In partnership with Hudson Union Society

Pre-Release Screening: The Lavender Scare -

Followed by a Q&A with director and producer Josh Howard and author David K. Johnson

Join us for a very special early screening of the award-winning, timely documentary The Lavender Scare which opens in NY and LA on Friday June 7, 2019. Centered on the 1950s and the witch hunt at the time for gay or lesbian workers, the film is timing its release to the 50-year anniversary of Stonewall riots, the famed protest for gay rights. The film is narrated by Glenn Close and features the voices of Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto, T. R. Knight, and David Hyde Pierce. Acclaimed director-producer Josh Howard and author David K. Johnson will wrap up with a Q&A after the screening.

About The Lavender Scare
With the United States gripped in the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deemed homosexuals to be security risks and vowed to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian.

Over the next four decades, the longest witch-hunt in American history, tens of thousands of government workers would lose their jobs for no reason other than their sexual orientation.

But the mass firings have an unintended effect: they stirred outrage in the gay community, helped ignite the gay rights movement, and thrust an unlikely hero into the forefront of the LGBTQ fight for equality. Partly based on the award-winning book by historian David K. Johnson,The Lavender Scare illuminates a little-known chapter of American history, and serves as a timely reminder of the value of vigilance and social action when civil liberties are under attack.

About Josh Howard:
Director Josh Howard is a producer and broadcast executive with more than 25 years of experience in news and documentary production. He has been honored with 24 Emmy Awards, mostly for his work on the CBS News broadcast 60 Minutes. As Vice President of Long Form Programming for CNBC, he created a unit that produced a series of award-winning documentaries focusing on American business. The 90-minute film Big Brother, Big Business, which explored the ways in which corporate America works hand-in-hand with the government to collect information about the personal habits of private citizens, won the Emmy Award for Best Documentary on a Business Topic, one of three Emmy Awards he earned for CNBC.

About Hudson Union Society:
The Hudson Union is one of New York City's most celebrated institutions that provides a special intimate place where leaders connect directly with the public. The Hudson Union is known as an essential cultural force with an eclectic range of leaders regularly visiting, speaking unfiltered, and challenging conventional beliefs.