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Ga. school sues parents of boy featured in ‘Bully’ documentary for $9K in court costs

The parents of Tyler Long, one of five young people featured in the critically acclaimed 2012 documentary "Bully," are being sued by the Murray County school district to recoup some $9,000 in court costs after the Longs' lawsuit against the school system was dismissed, according to a story in the Fulton Daily Report.

Murray County is in north Georgia, near Dalton.

Tina and David Long sued the Murray County Board of Education after their son, Tyler, 17, a student at Murray County High School in Chatsworth, Ga., committed suicide by hanging in 2009. The parents alleged in the lawsuit that school officials did nothing to stop the constant bullying their son endured, as portrayed in the film.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court on Jan. 29, 2010, and notes that Tyler had Asperger's Disorder. The lawsuit was dismissed last year by Judge Harold Murphy and appealed. The appeal was upheld in June.

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HBO airs documentary on gay former N.J. governor

Former NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey

Jim McGreevey once envisioned a political career even greater than what he had already achieved as the 52nd governor of New Jersey. But that dream came crashing to a halt in August 2004, when he not only announced that he was gay but that he had been having an affair with a man whom he had appointed as the New Jersey homeland security adviser.

McGreevey, who was married to a woman at the time, became the nation’s first openly gay governor, but announced his resignation at the same time. He claimed he was being blackmailed by the man, an Israeli citizen named Golan Cipel, who instead said McGreevey had sexually harassed him.

How McGreevey, now happily in a relationship with a different man, is tackling the second act of his life is the basis of the new HBO documentary “Fall to Grace.”

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‘Breaking Through’ chronicles the rise of LGBT politicians

Breaking Through documentary

“Breaking Through,” a documentary focused on LGBT politicians, makes its Atlanta debut at the Atlanta Film Festival, screening March 20 at the Plaza Theatre.

While the Atlanta Film Festival is not the world premiere of “Breaking Through” — that happens March 16 at the Sun Valley Film Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho — director, writer and producer Cindy Abel hails from Atlanta and will share her completed project with her hometown for the first time.

Abel, whose LGBT political activism includes stints as co-chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and executive director of Georgia Equality, says she came up with the idea with Allen Thornell, a well-known Atlanta LGBT leader who passed away in 2009. The pair discussed ideas including a documentary on U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), but someone was already working on that project.

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‘Raid of the Rainbow Lounge’ explores Texas gay bar controversy

Raid on the Rainbow Lounge

When police raided a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar on June 28, 2009, it was just the beginning of angry City Council meetings, protests and rallies — and, eventually, healing and change.

“Raid of the Rainbow Lounge,” a documentary that chronicles what happened in Forth Worth following the police raid, premieres in Atlanta on Oct. 7 as part of Out on Film.

Director Robert Camina said he looks forward to bringing his film to Atlanta because of the similarities he sees in Texas raid and the one at the Atlanta Eagle, just 10 weeks later. Camina and Atlanta Eagle attorney Dan Grossman will join a panel discussion after the film.

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Filmmaker crowdfunds LGBT family documentary

Project Dad

Documentary filmmaker Sharon Shattuck is turning to Kickstarter in hopes of funding a documentary about LGBT families called “Project Dad.” Kickstarter is a web-based funding platform that allows its users to raise large amounts of money from small donations or purchases involving the project.

Shattuck hopes to raise $15,000 to finance filming.

From the Kickstarter:

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Documentary follows ‘pandrogyny’ artists seeking to merge identities

'The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye'

When Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend,” cosmetic surgery was not an option.

Genesis P-Orridge (of the industrial bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV) and Lady Jaye Breyer had the nip/tuck option and took it.

Rather than having children together they decided to “create a new person” by having themselves surgically altered to look like each other.

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Jewish Film Festival offers plenty for gay audiences

2011 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival offers plenty of LGBT attractions

Despite the name, the 11th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is no more restricted to Jews than it is to Atlantans. The diverse programming offers something for everyone, including LGBT viewers.

There are many fine films among the 57 features and nine shorts in this year’s festival, unspooling Feb. 8-27 at six venues, primarily the Regal Atlantic Station and Lefont Sandy Springs.

Documentaries in the festival reveal that famous children’s story writer Maurice Sendak (“Tell Them Anything You Want”) is gay but the world’s most famous hairdresser (“Vidal Sassoon: The Movie”) isn’t.