MOM’S APPLE PIE: THE HEART OF THE LESBIAN MOTHERS’ CUSTODY MOVEMENT
Documentary – 2006 – USA – 61 Minutes – Frameline Distribution – Unrated
Official Selection: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Official Selection: Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
A benefit for Parenting Now!’s LGBTQ Parenting Education and Support Initiative. Parenting Now! provides parenting education and support programs that help parents meet the challenges of everyday life so they and their children will thrive. The LGBTQ Parenting Education and Support Initiative was created to address the specific needs of LGBTQ parents and their children.
Mom’s Apple Pie: The Heart of the Lesbian Mother’s Custody Movement revisits the early tumultuous years of the lesbian custody movement through the stories of five lesbian mothers and their four children.
Narrated by Kate Clinton, the documentary interviews the sons and daughters who were separated from their mothers, the mothers themselves, and one woman who made the difficult decision to flee with her children. Founders of the Lesbian Rights Project (now the National Center for Lesbian Rights) and the Lesbian Mothers’ National Defense Fund recount the founding of their organizations in response to the bevy of court rulings granting custody to grandparents, fathers and distant relatives based on the belief that lesbians would be unfit parents. Rich with archival photos from JEB (Joan E. Biren) and Cathy Cade, the documentary also features music from iconic lesbian musicians Margie Adam, Alix Dobkin, Mary Watkins and Cris Williamson.
Directed by Jody Laine, Shan Ottey, Shad Reinstein
Suggested Donation: $8 – $50. Free fresh picked apple with admission!
Director Q&A after the screening
SPECIAL LIMITED ENGAGEMENT – ONE NIGHT ONLY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 AT 4:00 PM