Freeheld

Sun, June 3, 2007,  12 noon
Free Screening- No Tickets Necessary

Freeheld, a highly moving and ultimately uplifting documentary, tells of Lieutenant Laurel Hester’s battle against the elected officials of her New Jersey county who are denying her dying wish: to provide for the woman she loves. After 25 years spent serving her community, the veteran police detective has lung cancer, and she is desperate to ensure a financially stable future for her life-partner. But the county’s elected officials—known as Freeholders-won’t let her transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree.

Without the pension Andree will lose the home that she and Hester have built together, and Hester will not stand to see that happen. As friends and neighbors rally around the couple, Hester and Andree set off on a powerful and heart-breaking race against time.

Winner – Special Jury Prize, 2007 Sundance Film Festival

Immediately following this free screening, stay for an informative panel discussion on the status of Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Partners in Oregon. Panelists include Commissioner Sam Adams; Mike Roth, Producer/Director of SAVING MARRIAGE; Tiffany Harris, attorney with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt; Michael Sandmeyer, representing Basic Rights Oregon; and moderated by attorney Mark Johnson of Johnson Renshaw & Lechman-Su.

FREEHELD: Dir Cynthia Wade 2007 USA 38 min.