Film Screening | Out in the Night

Film Event Details

Screening: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Inman E. Page Library, Room #100, 712 Lee Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Admission: Free to university students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

From POV Films

It all began on the night of Aug. 18, 2006 on the streets of Greenwich Village in New York City. The gay-friendly neighborhood was considered a safe haven by seven close-knit African-American lesbian friends from Newark, N.J. It was a place they went to have a good time, to be themselves. But as the award-winning new documentary Out in the Night chronicles, on one hot summer night, for these women, the Village would prove anything but safe.

Out in the Night opens with audio clips from police radio dispatches describing “officers fighting with gangs, Bloods and Crips” followed by a reference to “approximately five female blacks,” then to a “gentleman that was stabbed by . . . girls.” There were a number of inaccuracies in these dispatches, but the pictures they painted set the stage for the sensational story of four young women–Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson, Venice Brown and Terrain Dandridge–that followed.

The film marks the first time that the women have told their side of the story. Two women are the film’s primary focus: Renata, a single mother of a 5-year-old son, and Patreese, a petite 4-foot-11-inch femme-identified poet. As they and their friends strolled beneath the neon lights of the Village in 2006, they were confronted by 28-year-old Dwayne Buckle, who was selling DVDs. “Let me get some of that,” he said to Patreese, pointing below her waist. When she told him she was gay, he threatened to force the women “straight” through rape. He threw a lit cigarette, yanked out a handful of Venice’s hair and began to choke Renata. Thinking one of her friends was “about to die,” Patreese pulled a knife from her purse and stabbed him. Strangers jumped in to defend the women and the fight escalated. The entire incident, captured by security cameras, lasted four minutes. When it was over, everyone walked away.

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