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Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series

Presented by Bay County Public Library at Bay County Public Library, Panama City FL

Oct 18 2016
Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series

In partnership with PBS to showcase films from the award-winning POV (Point-of-View) documentary series, the Bay County Public Library will screen From This Day Forward on October 18th, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. as part of the Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series.  This evening’s events will be in collaboration with PFLAG-Panama City (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the Bay County “Bridging Communities Through Film” LGBTQ Film Festival.

Beyond the Lens is free and open to the public. The evening will begin with a reading of Jazz Jennings’ “I Am Jazz!” at 5 pm. After the film, there will be engaging discussion with PFLAG guest speaker, Stefanie Severance.  The selected book to accompany the film is Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Amy Ellis Nutt. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

This charming documentary, From This Day Forward, by filmmaker Sharon Shattuck is an intimate look at her family and her experiences growing up with a transgender father.  Sharon’s father Trisha, formally Michael, and her mother, Marcia, have been married for over 35 years.  “The fact that my parents remained married, even though my mom identifies as straight, makes Trisha’s search for identity all the more complex. But to my parents, the larger political conversations about gender identity are less significant than what they truly care about – staying together.” Sharon hopes her family’s story “inspires others to embrace the LGBTQ people in their lives with compassion, respect, and love.”


Free and open to the public.

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The “Bridging Communities Through Film” festival begins Friday, Oct. 21st at 5:30 p.m. at the Panama City Center for the Arts (19 E. 4th Street, Panama City). Several documentary films directed by professional film makers will be shown from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Saturday’s film showings begin at 4 p.m. both inside and outside of the Advanced Technology Center at Gulf Coast State College (5234 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City).  Visit–films.html for more information about the festival line-up. Admission to the film festival is free and open to the public.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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898 W 11th St, Panama City, FL 32401

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