"A gripping, nimbly assembled documentary.  A vivid, disturbing and rousing picture of specious government intrusion at its worst."

“Compelling and well-made.  The touching finale leaves you with a sense of resiliency.”

“Queer history is American history, and The Lavender Scare re-examines World War II, the Eisenhower administration and the space race through a lens of gay liberation. It’s fascinating and horrifying — and timely, given the continuing scapegoating of marginalized groups.”

“Josh Howard’s powerful film makes sure we don’t forget this lamentable time in history.”

“An essential and absorbing documentary tells the story of the political repression of homosexuality in America in the '50s, when anti-gay panic fused with anti-Communist paranoia to create a new beast of injustice.”

“The eye-opening documentary should be required viewing to understand how homophobia and persecution were supported by a government that can and should be challenged.  The message is clear not just about history repeating itself but possibly regressing to socially harmful and unjust ways.”

“An exceptional documentary, beautiful, carefully constructed and inspiring.  While we are not yet where we need to be, watching this film left me hopeful and inspired. I felt like I was back in the 60s, when I came of age, and anything seemed possible if we tried.”

“The film is a documentary, but it builds with such suspense that it feels like a thriller.”

“A must-see for anyone looking to immerse themselves in such history – especially LGBTQ viewers who want to learn more about their roots.  This film belongs on LGBTQ studies syllabi nationwide.”

“A fascinating documentary about a missing piece of our history.”

“Sheds a valuable spotlight on the U.S. government's shameful history of anti-gay discrimination.   A film that should be essential viewing in these times when intolerance is on the rise.”

 “Completely engrossing… the film delivers its impact with honesty and heart.”

“The Lavender Scare is thoroughly engaging.  Our students were fascinated by this untold story of American history.  ‘Why haven’t I ever learned about this in school?’ they asked.  Well, thanks to this invaluable film, now they have.”

--Katherine Parker

Professor of History

Monmouth University

​“We loved the documentary.  The film provided a powerful historical perspective for all our employees, especially our younger LGBT staff, and it was a great conversation starter with our straight co-workers.” ​

--Dr. Chris LaFleur

Sandia National Laboratories

“McDermott Will & Emery screened The Lavender Scare as part of the firm’s annual pride program.  The film received rave reviews for its authenticity and bold content.  It’s touching and inspiring, and its message becomes more relevant with each passing day.” ​

--Lisa A. Linsky, Partner

 Trial Department

 McDermott Will & Emery

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“We were delighted by the film and the audience reception.  Frankly, it far exceeded even my high expectations. It’s a beautiful film about a compelling story that needed to be told.”

 --Joyce Bolinger

Steering committee

Southern Arizona Senior Pride

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​“Our audience members, which included senior citizens, high school and college students as well as educators and members of the LGBTQ community were in awe of the film. Thank you for sharing it with us.” 

--Eric Mora

 Outreach Coordinator

The National Steinbeck Center

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site

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New Renaissance Festival

 

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Ranier Independent Film Festival

 

Atlanta

Jewish Film Festival / Out on Film

 

**Atlantic City

Garden State Film Festival

 

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Austin Gay+Lesbian Film Festival

 

**Berlin

Courage Film Festival

 

Bethel, Connecticut

FilmFest 52

 

Buffalo

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

Gay Charlotte Film Festival

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte Int'l Film Festival

 

Charlottesville, Virginia

Virginia Film Festival

 

**Cologne

FilmFest Homochrom

 

**Fargo

Fargo-Morehead LGBT Film Festival

 

Flagstaff

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival

 

Fort Lauderdale

OUTshine LGBT Film Festival

 

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Fort Myers Film Festival

 

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Q Cinema Film Festival

 

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Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival

 

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Everybody's Perfect Film Festival

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Out Film CT

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Queer Hippo LGBT Film Festival

 

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SoCal Film Festival

 

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Cinema Arts Center

 

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Out Here Now Film Festival

 

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QFilms Long Beach

 

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Monmouth University

 

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Spectrum Film Festival

 

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Outflix Film Festival

 

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OutShine Film Festival

 

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LGBT Film/Video Festival

 

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Documentary Film Festival

 

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Newport Beach Film Festival

 

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Cinema Diverse Film Festival

 

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qFLIX LGBT Film Festival

 

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QDoc Film Festival

 

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Hamptons Documentary Film Festival

 

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Utah Film Awards

 

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Film Out San Diego

 

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Frameline41 LGBT Film Festival

 

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Scottsdale International Film Festival

 

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TWIST:  Seattle Queer Film Festival

 

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OUTwatch LGBTQI Film Festival

 

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QFest Film Festival

 

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International Film Festival

 

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Queer Screen Film Festival

 

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Int'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

 

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InsideOut Film Festival

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Film and Wine Festival

 

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YoFi Fest

 

Zagreb, Croatia

Festival of Tolerance

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