August 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
2439 18th St NW
Lucian’s recent book, Hard Art, DC, captures the beginning of the Washington, D.C., punk music scene in 1979 while revealing its reverberating impact today. And in his other award-winning book Runway Madness, he delivers a ringside, tongue-in-cheek look at the New York fashion shows.
Finally, Perkins has produced several notable short documentaries, including The Syrian Refugee Crisis for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which brings to light the plight of 2.5 million Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war, and No Place Like Home for OrbMedia, which explores Intimate Partner Violence in Nicaragua, Sweden and Uganda. In addition, he has produced short videos on Southern Sudan, childhood obesity, and education for homeless children. The Messengers is his first full-length documentary.
The Messengers takes us on an intimate three-year journey through the maze of emotions and hard truths that exist inside the walls of Joseph’s House – a hospice for homeless African-American HIV/AIDs patients. There, we meet two young volunteers: Cameron, a 20 year old well-intentioned, but naive college dropout; and 23-year-old Brittney who has a firm belief about her mission in life. What both of them soon learn is that death holds many revelations that alter their assumptions about the world and redefine their place in it. The dying become teachers, opening the volunteers’ eyes to the important connections that death can bring to life.
Death, of course, is what happens at Joseph’s House, and this film doesn’t shy away from it. As we follow Cameron and Brittney’s journey, we experience their growth and discover first-hand how every death carries with it its own lesson about compassion and life.