Filmmaker Joe Wilson to be featured at next AFFA meeting

On Thursday, January 14th, the Alliance for Full Acceptance is proud to announce that filmmaker Joe Wilson and his award-winning film, "Out in the Silence" will be shown at the Alliance's meeting.

Here is a bit about the documentary:


A gray winter sky hangs over lonely city streets, rotted oil derricks, and abandoned factories. This is Oil City, Pennsylvania, a fading industrial town in the heart of the American rustbelt.

The peace and quiet is shattered when the filmmaker, Oil City native Joe Wilson, places the announcement of his wedding to another man in the local paper. The announcement catches the eye of Kathy Springer, a local woman whose teenage son, CJ, is being brutally tormented at school because he is gay. Ignored by the school authorities and with no where else to turn, she seeks help from Wilson and they begin a difficult but ultimately successful struggle to take on the school authorities who made every day "eight hours of pure hell" for CJ.

"It is a deeply personal social issue documentary that dramatically illustrates the challenges of being different in small towns and rural communities and the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it." - Joe Wilson

Those who are interested in viewing the film and attending the presentation are invited to the Charleston Marriott located at 170 Lockwood Drive at 5:45 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. The presentation starts at 6:15 p.m.