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"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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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“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.”

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

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“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.”

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


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“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


“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


​“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




**Denotes Award Winner


New Renaissance Festival


Ashford, Washington

Ranier Independent Film Festival



Jewish Film Festival / Out on Film


**Atlantic City

Garden State Film Festival



Austin Gay+Lesbian Film Festival



Courage Film Festival


Bethel, Connecticut

FilmFest 52



Buffalo Niagara Film Festival


Charlotte, North Carolina

Gay Charlotte Film Festival


Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte Int'l Film Festival


Charlottesville, Virginia

Virginia Film Festival



FilmFest Homochrom



Fargo-Morehead LGBT Film Festival



Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival


Fort Lauderdale

OUTshine LGBT Film Festival


Fort Myers

Fort Myers Film Festival


**Fort Worth

Q Cinema Film Festival



Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival



Everybody's Perfect Film Festival

**Hartford, Connecticut

Out Film CT


Queer Hippo LGBT Film Festival


Huntington Beach, California

SoCal Film Festival


Huntington, New York

Cinema Arts Center


**Kansas City

Out Here Now Film Festival


Long Beach, California

QFilms Long Beach


Long Branch, New Jersey

Monmouth University



Louisville LGBT Film Festival


**Macon, Georgia

Macon Film Festival


Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Spectrum Film Festival



Outflix Film Festival



OutShine Film Festival



LGBT Film/Video Festival


New Haven

Documentary Film Festival


Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach Film Festival


**Ocean Grove, New Jersey

qFest LGBT Film and Video Festival


Palm Springs

Cinema Diverse Film Festival



qFLIX LGBT Film Festival


Portland, Oregon

QDoc Film Festival


Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Independent Film Festival

​** Rochester, New York

ImageOut LGBT Film Festival



Int'l LGBTQ Film Festival


**Sag Harbor, New York

Hamptons Documentary Film Festival


Salt Lake City

Utah Film Awards


**San Diego

Film Out San Diego


San Diego

International Film Festival


San Francisco

Frameline41 LGBT Film Festival


Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale International Film Festival



TWIST:  Seattle Queer Film Festival


Sonoma, California 

OUTwatch LGBTQI Film Festival


St. Louis

QFest Film Festival


Sun Valley

International Film Festival



Queer Screen Film Festival



Int'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival



InsideOut Film Festival

**Vero Beach, Florida

Film and Wine Festival


**Yonkers, New York

YoFi Fest


Zagreb, Croatia

Festival of Tolerance

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