HAYWARD -- A movie about the history of the Hayward Gay Prom premieres Friday at City Hall Council Chambers.

The Hayward Gay Prom has been attracting hundreds of Bay Area youth since it began in 1995.

"Now We Can Dance: The Story of the Hayward Gay Prom" comes out of a two-year project that trained teenagers to be filmmakers with the help of library staff members and professional advisers, including Academy Award-winning documentary film director Debra Chasnoff.

After the screening, there will be a panel discussion with some of the people featured in the film, which was sponsored in part by Cal Humanities and the Friends of the Hayward Public Library. "Our intention is to distribute the film to schools throughout California to promote discussion about what is significance of this event," said Sally Thomas, librarian and co-producer of the 30-minute movie.

The screening is at 7:30 p.m. at 777 B St.