We're happy to report some good news! The Lavender Scare is (finally!) moving into the last stages of postproduction! Everything has taken longer than we anticipated -- research, finding the right characters, shooting, editing, and clearing archival material -- but we are almost there. As they say, you have one chance to make a first impression, and we have one chance to make this the best film it can be. So we are going to keep at it until everything is just right. We think, in the end, it will be worth it! We thank you for your continued support... and your patience!
The sad news is that we recently received word that our friend Capt. Joan Cassidy, whose compelling life story is a big part of the film, has passed away. Joan was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy in 1950.She worked her way up to Captain, USNR, retiring in 1976.She worked for twenty years at the Naval Security Station, heading up the Plans and Policy Department. And she accomplished all this during a time when the government was aggressively trying to identify and fire all federal employees, military or civilian, found to be gay or lesbian.
Below is an excerpt from the documentary, in which Joan describes the fierce interrogations to which LGBT workers were subjected in those days.
Joan was a woman of extraordinary grace and courage, and nothing made her happier than spending time with the love of her life, Nancy Pashby, her partner of sixteen years, to whom she was married four years ago. They so cherished each other and every moment they spent together.
Joan will be deeply missed, and she will be remembered with love and respect by anyone lucky enough to have known her.