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Ellen DeGeneres, Cynthia Nixon, Neil Patrick Harris and others speak out in The Out List, coming to the Free Library

In "The Out List," Timothy Greenfield-Sanders profiles prominent members of the LGBT community. The film gets a special pre-HBO screening Monday at Philadelphia's Free Library, with photographer/filmmaker Greenfield-Sanders in person to discuss his project.

Ellen DeGeneres, Cynthia Nixon, Neil Patrick Harris and others speak out in The Out List, coming to the Free Library

Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Cynthia Nixon and Wanda Sykes discuss coming out in Hollywood. Writer and activist Janet Mock talks about her gender transition. Big Love and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black recalls growing up in a conservative Mormon family, struggling with his sexuality-- and with thoughts of suicide. AIDS activist Larry Kramer and drag queen Lady Bunny are among the other folks profiled in photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ The Out List, which gets a special pre-HBO screening Monday evening at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Greenfield-Sanders, who did a similarly structured three-volume documentary in 2008, 2009 and 2010 about African-Americans called The Black List, will be on hand to discuss his new project, which offers intimate and revealing portraits of 16 prominent  members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, talking about their hopes and fears, trials and triumphs. With its diverse and charismatic subjects, elegantly framed against gray backdrops, their interviews intercut with archival materials, the film gives audiences a window into the many challenges, struggles and rewards faced by LGBT-ers in the past and present. The Out List will be shown Monday, June 10, at 7:30pm at the Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. Admission is FREE. For Info, click here or call 215-567-4341. Gary Kramer, the Philadelphia film writer and author of Independent Queer Cinema: Reviews and Interviews, will host the event and lead a Q & A with Greenfield-Sanders.

For those who can’t make it, the film premieres on HBO Thursday, June 27.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Reach Steven at srea@phillynews.com.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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