“Out in the Silence,” a film by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson that has won national and international acclaim, will be presented in Midcoast screening tour in an effort to engage communities in new conversations about inclusion, fairness and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the state and across the country.

The tour is being coordinated by Out! As I Want to Be, the local nonprofit serving LGBT and Questioning youth and their allies age 14 to 22 in Midcoast Maine, as well as local residents and groups in each host community.

Free screenings are set for: Sunday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m. at the Holocaust Human Rights Center, Augusta; Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at Boothbay Harbor’s Congregational Church; Tuesday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Vinalhaven School; Wednesday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland; Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library; Saturday, June 18 at 6 p.m. at Belfast Free Library; and Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Waldo Theatre, Waldoboro.

The film shows filmmaker Wilson being drawn back to his hometown to share the story of a teenager tormented at school because he is gay and the struggle the teen’s mother goes through to get school authorities to do something about it. As a film character himself, Wilson also strikes up an unexpected friendship with a conservative evangelical pastor and his wife, who all reach new levels of understanding and share the story of a local lesbian couple who can catalyze the town’s economic revitalization if they find community acceptance.

At once wrenching, entertaining and inspiring, “Out in the Silence” ultimately shows the individual and community transformations that are possible when people, on all sides of challenging issues, speak out and take the time to get to know one another. Produced in association with the Sundance Institute and Penn State Public Broadcasting, the film premiered at the 2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York, has been broadcast on PBS and won an Emmy Award for Achievement in Documentary.

“We’re hopeful that screening events with this film in Maine will help people begin to find common ground on issues that have divided families, friends and communities for far too long,” said Wilson.

Attendees are invited to have dinner with Wilson at Rockland’s In Good Company following the June 15 screening. Seats are limited and cost $50; proceeds benefit Out! As I Want to Be. To reserve a space, call 236-2835 or send email to dora_lievow@yahoo.com.

Out! As I Want to Be is based at Rockland’s Lincoln Street Center. The group trains volunteer advisers; offers after-school programs on Wednesdays and Fridays; and chaperones trips to special events around the state. Out! hopes to provide a springboard for local residents, students, educators, clergy, civic leaders, elected officials and community organizations to begin working together more intentionally to support our youth. For more information, check out the Facebook page.