Thursday, October 02, 2008

SLDN, Reel Affirmations to screen the new film "Ask Not" about "don't ask don't tell" in October 2008

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network now has an online petition for repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” through the Military Readiness Enhancement Act proposed by Marty Meehan, HR 1246. The link is here.

SLDN will have a panel discussion about the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy at the Lincoln Theater in Washington DC on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 at 12 Noon, after a screening of the new documentary film “Ask Not”, which runs for slightly less than 90 minutes. The event is sponsored by the Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in October 2008, called Reel Affirmations. The link, which includes a trailer with some excerpts from the film, is here. There is a link for ticket purchase ($10). It is likely to sell out, so I would advise purchasing tickets in advance. The film is directed by Johnny Symons and comes from a company called Persistent Visions. The website for the film is this. The film is related to a book by Nathaniel Frank, “Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America,” published by Thomas Dunne, available for pre-order at Amazon here and due in March 2009.

A tagline for the movie is “They went into the closet to serve their country. They came out of the closet to save it.” The title of the film seems to come from former President John F. Kennedy's famous inauguration speech (Jan 20, 1961): "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country!" It sounds like John McCain's "Country First." Yet the Republican platform would keep the military ban, where as Barack Obama says he supports lifting it.

The other “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” documentary (with that exact working title) in production by “Dream Outloud Films” still seems active, link here.

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