Jul 102014

Slut: A Documentary Film and Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story to be Screened at CatalystCon West This September

Dee Dennis, founder of the CatalystCon sexuality conference, announces the lineup for the first annual CatalystCon Film Series. The film series will take place on Thursday, September 11 and will feature the films Slut: A Documentary Film and Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story.

Slut: A Documentary Film features the stories of girls and women who have been the victims of sexual bullying and slut shaming in the United States and Canada. Emily Lindin, creator of The UnSlut Project, and director Jessica Caimi spoke to women about their experiences with slut shaming, as well as media figures, sexologists, psychologists, and other experts including Drs. Carol Queen, Shira Tarrant, and Ebony Utley. “Slut” explores how we can all work toward change in our schools, communities, and culture, starting with ourselves. A director’s cut of the film will be screened for the first time at CatalystCon West, followed by a Q&A with Lindin and Caimi.

“I am so excited for The UnSlut Project to be a part of CatalystCon’s debut film series event,” said Lindin. “The informed, sex-positive community at CatalystCon will be a wonderful audience and a great source of feedback for ‘Slut: A Documentary Film.’”

In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin’s journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. She came out publicly In 2013, a year and a half after her retirement. This film brings exclusive interviews from Kristin’s family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield. 

“I thank CatalystCon for including the documentary film “Lady Valor” in their film series this September in Los Angeles,” said Beck. “More importantly I wish to thank the entire staff of CatalystCon for their never-ending search for understanding in human sexuality and sparking the activist in all of us toward truth and enlightenment.”

“I’m so excited to be part of the evolution of CatalystCon,” said Carol Queen, who will serve as host for the Film Series and conduct Q&A sessions with Lindin, Caimi, and Beck after their films are screened. “Offering films that illuminate sex/gender diversity and issues is a logical next step for this terrific conference that brings people together to explore some of the most pressing and interesting sex-related topics of our times.”

CatalystCon West will take place at the Westin LAX September 11-14. Registration for the conference and the Film Series is currently open at catalystcon.com/register. The Film Series is open to the public, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Center for Sex & Culture.


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