Jewish Journal

4/17/12 - 10’¢ Cinema Slam [[[Event]]]

by Tera Greene

April 17, 2012 | 12:12 am

Gerash at the Lectern, 1973

Los Angeles, CA

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On April 17, 2012, I will be hosting the second ever 10’¢ Cinema Slam. All are welcome to attend/perform.  The Entry is at least a donation of 10’¢. (To see the footage please click here!)

A night of entertainment for 10 cents to help you relieve yourself of tax anxiety… you’re welcome.

The 10’¢ Cinema Slam is my latest project fusing artistic mediums; in this case, spoken word and film.  I believe things are most accessible when they are able to cross disciplines and bridge age group gaps.  The spoken word, song and film are all universal media forms that also help us hold mirrors up to ourselves. I believe that Queer Jews have been pivotal in both mediums and the 10’¢ Cinema Slam exists to showcase the contributions by Queer Jews through an evening of interactive arts.

The name 10’¢ Cinema Slam is a play on words, referencing the notion that ten percent - literally, 10 per (’) cent (¢) - of the population was once perceived as being LGBT(Q).  Because this series is a “Platform for Storytelling and Storytellers” within a Jewish framework, the ten percent also references the notion of giving back (“tithing”).  Plus, at ten cents a donation, the barrier to entry virtually diminishes, while the diversity of patrons increases.

Held at the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring in the Pico-Robertson Area, non-Jews and straight-allies are welcomed to attend and participate in the event.  Though the Workmen’s Circle is in the process of a transition and rejuvenation within the organization, the Circle already has over 100 years of social justice dedication and groundwork under its belt.  The Cinema Slam is another notch in its historic legacy.  It aims to be an evening to learn and engage in Jewish LGBTQ history and community in a way that allows for our stories and influence within the greater LGBTQ framework to be displayed positively.  And since there’s always an opinion, the open mic portion is a way to be heard in real time.  The Workmen’s Circle also helps to engage a wide range of age demographics -  in December of 2011, participants and attendees’ ages spanned a 60 year age range.

Open Mic Sign-ups happen the evening of the event.  Each guest gets 6 minutes.

To be on the mailing list to be notified of more 10’¢ Cinema Slams, email your information to director[at]circlesocal[dot]org with the subject “Cinema Slam list”.

If you are a Jewish filmmaker or poet, OR feature Jewish positive/insightful characters in your films, poetry or songs and wish to submit a film or pieces for review to be a featured film or poet, please email Tera at tera[dot]greene[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject “Cinema Slam Artist”.  Feel free to also send recommendations for consideration.

April 17, 2012 at 7PM
10’¢ Cinema Slam
Entry is 10’¢. All are welcome to attend/perform.

Featuring the film:

A documentary film produced by
Workmen’s Circle member Gerald Gerash    

The film documents the incredible bravery of 1970s gay liberation activists in standing up for their rights. Their relentless grass roots organizing led to the extension of equal rights protection to all gays and lesbians nationwide.

For more information, please click here.

There will be a Q+A with filmmaker/gay liberation activist Jerry Gerash in addition to an open mic portion of the evening so that other queer Jewish artists and allies can share their stories as well.

Entry is 10’¢.
All are welcome to attend/perform.
Sign Ups for the Open Mic will occur the night of.

There have been powerful media depictions of the storied New York Stonewall Uprising of 1969 and also of Harvey Milk whose story captured the strong LGBT community of San Francisco of the mid 1970s. However, nothing has ever been documented about the dramatic turmoil and victories between the coasts in the early 1970s: in Denver another explosive burst of gay liberation energy and activism occurred, with successes unequaled up to that time.
During the first decade of gay liberation, Denver was a leading center of gay rights progress and innovation.  As further waves of Denver activists furthered LGBT civil rights after our earlier successes, Denver became an even greater leader in gay tolerance and protection.  In fact, the Romer v. Evans case of the U. S. Supreme Court, establishing for the first time that gays and lesbians were entitled to equal protection came out of Colorado. 

Footage from the ‪10’¢ Cinema Slam 12-6-11‬

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Tera “Nova Jade* Greene is a professional lesbian of color and Jew by Choice.  She is a producer of music and film, a renowned DJ and always finds herself in the midst of...

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