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CCCHD Brings Film and Director to Scappoose Saturday, November 6, 2010

During this desperate time of youth suicide related to bullying and harassment, Director Joe Wilson is bringing his award-winning documentary Out in the Silence to Scappoose, Oregon. At 10:30 am Saturday, November 6, Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity is presenting the film and a panel discussion afterward at the Scappoose Cinema 7 complex, 33520 SW Edward Lane, Scappoose. Joe Wilson, the director, will be on hand to discuss the film and talk about his own experiences that brought him to the development of the film.

Out in the Silence captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson’s journey dramatically illustrates the universal challenges of being an outsider in a conservative environment 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.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this important movie and discussion. Admission is free, thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals.

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