Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
and Come What May Productions Present
ABAN + KHORSHID
Special free screening of the highly acclaimed short feature film,
followed by discussion/reception with producer Tommee May and director Darwin Serink
When a government can tell you whom you may and may not love…when the penalty for loving is death…art must not be silent.
Los Angeles LGBT Center and Guttman Associates present a screening of the award-winning short documentary Aban + Khorshid at the Center’s Renberg Theatre on Wednesday, August 20, at 7:30 p.m. The film recounts the tragic true story of two Iranian teenagers who were hanged for the crime of being gay. There is no charge for the event, but reservations are recommended.
After the screening there will be a panel discussion featuring the film’s producer, Tommee May; the director, Darwin Serink, and Ani Zonneveld, president of Muslims for Progressive Values. The panel will be moderated Eric Gutierrez, the Center’s Director of Health Policy. Following the discussion, a reception will be held in the theatre-adjacent Courtyard of the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza.
Producer Tommee May is the founder of Come What May Productions. Her film credits include the comedy GOATS, starring David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga, which she co-produced and also starred in; THE ROMANTICS, starring Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, and Anna Paquin, which she served as associate producer; and most recently, she can be seen as Mia in Nick Cassavetes’ YELLOW. She also co-created and starred in THE ONE 'N DONE series, which can be seen on Funny or Die. May studied under the tutelage of Mike Nichols and George Morrison while in New York and performed in several Off-Broadway plays. In addition to Aban + Khorshid, her upcoming short films include ILLUSION, and DELICIOUS AMBIGUITY, which May both produced and stars in.
Darwin Serink is an award winning writer and director living in Los Angeles. A native of Canada, Serink received his BFA in Film and Photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He is an alumni of the 2011 Outfest Screenwriters Lab, where he workshopped the script PAPER CRANES that placed in the quarterfinals at the Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting competition.
ABAN Mojean Aria
KHORSHID Bobby Naderi
DIRECTOR/WRITER Darwin Serink
PRODUCERS Tommee May, Candace Silvers, Christopher Leggett, Darwin Serink
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Brendan Filuk, Anna Brunoro
When & Where
The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center is a program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Our theatres at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza include the Renberg Theatre, a 200 seat state-of-the-art theatre, and the Davidson/Valentini Theatre, a 50 seat black box theatre.
Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today, through our health center, shelters, performance stages and classrooms, we provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society.