AJFF and Out On Film Present Special Screening: The Lavender Scare
By Oz Online | Published on August 30, 2017

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) continues its Select Screenings with The Lavender Scare.

The documentary The Lavender Scare screens Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 PM at Midtown Art Cinema, presented in tandem with Out On Film, the creators of Atlanta’s LGBT Film Festival.

The Josh Howard film is based on the award-winning book by historian David K. Johnson. The touching documentary brings light to the barely mentioned in history campaign by the government to force all homosexual employees to be identified and fired. The scare was a malicious purge of homosexuals, that persisted to a point that ruined many more lives than the similar communism red scare. This awful treatment led to the spark of the gay rights movement, which helped push back against the government’s abuse of power.

Says AJFF executive director Kenny Blank, “The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is delighted to continue a longstanding partnership with Out On Film in presenting this timely and important documentary. This powerful exposé revealing a shameful chapter of American history, and the partnership between our two unique film festivals, demonstrates our shared mission to explore themes and subjects relevant to all audiences, in this case where the paths of injustice and inaction can lead.”

Jim Farmer, executive director of Out on Film, says, “Out On Film is excited to be collaborating on this project with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and continuing a terrific partnership. The film could not be any more topical and I look forward to sharing a piece of history with Atlanta audiences, many of whom might not know the full story behind the Lavender Scare.”

Tickets are $15 for the screening and post-film Q&A with filmmaker Josh Howard. A $30 VIP ticket includes a VIP reception after the film at Après Diem, with the filmmaker in attendance. Tickets are available at


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