affiliations and economic backgrounds reflects not only the beautiful colors, sounds, and voices of their cultures, but clearly demonstrates their strength, love, and support for one another sharing this common ground of art.

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Girls to the Front: Female-identifying artists in the Akron Art Museum's Collection
May
30
1:00 PM13:00

Girls to the Front: Female-identifying artists in the Akron Art Museum's Collection

Famed art historian Linda Nochlin once pondered, “Why have there been no great women artists?” That is simply no longer the case. From Alma Thomas’ colorful Pond - Spring Awakening to Viola Frey’s massive sculpture The World and the Woman, the Akron Art Museum’s collection is full of great women artists. Join an Akron Art Museum curator as we explore female-identifying artists in the collection on this hour-long tour.

Free and open to the public.

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In Times of Rain
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

In Times of Rain

  • Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Soledad, a traditional healer, lives with her grandson Jose in an Indigenous Village. Soledad's daughter, Adela, moved to Mexico City many years ago and now wants Jose to join her, but Soledad believes the boy is better off in the village.

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Roll Red Roll
Jun
1
12:15 PM12:15

Roll Red Roll

  • Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At a 2012 pre-season high school football party in Steubenville, Ohio, a young woman is raped. The aftermath exposes an entire culture of complicity and the roles that peer pressure, denial, sports machismo, and social media played in the tragedy.


Followed by a Q&A with reporter featured in the film.

Presented by Hope & Healing Resources

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Jun
1
5:15 PM17:15

Skate Kitchen

100 mins | Rated TBC | Drama

Directed by Crystal Moselle | Starring Jaden Smith, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Kabrina Adams, Brenn Lorenzo, Ardelia Lovelace, Jules Lorenzo, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg

Camille's life as a lonely suburban teenager changes dramatically when she befriends a group of girl skateboarders. As she journeys deeper into this raw New York City subculture, she begins to understand the true meaning of friendship as well as her inner self.


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Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

But I'm a Cheerleader

Megan (Natasha Lyonne) considers herself a typical American girl. She excels in school and cheerleading, and she has a handsome football-playing boyfriend, even though she isn't that crazy about him. So she's stunned when her parents decide she's gay and send her to True Directions, a boot camp meant to alter her sexual orientation. While there, Megan meets a rebellious and unashamed teen lesbian, Graham (Clea DuVall). Though Megan still feels confused, she starts to have feelings for Graham.

Directed by Shaker Heights native Jamie Babbit

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Free admission presented in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library

92 minute run time

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To Kid or Not to Kid
Jun
1
7:15 PM19:15

To Kid or Not to Kid

From the award-winning director of the New York Times Critics’ Pick Musicwood, To Kid Or Not To Kid is a new film that aims to dispel the myth that living childfree is weird, selfish or somehow wrong. In a world where you’re threatened for speaking openly about living childfree, two women, from different decades, search for ways to support each other in making the decision to live without kids. 


Followed by a Q & A with the film's director, Maxine Trump.


Presented with generous support from Cynthia Morris Schostak

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Free Outdoor Movie: A League of Their Own
Jun
1
8:30 PM20:30

Free Outdoor Movie: A League of Their Own

As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) on their way to fame. Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell co-star as two of the sisters' teammates. (1992)

This event is free and open to the public. The movie will begin after sundown—at 9pm. However, concessions will be available starting at 8:30pm.

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Jun
1
9:00 PM21:00

Tiger Milk

106 mins | Rated TBC | Festival

Best friends Nini and Jameelah are 14 years old. Summer has begun and Berlin is their playground. Sticky lipped and heavy-eyed from drinking tiger milk; a mix of passion fruit, milk, and brandy, they flirt and use their innocent charm for fun. This summer, It’s going to happen –sex and true love with Nico and Lukas. But growing up also means pain: they witness a murder, run into some disappointments and Jameelah and her mum are threatened with deportation back to Iraq. Tender and funny, tragic and shocking, this explosive story is about leaving childhood behind – ready or not!

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In Times of Rain
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

In Times of Rain

Soledad, a traditional healer, lives with her grandson Jose in an Indigenous Village. Soledad's daughter, Adela, moved to Mexico City many years ago and now wants Jose to join her, but Soledad believes the boy is better off in the village.

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Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed
Jun
2
12:15 PM12:15

Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed

Pioneering politician Shirley Chisholm is the subject of this lauded documentary. The nation's first African-American congresswoman, the passionate Chisholm launches a campaign for the United States presidency in the 1972 election, and wins an impressive amount of support, given the era and the still-prevailing prejudices of many voters. The film takes a close look at her presidential run, providing interviews with Chisholm and the dedicated individuals who worked on her groundbreaking campaign.

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To Kid or Not to Kid
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

To Kid or Not to Kid

From the award-winning director of the New York Times Critics’ Pick Musicwood, To Kid Or Not To Kid is a new film that aims to dispel the myth that living childfree is weird, selfish or somehow wrong. In a world where you’re threatened for speaking openly about living childfree, two women, from different decades, search for ways to support each other in making the decision to live without kids. 


Followed by a Q & A with the film's director, Maxine Trump.


Presented with generous support from Cynthia Morris Schostak

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Fattitude
Jun
2
2:30 PM14:30

Fattitude

Fattitude is a radical renegade film born over cocktails and the wild-eyed late night body positive feminist dreams that over take you when you should be completing your final exams. Fattitude is a dream of equality in action. Fattitude is a call for change. (2018)

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Jun
2
5:15 PM17:15

Woman at War

Halla is a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminum industry in Iceland. As her actions grow bolder, her life changes in the blink of an eye when she's finally granted permission to adopt a girl from the Ukraine.

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