CHICAGO — The Chicago Premiere of FREE CeCe! at The Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave): On her way to the store with a group of friends, CeCe McDonald fell victim to a brutal and malicious hate crime . Despite defending herself from a transphobic attack, CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. FREE CeCe! is a deep investigation into the realities of being a trans woman of color in a time when they are disproportionately targeted for hate crimes, lack access to employment and healthcare, and are at a much higher risk of attempting suicide. Transgender women who survive hate attacks are six times more likely to experience physical violence when interacting with police than are other LGB survivors.
“The thing that stood out the most to me was that CeCe was a survivor, and the way she survived was that she said to herself, ‘My life has value,’” Gares (director of the film Jac Gares) said. “[For black trans women], that’s not a story we often hear in the headlines.”
Produced by and co-starring Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), FREE CeCe! is at the center of a national movement for equal rights for a community that has long been excluded from fundamental considerations of social justice. By urging attention towards the equal treatment of trans women of color, TransReelization hopes to continue the conversation among Chicagoans of how to take care of one another regardless of race, class, gender identity or sexual orientation.
***MUSIC BOX MATINEE***
Saturday, Nov. 5th
Doors open at 1:30pm / Film starts at 2pm
Venue: Music Box Theatre
Details: The Chicago premiere of “Free CeCe!” (Free Cece Documentary)
Tickets: $25 GA / $50 Premium
Premium Tickets include: Best seats in the house, free parking near the theatre, free popcorn + soft drink & and a Revolution Brewing beverage
Curated by: Mickey R. Mahoney and Karin Winslow
***VIP After Party at the movie studio Kinowerks***
Saturday, Nov. 5th, 5:30pm-10pm
Venue: Kinowerks, the fantastic private movie studio of the Wachowski siblings
Tickets: $500 VIP
VIP Experience: Rare tour of a state-of-the-art movie studio with one of the best private movie theatres in the city, tons of memorabilia from The Matrix movies, Juper Ascending, Sense8, Cloud Atlas and more. Behind the scenes tour, silent auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and some amazing surprises in store.
Movie Tickets: http://bit.ly/2daZlIm.
All proceeds benefit charity.
Special thanks to our sponsors Netflix, The Novy Family, Revolution Brewing, The Pierce Family Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, ConAgra, and AON.