As the self-appointed AIDS DIVA and ACT UP LA spokesperson in late 1980’s and early 1990’s Los Angeles, Connie Norman stood proudly in her multiple, fluid and evolving LGBTQ+ identities.
Both beloved and confrontational, Connie’s soulful and salty rantings and intersectional politics were heard widely through her newspaper columns, pioneering radio and cable TV talk shows. Through never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with her contemporaries, Connie’s piercing and compassionate voice urges us again into action and to fully engage with our lives and our world.
The conversation following the screening will feature filmmaker Dante Alencastre and Rabbi Robin Podolsky.
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Doors open at 6:30. Screening begins at 7:00 PM.
Dante Alencastre is a working artist/filmmaker/activist who makes his living from his artivist work. His imagination envisions projects and sees the potential in individuals and the importance of stories and combines this with the courage and conviction to tell them, often beginning before any organizational structure or financial assurance is in place, but with a trust that their inherent importance to the community will allow them to come into being. He directs and produces LGBTQ+ documentary films with a particular focus on the social justice and visibility of the Transgender community. Previous films include EN EL FUEGO (Peru, 2008), EL FUEGO DENTRO (Peru, 2011), TRANSVISIBLE: BAMBY SALCEDO’S STORY (Los Angeles, 2013), RAISING ZOEY (Los Angeles, 2016), and AIDS DIVA: THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN (Los Angeles, 2021).
Rabbi Robin Podolsky is the Los Angeles Program Manager for At The Well, a Jewish women’s wellness organization. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din, writes at TribeHerald and jewishjournal.com, and serves as writing facilitator and dramaturg for Queerwise, a spoken word and writing group. Her most recent academic article, “Sumud Freedom Camp: Levinas’ Face-to-Face in Praxis” was published in Religions, Vol.10, No. 4. She conducts workshops, rituals and study sessions, for Jewish holidays and other occasions, that combine modalities: text study, personal work and small group sharing, writing (except on Shabbat and Yom Tov), prayer and meditation.
This program is organized by Dante Alencastre as part of the 2023 Circa: Queer Histories Festival, presented by One Institute. This screening was made possible, in part, by the generous support of Paul D. Lerner and Stephen Reis.
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