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CatalystCon Film Series announces human issues documentary selections

Kristin Beck to participate in QandA for Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story on September 11 at CatalystCon
Kristin Beck to participate in QandA for Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story on September 11 at CatalystCon
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Dee Dennis, founder of the CatalystCon sexuality conference, has officially announced today (AUG 15) the confirmed lineup for the first annual CatalystCon Film Series and filmmaker Q&A in Los Angeles, California. The Film Series will take place on Thursday, September 11 and will feature the films "Slut: A Documentary Film" by Emily Lindin and Jessica Caimi and "Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story" by CNN Films. Both films will be followed by filmmaker Q&As featuring Emily Lindin and Jessica Caimi for "Slut" and Kristin Beck for "Lady Valor."

Slut: A Documentary Film features the stories of girls and women who have been the victims of sexual bullying and slut shaming in the United States and Canada. Emily Lindin, creator of The UnSlut Project, and director Jessica Caimi spoke to women about their experiences with slut shaming, as well as media figures, sexologists, psychologists, and other experts including Drs. Carol Queen, Shira Tarrant, and Ebony Utley. “Slut” explores how we can all work toward change in our schools, communities, and culture, starting with ourselves. A director’s cut of the film will be screened for the first time at CatalystCon West, followed by a Q&A with Lindin and Caimi.

“I am so excited for The UnSlut Project to be a part of CatalystCon’s debut film series event,” said Lindin. “The informed, sex-positive community at CatalystCon will be a wonderful audience and a great source of feedback for ‘Slut: A Documentary Film.’”

In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin’s journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. Kristin Beck hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. She came out publicly In 2013, a year and a half after her retirement. This film brings exclusive interviews from Kristin’s family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.

“I thank CatalystCon for including the documentary film “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story” in their film series this September in Los Angeles,” said Beck. “More importantly I wish to thank the entire staff of CatalystCon for their never-ending search for understanding in human sexuality and sparking the activist in all of us toward truth and enlightenment.”

“I’m so excited to be part of the evolution of CatalystCon,” said Carol Queen, who will serve as host for the Film Series and conduct Q&A sessions with Lindin, Caimi, and Kristin Beck after their films are screened. “Offering films that illuminate sex/gender diversity and issues is a logical next step for this terrific conference that brings people together to explore some of the most pressing and interesting sex-related topics of our times.”

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014

8:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. — “SLUT: A Documentary Film” —The premiere screening of a special preview director’s cut of the film, followed by a Q&A with creator Emily Lindin, hosted by Carol Queen.

9:15 P.M. –11:30 P.M. —“Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story”—A screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A with Kristin Beck, hosted by Carol Queen.

The CatalystCon Film Series will be held at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel located at 5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 (Phone: 310-216-5858). Tickets to the CatalystCon Film Series are $20.00 per person and can be purchased in advance at EventBrite. The Film Series is open to the public, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Center for Sex & Culture.

CatalystCon West will take place at the Westin LAX September 11-14. Registration for the conference and the Film Series is currently open at catalystcon.com/register.