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Freeheld OPENING NIGHT FILM
directed by Peter Sollett
* OPENING NIGHT *
Closeted, decorated detective Laurel Hester (Oscar®-winning actress Julianne Moore, STILL ALICE) and young, out mechanic Stacie Andree (out-and-proud Ellen Page, JUNO) meet each other at a volleyball game and instantly click. Soon they are happily in love and moving in together. They even get a dog.
When Laurel is diagnosed with cancer, she wants to make sure that Stacie will have her pension if the worst happens to her. This should be easy, but New Jersey county officials—called freeholders—stand in her way, doing everything in their power to prevent this. Never before activists, Laurel and Stacie suddenly find themselves on the front lines of the fight for equality by demanding survivor benefits for same-sex couples. With the support of Laurel’s detective partner Dane Wells (Michael Shannon) and gay rights activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell), the two women fight with strength and integrity to ensure that justice is served.
A moving and inspiring true-life story, FREEHELD (based on the Oscar®- winning short documentary of the same name and with a screenplay by Ron Nyswaner, PHILADELPHIA) is not only a tender love story but also a pivotal case in the fight for justice and equality under the law. This is a must-see for all LGBTQ people and allies.
Opening Night Gala at Grim's, 1512 11th Avenue, 9:30PM
Run time: 103 min.
Directed By: Peter Sollett