One Equal World

Dustin Lance Black to Speak at Cinetopia Panel

Posted on: June 6, 2014

The Cinetopia International Film Festival (CIFF) returns this month to venues in Ann Arbor and Detroit, and with it come some pretty big names in LGBT activism and filmmaking. One of them is Dustin Lance Black, the award-winning American screenwriter, director, and producer. One of Black’s greatest achievements is when he took home the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the iconic contemporary film “Milk.” Another one of his achievements lies in his passionate efforts to overturn California’s anti-LGBT Proposition 8.Dustin-Lance-LGBT

Dustin Lance Black serves on the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the organization that was instrumental in getting California’s Proposition 8 overturned last summer. He’s joined there by powerful LGBT activists and public figures such as political strategist Ken Mehlman, Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign, and other leaders. During CIFF, the young Hollywood heavyweight will participate in a panel discussion and Q&A session following 2 screenings of “The Case Against 8,” a documentary that chronicles the work that went into overturning California’s infamous ban on same-sex marriage.

Despite being unaffiliated with the documentary, Black experienced first hand the trials, media frenzy, and social and political activism that made AFER such an equal rights asset during its own case against 8. “Featuring attorneys David Boies and Ted Olsen, the two prosecuting couples and Black himself, ‘The Case Against 8’ gives audiences the inside scoop on the overturning of Proposition 8, which gave same-sex couples in California the right to marry,” explains the M Live Media Group of what to expect from the documentary. It will be interesting to see Black in front of the camera, and in front of audiences during the panel talks, instead of behind the scenes. As the one-year anniversary of Prop 8’s demise draws near, it couldn’t be a more fitting time to honor AFER, Black, and all of the other courageous activists who continue to work tirelessly for equal rights for all.

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Image via (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)

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