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“Sneak Preview” of New Documentary

Two members of the Graduate Faculty, Mary Dalton and Cindy Hill, have co-directed Living in the Overlap, a half-hour documentary about an iconic Triad couple.

Dalton was entranced when she first heard about Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin’s love story.  Her colleague Cindy Hill was equally attracted to their longstanding fight for social justice on behalf of a number of progressive causes.

They will share the film in a “sneak preview” campus screening on September 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.  Gerber and Berlin will participate in a Q & A session after the film. 

Living in the Overlap is the improbably true story of two girls growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s, falling in love in the Midwest, and making a life together in North Carolina.  Lennie Gerber, retired attorney, and Pearl Berlin, retired professor, still have an indelible spark after 46-years. 

View a trailer for the film and webisodes at www.lennieandpearl.com where you can also sign up for project updates.

“I hope our film will be affirming for members of the LGBT community, inspiring for everyone who appreciates a great love story, and thought-provoking for people who have not thought much about the issue of gay marriage or who are undecided about it,” says Dalton.  “I don’t see how anyone could watch this film and not believe that Lennie and Pearl are meant for one another.”

The appeal of their story is broader than their stature as beloved icons in North Carolina.  Lennie and Pearl have made a couple of appearances on the MSNBC program The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell, and their story has been covered in The Times of Israel as well as a variety of local publications.

This special, campus screening of Living in the Overlap – which is free and open to the public – is sponsored by Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center, the Film Studies Program, WGSS, and community partners, a/perture cinema and OUT at the Movies.

Sign up for the event and get more details at the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/livingintheoverlap and be sure to “Like” the page during your visit to get further updates. 

Follow Living in the Overlap on Twitter @LITO_themovie.