DECEMBER 22, 2016

Black Rock Center for the Arts, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and teaching the arts in the Germantown area

On the screen:

Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 | 5:00 PM | $6
Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children
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The Twentieth-Century was a dangerous time to be young. Before vaccines, there were a multitude of diseases that too often kept children from reaching even their teenage years. From the throws of that environment, Dr. Maurice Hilleman would emerge to lead a revolution in vaccine innovation and save many millions of young lives each year. But after being forced to retire at the height of his productivity in 1985, Hilleman watched as one company after another began to abandon vaccine research. When parents began choosing not to vaccinate their children in the 1990s the cruel irony became clear; Hilleman’s unprecedented successes had allowed us to forget just how devastating childhood diseases could be.

Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 | 4:00 PM | $6
States of Grace
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States of Grace intimately captures the transformation of a revered physician, pioneering AIDS specialist Dr. Grace Dammann, and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, Grace miraculously awakened with her cognitive abilities intact, though her body was left shattered. The film follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she and her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder live with their teenage daughter Sabrina in this inspiring portrait of devotion, trust, and resilience.

Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 | 4:00 PM | $6
Real Boy
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REAL BOY is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. Navigating the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. As tension mounts at home, Bennett is taken in by his idol, Joe Stevens, the lead singer of the alt-Americana band, Coyote Grace. Exploring how our search for personal identity also involves those closest to us, REAL BOYis a nuanced look at the new American family and the people we turn to when our given families are unavailable.​

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