Out Montclair- Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project at Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair

7:00pm - 9:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair
Out Montclair and the Out Front and Undoing Racism Teams of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair (UUCM) are presenting a special screening of GOING TO MARS: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI PROJECT on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 7 pm in the UUCM Sanctuary.
The organizations are teaming up to celebrate Pride Month and Juneteenth with this award-winning documentary that travels through time and space to reveal the enduring influence of Nikki Giovanni, one of America’s greatest living artists and social commentators. The film reckons with the inevitable passing of time through a collision of memories, moments in American history, live readings, and visually innovative treatments of Giovanni’s poetry. It offers a look at the life of the poet and the revolutionary historical periods through which she lived, from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter.
Following the screening, Danielle Earle, a former Out Montclair board member, producer, writer, and director, will be moderating an enlightening exchange on the themes and questions the film addresses. The dynamic filmmaker and educator has been recognized for the critically acclaimed LGBTQ+ feature film “Lover’s Game,” and has been featured in the Insider NJ 2022, LGBTQ+ Out 100 Power List, and received the LGBTQIA+ Justice Advocacy Award from Essex County Education Association.
The collaboration between Out Montclair and the UUCM in hosting the screening of “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project” is a significant event which underscores the importance of community partnerships in promoting social justice and artistic expression,” says Marie Cottrell, Executive Director of Out Montclair. “Our commitment to fostering inclusivity and support for the LGBTQ+ community, combined with UUCM’s dedication to social justice, creates a powerful alliance which amplifies the impact of this documentary. The film serves as a catalyst for important conversations about civil rights, equality, and the power of art as a form of resistance and empowerment. Out Montclair and UUCM not only provide a platform for these critical discussions but also demonstrate the strength of unity in advocating for a more equitable society.”
Registration begins on May 28th: https://buytickets.at/outmontclair/1214045
Admission is free but a donation of $15 per person would be appreciated to support the annual programming of Out Montclair, and the work of UUCM’s Social Justice teams.