How is Kyle's search for his birth family?

Many who have watched Closure cannot help but feel connected to (and equally entertained by) Angela's brother, Kyle.  At nearly every screening and Q&A we've attended, someone will ask:  "How is Kyle doing with the search for his birth family???" 

Thanks to the new law in Washington state that now allows adoptees to apply for their original birth certificate, Kyle tweeted this photo today of him sending off his application.

Be sure to check out this new documentary short I made on Kyle preparing for and competing in the 2014 Washington State Special Olympics!  He ran the 1,500 meter race on pavement in his bare feet, and you'll have to watch the video to find out why!

- Bryan Tucker

Summer 2014 Screenings

We're gearing up for an exciting summer with Closure events!

As always, you can check out our Screenings page for an up-to-date list of where the film is showing, and whether Angela or I will be present for Q&A's.  Here's a quick snapshot of June and July:

6/12    Los Angeles, CA - Laemmle's Royal Theatre  7:30pm | Q&A w/ Bryan & Angela

6/14    Los Angeles, CA - Mixed Remixed Festival  11:00am |  Q&A w/ Bryan & Angela

6/15    San Diego, CA - Media Arts Center  3:00pm | Q&A w/ Bryan & Angela

7/7      Cape Cod, MA - 28th Annual ARC Summer Conference  4:30pm |  Q&A w/ Bryan & Angela

7/10    Salt Lake City, UT - Broadway Centre Cinemas**  7:30pm 

7/18    Bellevue, WA - Bellevue City Hall (link available soon)  6:30pm | Q&A w/ Bryan & Angela

**Event will occur only if required number of tickets are pre-sold.  

Thank you for your continued support of Closure and it's message.  Please forward any screening info to folks you may know in the above cities.

NOTE: In case you missed it, here's Angela's blog post from May 20th about Ariana, a young transracial adoptee who showed up at a recent screening asking some bold questions. 

-Bryan 

Meet Darel - A 75 Year Old Adoptee

Reposted from Angela's blog, theadoptedlife.com on 4/30/14. 

Darel is an adoptee who felt his heart stirred with long repressed emotions after viewing Closure. Our meeting was Darel’s first conversation with a fellow adoptee about his adoption story. He met his birth mother when he was 50 years old which helped him to better understand how this primal separation affected every single day of his life. His birth mother was secretly sent away to a maternity home for women who are “in trouble” (See Philomena or A Girl Like Her). Recently, the disgraced L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling received a punishment for his racist statements of a lifetime ban from the NBA – The sanction imposed on Darel’s birthmother used language not too dissimilar – the documents state that she was to be “forever barred from raising the child.” The general philosophy behind infant adoptions during the 30′s and 40′s was that children adopted in their early years would have absolutely no memory of their birth parents.

I know there are other folks like Darel, whose voices are worthy to be heard. I would love to hear from other adult men who were adopted during the era of closed adoptions as it’d be so enriching for male adoptees to get to know each other and share experiences. I can’t help but wonder how Darel’s life may have looked had he conversed with another adoptee earlier on in his life.

-Angela Tucker

Filmed and edited by Bryan Tucker.

"Closure" PNW Broadcast Premiere

To all our friends in the Pacific Northwest, this Friday, April 25 at 9pm, Closure will have it's broadcast premiere on KCTS 9 for Reel NW Season 4! I will be live tweeting throughout the broadcast using the hashtag #ReelNW, and would love for you to join in.

For those who do not live in the PNW, do not fret! You will be able to stream Closure for FREE from the Reel NW website from now until 7/25/14!!

kcts9.org/reel-nw

East Coast Trip - January 2014

January East Coast Trip:  On 1/25/14 Closure at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (part of the New York Public Library) in Harlem.  The evening was unforgettable.  A discussion panel afterwards consisted of Angela, Susan Harris O'Connor, and April Dinwoodie - all transracial adoptees.  The audience was truly in for a treat to hear from these incredibly articulate, strong Black women.  They handled audience questions with poise, and some audience members poured their hearts out to all.  As I sat back observing and taking pictures, I was reminded of something that has been true at each screening we've had.  After people see Closure, they are compelled to share, and to connect.  It's nothing I did as the filmmaker, but it's the story.  Some stories can evoke responses out of people who may have been silent otherwise, and that's powerful.  One birth mother who attended wrote a blog post about her experience at the screening, which I've linked HERE.  To quote her:

This movie was a reminder of the power in using my voice to tell my story.

Wow.

The next night, we screened at Swarthmore College, just outside of Philadelphia, PA.  Many wonderful people took part in the planning of this event, and we thank Open Arms Adoption for playing a huge role in making that night possible.  For me, our East Coast trip could be summed up by the following revelation: Nothing is more powerful than telling your story, and listening to others tell theirs.       

April Dinwoodie, Angela Tucker, and Susan Harris O'Connor on the panel at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, NYC. 

April Dinwoodie, Angela Tucker, and Susan Harris O'Connor on the panel at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, NYC. 

Our generous hosts for the Swarthmore, PA screening. 

Our generous hosts for the Swarthmore, PA screening. 

For adoptees still searching for the first/birth families. 

Visit our SCREENINGS page to see where we'll be playing next.  Finally, here are some of our recent mentions/publications:

Slate: When White Parents Adopt Black Children by Aisha Harris

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption:  Guest Post by Angela Tucker

We Are the 15 Percent Campaign: Bryan & Angela - Seattle, WA