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The Celluloid Closet is this Thursday's feature as the Bloomfield Public Library celebrates LGBT Pride Month

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Public Library Thursday afternoon movies celebration of LGBT Pride Month continue this Thursday with The Celluloid Closet in the Little Theatre at 12:15 p.m. 

June 15, 2017 – THE CELLULOID CLOSET

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of the LGBT community and the attitudes behind them throughout North American film history. It shows the evolution of the entertainment industry's role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The issues addressed include secrecy as well as the demonization of the homosexual community with the advent of AIDS, and finally the shift toward acceptance and positivity in the modern era. Narrated by Lily Tomlin. Based on Vito Russo’s book of the same name first published in 1981 – 1995 – Color/B&W – 1hr 42min – R.

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The Thursday afternoon film celebration continues in June with: 

June 22, 2017 – BOYS DON’T CRY

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) is the popular new person in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the people, drinking, and cussing, and he charms the young women, who have never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he is one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana (Chloë Sevigny). No one in the town knows that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. Swank won the Oscar, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, LA Film Critics, and NY Film Critics awards for Best Actress. Sevigny won the Independent Spirit, LA Film Critics, and National Society of Film Critics awards for Best Supporting Actress  – 1999 - Color – 1hr 58min – R.

June 29, 2017 – BEAUTIFUL THING     
               
Shy Jamie (Glen Berry) and athletic Ste (Scott Neal) are teen boys who live near each other in the London projects. Both boys think they could be gay, and finally explore their feelings when Ste is allowed to stay over at Jamie's place after an incident with his abusive father. There, the boys grow close and open themselves up to the idea of homosexuality, while Jamie's caring mother, Sandra (Linda Henry), and quirky teen neighbor, Leah (Tameka Empson), offer much needed emotional support – 1996 – Color – 1hr 30min – R.

All films start at 12:15 PM in the barrier-free Library Theatre.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

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