Film Screening of Michael Mayer's Out in the Dark followed by a Q & A with the director

September 29th @ 7:00pm


Where: The Spurlock Museum 600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 



Michael Mayer's “gripping feature debut”, Out in the Dark, tackles the complexities of gay life within the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “An edgy tale of sociopolitical intrigue,” Out in the Dark had it's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, sold to more than 40 countries, played in over 130 film festivals and won 27 awards. Sparking debate on both gender and Middle Eastern politics, Out in the Dark was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, honoring the film's representation of LGBT issues and its impact on mainstream culture. 

Please RSVP by filling the form below. Registrations are FREE and open to everyone. We look forward to seeing you!

Sponsored by: 
  • Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation
  • The Program in Jewish Culture and Society
  • Spurlock Museum of World Cultures
  • CU 2022 Pride Fest
  • Illini Hillel


“One of the most powerful films about the Arab-Israeli conflict ever attempted on screen."
Rex Reed – New York Observer
Stephen Holden – New York Times
“An edgy tale fueled by do-or-die sociopolitical intrigue. It’s unique, powerful stuff."
Gary Goldstein – Los Angeles Times
“Tel Aviv and the West Bank may be worlds apart in terms of culture, politics and religion, but Mayer cleverly merges them into a single claustrophobic continuum of paranoia, violence and corruption that corrodes everything is touches."
Ella Taylor – NPR
“In Mayer’s assured hands, [the] drama pulses with urgency, longing and raw feeling, morphing smoothly in its final third into a lean thriller."
David Rooney – The Hollywood Reporter
“Michael Mayer films scenes of love, violence and suspense with the hand of a young master."
Christophe Carrière - L’Express




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