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Next Zoom February 14th

Colman Domingo received a 2024 Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Bayard Rustin, a passionate activist and organizer and the architect of the momentous 1963 March on Washington.


Rustin made history and was then virtually forgotten as his unapologetic life as an openly gay man kept him out of history's retelling of the events that changed America and the world.

Domingo is the second openly gay actor ever to receive an Oscar nod for playing a gay male character. The first was Ian McKellan for his role as James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998). Out actor Jodie Foster is also nominated this year for her supporting role in Nyad where she plays a lesbian character.

For more historic insight on Bayard Rustin go to this In the Life link and scroll to 12:50 on the timeline.

Watch Rustin on Netflix.

Chillfest is partnering with Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) for a monthly Film Club. Chillfest programmers, John Catania and Charles Ignacio select films for members to screen at home and then meet on Zoom to discuss and critique. Zoom link information will be provided after joining the group.


1) Become a member of Stonewall National Museum & Archives, a vital organization preserving LGBTQ+ history for nearly 50 years. An Individual membership is just $35. Join here.​

2) Email with subject "Join Film Club" to for Zoom link

Once an SNMA member there is no fee to be part of the Film Club or Chillfest. Because of their collection of LGBTQ+ films, Film Club members will be expected to have a Netflix account and have access to YouTube.

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