Mayor Adrian O. Mapp through the Office of Community Development and Plainfield non-profit,
M.PoWeR Arts Inc are sponsoring a free PRIDE event, the Pride and Purpose Film Fest, Art
Justice and Social Change on Saturday, June 30, at the First Unitarian Society of
Plainfield, 12-10 pm. The First Unitarian Society, 724 Park Avenue, Plainfield, will host a day of
short films, workshops, and an evening film premiere in celebration of Gay Pride Month in
Plainfield. The Pride and Purpose Film Fest will celebrate and feature LGBTQIA writers,
artists, business entrepreneurs, and filmmakers at the event designed specifically for our diverse
Union County LGBTQIA community and their allies.
The featured short films and the World Premiere of SEEN were chosen to explore, entertain and
celebrate LGBTQIA issues as well as promote work by and featuring LBGTQIA filmmakers
and artists. The dynamic and interactive workshops by LGBTQ leaders explore daily challenges
and opportunities for the LGBTQ community and allies: Financial Wealth in the Digital Age,
Stress and Self Care, Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss and Creating Your Truth: Embrace
Who You are by Creating Dope Content. HIV testing and health information will be available.
The 6:00 pm Panel Discussion, Art, Social Justice and Change includes among others, Tony
Award-winning producer and press agent Irene Gandy, Transgender Advocate and spoken word
artist Royce Hall, and Freeholder Rebecca Williams in a thoughtful exploration of the unique
role of LGTQIA community in art and social justice. The culmination of the festival is the World
Premiere of SEEN, a film by Dï Thomas Pictures. A talkback with the filmmaker Thomas and a
reception will follow the screening.
The City of Plainfield and M.PoWeR Arts have joined together to create this signature event, the
second annual celebration of gay pride month in Plainfield. Plainfield native Onyx Keesha, Filmmaker
and Executive Director of M.PoWeR, contributed her vision and experience as an activist-
director in making this special event for our LGBTQIA community and allies.
For more information, contact the First Unitarian Society at (908) 756-0750.