36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023

Out in the Night

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In 2006, four young African-American lesbians in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City are violently and sexually threatened by an aggressive man on the street. They react in self-defense, stabbing the persistent man, warranting charges and court convictions. While other women may plead guilty, Renata, Patreese, Venice, and Terrain claim their innocence – they merely aimed to protect themselves. Although the rights activists circle dubbed them The New Jersey 4, the media labels them the “Gang of Killer Lesbians”. By infusing interviews with archival footage, this documentary demonstrates the influence of biased media coverage on an already prejudicial legal system. Discussion with filmmakers Giovanna Chesler and blair dorosh-walther, and Scott Rheinheimer (U.Va.)


Saturday, November 8


5:00 PM


Downtown Mall : Regal 1

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Film Info

Director: blair dorosh-walther

Runtime: 75 min

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2014

Country: USA

Featuring: Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson, Venice Brain, Terrain Dandridge