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‘Serenity’ Charity Movie Screenings Return For Sixth Year

Browncoats join together to help Equality Now


You can’t stop the signal, and you can’t stop Browncoats from enjoying “Serenity” on the screen just one more time.

Fans of the “Firefly” film, known as Can’t Stop the Serenity, will get together once again this summer to support Equality Now and other charities through big screen presentations of “Serenity.” Over the past six years, the fans have raised more than $500,000 for the organization that “Firefly” creator Joss Whedon’s mother was involved in. Founded in 1992, the organization works toward ending violence and protecting the basic human rights of woman and girls around the world.

The screenings — which begin this weekend and last throughout the summer — are planned for 34 American cities, and in 14 other cities around the world, including Canada, Europe and even Australia. (A full list of cities can be found here.)

The Can’t Stop the Serenity group is run entirely by volunteers, local organizations planning events and then pooling those proceeds together with other local groups to make the charity donation. Each screening, depending on the local organizing group, includes not only a silver screen showing of the 2005 film “Serenity,” but could also include games of chance, costume contests, concerts, fan films, and even screenings of Whedon’s hit Web series, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

Supporting a woman equality charity is fitting for the group, which also honors Whedon and his love to empower women in shows like “Firefly” as well as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dollhouse.” During a 2006 speech where he was honored with a special recognition award from Equality Now, Whedon shared why he enjoys writing such strong female characters like Buffy Summers.

“Because quality is not a concept,” Whedon said, according to a release. “It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this Earth as men and women. And the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who is confronted with it.”

Whedon himself will attend the Los Angeles screening of “Serenity” on June 25 in an event hosted by the California Browncoats. Since many fans won’t be able to trek across the country to see him, the group there will broadcast his appearance live on the Web using multiple cameras that will include live events from the stage, interviews with attendees and general footage to capture every moment of Whedon’s visit.

For more information on the screenings, and where you can catch the film on the big screen again, visit www.CantStopTheSerenity.com.

“Serenity” stars the return of the “Firefly” cast, including Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Gina Torres and Alan Tudyk. The film was made with a $40 million budget not long after Fox unceremoniously cancelled the series after just a handful of episodes. The film, however, made just $38 million worldwide.

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