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City of Plainfield and M.PoWeR Arts Co-Sponsors Pride and Purpose Film Fest at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield


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

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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.

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