BECON-TV to air Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community during LGBTQ History Month

October 20, 2022

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is partnering with BECON-TV to screen the Center’s award-winning documentary film short Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community to commemorate LGBTQ History Month in October.

The 20-minute film premiered on the 10th and will be shown throughout October in recognition of National Coming-Out Day. In total it will air 13 times through the remainder of the month. This marks the first time Stories From the LGBTQ Community is being shown on an over-the-air television channel.

BECON-TV is an FCC-Licensed Station that broadcasts Educational and Public-Interest Programs to nearly 2.5-million households in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce Media Markets. It is available on WEBC-Channel 63 for Subscribers to ATT U-Verse, DirecTV and Dish Network, while Xfinity subscribers can tune in on Channel 19 or 488 (HD).

“The Center is thrilled to partner with BECON-TV to make our first Open Dialogues film, Stories From the LGBTQ Community, accessible to viewers throughout the tri-county region,” said Joy Satterlee, the Center’s Executive Director. “BECON provides such a valuable learning resource for South Florida households by airing locally produced programming such as Open Dialogues. We look forward to reaching new audiences for our film as part of LGBTQ History Month.”

Eric Powell, Task Assigned Director/General Manager at BECON, added, “The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is to be commended for creating such a compelling film as Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community. This film reflects our goal at BECON to air high-quality, local programming that invites informed discussion while showcasing the talent and creativity in our diverse community.”

Open Dialogues captures in rich, black-and-white photography the intimately told coming-out narratives of seven Broward County residents. Directed, shot and edited by Miami Filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez, the film explores how the LGBTQ Community is marginalized within families, schools, churches and public spaces – and how individuals interviewed for the film learned to empower themselves in these spaces.

The newsletter Queer Guru described Open Dialogues as “exactly what most Queer People would have loved to [have] been able to view on the verge of ‘coming out’ as Gay. Listening to the stories of seven South Florida members of the LGBTQ Community articulate on their own journeys is such an uplifting experience.”

Support for Open Dialogues has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Frederick W. Jaqua Fund, Deinhardt Charitable Fund, Ruth H. Brown Fund for the Arts and Anna Bloeser Fund.

BECON-TV scheduled screening dates – Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community: Friday, October 21st, 2022, 10:00 p.m., Saturday, October 22nd, 2022, 12:00 a.m., Sunday, October 23rd, 2022, 10:30 p.m., Monday, October 24th, 2022, 9:00 p.m., Thursday, October 27th, 2022, 9:30 p.m., Friday, October 28th, 2022, 8:30 p.m., Saturday, October 29th, 2022, 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 30th, 2022, 11:00 p.m.

Cable Channels
Channel 63: ATT U-Verse, DirecTV and Dish Network
Xfinity: Channel 19 or 488 (HD)

About The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization supported in part by its members, admissions, private entities, The City of Hollywood, The Broward County Board Of County Commissioners as recommended by The Broward Cultural Council and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. We welcome donations from all members of the community who wish to support our work.