Serenity

Saturday, June 22
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1hr 59mins // directed by:Joss Whedon // featuring:Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau

Set in 2518, Serenity is the story of the captain and crew of the titular cargo ship. The captain and first mate are veterans of the Unification War, having fought on the losing side they are destined to live as outlaws at the farthest reaches of The Verse. Their lives of petty crime are interrupted by a psychic passenger who harbors a dangerous secret--and a deadly assassin who is tracking her.

Humanity has since moved to another star system, the inner planets are controlled by the totalitarian Alliance while the outer plants are ruled simply by frontier justice. A young psychic girl, River (Summer Glau), is being mentally and physically conditioned by Alliance scientists, but when she is rescued from the lab by her brother, Simon (Sean Maher), an Alliance assassin (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is assigned to track her down before she can reveal government secrets.

River and Simon become passengers on the Firefly-class transport ship Serenity, captained by Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), who fought on the losing side of a rebellion against the Alliance. The Serenity crew, outlaws on good days, are faced with dwindling legal opportunities to make a living. During one of their more shady jobs, River, unusually demure, begins attacking an entire bar of ne'er-do-wells and is the last person standing--the only problem is that she doesn't remember doing it. What did the Alliance do to her and how can it be reversed in time for the crew of Serenity to escape the narrowing pursuit of the Alliance assassin?

“Can’t Stop the Serenity” is a global fundraising effort to benefit Equality Now. In the last four years, the New England Browncoats have raised over $20,000, and in total over $500,000 has been raised for Equality Now around the world. You can find more information about the global event at www.cantstoptheserenity.com.

Fans of Joss Whedon screen Serenity on his birthday to honor him and to raise money for his favorite charity, Equality Now. Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world through the mobilization of public pressure.

In addition to raising money for Equality Now, we will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Rosie's Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women that offers emergency and long-term assistance to women. In the past six years the New England Browncoats have collected over 2,500 lbs. of food for local charities. Anyone that brings a donation will be eligible for raffle prizes.