This event is canceled at this time.
Event Details
Sat, February 13, 2021 - 5:00 PM
Event Description

The Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation is excited to present Let the Learning Begin Social Justice Film Series: Moonlight. This event will feature a panel discussion of the Black LGBTQ experience in related to the Best Picture award winning film Moonlight.


Based on the semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Moonlight follows the life of a young queer, Black man growing up in Miami. It shows his epic journey to manhood guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.


Our zoom discussion, led by moderator Eric Guzman, will focus on the Black LGBTQ expirence in relation to the film. Confirmed panelists include Tara Aquino, head of content at FREE THE WORK. Other panelists will be announced in the coming weeks. The event takes place on February 13th at 5pm PST. Tickets are $10, but additional donations are encouraged to help us accomplish our mission of educating, inspiring, and motivating children through the medium of film. Your ticket also includes entry into a raffle that will follow the discussion with gift cards from GrubHub and The Cheesecake Factory. Please watch the film beforehand on your own time. If you have any questions, you can ask them during the event or email them to with the subject line “Moonlight Questions.”


You can stream the film from any of the providers listed here: Decider


About the panelists:


Eric-Antonio Guzman is the leading film programmer at the Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation. Having previously been a member of the 2019 Chicago International Film Festival's programming team, he specializes in showcasing select independent films from around the world. His writings on film can be read at Nerdist, Facets and The Chicago Maroon.


Tara Aquino is an Olympic bronze-medalist weightlifter and champion equestrian who was actually never any one of those things. Rather, she’s a queer first-gen Filipinx American who eventually climbed out of the depths of the San Fernando Valley and fostered a diverse career in entertainment. In addition to formerly being Complex Networks' Pop Culture Editor, she’s worked in development at Paramount, written national campaigns for Nike, and produced digital series for Snoop Dogg. Now, she's serving as the Head of Content at FREE THE WORK, producing writer/director Alyssa Lerner's feature Jesse Is a Friend, and co-running a local film/TV youth advocacy program in Los Angeles. Seriously.


About the Foundation:

The Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation is a non-profit foundation that strives to motivate children to pursue education beyond high school. We believe the way to achieve this is by combining studying with inspirational out-of-school activities. We want to define the next generation of scholars, not only by what they learn in the classroom, but also through their experiences beyond the text books and outside of the traditional learning environments.