QUEER BLACK CINEMA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2011 HONORS

October 24, 2011

 

 

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BROOKLYN, NY (October 24, 2011) – The 4th Annual Queer Black Cinema Festival, presented by Our Stories Productions, has announced honors of the The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award, The Isaac Julien Experimental Award, Audience Choice Award for best short and Centerpiece Award. In honor of QBC 5th Anniversary, special awards goes to pioneer filmmaker, Patrik-Ian Polk, community activist: Desmond Yvonne, Kim Ford, D. Meredith, Damal Edmond and organizations: Astrea Lesbian Foundation, MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, Gay Men of African Descent and The Audre Lord Project.  The three-day festival was held October 21-23 at the Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus in the Spike Lee Screening Room and concluded yesterday with an awards dinner. QBC Film Festival, which screened 11 films this year, is New York’s longest standing Black LGBT film festival.

The 4th Annual Queer Black Cinema Festival honors are:

The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award

Shadows Behind The Rainbow directed and produced by Je-Shawna Wholley, Cyncere White, Moriah Thomas and Moriah Thomas

The Isaac Julien Experimental Award

Bones written and directed by Be Steadwell

Audience Choice Award (best short)

Slow written and directed by Darius Clark Monroe

Centerpiece Award

Finding Me Truth written and directed by Roger Omeus Jr., produced by Sontaia Briggs

Honorable Mention

Say My Name written by Kofi Kofi Kofi.com

Punch Me written and directed by Robert X. Golphine

 

QBC 5th Year Anniversary Special Honors

Patrik-Ian Polk, Award-winning filmmaker of Punks, Noah’s Arc, The Skinny

Desmond Yvonne

Kim Ford

D. Meredith, Director of Out Music

Damal Edmond, Director of Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture

The Audre Lord Project

Astraea Lesbian Foundation

MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival

Gay Men of African Descent

About Queer Black Cinema Festival

Queer Black Cinema Festival, created by Angel L. Brown in 2008 is an Avant-garde film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. The three-day festival consists of showcasing the work of both gay and straight award-winning filmmakers of African descent groundbreaking films. The festival also includes industry base panel discussions and workshops, great networking social events and parties, closing with an Award ceremony, honoring officially selected film makers.

 

QBC Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema Institute founded by Angel L. Brown. For more info on the project including volunteering, interning or donating log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | www.qbcfilmfest.org | www.twitter.com/qbcfilmfest  | www.youtube.com/QBCTV | facebook

This project is fiscally operated under 501 c3 non-profit organizations Gay Men of African Descent and MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, with past financial support from Astraea Lesbian Foundation, GMAD, QBC advance ticket holder audience members and supporters like you!

 

About Our Stories Productions

Our Stories Productions, LLC is an independent multimedia production company which produces stories in search of truth and spirituality through various mediums. The mission is to enlighten the world by re-introducing experiences from the African Diaspora from a distinct, unconventional perspective, aiming to collapse generations of silence, isms and stereotypes. http://www.OSPfilms.com

QBC Film Fest CLOSING FILM: LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR 10/23 (4 PM) [video]

October 23, 2011
(Leave it on the floor official trailer)
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October 23, 2011

 

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WHAT: Closing film, Leave it on the floor directed by Sheldon Larry and music by Kim Burse
Larry pays tribute to the ballroom community with a made for screen/motion picture musical. In honor of Queer Black Cinema Institute 5th Year Anniversary, The QBC Award Ceremony will include a special presentation paying tribute to supporting organizations for their support throughout the years.
WHEN: Sunday, October 23, at 4 pm
WHERE: Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus (Spike Lee Room 122) 1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201
Award ceremony to follow!
Please click here to RSVP

 

For  information, visit our website: www.qbcfilmfest.org

QBC Film Fest 2011 DAY 2: WORKSHOP.FILMS.MEET THE FILMMAKERS [video]

October 22, 2011

(Punch Me)

(Behind the Rainbow)

(Reshawn’s Desire)

(Finding Me Truth)

October 22, 2011

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WHEN: Saturday October 22,  starting 12noon
WHERE: Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus (Spike Lee Room) 1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY
FINDING THE RIGHT FILM FESTIVAL  WORKSHOP  with Angel L. Brown (12 noon)
  • What Festival work best for your film
  • Packaging Your Film For Festivals
  • Funding Your Film Festival Circuit Tour
  • Getting Press Surrounding Your Film
  • The Follow-up
MEET THE FILMMAKERS (2 PM)
REEL SHORTS SHOWCASE: (4 PM) The following filmmakers will be in attendance: Be Steadwell(Bones), Darius Clark Monroe(Slow) and Robert X. Golphine(Punch Me) and  Elwood Idris Simon  (Punch Me)
FIRST LOOK: (6PM) Reshawn’s Desire. Q&A with filmmaker, Terik King
CENTERPIECE: (8PM) Finding Me Truth. Q&A with Kelly Burkhardt /TLA Releasing about “Getting Your Film Distributed.
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For more information, visit our website: www.qbcfilmfest.org

QBC FILM FEST OPENING NIGHT CLASSIC FILM, PUNKS RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN Starring Seth Gilliam & Rockmund Dunbar Dir. by Patrik-Ian Polk[video]

October 21, 2011
(Scene from PUNKS with Seth Gilliam (Marcus) and Rockmund Dunbar (Darby)
Exclusive Clips from new film, THE SKINNY will be screened tonight. In the meantime, check out trailer above
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 21, 2011

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WHEN: Friday October 21, at 7 pm
WHERE: Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus (Spike Lee Room) 1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY
Photo Op precedes a VIP reception starting at 7pm, followed by special welcome by Patrik -Ian Polk then opening night classic film “PUNKS.” Q&A to follow with Patrik including screening of exclusive clips from his new film, THE SKINNY.
ABOUT: Classic film, PUNKS directed by Patrik-Ian Polk, returns to the big screen for the first time since it’s debut in 2001! Bring your friends and experience the laughter, crying and good old fashion courtship all over again. Watch Seth Gilliam (Marcus) and Rockmund Dunbar (Darby), two great actors at the start of their acting career! The film screens along side exclusive clips from Patrik new film, THE SKINNY. A special welcome by Patrik-Ian Polk !
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For more information, visit our website: www.qbcfilmfest.org

The 4th ANNUAL QUEER BLACK CINEMA FESTIVAL RETURNS TO BROOKLYN 10/21-23!

October 6, 2011

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For Immediate Release: October 4, 2011

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The 4th ANNUAL QUEER BLACK CINEMA FESTIVAL RETURNS TO BROOKLYN!

OPENING NIGHT CLASSIC FILM “PUNKS” RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN

CLOSING NIGHT NEW CLASSIC FILM, “LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR”

NEW YORK, NY (October 3, 2011) Queer Black Cinema Institute, return to Brooklyn with The 4th Annual Queer Black Cinema Festival presented by Our Stories Productions. Opening Night selection is Patrik Ian-Polk’s classic film, PUNKS (Seth Gilliam, Rockmond Dunbar, Jazzmun and Closing Night selection are New Classic film, Leave It On The Floor directed by Sheldon Larry and music by Kim Burse.  The three-day film festival will take place October 21-23, 2011 at Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus (Spike Lee Screening Room) – 1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201. Festival passes and tickets are available online at www.QBCfilmfest.org

QBC film festival is open to everyone. Canada, Atlanta, DC, Philadelphia and surrounding metropolitan areas including New Jersey and Connecticut make up QBC festival audiences.  It is NY’s Longest Standing Black LGBT film festival.

Last year the newly inducted programming, The Producers Series was an outstanding success. Independent producers learned from industry professionals, Ralph Scott, Executive Producer of BET Len’s On Talent, Afua Kafi-Akua, Senior Manager at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Third World New Reel Distribution Company’s Consultant, Mike Dennis, CEO of Philadelphia’s based Reel Black TV and Hawaii’s based Do-It-Yourself Distribution Company, Eggup.com.  QBC Producers series, returns for the 2nd year with two workshops presented by Founding Sponsor, Our Stories Productions: “Finding The Right Festival” tips on searching and preparing your film including how to get the press to write about you. The 2nd workshop is Screenplay Reading Workshop, “For The Love of Hip-Hop,” a story about the bond between two best friends who must choose their love for each other or one’s music career as a multi-platinum hip-hop artist.

The film festival continues with a special screening presentation of a new documentary Rashawn’s Desire – The Untold Story of Rashawn Brazell directed by Terik King.  The “documentary exploring the life and death of Rashawn Brazell, whose gruesome 2005 murder is considered one of the most horrific unsolved crimes in New York City history.”  “Our youth and young adults lives are being taken away from us all too soon. It is essential that we honor their memory by keeping their stories visible and their spirits alive through thought provoking films and other media outlets” states Angel L. Brown, producer/programmer of QBC Film Festival.

Festival most popular section, Reel Short Showcase, will take place Saturday, October 22, 2011 (6PM) with some of the most enlightening films:

Bones – directed by Be Steadwell

Shadow Behind The Rainbow – directed by JesShawna Wholey, Cyncere White, Moriah Thomas

T’Ain’t Nobody Bizness – directed by Robert Philipson | Voice over by Jewelle Gomez

Self-Inflicted Freedom – directed by Tiye Yayu Elisa Square-LeVias

Slow – directed by Darius Clark Monroe

* Punch Me – directed by Robert X. Golphine (Also screens with Finding Me: Truth – Sat. Oct. 22(8PM) Say My Name – directed by Kofi Agyemang

Newly release on DVD, Finding Me: Truth directed by Roger Omeus is this year Centerpiece film. The film screens, Saturday, October 22, 2011 (8 PM.) Following the screening will be a Q&A with Kelly Burkhardt /TLA Releasing about “Getting Your Film Distributed.”

 

The festival concludes with Closing Film Leave It On The Floor directed by Sheldon Larry and music by Kim Burse.  Larry pays tribute to the ballroom community with a made for screen/motion picture musical.

In honor of Queer Black Cinema Institute 5th Year Anniversary, The QBC Award Ceremony will include a special presentation paying tribute to supporting organizations for their support throughout the years.

Queer Black Cinema Festival will take place October 21-23, 2011 at Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus (Spike Lee Screening Room) – 1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201. Festival passes, tickets are available online including a complete line-up of events at www. QBCfilmfest.org

ABOUT QUEER BLACK CINEMA

Queer Black Cinema Festival, created by Angel L. Brown in 2008 is an Avant-garde film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. The three-day festival consists of showcasing the work of both gay and straight award-winning filmmakers of African descent groundbreaking films. The festival also includes industry base panel discussions and workshops, great networking social events and parties, closing with an Award ceremony, honoring officially selected film makers.

 

QBC Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema Institute founded by Angel L. Brown. For more info on the project including volunteering, interning or donating log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | www.qbcfilmfest.org | www.twitter.com/qbcfilmfest  | www.youtube.com/QBCTV | facebook

This project is fiscally operated under 501 c3 non-profit organizations Gay Men of African Descent and MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, with past financial support from Astraea Lesbian Foundation, QBC advance ticket holder audience members and supporters like you!

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TIPS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE IRENE!

August 26, 2011

Greetings Everyone!

Irene is on it’s way and the QBC team want everyone to be safe! Below are a few tips I prepare from various emails received in preparation of Hurricane Irene. Be sure to spread the word and add any additional tips you may feel will help with our safer. May our Higher Being watch over us all:

  • Make sure your cell phones are charged in case we lose electricity.
  • Stock up on items that don’t have to be heated or cooked so you can limit opening the refrigerator. This will maintain the cold air temperature within to preserve your refrigerated items.
  • COOK YOUR FOOD (tonight & tomorrow) for the weekend (defrosted foods always spoil first; however, foods that are cooked are ready to be eaten and you don’t have to cook by artificial light
  • Fill bottles with water for drinking and hand washing
  • Check on ELDERLY neighbors and be sure they are prepared with cooked foods to eat and that  walkways, stairs and hallways are clear in case of limited lighting.

TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESS (This can also be applied to homeowner/everyone with important documents!)

BEFORE THE STORM

  •     Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. Define individual responsibilities in advance.
  •     Enroll in the City’s Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) to authorize essential employees access to restricted areas following an emergency. Learn more about CEAS by visiting http://www.NYC.gov/ceas·
  •     Do not flush the toilet or run water during heavy rain because a backwater valve will prevent this water from flowing out of your building.
  •     Report any downed power lines and avoid standing in flood water, as it can carry electrical current or calling 311.
  •     Identify which equipment, such as machinery, computers, or custom parts, is necessary to keep the business running. Elevate equipment off the floor.
  •     Keep important documents, including insurance information, vehicle titles, and receipts at a higher elevation or in a waterproof container.
  •     Turn off gas and electrical utilities at the main switches or valves, and disconnect electrical equipment.
  •     Prepare for 72 hours without power. If necessary, purchase a portable generator to power vital aspects of your business.
  •     Store extra supplies, materials, and equipment for use in an emergency.
  •     Remove debris from catch basins in your area to allow water to enter.
  •     Secure entrances and exits.

DURING THE STORM

  •     Call 911 immediately if your life or health is in danger (you may see rapidly rising water that may reach the electrical system, you are stranded, etc.
  •     Call 311 if your property is threatened (your basement or street is flooded, the sewer is backing up into your business, etc.)
  •     Avoid walking or driving through flooded streets. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over. One to two feet of water can carry away a vehicle.
  •     Flood water can be contaminated. Avoid contact with sewer water, as it poses a health risk.

Helpful Links

Notify NYC: Register for Weather Updates
NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zone Map*****MTA Shutdown Beginning at 12:00 PM Saturday****

Ready NY Business Guide: For Small Business Owners During a Disaster

How to Report Electricity Outage in Your Neighborhood

SAVE THE DATE: QBC Film Festival will take place October 21-23, 2011 (A week before NYC Halloween Parade!) Join the mailing list for updates: qbcfilmfest-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

QBC GARDEN PARTY BENEFIT – A NIGHT OF LIVE JAZZ, R&B/SOUL AT THE BROOKLYN SOCIETY OF ETHICAL CULTURE

July 6, 2011

THE GARDEN PARTY BENEFIT Featuring Jazz/R&B/Soul Singer and Live Band RAJDULARI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Toni Smith

Tel: 646.389.9790

Email: info[at]qbcfilmfest.org

www.QBCfilmfest.org

 

             

QBC GARDEN PARTY BENEFIT – A NIGHT OF LIVE JAZZ, R&B/SOUL

AT THE BROOKLYN SOCIETY OF ETHICAL CULTURE

Creatively helping New York’s longest standing Black LGBT film festival provide a platform for gay and straight filmmaker of African descent to showcase images about the Black LGBT experience.

New York, NY – Queer Black Cinema Institute (QBCI) will hold a Garden Party Benefit on Saturday, July 16, 2011, to raise funds for its fourth Annual QBC Film Festival in Brooklyn.  The Garden party is Co-hosted by Reginald L. Barnes, former winner of NBC’s, “Weakest Link” and host of viral comedy/news show, “Pop Media” along with Davone “Bosslady” Madison, TLC’s, “Say Yes To The Dress” first African-American out lesbian on the show. She is also CEO of Dollhouse Enterprise. Musical performances for the evening include Apollo winner, Moses Harper, Michael Jackson Male Illusionist; Abby Dobson, R&B sensation; Blanco, the silent celebrity R&B/Hip-Hop singer and Buttaflysoul, Def-Jam Spoken Word Artist, playwright and singer. Special Guest feature, phenomenal Jazz/R&B Soul singer and band RAJDULARI. Upcoming independent movie trailers will also be screened throughout the evening. A pre-reception for supporters of the event will take place at 6 PM. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.QBCfilmfest.org for $40 advance and $50 at the door. Group discount tickets are also available by emailing tickets@qbcfilmfest.org.

The Garden Party Benefit is the first of QBCI founder, Angel L. Brown outreach to the community for financial assistance. She aims to raise funds for the festival and continue the mission of supporting independent filmmakers of color. “ I was saddened when I received the phone call, earlier this year that I will not a recipient for one of my major grants to maintain QBCI. However, I was hopeful, the five year old organization would not end due to the lack of funds.”  As the call ended, Angel recalls a burst of energy coming over her, focusing on how she was going to seek funding. She was also thankful the foundation funded QBCI for the past three years. “They were one of the first funders to believe in my organization back in 2006/2007 and awarded QBCI with its first grant. I will never forget their generosity. As I move to the next phase of QBCI, I am confident the Annual Film festival will continue. I am hopeful I can bring some of year-round programming as well. I hope the community will see the importance of the festival by attending the benefit or donating.”

Featured Jazz/R&B vocalist, Rajdulari Barnes of RAJDULARI states, “Queer Black Cinema provide a necessary view into our community. We are thrilled to be lending our music and support to such a worthy organization. For me, growing up, there were no femme lesbians in mainstream media, this is why, I personally do all I can to support Queer Black Cinema. It represents me.” Davone “Bosslady” Madison, CEO/Founder of Dollhouse Enterprises Inc. states, “this benefit is especially important to me because it is a “need” in our community to showcase the work of black, queer filmmakers. Without this festival, some of us will not see “our” faces on the big screen.” Dollhouse Enterprise is a unique and exclusive group designed for professional and like-minded women with alternative lifestyles hosting distinguish safe space events throughout the city.

Industry Media Professional is expected to be in attendance including festival curators local politicians and community leaders. Long-time supporters, straight allies of QBC/advisors, Moikgantsi Kgama and Gregory Gates, Executives of Imagenation will be donating equipment.  They will also be in attendance.

The Benefit will take place at the historical beautiful mansion, the Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture – 53 Prospect Park West 2nd Street Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Guest will enjoy a delicious assortment of complimentary tasty, sweet treats and specially blended cocktails.

 

Donated items will be auctioned off, and a sneak peak of the upcoming “QBC Celebrates 5 Years” – Multi-media/Photo Exhibition will be displayed.  QBCI Founder/Artistic Director will announce the latest news of the state of QBCI.

The night ends with music by legendary DJ MK, spinning classic house, old school R&B blended with new school R&B and hip-hop.  Tickets are on sale now at http://www.QBCfilmfest.org for $40 advance and $50 at the door. Group discount tickets are also available by emailing tickets[at]qbcfilmfest.org.

This event media sponsor includes Dollhouse Media Group and K-Zone187.com, the only 24/7 Urban LGBT Radio Station online.

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If you’d like more information about QBC / THE GARDEN PARTY BENEFIT, or to schedule an interview, please call 646.389.9790 or e-mail info[at]qbcfilmfest.org

CALL FOR FILMS to this year QBC film fest is currently open to both gay and straight filmmaker to submit. The deadline for submissions is July 3o, 2011. Go to qbcfilmfest.org to download the form.

QBCI is fiscally sponsored by GMAD, a 501c-3 not-for-profit. Donations can be made out to GMAD with QBC in the memo section of the check. Please mail it to QBC Film Fest P.O Box 1251 LIC, NY 11101. Donations are also accepted on line at http://www.QBCfilmfest.org

QBC Film Fest, is an entity of QBCI created by Angel L. Brown-Ross in 2008 is an Avant-garde film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. The three-day festival consists of showcasing the work of both gay and straight award-winning filmmakers of African descent groundbreaking films. The festival also includes industry base panel discussions and workshops, great networking social events and parties, closing with a prestigious Award ceremony, honoring officially selected film makers. This year festival takes place October 14 -16, 2011 at the Helen Mills Theater.

SPECIAL LGBT PRIDE SCREENING QUEER BLACK CINEMA AND BRECHT FORUM presents Gun Hill Road

June 21, 2011

June 23rd, 2011 7:30 PM

The Brecht Forum

451 West Street (Between Bank and Bethune)

New York, NY

SPECIAL LGBT PRIDE SCREENING
QUEER BLACK CINEMA AND BRECHT FORUM
Gun Hill Road
Q & A with Director Rashaad Ernesto Green,Reina Gossett, Angel L Brown Ross (Moderator)
Dir. Rashaan Ernesto Green | 2011 |USA

In honor of Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month, the Brecht Forum and QUEER BLACK CINEMA is proud to present a special screening of the  critical acclaimed Gun Hill Road.  This film was nominee for the prestigious Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique’s grasp and understanding.

Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom.
Can a father’s fierce love for his family overcome his street-hardened ideas about manhood and end the vicious cycle controlling his life? Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s first feature film is an intricate portrait of a family divided told with sensitivity, gentle humor, and a deep understanding of the environment that shapes its people.

 New York native Rashaad Ernesto Green received his BA from Dartmouth College, MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program, and recently graduated from NYU’s Graduate Film Program. After spending three years acting in theaters nationwide and working with directors such as Spike Lee, Rashaad worked as a teacher in the South Bronx before moving behind the camera to tell stories.
Rashaad was included on the latest edition of Filmmaker Magazine’s elite 25 New Faces of Independent Film list as well as indieWIRE’s 2009 Top Ten New Voices in Cinema.
Reina Gossett joined the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in July of 2010 as the membership coordinator. Along with Gabriel Foster she will staff the newly created Movement Building Team, working to develop SRLP’s membership and community organizing work. She believes creativity & imagination are crucial for growing strong communities and practicing self determination. She also loves making collages, watching re-runs of Battlestar Galatactica and reading anything illustrated by Diane & Leo Dillon.
Angel L Brown Ross is founder and creative director of QUEER BLACK CINEMA, an Avant-garde film festival that screens the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. </p>

RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=219277784770729

Angel L. Brown, Founder/Producer of QBC to be Honored at the Esteem Awards 2011 in Chicago

June 15, 2011

Via theesteemawards.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2011

Press Contact: Philip Esteem

pfleming@theesteemawards.com

PrideIndex.com announced 4 additional recipients of the 2011 Esteem Awards

(CHICAGO – May 4,  2011) Today, PrideIndex.com announced 4 additional recipients of the 2011 Esteem Awards. PrideIndex.com is pleased to announce The Advocate magazine’s Forty Under 40, Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post, Angel L. Brown-Ross of Queer Black Cinema Institute and SPARK have been named to receive this year’s Esteem Award,” said Phiip Esteem of PrideIndex.com. “These organizations and individuals serve as role models for all,” he continued.

 

The Esteem Awards honors local and national organizations and individuals for their continued efforts in supporting the African-American and LGBT community in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business and art.  The 2011 Esteem Award honorees will be recognized at a special ceremony on Saturday, July 2, at Sidetrack Nightclub, 3349 North Halsted, from 1:00PM – 4:00PM in Chicago.

 

Here’s a partial list of the 2011 Esteem Awards finalist:

 

Chicago Honorees

Outstanding Service, Male – Jamal Edwards CEO of Howard Brown Health Clinics

Outstanding Service, Female – Mary F. Morten, Activist, Producer & Director

Outstanding Service, Transgender – Joy Morris, Executive Director of TransActions Chicago

Outstanding Social Services/CBO – Chicago House

Outstanding Magazine Reporter or Columnist – Sukie de la Croix of Gay Chicago Magazine

Outstanding Newspaper Reporter or Columnist – Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun-Times

Institutional Award – Keith Elliott, Founder of Dance for Life Chicago

Artistic Expression – Tarell Alvin Mccarney for The Brothers/Sisters plays

Promoters of the Year, Male – Talents of Chicago

Special Recognition – Project SYNCERE

 

National Honorees

Outstanding Service, Male – Curtis Lipscomb, Executive Director of KICK: The Agency for LGBT African Americans (Detroit)

Outstanding Service, Female – Angel L. Brown-Ross, Executive Director of Queer Black Cinema Institute (New York)

Outstanding Service Transgender – Monica Roberts, Lecturer and Founder of TransGriot Blog (Houston)

Outstanding Social Services/CBO – National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities (NAESM) (Atlanta)

Outstanding Magazine Reporter – Emil Wilbekin Essence magazine/Essence.com

Outstanding Magazine Feature – The Advocate magazine’s 40 Under Forty

Outstanding Newspaper Reporter or Columnist Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post

Outstanding Website – LoveBScott.com

Outstanding Blog – TheCynicalOnes.com (Los Angeles)

Outstanding Podcast or Webseries – NoMoreDownLow.tv (Los Angeles)

Institutional Award – Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund (Washington, DC)

Artistic Expression – Kenny Leon, Artistic Director of True Colors Theatre (Atlanta)

Promoters of the Year, Male – James Saunders of JSP (New York)

 

About PrideIndex.com
PrideIndex.com is an online news resource for news for the African-American LGBT and gay friendly communities. It houses profiles of Black Gay Authors, businesses, gay themed parties, conferences, fundraisers, support groups, and other online resources.

 

For more information contact

Philip Esteem Fleming

Founder, The Esteem Awards

pfleming@theesteemawards.com

www.TheEsteemAwards.com

2011 CALL FOR FILMS – Queer Black Cinema Festival (NYC)

June 7, 2011

Contact:

www.queerblackcinema.org

info(AT)queerblackcinema(DOT)org

SKYPE: QueerBlackCinema

2011 QUEER BLACK CINEMA FESTIVAL

ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW AVAILABLE

New York, NY– (June 2011) The 2011 Queer Black Cinema Festival announces the call for entries for dramatic and documentary feature-length films, short films and web-based series. Submission forms are available for download at the official Queer Black Cinema Institute website http://www.queerblackcinema.org. The 2011 Queer Black Cinema Festival will be held mid October with screenings in New York, NY. Queer Black Cinema Festival is the longest standing film festival about the Black LGBT experience in New York and on the East Coast. This is Queer Black Cinema Institute 5th Anniversary, a celebratory multi-media exhibit of 500 photos and video will take place throughout the duration of the 4th Annual international festival.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2010 Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival are:

  • June 30, 2011 – EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE
  • July 30, 2011 – FINAL DEADLINE (ALL FILMS)

Completed U.S. and international feature-length, short films and web-based films may be submitted and must arrive in the QBC Post Box by July 30, 2011 for consideration.

Queer Black Cinema Festival accepts film/video submissions produced, written/directed and/or produced by filmmakers both gay and straight of African descent in the U.S and internationally.  Films must be LGBTQ themed, highlighting Black LGBTQ characters in leading roles and key supporting roles that are seen in non-stereotypical light, fore-fronting the significance of Black-on-Black LGBTQ relationships, preserve the culture and history through in-depth storytelling. More than half of the key crew positions must be filled by people who identify as a person of color on a daily basis.

All films submitted are eligible for the Audience Choice Award. Selected films are eligible for The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award – awarding two award-winning women filmmakers either for outstanding producing, screenwriting, editing and/or directing; The Isaac Julien Experimental Award – awarding a filmmaker with work that is creative out of the box experimental style of filmmaking and The E Lynn Harris Living The Dream Literary Award given to a published out Black LGBTQ author.

All films are eligible for QBC film series special year-round programming. Some works not officially selected for the Annual film festival may still be considered for QBC film series special programming.

The submission form and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2011 Queer Black Cinema Festival are available on the Festival website at www.queerblackcinema.org.  You may also e-mail questions to info@queerblackcinema.org Subject: Festival 2011. Be sure to include the subject or  your email may get delected due to spam box.

Queer Black Cinema Festival

Founded by Angel L. Brown in 2007/8,Queer Black Cinema Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. The Annual festival provide a platform for both gay and straight filmmakers of African descent an opportunity to display their film work.. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also industry lead panel discussions including BLK !nk:  the opened ended Film & Book Market. The Festival takes place mid October and plays a key role in the success of Queer Black Cinema Institute programming throughout the year. The official Website of the Queer Black Cinema Festival is http://www.QBCNYC.org

Queer Black Cinema Institute

Founded by Angel L. Brown in 2006, Queer Black Cinema Institute is the home of QBC, New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international film festival. QBCI’s mission is dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about U.S. and international progressive Black LGBTQ filmmakers. We are a socially conscious organization that uses films to create dialogue to address homophobia, alarming health issues and many others, “taboo” issues relating to the Black LGBTQ experiences. We provide an online resource to Black LGBTQ theme films and their makers as well as support LGBTQ youth of color emerging producers. In-addition, we screen and promote all people of color artist trailers and original music.

QBC film series formally took place once a month/quartile at various locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. The Annual four-day International Film Festival takes place  in Harlem, NY Mid October. All are welcome to attend regardless of their sexual orientation, race or gender. We aim to entertain, enlighten and educate through our niche programming.

Queer Black Cinema Institute created by Angel L. Brown is now a hub for various QBC projects since 2006: QBC College Film Tour (A traveling exhibition of Black queer short films creating an open dialogue about the Black LGBT experience), QBC Classics (re-introducing pioneer filmmakers and their film works that made an great impact on Black history), Just|BE (The Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention & awareness), Fades Of Black Womyn Film Showcase (honoring Black Lesbians Womyn) and QBC TV Network (various original TV/web based shows – Musiq  w/ a Q, INSIDE The Q, One on One w/QBC & QBC ReelTalk.)

For more info on the festival including sponsorship and volunteering, log on to: info(AT)queerblackcinema(DOT)com | qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | http://www.queerblackcinema.org

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THEATRICAL RELEASE: CHILDREN OF GOD Starting May 20th

May 18, 2011

CELEBRATING 5 YEARS of SUPPORTING & SCREENING FILMS ABOUT THE BLACK LGBTQ EXPERIENCE!

PRESENTSChildrenofGod

The Award-Winning CHILDREN OF GOD Opens at New York City’s 
Quad Cinema on May 20th – Don’t Miss It!!

34 West 13th Street, New York, New York 10011 (Btwn 7th & 8th Ave)

Join Queer Black Cinema 

Saturday, May 21 ( 1PM Times lot)
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

About CHILDREN OF GOD:

Against a backdrop of scare-mongering and hate, the film, directed by Kareem J. Mortimer, introduces Jonny (Johnny Ferro), a creatively-blocked art student struggling with an obsessive-compulsive disorder that sees him cringe away from any human touch; Romeo (Stephen Tyrone Williams) a young man struggling with his obligations towards his family and his band; and the devoutly religious Lena Mackey (Margaret Laurena Kemp) an anti-gay activist whose hypocritical preacher husband has just given her a sexually-transmitted disease. On the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, these three people’s paths collide, with life-changing results.

For More Information: 
Website: http://www.childrenofgodthemovie.com

WIN TICKETS INSTANTLY!

In honor OF QUEER BLACK CINEMA ‘s 5th Anniversary, we are giving away a few tickets!

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ABOUT QUEER BLACK CINEMA

Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival, created by Angel L. Brown-Ross in 2008 is an Avant-garde film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. The three-day festival consists of showcasing the work of both gay and straight award-winning filmmakers of African descent ground-breaking films. The festival also includes industry base panel discussions and workshops, great networking social events and parties, closing with a prestigious Award ceremony, honoring officially selected film makers.

The mission of the festival is to provide a platform for both gay and straight filmmakers of African Descent to present their work about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. We aim to provide solid networking opportunities connecting major resource organizations, major industry professionals with the indie artist. We aim to enlighten, educate and entertain our audience with socially conscious films while providing an open forum for the community both gay and straight to discuss various issues dealing with the Black community and beyond in a safe environment.

QBC Int’l Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema Institute(formerly QBC Film Series, New York’s first and only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema.) Since the 2006 launch of the film series, the organization has expanded into several projects created by Angel L. Brown-Ross now under the umbrella of Queer Black Cinema Institute: QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE: The Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention/ awareness and Fades Of Black Women Film Showcase; honoring Black Lesbians Women Filmmakers. For more info on the project including volunteering, interning or donating log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | www.queerblackcinema.org | www.twitter.com/qbcfilmfest  | www.youtube.com/QBCTV | facebook (new)

This project is fiscally operated under  MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, 501 c3 non-profit organization with financial support from Astraea Lesbian Foundation, Gay Men of African Descent, QBC advance ticket holder audience members and supporters like you!

Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness

April 25, 2011

Harlem Stage on Screen in partnership with Tribeca Film Institute,  

the Human Rights Campaign and Chimpanzee Productions

presents

Marriage Equality:
Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness
A world Premiere film and community Discussion

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 26th 7:30pm   

at Aaron Davis Hall

CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS ONLINE: $10 or call212-281-9240 ext. 19 or 20

 

 

Harlem Stage brings the national debate about Marriage Equality for same-sex couples to Harlem with the world premiere of award-winning filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris new documentary short, “Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness.”
About the Film
This pioneering film documents how State Representative Byron Rushing, a straight

LGBT civil rights ally, fought successfully for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. The film provides an in depth look at the issue of Marriage Equality from the perspective of communities of color.

Following the screening, Washington Post Editorial writer and MSNBC contributor, Jonathan Capehart, will moderate a community dialogue, featuring a distinguishedpanel and YOU, the Harlem Community. Join, Alfonso David, Deputy Secretary of CivilRights for Gov. Cuomo, Rev. Irene Monroe, Cathy Marino-Thomas, Marriage Equality New York, advocate David Wilson and others for the largest discussion of same-sex marriage and people of color in thecountry.

Commissioned by Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program in collaboration with 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, this pioneering film documents how State Representative Byron Rushing, a straight LGBT Civil Rights ally, fought successfully for Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts with the aid of his LGBT people of color constituents.

Queer Black Cinema is a community sponsor.

The Best of QBC Int’l Film Fest 2010 Returns to Brooklyn (Wed.12/15)

December 3, 2010

Selected shorts images from the SHORT CUTS SHOWCASE

New York, NY (INSIDE THE Q! – December 2, 2010) Queer Black Cinema returns to it’s roots screening, “The Best Of  QBC Int’l Film Festival 2010 showcase.”  The screening will take place Wednesday, October 15, 2010 at the South Oxford Space 138 S. Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY.  Selected shorts from the SHORT CUTS SHOWCASE includes: the fastest hit series on the net and award winning series, “Anacostia”,  this year’s winner of The Isaac Julien Experiential Award, “Transcendental” and the hysterical witty short,  “Finding Juliet.” The showcase was  screened this past October at the 3rd Annual QBC International Film Festival is set to highlight the evening along bonus film, “TH3M.” Tickets are $10 online (includes raffle) /$13 at the door. For film description and more information go to www.queerblackcinema.org

Nearly 5 years ago, founder/Producer Angel L. Brown- Ross launched Queer Black Cinema, NY’s Only Black LGBT theme monthly micro cinema (renamed Queer Black Cinema Institute) at the Audre Lorde Center (Brooklyn location.)  The day the series premiered, the room was filled with every LGBT Network from Logo to Q Network and a crowed of anxious audience members eagerly wanted to see the long awaited series begin it’s first showcase. Angel was scared and nervous the series wouldn’t go over so well. “I reached out to many people in the community to help, most didn’t want to get involved so early on but some did and I am thankful for all who took a risked and supported my vision from day one” – Angel L. Brown-Ross. Although the series is not taking place at the Audre Lorde Center, it is taking place at the community supported, South Oxford Space just across from the original venue it started at.

The evening with be filled with complimentary wine in celebration of  a new era for QBC, lot’s of picture taking for a special QBC Anniversary project , socializing and of course films you all will love and enjoy. Advance ticket holders will receive a complimentary raffle ticket. Raffle prizes includes: “Finding Juliet” DVD courtesy of Qwest Films and a QBC Int’l Film Festival Limited Edition Festival bag. Additional raffle tickets will be sold at the event. All funds raised goes toward the QBC 5 Anniversary year long programming. Donations are also accepted at http://www.queerblackcinema.org

 

2010 QBC INT’L FILM FEST ANNOUNCE 3RD ANNUAL FILM FEST HONOREE’S

October 21, 2010

Filmmakers from the SHORT CUTS Showcase@ 2010 QBC Int'l Film Fest

For Immediate Release:

October 21, 2010

press@queerblackcinema.org

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HARLEM, NEW YORK- (Inside The Q – October 21, 2010) – Presented by GMAD, Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival (QBCIFF) proudly presented over a dozen films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world.  The three-day festival was held October 15- 17 at the historical Dr. Barabra Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre. The festival wrapped up on October 17 with short, ‘Tracks” directed by Deana Williams and award winning filmmaker, Ryan Richmond, “Money Matters” produced by Sam Pollard featuring Aunjanue Ellis, Terri Abney, and James Whalen. QBC Film Festival is the longest standing Black New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Film festival dedicated to bringing you the best of Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world made by both straight and gay filmmakers of African Descent.

The 3rd Annual QBC Int’l Film Fest announced the awards for best Jury Awards categories along with festival highest honor awards; The Isaac Julien Experiential Award, The Michelle Parkerson Documentary Award, The Marlon Riggs Social Justice Award and the Harlem Renaissance Continuing the Legacy Award. All honorees will be featured in the premiere winter issue of Cinematiq Magazine, a new film magazine highlighting a unique and distinct perspective on Black images in Cinema and beyond.

“This year’s selection of award-winning films represents an eclectic artistic range that pushes the envelope of story telling across the board that addresses key issues in the Black community,” said Angel L. Brown-Ross, Festival Director/Producer. Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is proud to honor these exceptional filmmakers:

Issac Julian avant-garde Award

Transcendental: The Adventures of Dicky and Clitti, Created by Zen & Shari

 

The Marlon Riggs Social Justice Award

Money Matters, Directed by Ryan Richmond

 

The Michelle Parkerson Doc Award

Realness, Directed by David Barclay Moore.

 

The Harlem Renaissance Continuing the Legacy Award

Billy and Aaron, directed by Rodney Evan,

 

Centerpiece

Hooters directed by Anna Margarita Albelo

 

Best Jury International Feature

Children of God directed by Kareem Mortimer

 

Best Jury Short Award

Tracks, directed by Deana Williams

 

Best Jury web/Tv Series

Anacostia, Directed by Anthony Anderson

Now in its 3rd year, Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is the leading venue for the exhibition of Black LGBTQ theme cinema on the East Coast (outside of pride events). The stand alone festival takes place mid October Annually screening over a dozen films of the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. This year the festival included the first Independent Producer Series presented by Eggup.com.  Panelist included industry professional such as Executive Producer Ralph Scott of BET/Lens On Talent, Mike Dennis, CEO of Reel BlackTV and Afu Kafi-Akua, Senior Manager at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Panelist gave key incite on how the film & television industry work and the opportunities that exist for producers of color.  “The series was a great success and will continued throughout the year.  “My team and I look forward to producing series that help to mold the emerging and enlighten the establish filmmakers  “ said, Angel L. Brown- Ross, Festival Director/producer.

Other highlights includes: Journalist, Michael Henry Adams honors QBC founder, Angel L. Brown with a letter of acknowledgement and historical representation for providing a platform about the Black LGBT experience in Harlem from New York State Senator Bill Perkins of district 30th District.  QBC ReelTALK, an intimate discussion included host, Diedra Meredith, Executive Director of Out Music and Kareem Mortimer for Opening Night Film, “Children of God”;  Skyler Cooper and Deak Evgenikos from Centerpiece/Double Feature films, “OWLS” directed by Cheryl Dunye and “Hooter” Director Anna Margarita Albelo and closing with Ryan Richmond director of “Money Matters.”  For more information please visit: http://www.queerblackcinema.org

QBCIFF recognizes the generous support of: GMAD, ASTRAEA, EGGUP.com, SWERV Magazine, CINEMATIQ Magazine, Our Stories Productions

For 2010 festival wrap up including listing of films and film descriptions visit – http://www.queerblackcinema.org

Festival founded by Angel L. Brown-Ross

For more information, please contact

Media Contacts:
press@queerblackcinema.org

About Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival

Founded by Angel L. Brown in 2007/8,Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The Annual festival provides a platform for both gay and straight filmmakers of African descent an opportunity to display their film work about the Black LGBT experience. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions and industry professional leads including a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market. The Festival takes place mid-October and plays a key role in the success of Queer Black Cinema Institute programming throughout the year. The official Website of the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is http://www.Festival.queerblackcinema.org

Queer Black Cinema Institute

Founded by Angel L. Brown in 2006, Queer Black Cinema Institute is the home of QBC, New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international film festival. QBCI’s mission is dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about U.S. and international progressive Black LGBTQ filmmakers. We are a socially conscious organization that uses films to create dialogue to address homophobia, alarming health issues and many other “taboo” issues relating to the Black LGBTQ experience. We provide an online resource to Black LGBTQ theme films and their makers as well as support LGBTQ youth of color emerging producers. In addition, we screen and promote artist trailers and original music of all people of color.

QBC film series takes place once a month/quartile at various locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. The Annual four-day International Film Festival takes place at the National Black Theatre in Harlem mid-October. All are welcome to attend regardless of their sexual orientation, race or gender. We aim to entertain, enlighten and educate through our niche programming.

Queer Black Cinema Institute is now a hub for various projects since 2006: QBC College Film Tour (A traveling exhibition of Black queer short films creating an open dialogue about the Black LGBT experience), QBC Classics (re-introducing pioneer filmmakers and their film works that made an great impact on Black history), Just|BE (The Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention & awareness), Fades Of Black Womyn Film Showcase (honoring Black Lesbian Womyn) and QBC TV Network (various original TV/web based shows – Musiq w/ a Q, INSIDE The Q, One on One w/QBC & QBC ReelTalk.)

New Black Film Magazine Launching June 3

May 27, 2010

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

New Black Film Magazine Launching June 3

CineMatiQ Magazine

Contact:

CINEMATIQ MAGAZINE

c/o Our Stories Productions, LLC

PO Box 975

New York, NY 10113

press@cinematiqmag.com

www.cineMatiqmag.com

www.facebook.com/cineMatiq

Our Stories Productions. LLC  presents CINEMATIQ, a new  quarterly publication created to bring readers a unique and distinct perspective on All Black images in cinema and beyond. CINEMATIQ Magazine will be the platform to highlight Black images in cinema. The publication will include how to article, articles on pre-production to distribution, interviews with both independent and mainstream filmmakers with a strong resource component.  The sample issue of CINEMATIQ Magazine will be available for review  free as a download online June 3, 2010 at http://www.cineMatiqmag.com.

New York, New York May 25, 2010–CINEMATIQ Magazine is the brainchild of the Founder/Executive Producer of Queer Black Cinema International Festival Angel L. Brown. In 2006, after seeing the lack of representation in various film series/festivals throughout New York City, Angel created Queer Black Cinema, a monthly micro-cinema screening Black LGBT themed films.

Two years later Angel single-handedly launched Queer Black Cinema International Festival, a four day Annual event screening the Best Black LGBT theme films from around the world. Submissions were open to both gay and straight filmmakers to submit stories of the Black LGBT experience. QBC Int’l Festival past line up includes QBC Int’l Festival past line up includes, Opening film, Mississippi Damned directed by Tina Mabry (Winner of Urban World Film Festival/ABFF),  Truth Hall directed by Jade Jenise Dixon  winner of 2008 QBC Int’l Festival for Best Feature which most recently aired on BET and Finding Me directed by Roger Omeus Jr picked up by TLA Releasing, one of the longest standing LGBT distribution companies in the US.

 

“Creating CineMatiq Magazine was a natural step for me. I had the idea in my head since the launch of QBC micro-cinema in 2006. It was a matter of time and experience learning the film business and becoming a leading resource/consultant of Black  cinema. Launching CineMatiq was another way for me to give back to the community creating a platform in print, archiving film critique for people to discussion and debate for generations long after I leave this earth.” – Angel L. Brown

CINEMATIQ will be a quarterly publication available in print exclusively at http://www.cinematiqmag.com. It will feature indie and mainstream filmmakers on the cover. Content will include everything from film reviews to equipment suggestions and production advice columns.

Brown has traveled the world shooting and producing projects from London to South & East Africa and has been featured in several printed magazines including GO Magazine popular issue “100 Women We Love”, NYANSAPO, TimeOut NYC and many others.

About Our Stories Productions (www.ospfilms.com)

Our Stories Productions,LLC is an independent multi-media production company officially established in 2005. Our Stories Productions is dedicated to producing stories in search of truth and spirituality reflecting on and preserving people of African Diaspora history. We aim to enlighten and re-introducing experiences of the African Diaspora from a distinct, unconventional thought-provoking storytelling perspective, aiming to breakdown generations of silence, isms and stereotypes. http://www.ospfilms.com

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Lena Horne, Singer and Actress, Dies at 92

May 10, 2010
Article By ALJEAN HARMETZ
Published: May 9, 2010

Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. She was 92 and lived in Manhattan.

Her death was announced by her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley.

Ms. Horne might have become a major movie star, but she was born 50 years too early, and languished at MGM in the 1940s because of the color of her skin, although she was so light-skinned that, when she was a child, other black children had taunted her, accusing her of having a “white daddy.”

Ms. Horne was stuffed into one “all-star” musical after another — “Thousands Cheer” (1943), “Broadway Rhythm” (1944), “Two Girls and a Sailor” (1944), “Ziegfeld Follies” (1946), “Words and Music” (1948) — to sing a song or two that could easily be snipped from the movie when it played in the South, where the idea of an African-American performer in anything but a subservient role in a movie with an otherwise all-white cast was unthinkable.

“The only time I ever said a word to another actor who was white was Kathryn Grayson in a little segment of ‘Show Boat’ ” included in “Till the Clouds Roll By” (1946), a movie about the life of Jerome Kern, Ms. Horne said in an interview in 1990. In that sequence she played Julie, a mulatto forced to flee the showboat because she has married a white man.

But when MGM made “Show Boat” into a movie for the second time, in 1951, the role of Julie was given to a white actress, Ava Gardner, who did not do her own singing. (Ms. Horne was no longer under contract to MGM at the time, and according to James Gavin’s Horne biography, “Stormy Weather,” published last year, she was never seriously considered for the part.) And in 1947, when Ms. Horne herself married a white man — the prominent arranger, conductor and pianist Lennie Hayton, who was for many years both her musical director and MGM’s — the marriage took place in France and was kept secret for three years.

Ms. Horne’s first MGM movie was “Panama Hattie” (1942), in which she sang Cole Porter’s “Just One of Those Things.” Writing about that film years later, Pauline Kael called it “a sad disappointment, though Lena Horne is ravishing and when she sings you can forget the rest of the picture.”

Even before she came to Hollywood, Brooks Atkinson, the drama critic for The New York Times, noticed Ms. Horne in “Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1939,” a Broadway revue that ran for nine performances. “A radiantly beautiful sepia girl,” he wrote, “who will be a winner when she has proper direction.”

She had proper direction in two all-black movie musicals, both made in 1943. Lent to 20th Century Fox for “Stormy Weather,” one of those show business musicals with almost no plot but lots of singing and dancing, Ms. Horne did both triumphantly, ending with the sultry, aching sadness of the title number, which would become one of her signature songs. In MGM’s “Cabin in the Sky,” the first film directed by Vincente Minnelli, she was the brazen, sexy handmaiden of the Devil. (One number she shot for that film, “Ain’t It the Truth,” which she sang while taking a bubble bath, was deleted before the film was released — not for racial reasons, as her stand-alone performances in other MGM musicals sometimes were, but because it was considered too risqué.)

In 1945 the critic and screenwriter Frank Nugent wrote in Liberty magazine that Ms. Horne was “the nation’s top Negro entertainer.” In addition to her MGM salary of $1,000 a week, she was earning $1,500 for every radio appearance and $6,500 a week when she played nightclubs. She was also popular with servicemen, white and black, during World War II, appearing more than a dozen times on the Army radio program “Command Performance.”

“The whole thing that made me a star was the war,” Ms. Horne said in the 1990 interview. “Of course the black guys couldn’t put Betty Grable’s picture in their footlockers. But they could put mine.”

Touring Army camps for the U.S.O., Ms. Horne was outspoken in her criticism of the way black soldiers were treated. “So the U.S.O. got mad,” she recalled. “And they said, ‘You’re not going to be allowed to go anyplace anymore under our auspices.’ So from then on I was labeled a bad little Red girl.”

Ms. Horne later claimed that for this and other reasons, including her friendship with leftists like Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois, she was blacklisted and “unable to do films or television for the next seven years” after her tenure with MGM ended in 1950.

This was not quite true: as Mr. Gavin has documented, she appeared frequently on “Your Show of Shows” and other television shows in the 1950s, and in fact “found more acceptance” on television “than almost any other black performer.” And Mr. Gavin and others have suggested that there were other factors in addition to politics or race involved in her lack of film work

Although absent from the screen, she found success in nightclubs and on records. “Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoria,” recorded during a well-received eight-week run in 1957, reached the Top 10 and became the best-selling album by a female singer in RCA Victor’s history.

In the early 1960s Ms. Horne, always outspoken on the subject of civil rights, became increasingly active, participating in numerous marches and protests.

In 1969, she returned briefly to films, playing the love interest of a white actor, Richard Widmark, in “Death of a Gunfighter.”She was to act in only one other movie: In 1978 she played Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz,” the film version of the all-black Broadway musical based on “The Wizard of Oz.” But she never stopped singing.

She continued to record prolifically well into the 1990s, for RCA and other labels, notably United Artists and Blue Note. And she conquered Broadway in 1981 with a one-woman show, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” which ran for 14 months and won both rave reviews and a Tony Award.

Ms. Horne’s voice was not particularly powerful, but it was extremely expressive. She reached her listeners emotionally by acting as well as singing the romantic standards like “The Man I Love” and “Moon River” that dominated her repertory. The person she always credited as her main influence was not another singer but a pianist and composer, Duke Ellington’s longtime associate Billy Strayhorn.

“I wasn’t born a singer,” she told Strayhorn’s biographer, David Hajdu. “I had to learn a lot. Billy rehearsed me. He stretched me vocally.” Strayhorn occasionally worked as her accompanist and, she said, “taught me the basics of music, because I didn’t know anything.”

Strayhorn was also, she said, “the only man I ever loved,” but Strayhorn was openly gay, and their close friendship never became a romance. “He was just everything that I wanted in a man,” she told Mr. Hajdu, “except he wasn’t interested in me sexually.”

Lena Calhoun Horne was born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1917. All four of her grandparents were industrious members of Brooklyn’s black middle class. Her paternal grandparents, Edwin and Cora Horne, were early members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and in October 1919, at the age of 2, Lena was the cover girl for the organization’s monthly bulletin.

By then the marriage of her parents, Edna and Teddy Horne, was in trouble. “She was spoiled and badly educated and he was fickle,” Ms. Horne’s daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, wrote in her family history, “The Hornes.” By 1920 Teddy had left his job with the New York Department of Labor and fled to Seattle, and Edna had fled to a life on the stage in Harlem. Ms. Horne was raised by her paternal grandparents until her mother took her back four years later.

When she was 16, her mother abruptly pulled her out of school to audition for the dance chorus at the Cotton Club, the famous Harlem nightclub where the customers were white, the barely dressed dancers were light-skinned blacks, Duke Ellington was the star of the show and the proprietors were gangsters. A year after joining the Cotton Club chorus she made her Broadway debut, performing a voodoo dance in the short-lived show “Dance With Your Gods” in 1934.

At 19, Ms. Horne married the first man she had ever dated, 28-year-old Louis Jones, and became a conventional middle-class Pittsburgh wife. Her daughter Gail was born in 1937 and a son, Teddy, in 1940. The marriage ended soon afterward. Ms. Horne kept Gail, but Mr. Jones refused to give up Teddy, although he did allow the boy long visits with his mother.

In 1938, Ms. Horne starred in a quickie black musical film, “The Duke Is Tops,” for which she was never paid. Her return to movies was on a grander scale.

She had been singing at the Manhattan nightclub Café Society when the impresario Felix Young chose her to star at the Trocadero, a nightclub he was planning to open in Hollywood in the fall of 1941. In 1990, Ms. Horne reminisced: “My only friends were the group of New Yorkers who sort of stuck with their own group — like Vincente, Gene Kelly, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen, and Richard Whorf — the sort of hip New Yorkers who allowed Paul Robeson and me in their houses.”

Since blacks were not allowed to live in Hollywood, “Felix Young, a white man, signed for the house as if he was going to rent it,” Ms. Horne said. “When the neighbors found out, Humphrey Bogart, who lived right across the street from me, raised hell with them for passing around a petition to get rid of me.” Bogart, she said, “sent word over to the house that if anybody bothered me, please let him know.”

Roger Edens, the composer and musical arranger who had been Judy Garland’s chief protector at MGM, had heard the elegant Ms. Horne sing at Café Society and also went to hear her at the Little Troc (the war had scaled Mr. Young’s ambitions down to a small club with a gambling den on the second floor). He insisted that Arthur Freed, the producer of MGM’s lavish musicals, listen to Ms. Horne sing. Then Freed insisted that Louis B. Mayer, who ran the studio, hear her, too. He did, and soon she had signed a seven-year contract with MGM.

The N.A.A.C.P. celebrated that contract as a weapon in its war to get better movie roles for black performers. Her father weighed in, too. In a 1997 PBS interview, she recalled: “My father said, ‘I can get a maid for my daughter. I don’t want her in the movies playing maids.’ ”

Ms. Horne is survived by her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley. Her husband died in 1971; her son died of kidney failure the same year.

Looking back at the age of 80, Ms. Horne said: “My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I’m free. I no longer have to be a ‘credit.’ I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody. I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.”

Credit: New York Times

2010 CALL FOR FILMS – Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival (NYC)

May 4, 2010

QBC Call For Films 2010 (NYC) Deadline July 15

Released: 5/02/10

Contact:

www.queerblackcinema.org

info@queerblackcinema.org

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2010 QUEER BLACK CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW AVAILABLE

New York, NY– (May 2010) The 2010 Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival announces the call for entries for dramatic and documentary feature-length films, short films and web-based series. Submission forms are available for download at the official Queer Black Cinema Institute website http://www.queerblackcinema.org. The 2010 Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival will be held October 14-17 with screenings in New York, NY.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2010 Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival are:

  • June 15, 2010 – EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE
  • July 15, 2015 – FINAL DEADLINE (ALL FILMS)

Completed U.S. and international feature-length, short films and web-based films may be submitted and must arrive in the QBC Post Box by July 15, 2010 for consideration.

Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival accepts film/video submissions produced, written and/or directed by filmmakers both gay and straight of African descent in the U.S and internationally.  Films must be LGBTQ themed, highlighting Black LGBTQ characters in leading roles and key supporting roles that are seen in non-stereotypical light, fore-fronting the significance of Black-on-Black LGBTQ relationships, preserve the culture and history through in-depth storytelling. More than half of the key crew positions must be filled by people who identify as a person of color on a daily basis.

All films submitted are eligible for the Audience Choice Award. Selected films are eligible for The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award – awarding two award-winning women filmmakers either for outstanding producing, screenwriting, editing and/or directing; The Isaac Julien Experimental Award – awarding a filmmaker with work that is creative out of the box experimental style of filmmaking and The E Lynn Harris Living The Dream Literary Award given to a published out Black LGBTQ author.

All films are eligible for QBC film series year-round programming. Some works not officially selected for the Annual film festival may still be considered for QBC film series year-round programming.

The submission form and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2010 Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival are available on the Festival website at http://www.festival.queerblackcinema.org and Queer Black Cinema Institute website at www.queerblackcinema.org.  You may also e-mail questions to info@queerblackcinema.org Subject: Festival 2010.

Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival

Founded by Angel L. Brown in 2007/8,Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The Annual festival provide a platform for both gay and straight filmmakers of African descent an opportunity to display their film work about the Black LGBT experience. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions and industry professional lead including a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market. The Festival takes place mid October and plays a key role in the success of Queer Black Cinema Institute programming throughout the year. The official Website of the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is http://www.Festival.queerblackcinema.org

Queer Black Cinema Institute

Founded by Angel L. Brown in 2006, Queer Black Cinema Institute is the home of QBC, New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international film festival. QBCI’s mission is dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about U.S. and international progressive Black LGBTQ filmmakers. We are a socially conscious organization that uses films to create dialogue to address homophobia, alarming health issues and many others, “taboo” issues relating to the Black LGBTQ experiences. We provide an online resource to Black LGBTQ theme films and their makers as well as support LGBTQ youth of color emerging producers. In-addition, we screen and promote all people of color artist trailers and original music.

QBC film series takes place once a month/quartile at various locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. The Annual four-day International Film Festival takes place at the National Black Theatre in Harlem Mid October. All are welcome to attend regardless of their sexual orientation, race or gender. We aim to entertain, enlighten and educate through our niche programming.

Queer Black Cinema Institute is now a hub for various projects since 2006: QBC College Film Tour (A traveling exhibition of Black queer short films creating an open dialogue about the Black LGBT experience), QBC Classics (re-introducing pioneer filmmakers and their film works that made an great impact on Black history), Just|BE (The Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention & awareness), Fades Of Black Womyn Film Showcase (honoring Black Lesbians Womyn) and QBC TV Network (various original TV/web based shows – Musiq  w/ a Q, INSIDE The Q, One on One w/QBC & QBC ReelTalk.)

For more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | http://www.queerblackcinema.org

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BREAKING NEWS: ANACOSTIA TV SERIES UP FOR DC TV VIEWERS CHOICE AWARD 2010

May 3, 2010

The Cast & Crew of Anacostia TV Series@The QBC Int'l Film Fest '09 in NY

VOTE VOTE VOTE for ANACOSTIA TV Series produced by Anthony Anderson and the Southeast Boy Productions.  ANACOSTIA the series follows the lives of four friends as they navigate through Love, Deceit, Betrayal, Sex and Death with a season finale left your mouths open. The 10 episode series will be filmed on location in several areas including Washington DC, Landover Maryland, Baltimore Maryland, Virginia and New York City.

Anacostia made it’s New York duet at the 2009 Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival. Anthony Anderson and the cast and crew was in attendance.  Award-winning film, Anthony has won several awards including:

2009 Independent Soap Opera Award  for Best Ensemble Cast In A Web Series
2010 Los Angeles Web Festival Award for:
Best Supporting Actor – Walter Maxfield Jones
Best Supporting Actress – Tia Dae
Best Theme Song – The Beat Makers of Jersey City

The cast and crew is up for another award and need our support once more. They are up for the 2010 DCTV Viewers Choice Award. Voting closes May 10th and the ceremony is May 17, 2010. Be sure to vote at http://www.dctvonline.tv/VCA_voting.asp

Anacostia can be viewed online at http://www.anacostia-thewebseries.com and DCTV Comcast 95 & RCN 10. For details information go to http://www.anacostia-thewebseries.com .

BREAKING NEWS: QBC Founder, Angel L. Brown & Associates Announce New Venture

May 2, 2010

PRESS CONFERENCE NEWS
DATE: 5/13/10 (7PM – 8 PM)

CONTACT: Press”AT”queerblackcinema”.”org


Founder/Executive Producer of Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival, Angel L. Brown  announces a new venture she and associates will launch starting June 1, 2010. “This is something I always wanted to do.  I am excited to have the right associates on board to make my dream come true. Everything is falling right into place. I can’t wait to announce the big news. This  is a great turning point for Queer Black Cinema and can only enhance our mission.” states Angel L. Brown

The conference will take place Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 7 PM.  Limited invited press will be in attendance, all others will be able to view the conference live at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/qbc-tv-live. Registered viewers will be able to ask questions as well in the chat room that will be periodically  selected and answered.

For press inquiries contact press”@”queerblackcinema”.”org

Civil & Women’s Rights Hero Dorothy Height Dies

April 21, 2010
Dorothy Height X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM
Article by Maria Garcia
Women’s rights and civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height, who was a central figure in gaining parity in voting rights, employment opportunities, and later, AIDS programs, died Tuesday. She was 98.

Height, marched, demonstrated, and strategized for equality with the men who were very well known for their contributions to the Civil Rights movement: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young. The New York Times says that among this “Big Six,” as they were known, she was “an unheralded seventh.”

According to reporter Karen Ocamb, Height also supported LGBT rights. In 1996 she lobbied Congress with then-Human Rights Campaign head Elizabeth Birch to get the first vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Just three decades earlier, Height was present at President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Equal Pay Act, a landmark employment policy for women.

The  National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s executive director, Rea Carey, and deputy executive director, Darlene Nipper, relayed their sadness in a press release on Tuesday.

“A huge part of Dorothy Height’s legacy will be the grace with which she directed her power for the good of all people,” Nipper said. “As an African-American woman in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, I am so honored to have met her, witnessed her leadership and benefited from her extraordinary sacrifices.”

Said Sharon J. Lettman, executive director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition: “She took that quantum leap into eternity and we will be grateful to her forever. Instead of enumerating the 20 honorary degrees she received, including those from Princeton and Harvard, and her outstanding list of accomplishments that encompass and champion the history of progress in the 20th century until her final moment, we will pause to acknowledge the legend who wanted to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom.”

originally posted on Advocate.com

BREAKING NEWS: Black Gay Artist debuts #1 on MTV!

March 10, 2010

CLICK ON PICTURE FOR THE "LOVE" VIDEO!

Less than a week, Nhojj’s song “LOVE” went from # 7 to #1 on the www.MTVmusic.com music chart. The song is also featured in the award winning film,” Blue Print” directed by Kirk Shannon-Butts. Kirk directed the music video and featured clips from his movie,” Blue Print.”  QBC’s  “QBC Musiq with a Q” Web/TV series has been following Nhojj for quit a few years. This year is proven to be a great success for Nhojj time and time again. Nhojj made history three times over; he became the first Black gay male artist to win at Out Music Awards.  To heighten the momentum, Billboard.com and BET’s Centric TV wrote about the historical moment on their websites. All of Nhojj’s hard work is finally paying off at least in the eyes of the mainstream media. The LGBT community as a whole has always supported Nhojj. For more information about Nhojj, go to http://www.Nhojj.com.

Below is a QBC vintage clip of Nhojj performing at QBC VISIONS 2008 recorded by Steph via mobile phone.

Also, check out “FINDING ME” directed by Roger S. Omeus Jr . Nhojj music is not only featured in the film but he is in the film playing himself. INSIDE THE Q TV (a part of QBC TV Network) got a chance to catch up with Nhojj at the New York premiere of “Finding Me.”  Check out the video below.“Finding Me” is available on www.TLAvideo.com. Be sure to mention QBC code: : FINDING” for a discount (if still available)! Look out for the sequel,“Finding Me TRUTH”  featuring comer R&B sensation, Eric Joppy. Be sure to look out for Eric (QBC Musiq with a Q will!) He recently performed at QBC Party with a Cause Fundraiser.

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, March 19, 2010 QBC Film Series presents: Butch Mystique directed by Debra A. Wilson details at www.QBCNYC.org

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About Queer Black Cinema®

Queer Black Cinema® (QBC) is New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international film festival mission is dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about U.S. and international progressive Black LGBTQ filmmakers. We are a socially conscious organization that uses films to create dialogue to address homophobia, alarming health issues and many others “taboo” issues relating to the Black LGBTQ experiences. We provide an online resource to Black LGBTQ theme films and their makers as well as support LGBTQ youth of color emerging producers. In-addition, we screen and promote all people of color artist trailers and original music.  QBC film series takes place once a month at the LGBT Community Center and other locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. All are welcome to attend regardless of their sexual orientation, race or gender. We aim to entertain, enlighten and educate through our niche programming.  Queer Black Cinema uses MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival, a 501 C3 Not-For-Profit Organization as their fiscal sponsor.

or more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | http://www.queerblackcinema.org

DO YOU WANT YOUR QBC ? Donate NOW!
http://queerblackcinema.ning.com/page/donate-1

Missed the QBC Party with a cause Fundraiser? Check out the photo’s!

March 10, 2010

QBC PARTY WITH A CAUSE FUNDRAISER!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OVER 200 plus pictures….

Thank you to all who supported QBC. Special thanks to Blondell and her assistant. CLICK HERE if you would like to donate to the 3rd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2010.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER WITH AMAZING PERFORMANCES BY BARON & ERIC JOPPY AT QBC PARTY WITH A CAUSE FUNDRAISER

February 25, 2010

Baron and QBC Executive Producer, Angel L. Brown

CLICK HERE TO VIEW REVIEW WITH PICTURE LAYOUT

New York, NY (www.QBCNYC.org) – Queer Black Cinema’s (QBC), “Party With A Cause Fundraiser” which took place on February 19, 2009 was a night to remember! Funds went towards the 3rd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2010. Performances included Baron also known as B dot performing songs from his sophomore album, “Celebrity.” Newcomer, Eric Joppy also performs and R&B recording artist, Jesse O. The performances were hosted by award-winning radio personal, DJ Baker from Da Do Dirty Show (QNation.FM).

The evening started off with DJ Unknown spinning on the one’s and two’s getting the audience ready for outstanding performances. DJ Baker opens up the event with his charming charismatic personality. Baron then rocked the stage with hit song, “Party with b.” He then slowed it down with “Birds” off the same album. Baron surprised Angel L. Brown, QBC Founder and Executive Producer by asking her to join him on stage singing the chorus of the song. However, Angel did not disappoint the audience with her beautiful voice. “This is one of my favorite songs off the album [Celebrity]. I absolutely love this song so I figured why not hum the chorus. I had a blast!” states Angel L. Brown.

Eric Joppy then made his grand entrance with his rock stylish attire which included a golden masked, black leather pants and a button down checker shirt open for all to see his tone body. His voice defiantly matched his style – hot! The crowed went wild when he begins to whine and sing popular song, “Just Because”. “Both Eric and Baron killed it! I’m glad I came out to support QBC. What they are doing for the community is wonderful.” John Peterson – Audience member. The surprise of the night was Jesse O singing Happy Birthday to good friend and now colleague, Angel L. Brown. Jesse Afriyie (Jesse O) has joined the QBC team as Co-Producer/Consultant over the music department. Jesse is working on his sophomore album, which is set to hit stores in March/April 2010.

Guest included long time pioneer Male Illusionist, milDRED which will appears on QBC TV Network new show, “ONE on ONE with QBC” premiering summer 2010, Eric J Parker, founder of NYC Socialites, award-winning filmmaker, Veronique N. Doumbe, DOLL HOUSE founders Davone “Bosslady” Madison and partner Shaun Jackson including a host of Doll House women. The founders were recently featured in New York Daily News for their emerging event business for women. Shorty Roc was also in attendance, which was scheduled to performed but arrived too late. Other guest included QBC new and old supporters plus more.

The night ended with QBC supporters, Secrets regulars and joint birthday party goers dancing the night away to the amazing talented, DJ Unknown. You can hear DJ Unknown every Friday at Secret Lounge and various other clubs throughout NYC along with promoter Ron. For more exclusive pictures of the fundraiser go to, http://www.QBCNYC.org

All funds raised from the party goes toward the 3rd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2010. The Film Festival will take place mid October 2010. Donations are now being accepted and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information go to www.QBCNYC.org and contact: info@queerblackcinema.org Subject: Sponsorship.

QBC next event will take place Friday, March 19, 2010 screening award-winning film, “Butch Mystique” directed by Debra Wilson in honor of Women’s Month. Go to www.QBCNYC.org for updates. Advance ticket holders will have a chance to win a sign copy of Butch Mystique by director. The director will also take part in a live Q&A from Oakland California via Skype.

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About Queer Black Cinema®

Queer Black Cinema® (QBC) is New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international film festival mission is dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about U.S. and international progressive Black LGBTQ filmmakers. We are a socially conscious organization that uses films to create dialogue to address homophobia, alarming health issues and many others “taboo” issues relating to the Black LGBTQ experiences. We provide an online resource to Black LGBTQ theme films and their makers as well as support LGBTQ youth of color emerging producers. In-addition, we screen and promote all people of color artist trailers and original music.  QBC film series takes place once a month at the LGBT Community Center and other locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. All are welcome to attend regardless of their sexual orientation, race or gender. We aim to entertain, enlighten and educate through our niche programming.  Queer Black Cinema uses MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival, a 501 C3 Not-For-Profit Organization as their fiscal sponsor.

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PARTY WITH A CAUSE! Support QBC Film Fest 2010!

February 8, 2010

The BIGGEST PARTY WITH A CAUSE IN NYC FEB 19, 2010

New York, NY (www.QBCNYC.org) Angel L. Brown, founder/Producer of Queer Black Cinema teamed of with promoter Ron to throw one of the biggest party of the year at Secret Lounge Friday, February 19. Doors open at 9:30 PM Showtime at 10:15 PM $5 before 12 AM but you must be on the QBC guest list. The musical acts is hosted by DJ Baker from Da Do Dirty Show (on Qnation.FM Monday – Friday 5 PM.)

Angel decided to turn her birthday celebration into a hug fundraiser for the 3rd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2010. “I wanted to start early with raising funds for the festival. This year, I would like to help filmmakers who are exhibiting their work to be in attending which can be very difficult if they live out of state or out of the country. We are the only Black LGBT Film Festival in New York City. If everyone support, there shouldn’t be any reason why this festival can be one of the most successful well attended festivals out there.  If we don’t support our own images, you really can’t expect anyone else to” states, Angel L. Brown.

Back in December Angel attended a birthday party at Secret Lounge and had a blast! She enjoyed the music, the atmosphere and the excellent hospitality the promoter and his crew shown. Although Secret Lounge had prominently males in attendance, there was a nice group of ladies there as well. “Everyone was dancing to the music and having a wonderful time. The club is open to all LGBT and LGBT friendly people and had a great time and would attend any of Ron’s parties” states Angel L. Brown. Angel was introduced to Promoter Ron by Recording Artist, Jesse O. Jesse O will be in attending singing his version of “Happy B-day” to Angel.

The QBC Fundraiser is happening Friday, February 19 at Secret Lounge 525 West 29th Street (Btwn 10th & 11th Ave.) Doors open at 9:30 PM the exclusives festivities including musical performances starts at 10:15 PM. $5 before 12 AM but you must be on QBC guest list. RSVP via facebook or e-mail name at queerblackcinema@yahoo.com Subject: Party with a Cause!

ABOUT QUEER BLACK CINEMA
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Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders followed including a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market.

QBC Int’l Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema, New York’s first and only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema. Since the 2006 launch of the film series, the organization has expanded into several projects: QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness and Fades Of Black Women Film Showcase, honoring Black Lesbians Women. For more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | http://www.queerblackcinema.org

DO YOU WANT YOUR QBC ? Donate NOW!
http://queerblackcinema.ning.com/page/donate-1

QBC BREAKING NEWS: HELPING HAITI

January 14, 2010

Greetings Everyone,

It was brought to my attention, sending packages to Haiti through UPS for free is not exactly true. I just got off the phone with Jennifer, a representative from UPS foundation. She states, the disaster is so bad that it is NOT possible for UPS to send packages in this matter. Please take the time to read the press release below directly from The USP Foundation. It clearly states what they are and have done to date. Jennifer informed me that the USP is working very closely with American Red Cross and other organizations who deal with crisis as such. The stated, they are aware about the mis-communications facebook users are referring people as to sending free packages directly to Haiti. The best thing to do is send out a letter to your groups and friends clarifying the situation and informing them how UPS is helping and how they can help.

If you have any questions etc. the number to The UPS Foundation contact info. is listed in the press release.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please continue to keep Haiti in your prayers. PLEASE just do something even if you pass this information along or add to the list of organizations they are DIRECTLY helping the people.

In peace,

Angel L. Brown

Executive Producer/Director

www.QueerBlackCinema.org

THE UPS FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE:
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0577032.htm

here are ways you can assist. PLEASE fill free to add on to the list of organizations you trust:

The Batey Relief Alliance (been helping people in poverty for over 20 years in Haiti)
www.bateyrelief.org

WYCLEF JEAN Foundation
Text YELE to 501501 for WYCLEF JEAN DONATIONS
$5 will be charged to your cell phone.

http://www.yele.org/

QBC BREAKING NEWS: Pioneer Filmmaker, Cheryl Dunye returns to her film roots!

January 12, 2010

Cheryl Dunye at the African Diaspora Film Festival '08

Check a brief interview and raw footage of  Cheryl Dunye speaking on the early 90’s when the queer people of color movement in (experimental) cinema was born: http://www.vimeo.com/8687438

1.11.21|New York|QBCNYC.org| Queer Black Cinema’s Fades of Black Womyn 2008 honoree Pioneer lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye return with her fourth featured film, The OWLS.  THE OWLS is an experimental thriller about four older-wiser-lesbians who accidentally kill a young lesbian and try to get away with it. The film is off to a great start. It was just officially selected for inclusion in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Festival 2010. OWLS was also awarded finishing funds from FRAMELINE.

“THE OWLS does a rare thing: representing lesbian life post baby-dykedom and with no sugar-coating. The film follows four women in long-term relationships trying to make sense of the weight of alcoholism, infidelity, infertility, aging, and murder. “Cheryl Dunye (source THE OWLS facebook group)

Some of The OWLS cast includes:  Skyler Cooper (Butch Mystique – Dir. Debra Wilson, Don’t Go – Amber Sharpe), Guinevere Turner (Go Fish- Dir. Rose Troche, Watermelon Woman – Dir. Cheryl Dunye, Don’t Go – Dir. Amber Sharpe), Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole.  According to The OWLS facebook page, it looks like the crew is predominantly professional women and trans filmmakers which is always great especially when women directors only make up less than 6% including co-directors. However, this does not include indie directors (for the most part.) Where does that leave indie women, queer and women of color filmmakers?

Cheryl Dunye, director of The OWLS  returns to her roots by bringing back the traditions of old school filmmaking. As I write this, I remember a  conversation, Cheryl and I had earlier last year. On our way to a panel discussion in Los Angeles, I manage to capture Cheryl talking about  the queer people of color in cinema movement during the early 90’s.  The time when indie artist were supported and greatly valued.  Cheryl pretty much uses the same method of filmmaking – a collective of artist to make her 4th featured film.  “THE OWLS is being made by a small group of film makers from the glory days of new queer cinema, that have formed a film collective, by the name of Parliament Film Collective, and that have all committed to work for basically free. The Parliament Film Collective re-explores the possibility for enjoying the collective/lesbian creative processes and queer community, and making art together outside the mainstream.

Can we go back to old school values of community and commitment given what (and who) we’ve done and learned? THE OWLS will gracefully (if sometimes gruesomely) mix the stories of its thriller characters with those of its behind-the-scene makers to create an end product that complicates easy images of contemporary lesbian identity, cross-generational interaction, and queer media.” Cheryl Dunye (source THE OWLS facebook group)

For more information on Cheryl and The OWL project go to: The OWL 2009 on facebook | OWLS Parliament

Additional footage: One on One with QBC: Cheryl Dunye

About Fades of Black Womyn

ABOUT
Queer Black Cinema presents: Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase, an annual womyn’s month event that pays tribute to Lesbian and Bisexual womyn of African Descent who are establish and pioneers in the media industry. The showcase is a one day event screening film works of the honoree along with trailers and shorts from emerging Lesbian and Bisexual womyn of African Descent filmmakers. The film showcase is followed by an award ceremony then Q&A discussion with the honoree hosted by One on One with QBC, part of QBC TV Network.

MISSION
Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase (FOBW) mission is to pay tribute to pioneer lesbian and bisexual professional filmmakers of African decent in the media industry who have paved the way for emerging filmmakers. The mission is to not only to acknowledge the honoree but also bring together a group of underrepresented women and their stories to network and build a stronger support system in a challenging field for all women, specifically women of color in celebration of Womyn’s Month.

Fades of Black Womyn is Queer Black Cinema.org project and is fiscally sponsored by 501c3 non-profit organization, MIX experimental Film Festival. We continued our programs thanks to Astrea Lesbian Foundation, Gay Men of African Descent, Women Make Movies, online advance ticket sells to QBC events, and supporters like you!

Help make Fades of Black Womyn Film Awards/Showcase 2010 happen – DONATE TODAY or become a sponsor!

QBC BREAKING NEWS: NAACP Nominate Michael Jackson Funeral for Outstanding Variety Show

January 7, 2010

QBC BREAKING NEWS:

Michael Jackson Funeral get nominated for a NAACP 2010 Outstanding Variety Show.  I kid you not! I only have one comment, JAMES BROWN GOT CHEATED!

What are your thoughts?


Other nominees include:

Outstanding Variety – (Series or Special)

  • “BET Awards 2009” (BET)
  • “Bill Cosby: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor” (PBS)
  • “Michael Jackson Memorial Service” (ABC, BET, CNN, MTV, NBC)
  • “Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me” (HBO)
  • “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” (HBO)


Source: NAACP website

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About Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival
ABOUT
Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The now three-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders including a Annual Tribute to LGBT youth of color rally in remembrance to Fallen Angels who died due to a homophobic hate crime followed by a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market.
HISTORY
Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival was created by Angel L. Brown in 2007 and launched in 2008 at the Brecht Forum in New York. Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema(QBC). QBC started out as a film series and quickly became a non-profit fiscally sponsored project of MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival. QBC is now a hub for various projects since 2006: QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention & awareness and Fades Of Black Womyn Film Showcase, honoring Black Lesbians Womyn.

For more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | http://www.queerblackcinema.org

JOIN/FOLLOW THE Q:

http://www.twitter.com/qbcfilmfest
http://www.youtube.com/QBCtv
http://www.myspace.com/queerblackcinema
Facebook: Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival

QBC BREAKING NEWS: What does Gabby Sibide(Precious) & Sandra Bullock (Blind Side) have in common? NAACP

January 7, 2010

QBC BREAKING NEWS:

What does Gabby Sibide (Precious) & Sandra Bullock (Blind Side) have in common? Sandra They both competes against each other for NAACP Award for Best Actress. Inclusion or lack of good roles for African American actress? What are your thoughts?

Other nominees include:

  • Anika Noni Rose – “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
  • Sandra Bullock – “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Sophie Okonedo – “Skin” (Jour De Fete Films)
  • Taraji P. Henson – “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself” (Lionsgate)


1st Source: Nelson

Source: NAACP website

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About Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival
ABOUT
Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The now three-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders including a Annual Tribute to LGBT youth of color rally in remembrance to Fallen Angels who died due to a homophobic hate crime followed by a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market.
HISTORY
Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival was created by Angel L. Brown in 2007 and launched in 2008 at the Brecht Forum in New York. Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema(QBC). QBC started out as a film series and quickly became a non-profit fiscally sponsored project of MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival. QBC is now a hub for various projects since 2006: QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention & awareness and Fades Of Black Womyn Film Showcase, honoring Black Lesbians Womyn.

For more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | http://www.queerblackcinema.org

JOIN/FOLLOW THE Q:

http://www.twitter.com/qbcfilmfest
http://www.youtube.com/QBCtv
http://www.myspace.com/queerblackcinema
Facebook: Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival

Nhojj- First Black Male to win an OutMusic Award

January 3, 2010

(Interview with Nhojj at the Finding Me premiere 2009)

January 3, 2010 (New York, NY) The new year ends and begins right for Nhojj, a Soul/Jazz/R&B/Gospel/Activist  singer first Black male to win an OutMusic Award from the Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Recording Artists and Performers. His song “Love” was named OUTstanding R&B/Soul Song of the Year.  Nhojj is one of the few artist (gay or straight) that is keeping “real music” alive with a socially conscious message behind it – “Peace & Love.”

Nhojj has performed at past QBC events since the launch in 2006.  We are proud to know and support his work. We wish him continued success in 2010 and years to come. You can see view video of Nhojj at Musiq with A Q! a new show a part of QBC TV Network. You can also purchase Nhojj’s music at www.Nhojj.com.

Originally posted on Billboard.com:

Nhojj Wins R&B/Soul Song of the Year and Makes OUTMusic Award history

(Billboard Publicity Wire) December 23, 2009 — Indie recording artist Nhojj made OUTMusic Awards history when his ballad “Love” was voted 2009 Outstanding R&B/Soul Song of the Year by The Alliance of LGBT Recording Artists & Performers. This marks the first time an African American male has won an OMA. The Logo sponsored event was held December 8, 2009, at the legendary Webster Hall in New York City. It is the biggest night in LGBT entertainment, and the only gala ceremony of its kind in the world.

Nhojj at the OUTMusic Awards 2009
Nhojj at the OUTMusic Awards 2009

Nhojj is also the first artist to win the OUTStanding R&B/Soul song of the year. OUTMusic added this and other categories to the ceremony this year to more fully reflect the music of the LGBT community. After his win, the singer/songwriter took the stage performing “Love” before an audience including OMA Lifetime Achievement recipient Kevin Aviance, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, LOGO personalities DeMarco Majors and Julie Goldman among many other notables in the LGBT community. The ceremony was hosted by Noah’s Arc star Rodney Chester and GLAAD Media Award winner Kate Clinton.

“Love” features keyboardist Carl Evans (Stevie Wonder, Barry White); David Stark on Guitar (Rick James & Teena Marie); Tommy Aros on percussion (Luis Miguel); and is mastered by by Robert Honablue, whose Gold and Platinum credits include Santana, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, and Miles Davis.

Director Kirk Shannon-Butts featured “Love” in his highly acclaimed Indie film “Blueprint,” which screened at 2008 Cannes International Film Festival, and also directed the music video “Love.” Unlike many current R&B music videos, it is the sensitive reflection of two male college students who feel a mutual attraction toward each other. “I believe love is for everyone… homosexual and heterosexual” Nhojj says, “One day soon our world will acknowledge this simple truth.”

In 2004, Nhojj’s sophomore CD “Someday Peace Love & Freedom” was nominated for OUTStanding New Male Recording. Songs on that album covered issues ranging from homelessness to homophobia. Nhojj chose “Fighting for Love,” an original composition about a warrior fighting against ignorance and hatred, to perform at a special OMA Nominee showcase held at Fez in NYC that year.

Nhojj grew up in Guyana and Trinidad, where he performed for the Presidents of both countries. He began singing in church at the age of 5, but didn’t embark on a career in music until after graduating from NYU with a BA in Economics. Earlier this year he returned to his Caribbean roots and performed “Love” at the 2009 Barbados Music Awards.

To date Nhojj has released six CDs and an unplugged live DVD by Emmy nominated director Bill Cote. He has performed at Lincoln Center, and toured the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to his recording and performance schedule, Nhojj regularly donates his gift of music to people living with HIV/AIDS. He performs in hospitals, hospices, residential facilities and treatment centers throughout New York City , as part of the Lifebeat “Hearts and Voices” program.

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THE 2nd ANNUAL QUEER BLACK CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED THE 2009 HONOREES

November 13, 2009

For Immediate Release:

Contact: QBC Press

Press@queerblackcinema.org

http://www.queerblackcinema.org

The 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival winners, presented by GMAD curated by Angel L. Brown, announced the honorees for the Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award, The Isaac Julien Experimental Award and the QBC Centerpiece Film Award categories.  The three-day festival was held October 16-18 in Harlem, New York; wrapping up on October 18 with the New York premiere of AnaCostia, produced by the creator of The Velocity Magazine Awards, Anthony Anderson. Both Anthony Anderson and the Cast & Crew were in attendance followed by an exclusive Q&A. We screened 15 films this year. We are the longest standing Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) film festival in New York dedicated to the exhibition of socially conscious independent cinema about the Black LGBTQ experience by LGBTQ and straight people of African descent.

The 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema Film Festival honorees are:

The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award

For Writing & Directing

MISSISSIPPI DAMNED (US)

Tina Mabry


The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award

For Editing & Producing

MISSISSIPPI DAMNED (US)

Morgan Stiff


The Isaac Julien Experimental Award

For Creative Out of the Box Filmmaking

Revolutions (US)

Zulema Griffin & Sherie L. Weldon


QBC INT’L FILM FEST CENTERPIECE FILM
for Outstanding Filmmaking

FAMILY (US)

Faith Trimel


Honorable Mention

QBC Classic: Storme: The Lady Of The Jewel Box (US) directed by Michelle Parkerson

QBC DVD Highlight: Finding Me (US) directed by Roger S. Omeus, Jr.

QBC First Works: She Wasn’t Last Night (US) directed by Darice Jones

Short: B.D WOMAN (UK) directed by Campbell X


“On behalf of the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival and our Presenting Sponsor GMAD, I proudly congratulate the outstanding honorees of the Festival’s 2nd annual competition,” said Angel L. Brown, founder of Queer Black Cinema.  “Queer Black Cinema aim to recognize and support socially conscious film works by and about the Black LGBT Experience. It is important the artist know they are supported, greatly appreciated and well needed.” Support Queer Black Cinema continues their mission by donating to the I WANT MY QBC campaign. www.queerblackcinema.org

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QBC Film Fest. pays tribute to LGBT youth of color hate crimes victims w/ performances by the Lavender Light Gospel Choir 10/17/09

October 11, 2009

As a space that is intended to give voice to the queer black community, this year the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival will also being shedding light on issues directly effecting the Queer communities of color. On Saturday, October 17th 3:005:00pm film festival will be having a tribute rally to remember queer youth of color who have been killed as a result of hate crimes throughout the country, as well as to shed light on the impact of hate-based violence in our community. The rally will take place in the center of Harlem at Maysles Cinema (Malcolm X Blvd/ Lenox Ave. between 127th & 128th Street – Harlem, NY) and will include queer youth of color organizations in the New York area, tribute performances, speakers, multimedia presentation and a march around the Block in remembrance of the Fallen Angels. Following the Tribute is a Queer Youth of Color Screening of Christopher Street by Dwight O’Neal & Steven Emmanuel.

Directions: Take the 2 or 3 to 125th street. Walk two short blocks on Malcolm X to 127th street (across from Syliva’s Restaurant)

FILM SCHEDULE UP: Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival Oct. 16 – 18, 2009

October 7, 2009
Closing Film Oct 17th 1 PM

Closing Film Oct 18th 1 PM

The 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival sponsored by Gay Men Of African Descent. The festival will take place October 16- 18 at the National Black Theater & Maysles Cinema. Below is the screening schedule and list of events including the Black LGBT Film & Book Market information.

Please take the time to read over and send out to your listserv.
Your support is greatly appreciate. VIP All ACCESS PASSES with limited edition silk screened commemorative festival bags are available online for purchase and individual tickets.  The Film & Book Market is Free with your purchase of a ticket and/or VIP Pass or $2 without.

We have a great line up of films & Book Readings with special invited guest.  See complete schedule at http://www.queerblackcinema.org. Thank you for your support!

Theater 1-The National Black Theatre | 2031-33  Fifth Ave.(Btwn 125th & 126th St.) Harlem, NY |TRAINS: 4,5,6 ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE

Theater 2 – Maysles Cinema | 343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Avenue (betwn 127th &128th St|TRAINS: 1,2,3,A,C,E to 125) RUSH TICKETS ONLY

OCTOBER 16-18 Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2009 Curated by Angel L. Brown Tickets: $12 – $20|info@queerblackcinema.org|mailing list: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com|www.queerblackcinema.org

Octo  October16/Opening Night 6 PM Reception/7 PM Film| MISSISSIPPI DAMNED | Tina Mabry| USA| 120 Mins| 2009

What’s swept under the rug rarely stays hidden. Taking place in 1986 and 1998 and based on a true story, three poor, black kids in rural Mississippi suffer the consequences of their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence. They independently struggle to escape their circumstances and must decide whether to confront what has plagued their family for generations or succumb to the same crippling fate, forever damned in Mississippi. Wine & Cheese Cake Reception| $20 www.queerblackcinema.org |Theater 1-The National Black Theatre | 2031-33  Fifth Ave.(Btwn 125th & 126th St.) Harlem, NY |TRAINS: 4,5,6

October 16/ 9PM/Vintage Families of Value |Directed by Thomas Allen Harris|1995|Doc
Vintage is an experimental documentary which looks at three African American families through the eyes of lesbian and gay siblings – including the filmmaker and his younger brother. Three groups of queer siblings use video cameras to articulate the multiple stories that co-exist within the space of family, negotiating sexuality as a point of departure to explore these relationships. Vintage crosses the boundaries of truth, gender, time and power to create a collective and autobiographical portrait of modern American families.
QBC Classic is a series that wish to re-introduce and re-examine the work of pioneer Black LGBT filmmakers and their works.
This film is sponsored by Third World News Reel and Thomas Allen Harris|$12 www.queerblackcinema.org |Theater 1-The National Black Theatre | 2031-33  Fifth Ave.(Btwn 125th & 126th St.) Harlem, NY |TRAINS: 4,5,6 to 125

October 17/10AM – 11:15AM| MASTER CLASS WITH MAISHA AZADI| $20 www.queerblackcinema.org |Theater 1-The National Black Theatre | 2031-33  Fifth Ave.(Btwn 125th & 126th St.) Harlem, NY |TRAINS: 4,5,6 to 125

October 17/11:30AM – 12:45PM| FILM SERIES/ FESTIVAL THE NEW THEATRICAL RELEASE:Tips on using festivals screened world wide MODERATED BY Moikgantsi Kgama (Executive Director of ImageNation) Confirmed Panelist – Aaron Ingram – Executive Director of ActNow Foundation | Angel L. Brown – Executive Director/Producer Queer Black Cinema| $12 www.queerblackcinema.org |Theater 1-The National Black Theatre | 2031-33  Fifth Ave.(Btwn 125th & 126th St.) Harlem, NY |TRAINS: 4,5,6 to 125

October 17/ 12: 30 AM |HARLEM: Shorts Showcase sponsored by Women Make Movies

Take The Gay Train | dir. Robert Philipson | USA| 14min. | 2008 Gay sensibility during the Harlem Renaissance is charted through a poetic use of historical stills, contemporary filmmaking, scholarly accuracy, and music of the period.|


B.D Woman |dir. Campbell X|UK| 20Mins | 1994 B.D. WOMEN is a wonderful celebration of the history and culture of Black lesbians. Lively interviews feature Black women talking candidly about their sexual and racial identities. These contemporary views are cleverly interwoven with a dramatized love story, set in the 1920s, in which a sultry romance develops between a gorgeous jazz singer and her stylish butch lover. B.D. WOMEN rewrites the vanished history of Black lesbians’ lives in an eloquent and entertaining way.


Storme: The Lady of The Jewel Box |dir. Michelle Parkerson |USA| 21 mins| 1987 |“It ain’t easy…being green” is the favorite expression of Storme DeLarverie, a woman whose life flouted prescriptions of gender and race. During the 1950’s and 60’s she toured the black theater circuit as a mistress of ceremonies and the sole male impersonator of the legendary Jewel Box Revue, America’s first integrated female impersonation show and forerunner of La Cage aux Folles. The multiracial revue was a favorite act of the Black theater circuit and attracted mixed mainstream audiences from the 1940s through the 1960s, a time marked by the violence of segregation. Parkerson finds Storme in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, now working as a bodyguard at a women’s bar and still singing in her deep silky voice with an “all girl” band. Through archival clips from the past, STORME looks back on the grandeur of the Jewel Box Revue and its celebration of pure entertainment in the face of homophobia and segregation. Storme herself emerges as a remarkable woman, who came up during hard times but always “kept a touch of class.”Q&A with director Robert Philipson|$12 http://www.queerblackcinema.org | Theater 2 – Maysles Cinema | 343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Avenue (betwn 127th &128th St|TRAINS: 1,2,3,A,C,E to 125) RUSH TICKETS ONLY $5 youth/Seniors |$12 Adults


October 17/1 PM| ZULEMA GRIFFIN’S(Project Runway Season 2) FILM SHOWCASE – REVOLUTIONIZING FASHION THROUGH FILMS| Dir. Zulema Griffin|Special Film/Fashion |Documentary Ink Bleach featuring Coco Mitchell|Revolutions|Cyclical Mode Q&A with Zulema|$12 http://www.queerblackcinema.org |Theater 1-The National Black Theatre | 2031-33  Fifth Ave.(Btwn 125th & 126th St.) Harlem, NY |TRAINS: 4,5,6 to 125St

October 17/4:50 PM| FINDING ME| FINDING ME:TRUTH exclusive clips | Roger S. Omeus Jr| USA| 115 mins.| 2008

Faybien Allen (RayMartell Moore) sorely lacks direction in life. His overbearing, homophobic father certainly doesn’t help his self-esteem, but life takes a sharp turn when Faybien is hit on by Lonnie (Derrick L. Briggs), the hunky, self-assured guy he keeps encountering at the bus stop. This is great news to close friends Greg (Eugene Turner), a down-to-earth and upbeat bisexual, and Amera (J’Nara Corbin), a sassy “honorary gay man.” Not everyone is such a good influence, however. Greg’s new roommate, Jay (Maurice Murrell), is downright shady, and could be the type of person Faybien becomes if he makes the wrong decisions now. Can Faybien finally come to peace with his relationships with his father and the uber-flirtatious (and hot) Lonnie? A true labor of love shot on a shoestring budget over the course of a dozen weekends, Finding Me marks the discovery of a promising and humanistic new talent.This screening is sponsored by TLA Releasing | OME Productions, LLC | Q&A with Roger S. Omeus Jr. | $15 http://www.queerblackcinema.org |Theater 1-The National Black Theatre | 2031-33  Fifth Ave.(Btwn 125th & 126th St.) Harlem, NY |TRAINS: 4,5,6 to 125st.

October 17/ 5 PM | Queer Youth of Color Cinema Series presents Christopher Street | Steven E. Martinez, Dwight O’Neal|USA60 mins| 2009|Christopher Street is a new independently produced gay television series. The show shares the lives of Chris and his diverse group of friends Jharemy, Ashton, and Shawn. These young men deal with troubles that range from relationship issues, sexual identity, self-love, abuse, HIV/AIDS, and acceptance not only from the world, but from themselves.Q&A with Dwight O’ Neal & Steven E. Martinez |Theater 2 – Maysles Cinema | 343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Avenue (betwn 127th &128th St|TRAINS: 1,2,3,A,C,E to 125) RUSH TICKETS ONLY $5 youth/Seniors |$12 Adults


October 17/ 7:15 Music Performance/7:30 PM Film|Special live performance by Out Music Executive Director/Recording Artist, Deepa Soul singing two songs featured in FAMILY the movie. Both songs will be on her new album “EGO TRIPPIN” |FAMILY | Faith Trimel | USA| 109 min| 2008 “A group of 30-something lesbians, friends through much already, make a pact to finally come out. The idea is greeted with varying degrees of enthusiasm but, after a series of eye-opening incidents that throw the effects of not coming out into sharp relief, they go to it with surprising results. The film’s spirit rises from the breadth of lesbian experience on show – from the butch basketball sports star with the homophobic agent to the shy doctor with the evangelical family to the actress to the hot, curvy hairdresser (with the er, boyfriend) – and the sense of fun, humour and family that ultimately holds the women together. Q&A with Faith Trimel | $20 http://www.queerblackcinema.org |Theater 1-The National Black Theatre | 2031-33  Fifth Ave.(Btwn 125th & 126th St.) Harlem, NY |TRAINS: 4,5,6 to 125st.

October17/9 PM | SHE WASN’T LAST NIGHT|Dir. Daris Jones |88 mins |USA|Beautiful activist Shantel Crockett is slammed by drama as her relationship with young Reyna begins to crumble. As Reyna’s dance career goes nowhere, she flounders for something to hold on to. To make matters worse, charming player Jack (Jaqueline) is determined to make Reyna hers…if only for one night. Shantel is forced to face Reyna’s despair and decide what kind of life she wants for herself


Legacy|Dir. Campbell X |17 mins|UK / Caribbean |2006|Legacy is the award-winning single screen video installation exploring the effects of slavery on intimate relationships in Black families several generations after abolition.| $12 http://www.queerblackcinema.org |Theater 1-The National Black Theatre | 2031-33  Fifth Ave.(Btwn 125th & 126th St.) Harlem, NY |TRAINS: 4,5,6 to 125st.

October 18 1PM|CLOSING FILM: ANACOSTIA  (NEW YORK PREMIERE)|dir. Anthony Anderson | Web/TV Series| 80| USA|2009 From the Writer and Producer of the award winning Independent Film The Ties That Bind comes an independent web series like no other. ANACOSTIA the series follows the lives of four friends as they navigate through Love, Deceit, Betrayal, Sex and Death with a season finale that will leave your mouths open. This 13 episode series will be filmed on location in several areas including Washington DC, Landover Maryland, Baltimore Maryland, Virginia and New York City.

Catch up with episodes 3 & 4 and see the exclusive world premiere of episode 5. The director and cast will be in attendance Theater 2 – Maysles Cinema | 343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Avenue (betwn 127th &128th St|TRAINS: 1,2,3,A,C,E to 125) RUSH TICKETS ONLY $15

ABOUT: Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders followed including a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market.

QBC Int’l Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema, New York’s first and only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema. Since the 2006 launch of the film series, the organization has expanded into several projects: QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness and Fades Of Black Women Film Showcase, honoring Black Lesbians Women. For more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | www.queerblackcinema.org

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October 17/ 11AM – 7 PM| The Black LGBT Film & Book Market:NYC@ The QBC Int’l Film Festival. FREE MARKET ENTRANCE w/ your purchase of a movie ticket/Brunch Panel and/or
VIP All Access Festival Pass OR pay only $2 (Market only)
$12 www.TheBlackLGBTFilmBookMarket.com |Theater 1-The National Black Theatre | 2031-33  Fifth Ave.(Btwn 125th & 126th St.) Harlem, NY |TRAINS: 4,5,6 to 125st.

* Reading Presentation by Author, Rodney Loften* Special Film Trailer by Special Filmmaker & Cast* Film & Book Trailers played throughout the Market* DVD & Book Raffles every hour* Free Swerv Magazines (October ’09 Issue)* Various Filmmakers and Authors vendors plus* TWN Distribution Company and others* CD’s Cheese Cake Cafe|

READING SERIES W/ BLACK GAY AUTHORS:

TIME: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM TITLE: Letters to Books/Books to stageplays: Creative Storytelling AUTHORS:Lamar Ariel & Laurinda Brown

TIME: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM|TITLE: The Art of Erotica in it’s Truth AUTHORS: Lee Hayes & Kimberly Q

TIME: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM TITLE: In his own words AUTHOR: Rodney Lofton

TIME: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM TITLE: Finding Me the Movie Talk Back FILMMAKER: Roger & Cast from Finding Me

October 18/ 10AM – 1 PM| BRUNCH W/ QUEER BLACK WRITERS moderated by Thomas Allen Harris|The Black LGBT Film & Book Market:NYC@ The QBC Int’l Film Festival.
VIP All Access Festival Pass OR pay only $2 (Market only)|
Theater 2 – Maysles Cinema | 343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Avenue (betwn 127th &128th St|TRAINS: 1,2,3,A,C,E to 125) RUSH TICKETS ONLY $15 includes brunch (continental Style including Cheese Cake sponsored by CD’s Cheese Cakes, Valerie’s Bed & Breakfast and Jacob’s Resturant) www.TheBlackLGBTFilmBookMarket.com

The mission of the Market is to create opportunities and a safe space for indie filmmakers, authors, distribution companies, publishers and business companies to market their Black and people of color Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-people & Queer (LGBTQ) theme films, books and magazines directly to their audiences. The two day market will premiere at the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival on October 17-18, 2009. Readings, exclusive trailer screenings and talk backs with authors and filmmakers will take place throughout the market. Special opportunities for market goers to win books, films & various prizes. The Market is expected to travel to major cities throughout the year.

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October 17/3 -5 PM|FALLEN ANGELS: Tribute to lgbt youth of color

“Silence has never brought us anything of worth” -Audre Lorde|SPEAK UP. SPEAK OUT. The QBC International Film Festival will be having a Queer Youth of Color tribute rally to honor those who we have lost to hate crimes, and speak up, and educate the community. We are still looking for Queer youth of Color to come to the mic with poems, songs, or to simply speak their truth featuring the Lavender Light Gospel Choir, Nykiera – Spoken Word Artist, Author, Kenyon Farrow plus more. For more information please contact Chelsea at beats.of.yo.feets@gmail.com|info@queerblackcinema.org followed by Queer Youth Cinema Screening See film schedule. Limited Seats -YOU MUST RSVP to the screening |Theater 2 – Maysles Cinema | 343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Avenue (betwn 127th &128th St|TRAINS: 1,2,3,A,C,E to 125)THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE THE THEATER FOLLOWED BY THE MARCH AROUND THE BLOCK.

QUEER BLACK CINEMA PRESENTS THE 2ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES…”

September 19, 2009
Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2009

Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2009

New York, NY, September 15th, 2009 – October is not only coming out month for gays and lesbians but also the 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival presented by Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD). The festival will be held at The National Black Theatre 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way:: Fifth Avenue (Btwn 125th & 126th St) Harlem, NY 10035 and Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd. / Lenox Ave. (betwn 127th & 128th St.) The four-day festival consist of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders followed by a Gala in honor of Stonewall Activist, Singer and Legendary Male Illusionist, Storme De Laverie. The Gala includes performance by Paris from the classic NYC Ballroom film, Storme De Laverie by Jennie Livingston, Freddy Wright, Melvin as Billie Holiday and introducing Stefon Royce as Storme in “The Jewel within the Box Revue: Harlem Style” directed by Angel L. Brown.  Storme De Laverie will be in attendance. Portions of Gala tickets sells will go towards an organization to be announced that serve women (both gay and straight) and their children victims of  domestic violence.

Since 2006, Queer Black Cinema gives establish and upcoming talent(s) both filmmaker and musicians a plateau to have their craft displayed to the public and this year is no different. Festival favorite R&B recording artist, Tyran Gem will be in attendance as well as Debra Wilson, Co-producer of award winning films: Mississippi Damned (Opening Film), classic film, “Jumping The Broom: A New Covenant” and “Butch Mystique”.  Out Music Executive Director and award winning singer, Deepa Soul will be in attendee as well.   You can currently see Deepa Soul music video in rotation on Logo online Pop Lab. Other guest includes Zulema Griffin (Project Runway Season 2) presenting her fashion to film line live action multimedia piece, “Revelations” and a sneak peek at new Documentary, “Ink Bleach” a film about Black designers followed by centerpiece film, “Family” by Faith Trimel.

This year’s festivities will be filled with some new additions including The Black LGBT Film and Book Market: NYC in conjunction with Our Stories Productions, The E. Lynn Harris Living The Dream Literary Award giving to an emerging published author, and Tribute/Remembrance to LGBT Youth of Color featuring community guest speakers. With special performances by The Lavender Light Gospel Choir, spoken word artist/playwright, Nykieria and a host of others.  The festival will be summed up with Brunch with Queer Black Writers Panel discussion with special invited guest, closing film followed by an Award Ceremony at Maysles Cinema.

Gay Men of African Descent organization will also be providing free and private HIV/AIDS testing Saturday, October 17 starting at 2 PM. All youth who get tested will receive free entrance to the special youth shorts screening happening at Maysles Cinema. GMAD HIV/AIDS Awareness Public Service Announcement Campaign will be screened before every screening. “There are over 300 seats per screening that will be filled between both theaters, I wanted to take this opportunity to enlighten people on HIV/AIDS and that the fight is far from being over particularly within the Black community. The movement continues…”, states Angel L. Brown, Festival producer/programmer. Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival began October 15 – 18, 2009 at The National Black Theatre 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way:: Fifth Avenue (Btwn 125th & 126th St) Harlem, NY 10035 and Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd. / Lenox Ave. (betwn 127th & 128th St.). For more information go to www.queerblackcinema.org | info@queerblackcinema.org

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For more information or to schedule an interview/write up please contact QBC Press at the above address.

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Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders followed including a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market.

QBC Int’l Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema, New York’s first and only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema. Since the 2006 launch of the film series, the organization has expanded into several projects:  QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness and Fades Of Black Women Film Showcase, honoring Black Lesbians Women. For more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: http://www.queerblackcinema.org

OUT ON DVD – 2008 TRUTH HALL by Jade Jenise Dixon, Best Narrative Winner at Queer Black Cinema Film & Music Festival 2008!

September 15, 2009

Truth Hall New DVD Front Cover

Truth Hall New DVD Front Cover

Jade Jenise Dixon was the big winner at Queer Black Cinema Film & Music Festival 2008.  Jade won for Best Narrative Film and Best Sound Track. TRUTH HALL -Some dirty little secrets are about to come out! Riskier and more provocative than Waiting to Exhale, Truth Hall examines the bonds of friendship linking a group of African-American women who were inseparable in college. But now, years after graduation, they reunite for a wedding and find that they have drifted apart. Lingering grudges and long-buried passions from their college days ignite…setting off a firestorm that could stop the wedding and destroy their cherished friendships.  Theaward-winning film stars Karimah Westbrook, Tamara ‘Gingir’ Curry,Celeste A. Sullivan,Nicole Prescott and writer, director, producer Jade Dixon.  Bet calls her, “THE NEXT TYLER PERRY.” The award-winning soundtrack includes music by Lina and America Idol Trenyce. Don’t sleep on the sound track; trust me, it is as good as the film if not better. You can truly play the soundtrack from the beginning to the end without any interruptions.  Check out samples of each song at www.truthhallthemovie.com.

Truth Hall DVD and soundtrack  is now available on DVD and digital download.  Be sure to check out The Black LGBT Film & Music Market: NYC and enter a chance to win a free copy of TRUTH HALL  courtesy of Image Entertainment and HBO Home Video October 17th.

If you are in the PA area, check out REEL BLACK presents a screening of Truth Hall September 18th…

WHAT: Soul Food Cinema Presents TRUTH HALL

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Reel Black Presents...

WHERE: The Point of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street (Above the Upsal R8 train station) Philadelphia, PA 19119  215-849-7771.
WHEN: Friday September 18, 2009 doors 6:30 / Show 7pm
COST: FREE w/ Purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($11 and up.)
Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema Series returns to The Point Of Destination Cafe on Friday September 18 at 7PM with the Philly Premiere and DVD release celebration for TRUTH HALL, written, Directed and Starring Jade Jenise Dixon. Feature will be preceded by the short film THE STORM by Larry Wright.

Featuring giveaways courtesy Image Entertainment and HBO Home Video.

Courtesy of INSIDE THE Q tv a QBC tv Network

GONE TOO SOON: Black Photographers Photo Exhibit Tribute to Michael Jackson

August 28, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2009
For more information about the exhibit please contact:
Angel L. Brown, Curator
info@ospfilms.com

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NEW YORK, NY – On Sunday, August 30, 2009 Our Stories Productions in association with Billie’s Black celebrates the opening reception of Gone Too Soon: Black Photographers Tribute to Michael Jackson Photo Exhibit curated by Angel L. Brown from 4 PM to 8 PM. Billie’s Black is located at 271 West 119th Street New York, NY between St. Nicholas Ave. & Frederick Douglass Blvd. All are welcomed to attend the reception and may RSVP by emailing info@ospfilms.com

During the exhibition planning process, Angel L. Brown founder of Our Stories Productions and curator of the photo exhibition as well as one of the photographers reached out to over sixteen Black photographers for this unique exhibition.  Angel was one of many fans who went to the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY to celebrate the life of Michael Jackson after hearing of his untimely death a few hours earlier. “If you were in New York at the time the death of Michael Jackson was announced, The Apollo Theater was one of the majors places to be among other fans.  After a while of feeling sad and depress, a since of joy and happiness came over my body so I started taking pictures with my digital camera. I then notice it was nothing but media outlets, networks and mainly non-people of color professional photographers capturing the moment.   I then turned the camera on to every Black photographer taking photos. It was my way of archiving the moment in it’s truth. “  The project took on a life of it’s own and is now a traveling exhibit and ongoing series archiving a series of events the day of and weeks after Michael Jackson death with a focus on his fans.  “I want to show his family how much we loved and appreciate his talents” states Angel L. Brown.
The opening exhibition will showcase photography by Kwane Brathwaite, Angel L. Brown, Ricky Day, Lisa DuBois, Gloria “Aziza” Lawyer, Joy Malone and Freddy Rumeci.  In addition, there will be mixed media pieces by Angel L. Brown screened throughout the night.

The opening reception is $3 suggested donation and open to the public. All of the photographers are expected at the opening reception.  R&B recording artist Tyran Gem will perform Gone Too Soon with a photo-montage of the fans at the Apollo Theater the day Michael Jackson died. For more information, please contact curator, Angel L. Brown at (646) 209 -6497or visit http://www.GoneTooSoonMJPhotoExhibit.com

About Angel L . Brown

Angel L. Brown is the founder/CEO of Our Stories Productions, a multi-media company that produces progressive socially conscious work that continues to explore, expose, enlighten, and in search of truth, spirituality and healing through various forms of storytelling with a focus in film, television, music and exhibition about but not limiting to the African Diaspora experience. Some work includes The Black season: Shifting focus to women of color on the L word, a showcase of women shorts, musical acts and career highlights of the L word cast. OSP Black Filmmakers Showcase screening award winning films: Allergic To Nuts featuring Vanessa Williams and Yolanda Ross produced by Red Wall productions, Silence: In Search of Black Female Sexuality featuring Little X, Nzingha Stewart, Tricia Rose, Punany Poets and Dr. Rev. Jeremiah Wright produced by Mya B/ Shoot Films Not People Productions; Cinematographer for cross over music video, Rumors for hip-hop artist Maino featuring Lil Kim and Babs directed by Zaire Baptise and QBC International Film & Music Festival 2009 happening at The National Black Theater. Angel has premiered in several printed magazines including Time Out magazine and participated on various panels, guest curated and was a consultant for several film festivals most recently served on the Executive Committee for Jubilation, a New York Black Pride event heading the film showcase; Punkmouse & Princess Warriors Queer Media Conference: Women Submit 2008 with Rose Troche (Showtime L word writer/director); Women of Color Film Festival – Santa Cruz chaired by Angela Y Davis (associated with the Black Panthers, Activist, Professor& Author); ImageNation Film Festival guest curator including QBC College Tour at various Universities and production work in East Africa, South Africa.and.the.United.Kingdom.

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Award Winning Phenomenal Author E. Lynn Harris died at 54

July 25, 2009

In this July 7, 2008 file photo, author E. Lynn Harris poses in the living room of his home in Atlanta.

On behalf of myself and the Queer Black Cinema team, condolance  and prayers goes out to the family of E. Lynn Harris.  Lynn will be missed. I am truly happy E. Lynn Harris was blessed enough to do what he loved to do and that is write. He went after his dream and was a great success. Thank you for leaving your mark on this earth! Thank you for writing about the Black gay culture in one of the most true lights I have every read. Rest in peace. You are missed already.

In peace,

Angel L. Brown

Executive Producer/Programmer

Queer Black Cinema

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E. Lynn Harris Died At Age 54

ERRIN HAINES (Huffington Post)

Harris, 54, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, after being stricken while at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills,Calif., and said a cause of death had not yet been determined, according to his publicist Laura Gilmore. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, file)

Long before the secret world of closeted black gay men came to light in America, bestselling author E. Lynn Harris introduced a generation of black women to the phenomenon known as the “down low.”

Harris endeared such characters to readers who were otherwise unfamiliar with them, using themes and backdrops familiar to urban professionals, conditioned by their upbringings, their church leaders or their friends to condemn and criticize homosexuality in the African-American community. A proud Razorback cheerleader at the University of Arkansas who struggled with his own sexuality before becoming a pioneer of gay black fiction, Harris died Thursday at age 54 while promoting his latest book in Los Angeles.

Publicist Laura Gilmore said Harris died Thursday night after being stricken at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, and a cause of death had not been determined. She said Harris, who lived in Atlanta, fell ill on a train to Los Angeles a few days ago and blacked out for a few minutes, but seemed fine after that.

An improbable and inspirational success story, Harris worked for a decade as an IBM executive before taking up writing, selling the novel “Invisible Life” from his car as he visited salons and beauty parlors around Atlanta. He had unprecedented success for an openly gay black author and his strength as a romance writer led some to call him the “male Terry McMillan.”

In 15 years, Harris became the genre’s most successful author, penning 11 titles, ten of them New York Times bestsellers. More than four million of his books are in print.

McMillan had just spoken to Harris about a week ago, to tell him she would pay tribute to him in her upcoming book by having a character read one of his titles, “And This Too Shall Pass.”

“He was thrilled,” McMillan said. “I loved his spirit and generosity. I loved that he found his own niche in the world of fiction, and I’m grateful to have known him. This just breaks my heart.”

He went on to mainstream success with works such as the novel “Love of My Own” and the memoir “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”
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Harris’ storytelling fell into several categories, including gay and lesbian fiction, African American fiction and urban fiction. But he found success in showing readers a new side of African American life: the secret world of professional, bisexual black men living as heterosexuals.

His readers, many of them young black, professional women of dating age, were fascinated and shocked to learn that the men in their lives could be attracted to other men. Harris’ vivid storytelling – at least somewhat grounded in his reality and of others whom he knew – pulled back the curtain for some and held up the mirror for others.

“He was a pioneering voice within the black LGBT community, but also resonated with mainstream communities, regardless of race and sexual orientation,” said Herndon Davis, a gay advocate and a diversity media consultant in Los Angeles. “Harris painted with eloquent prose and revealing accuracy the lives of African American men and the many complicated struggles they faced reconciling their sexuality and spirituality while rising above societal taboos within the black community.”

For years, he was alone in exposing the “down low,” but the phenomenon exploded into mainstream culture in 2004, a decade after “Invisible Life.” That year, J.L. King’s “On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of ‘Straight’ Black Men Who Sleep With Men” hit bookstores and the author appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show.

Harris’ 1994 debut, “Invisible Life,” was a coming-of-age story that dealt with the then-taboo topic.

“If you were African American and you were gay, you kept your mouth shut and you went on and did what everybody else did,” Harris said in an interview last year. “You had girlfriends, you lived a life that your parents had dreamed for you.”

Harris was born in Flint, Mich., in 1955 and raised in Little Rock, Ark. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was the school’s first black yearbook editor, the first black male Razorbacks cheerleader and president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He graduated with honors with a degree in journalism.

Harris worked in corporate America for 13 years at IBM, Hewlett-Packard and At&T before quitting a career in sales to become an author. He was not living as an openly gay man when “Invisible Life” was published, and could not acknowledge the parallels between himself and the book.

“People would often ask, ‘Is this book about you?’ I didn’t want to talk about that,” he said. “I wasn’t comfortable talking about it. I would say that this is a work of fiction.”

Harris said that the courage readers got from the book empowered him to be honest about himself. He continued to tell stories dealing with similar issues, to tell black middle class readers about people they knew, but who were living secret lives.

Tilia Parks read “Invisible Life” as a 16-year-old and was moved by the struggle of someone so close to her own age.

“I loved the truthfulness of it,” said Parks, now 26, of Atlanta. “I’d never heard that point of view, of a guy finding himself and his sexuality at such a young age.”

Parks had looked forward to the next plot twist for the book’s main character, Raymond Tyler, who reappeared in subsequent titles has not been in Harris’ more recent works. With Harris’ death, Parks is saddened that his story may be gone.

“Loyal readers were looking for that,” Parks said. “I’m so sad. I was waiting for him to come back around and start talking about Raymond.”

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Associated Press Writers Bob Jablon and Solvej Schou in Los Angeles; AP Writer Michelle Locke in San Francisco; AP Writer Noah Trister in Little Rock, Ark.; and AP National Writer Hillel Italie in New York contributed to this report.

CALL FOR BLACK LGBTQ FILMS Deadline: August 15th

July 15, 2009

Call for films and multi-media submissions are now open until August 15th. Artist of African descent from around the world are asked to submit their best work.  Submission forms are available for download at www.Festival.queerblackcinema.org. Films without submission forms will not considered.

Music artist must have a single or complete CD available to the public with a link to a video performance online in order to qualify for the festival. For complete rules and qualifications, download submission form at www.Festival.queerblackcinema.org.

SAVE THE DATE: October 15 – 18, 2009
Queer Black Cinema International Film & Music Festival

Maysles Cinema House (Harlem, NY)

July 7th| SUBMISSION FORMS

FILM:

http://issuu.com/queerblackcinema.org/docs/filmentryform2009

MUSIC:

http://issuu.com/queerblackcinema.org/docs/musicsubmissionform2009

RADIO PROMO
http://www.zshare.net/audio/62471331737329ae/

2nd ANNUAL QUEER BLACK CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO HARLEM

July 15, 2009

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New York, NY (July 5, 2009) – Queer Black Cinema, New York’s first and only Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) monthly films series & annual film festival in partnership with Maysles Cinema house is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film & Music Festival. The four-day multi-media event will celebrate and award the best independent music and films by and about the LGBTQ/straight people of African descent experience. The festival is set to take place October 15 –18th 2009 at the newly opened Maysles Cinema House in Harlem, New York and at the Brecht Forum in Chelsea, New York.

Queer Black Cinema first launched in 2006 as New York’s first and only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema, an ongoing platform dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about the Black LGBTQ experience in a non- stereotypical way. Two years later in 2008, founder Angel L. Brown expanded the brand by launching QBC Int’l Film & Music Festival. The mission is to screen the best films from around the world that creates dialogue-addressing homophobia, alarming health issues, family and overall in-depth storytelling about the Black LGBTQ experience. The Festival also includes workshops and various musical performances.

WHY HARLEM?

Just three years ago in 2006, Angel L. Brown was asked to curate a small section of Black LGBTQ theme films at Imagenation Film Festival in Harlem, New York.  The start of 2009, Queer Black Cinema returned to Harlem with an eight week series, “THE BLACK SEASON: Shifting focus to women of color on the L Word” at the popular intimate restaurant, Billie’s Black.  Most recently, Queer Black Cinema Co-sponsored Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective at Maysles Cinema House.  Angel L. Brown was then invited to bring the 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film & Music Festival 2009 to Harlem at Maysles Cinema House.

“It has always been my dream to produce a film festival highlighting the Black LGBTQ experience in the heart of Harlem. You have some of the most famous Black gay artist that came out of the Harlem Renaissance period and beyond. I aim to continue their legacy by breaking down barriers and creating a safe space for constrictive progressive dialogue through films, music and history”, states Angel L. Brown, QBC Int’l Film & Music Festival founder.

The festival is expected to draw double the numbers from last year over all festival attendance within and beyond the LGBT community.  New to the festival are in/outdoor Film & Book Market, special tribute benefit celebration and workshops.  The festival will return with films from around the world, talk backs, QBC Acoustic Soul Music Media Mixer with live performances, a multi-media out door performance tribute to LGBT youth of color, music concert with some of the most emerging and establish international artist of color ending with an award ceremony on the last day.

Call for films and multi-media submissions are now open until August 15th. Artist of African descent from around the world are asked to submit their best work.  Submission forms are available for download at www.Festival.queerblackcinema.org. Films without submission forms will not considered.

Music artist must have a single or complete CD available to the public with a link to a video performance online in order to qualify for the festival. For complete rules and qualifications, download submission form at www.Festival.queerblackcinema.org.

The showcase will take place October 15 – 18 at Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Boulevard / Lenox Avenue (between 127th and 128th Streets). All inquires including sponsorship opportunities, e-mail info@queerblackcinema.org or via phone 646.209.6497.  For international inquires via skype at QueerBlackCinema.

About Maysles Cinema

The Maysles Cinema, a new non-profit theater in Harlem, is dedicated to the exhibition of documentary film and video. The cinema extends the Maysles Brothers’ principle that the lives of ordinary people not only deserve, but demand, our attention. We aim to foster a democratic viewing experience by selecting and presenting movies in collaboration with independent filmmakers, programmers, critics, local film clubs and organizations.

We work hard to solicit material and programs from amateur video-graphers, “hood” documentarians, street vendors, video store-owners, neighbors and citizen-activists. In addition to presenting the masterworks of the documentary tradition, overlooked or under-distributed gems and new releases, we build a space for meaningful social exchange. We offer a forum for the discussion of questions of social, racial, and economic justice and explore liminal areas of knowledge.

About Queer Black Cinema®

Queer Black Cinema® (QBC) is New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international music and film festival mission is dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about U.S. and international progressive Black LGBTQ filmmakers. We are a socially conscious organization that uses films to create dialogue to address homophobia, alarming health issues and many others “taboo” issues relating to the Black LGBTQ experiences. We provide an online resource to Black LGBTQ theme films and their makers as well as support LGBTQ youth of color emerging producers. In-addition, we screen and promote all people of color artist trailers and original music.  QBC film series takes place once a month at the LGBT Community Center and other locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. All are welcome to attend regardless of their sexual orientation, race or gender. We aim to entertain, enlighten and educate through our niche programming.  Queer Black Cinema uses MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival, a 501 C3 Not-For-Profit Organization as their fiscal sponsor.

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THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS PRESENTS CLASSIC FILM, TONGUES UNTIED DIR. MARLON RIGGS 7/16

July 15, 2009
Tongues Untied
<i>Tongues Untied</i>Part of the series Queer/Art/Film. Presented by artist/director Thomas Allen Harris.

“Marlon Riggs made his groundbreaking film, Tongues Untied, motivated by a singular imperative: “to shatter the nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference.” While politicians denounced it as ‘pornographic art’ and PBS stations refused to air it, Tongues Untied showed us the power of film-video-art as a tool for piercing the barricades between culture and politics, using a sharply honed black queer aesthetic as uncompromising as it is beautiful. Twenty years later it still serves up bitter sweet insights into the tortured psyche of modern culture.”
—Thomas Allen Harris

Director: Marlon Riggs. 55 min. 1989. 16mm.

Thomas Allen Harris is the founder and President of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family and spirituality. Chimpanzee’s innovative and award-winning films have received critical acclaim at international film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty and Cape Town and have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, ARTE, as well as CBC, Swedish broadcasting Network and New Zealand Television. In addition Mr. Harris’ videos and installations have been featured at prestigious museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Biennial, Corcoran Gallery, Reina Sophia and London Institute of the Arts. Mr. Harris is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including a United States Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, as well as CPB/PBS and Sundance Directors Fellowships. A graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Harris lectures widely on the use of media as a tool for social change. CLICK HERE for details information

Date & Time: Thu, Jul 16, 2009, 7:00pm
Location: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street Directions
Venue: 92YTribeca Screening Room
Code: T-MM5FJ40-01
Price: $12.00

MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORIAL

July 7, 2009
MICHAEL JACKSON

MICHAEL JACKSON

On behalf of Queer Black Cinema, INSIDE THE Q and Our Stories Productions we send final wishes and condolences to the family, friends and fans of MICHAEL JACKSON.  Your music will live on and your work of healing the world as well as giving to countless charities will be continued through all of us here on this earth. We Love You Michael and thank God for allowing us to have such a phenomenal person in our lives. Now it’s time to not only remember your legacy but continue your legacy of bringing people together through song but also giving to charities.  You are truely an icon and the best entertainer of all times and generation. You are now among two people that were able to bring people together like this and that is, Bob Marley and Princess Diana.  Rest in Peace Michael Jackson. WE LOVE YOU!

Sincerely,

Angel L. Brown

Executive Producer

Queer Black Cinema

We live you with this live from Harlem, NY….

RIP Michael Jackson

August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

NorthEast Two-Spirit Society and Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project ejected from Pride March

June 30, 2009

LR: NYPD, Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project

LR: NYPD, Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project

NEW YORK – The NorthEast Two-Spirit Society (NE2SS) and Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project were forcefully ejected from this year’s annual Heritage of Pride March in New York City yesterday.

Just before 2PM, Lieutenant Connoly of the Midtown Taskforce demanded that the People of Color Contingent leave the parade. The reason given was that a delay of 6 blocks existed between the People of Color contingent and the contingent in front of them. NYPD raised the issue of the gap once and POC contingent marshals were in the process of closing the gap. Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project (ALP), and Loyda Colon also of ALP explained to Lieutenant Connoly, that they were in the process of closing the gap and Lieutenant Connoly refused to listen. Lieutenant Connoly then insisted that the POC contingent leave the parade, and attempted to arrest both Colon and Hayashi. Lieutenant Connoly then ejected Harlan Pruden, the driver of NE2SS’ support vehicle and co-founder of NE2SS, other members of NE2SS (who led the People of Color Contingent), and Hayashi from the parade. Hayashi was physically dragged off the parade route.

“It should have been a day to celebrate and have fun,” Harlan Pruden, Co-founder of NE2SS.

After being ejected, Pruden and Hayashi asked to get NE2SS back into the parade. Pruden was repeatedly threatened with a summons and towing of the organization’s vehicle. After 30 minutes, the official answer from the NYPD as communicated by Heritage of Pride was that NE2SS could continue to march as long as Pruden was not included. Without their support vehicle, of which Pruden was the only driver, NE2SS could not continue.

Kevin VanWanseele, NE2SS member, “This was supposed to be a proud day for LGBT Native American people in New York City and in the end it was not!”

About NE2SS: NE2SS works to increase the visibility of the two-spirit community and to provide social, traditional and recreational opportunities that are culturally appropriate to the two-spirit community of NYC and the surrounding tri-state area. According to the 2000 US Census, our area is the home to the largest urban American Indian population in the country. At the heart of NE2SS effort is community development for all our peoples.

About ALP: The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. ALP coordinates the People of Color contingent at Manhattan Pride.

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Queer Black Cinema remembers Michael Jackson…

June 26, 2009
Celebrating at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY the life of a World-Wide Music Icon, Pop Star- Michael Jackson

Celebrating at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY the life of a World-Wide Music Icon, Pop Star- Michael Jackson

The King of Pop, an American icon, a World Wide legend has passed away, Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009.  I knew this day would come but not for years to come. For some reason I always thought MJ would out live me even though I am much younger then him.  I am still in disbelief. I can only image what his family is going through. On behave of Queer Black Cinema and Our Stories Productions, our hearts are very heavy; we send condolence to Michael Jackson children, family and close friends.Your legacy will continue to live on forever, you were a genius of music. Rest in peace and sleep well.

Remincing…

I remember when he reunited with his brothers on an award show. I was on punishment and was band from watching television. However, I still turned the TV on low and was silently enjoying the performance of MJ and the Jackson Five.  I guess I got over excited because my mom heard the me and screamed,'” Turn that TV off.”  Of course I just turned the sound off. the images was enough for me to see and enjoy.  Share your memories…

Below is an article, I wish to share from Pride TV. It explains how I felt growing up to the music of Michael Jackson.

In Peace,

Angel L. Brown

Queer Black Cinema founder/Producer

Michael Jackson:
An American Treasure
1958-2009

By Anare V. Holmes
(June 26, 2009) Critically acclaimed author Alice Walker once wrote, “models in art, in behavior, in growth of spirit and intellect–even if rejected–enrich and enlarge one’s view of existence.”
Michael Jackson was such a model for me.
His music gave me permission to escape my immediate cirmcustances of dealing with the loneliness and isolation I felt as a young child adjusting to new family digs in the summer and fall of 1983.
At the time, Jackson’s album Thriller southed my soul with its classic hits “Billy Jean,” “Beat It,” and, of course, the title cut.
Whenever I was feeling low, I’d go up to my room, turn on my boombox, close my eyes and enter into an imaginary world where I was stage performer.
I carefully watched the choreography of Michael Peters, who orchestrated the fancy footwork captured in Jackson’s video Beat It. I had all the steps down as I sang along with Jackson.

Everything had to be perfect because I was performing right in front of Jackson. For it was this poster of him in the brown leather jacket that hung above my bed.
With Jackson watching, I had to be on point.
After the performance I felt better.
I imagined that I, too, would one day have my time to shine in the warm spotlight. The stage Michael Jackson performed on always appeared to be the place where people focused their attention solely on him.
It was the place where people screamed, cheered and shouted his praises.
I wanted that because it seemed like love.
I knew it was possible for a little Black boy to command that level of attention and respect because of Jackson.
And so, I dared to dream.
I began to visualize what was possible for my life.
Jackson may have made his physical transition from Earth yesterday, but the treasure he leaves behind is eternal.
His talent, artistry and the barriers he overcame are a testament to what we all can do when we choose to follow the passion and purpose that live within us.
Send comments to: producer@pridetv.org

Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective presented by Maysles Cinema

June 18, 2009

Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective
Friday, June 19th-Saturday, June 27th
Curated by Michael Henry Adams

Co-Sponsored by Queer Black Cinema
, Men of All Colors Together, and Harlem One Stop
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of The Stonewall Rebellion and the subsequent Gay rights movement we celebrate the cinematic representation of Gay life and culture in Black America’s fabled homeland with Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective.

Photo artist and documentary filmmaker Lisa DuBois is exhibiting fine art photographs
“Timeless Harlem” and “Transgender in the nineties” in our lower lounge throughout Homo-Harlem.
All photographs are for sale.

$10 Suggested Donation For All Screenings

Friday,
June 19
6:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective
Opening Night at the Museum of the City of New York
(1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St)

6:00 Cocktails

7:00 Discussion: Kirk Shannon-Butts, Michael Henry Adams

7:30 Screening

Blueprint (Short Preview, 7 mins.)
Kirk Shannon-Butts, 2008
Harlem shot and set, Blueprint is the story of Keith and Nathan – two New York City college freshmen trying to make a connection.

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Robert Levi,1999, 90 min.
Today, historians and scholars agree that Billy Strayhorn remains one of the most under-recognized American composers in history. Born in 1915, Strayhorn chose to live openly as a gay black man. It was perhaps this decision—and his lifelong devotion to Ellington—which contributed to his near anonymity as a major American composer. While Ellington is arguably the most influential and celebrated jazz composer of the 20th century, Strayhorn is unrecognized. Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life poses answers to the question of who was Billy Strayhorn, and why is he still relatively unknown?

*9:30pm Dinner at Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too
*Contact: homoharlemtour@aol.com

Saturday,
June 20
2:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective
(Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Ave. between 127th & 128th Street,
June 20th-27th)

Co – Curated by Angel L. Brown

The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde

Jennifer Abod, 2002, 59 min.
This powerful documentary is a moving tribute to legendary black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde (1934-1992). One of the most celebrated icons of feminism’s second wave, Lorde inspired several generations of activists with her riveting poetry, serving as a catalyst for change and uniting the communities of which she was a part: black arts and black liberation, women’s liberation and lesbian and gay liberation.

Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde
Ada Griffin and Michelle Parkerson, 1995, 60 min.
From Lorde’s childhood roots in Harlem to her battle with breast cancer, this moving film explores a life and a body of work and makes connections between the civil rights movement, the women’s movement and the struggle for lesbian and gay rights.

Greetings from Africa

Cheryl Dunye, 1994, 8 min.
In this highly entertaining short, Cheryl Dunye uses her dry wit to ruminate on lesbian dating ’90s style. Cheryl (playing herself) is searching for someone to date. Unfortunately, most of her friends are still stuck in those long-term “relationships from the ’80s”. Just when she thinks all is lost, she meets L, a beautiful, mysterious and captivating woman. Cheryl gets caught up in the chase and L leads her in and out of hot water.

Q&A with Mildred “DRED” Gerestant, Activist, performer and healer

Audre Lorde

Sunday,
June 21
2:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

Prepare for Saints: The Making of a Modern Opera

Steven Watson, 1999, 27 mins.
A chronicle of the making of the Modernist 1934 Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, (which included an all-black cast from Harlem church choirs and nightclubs.) Q&A with Director Steve Watson.

Portrait of Jason
Shirley Clarke, 1967, 105 min.
Interview with Jason Holliday aka Aaron Payne, house boy, would be cabaret performer, and self proclaimed hustler giving one man’s gin-soaked pill-popped, view of what it was like to be black and gay in 1960’s America.

Q&A with Director Steve Watson

Portrait of Jason

Monday,
June 22
7:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

C0- Curator Angel L. Brown

Storme: Lady of the Jewel Box

Dir. Michelle Parkerson, 1987, 21 min.
“It ain’t easy…being green” is the favorite expression of Storme DeLarverie, a woman whose life flouted prescriptions of gender and race. During the 1950’s and 60’s she toured the black theatre circuit as a mistress of ceremonies and the sole male impersonator of the legendary Jewel Box Revue, America’s first integrated female impersonation show and forerunner of La Cage aux Folles. Storme herself emerges as a remarkable woman, who came up during hard times but always “kept a touch of class.” Storme was also a witness to the Stonewall Rebellion 40 years ago and is a founding member of the Stonewall Veterans Association.

Stonewall Panel TBA

Tuesday,
June 23
7:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

Brother to Brother
Rodney Evans, 2004, 87 min.
Winner of numerous awards including the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize and the Gordon Parks Screenwriting Award, Brother to Brother follows the emotional and psychological journey of a young black gay artist as he discovers the hidden legacies of the gay and lesbian subcultures within the Harlem Renaissance.
(with a short clip of an interview with Bruce Nugent on Gay life in the 20s.)

Q&A with Tom Wirth, Literary Executor for Bruce Nugent

Brother to Brother

Wednesday,
June 24
7:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

Brother Outsider, The Life of Bayard Rustin
Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer, 2002, 83 min.
This meditation on the parallels between racism and homophobia illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called the “unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. Daring to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 50s and 60s, Brother Outsider reveals the price that Rustin paid for his openness, chronicling both the triumphs and setback of his remarkable 60-year career.

Panel
Dirs. Bennett Singer and Nancy Kates
Walter Naegle, Rustin’s partner until his passing in 1987 at 75
Ernest Green, The Little Rock Nine
Adam Green, Historian, Author of “Selling the Race: Culture, Community, and Black Chicago, 1940-1955”
Moderator: Michael Henry Adams

Brother Outsider, The life of Bayard Rustin

Thursday,
June 25
5:30 pm

7:30 pm

9:30 pm

Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

5:30 pm Walking Tour

7:30 pm

How Do I Look (Preview, 5 min.)
Wolfgang Busch, 2007
A brief preview of a follow up of sorts to Paris is Burning.

Couture Shock (Preview, 5 min.)
Lisa DuBois, work-in-progress
Couture Shock is an honest expose on the complications and secrets in the lives of transgendered individuals.

Paris is Burning

Jennie Livingston, 1990, 78 min.
Many consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable document of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.

9:30 pm Afterparty at Billy’s Black*

*Complete package (walking tour, screening and after party) cost is $50.00
Contact- homoharlemtour@aol.com
60 person limit on tickets so get them while you can!
Tickets for the screening only can be purchased at the Maysles Cinema the night of.

Paris is Burning

Friday,
June 26
5:30 pm

7:30 pm

9:30 pm

Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

5:30 pm Walking Tour

7:30 pm
Looking For Langston
Isaac Julien, 1988, 45 min.
A black and white, fantasy-like recreation of high-society gay men during the Harlem Renaissance, with archival footage and photographs intercut with a story. The text is rarely explicit, but the freedom of gay Black men in the 1920s in Harlem is suggested and celebrated visually.

James Baldwin: Witness

Angie Corcetti, 2003, 60 min.
A minister’s son from Harlem, James Baldwin moved to Greenwich Village and began writing essays for left-wing journals. With the success of his first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and dozens of non-fiction works, Baldwin became an international voice on American Black life in the 1950s and 60s. A look at this Black American Gay icon’s life.

9:30pm Dinner at Miss Maude’s Spoonbread Too*

*Complete package (walking tour, screening and dinner at Chez Lucien) cost is $50.00
Contact- homoharlemtour@aol.com

Looking for Langston

James Baldwin: Witness

Saturday,
June 27
11:30 am

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

5:00 pm

Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

11:30 am Brunch at Chez Lucien*

1:00 pm
Walking Tour

3:00 pm
M&M SMITH: For Posterity’s Sake
Heather Lyons, 1996, 57 min
Morgan and Marvin Smith, twin brothers and prolific African American artists, boldly moved from Kentucky to New York in 1933 to pursue artistic careers. By 1937 they had opened a photo studio next door to Harlem’s renowned Apollo Theatre. Thus began 50-year-long careers as still and motion picture photographers, painters and sound recordists. This story is richly visualized through the Smiths’ photos, films and paintings and poignantly told by Morgan and Marvin Smith and friends such as Eartha Kitt.

Clip of Short Conversation with Marvin Smith (20 mins.)

5:00pm
Blueprint
Kirk Shannon-Butts, 2008 73 min.
Harlem shot and set, Blueprint is the story of Keith and Nathan, two New York City college freshmen trying to make a connection.

*Complete package (walking tour, screening and brunch at Chez Lucien) cost is $45.00. Contact- homoharlemtour@aol.com

Today’s the day! MISSISSIPPI DAMNED NEW YORK PREMIERE@Newfest 6/9 at 7:15 PM

June 9, 2009
Queer Black Cinema Newfest FilmPICK

Queer Black Cinema Newfest FilmPICK

Tue/June 9 (7PM) MISSISSIPPI DAMNED
directed by Tina Mabry | Produced by Morgan Stiff
Narrative Feature Co-presented by Queer Black Cinema
http://filmguide.newfest.org/tixSYS/2009/filmguide/Title/MM

Description:

Tina Mabry (Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Brooklyn’s Bridge to Jordan) returns with an intensely personal story about redemption and family. Set in Mississippi between 1986 and 1998, Mississippi Damned chronicles the lives of three kids burdened by the family’s legacy. Kari and Sammy dream of using their talents, piano and basketball, to escape from their small town, while Leigh daydreams and running away to Memphis with her girlfriend. Standing in their way is a seemingly never-ending cycle of addictions, sexual abuse, and violence that has plagued their family for generations.

SOCIETY- African Sex in the City Lesbian Film Premieres@ Newfest 6/8@8 PM

June 8, 2009
Society directed by Vincent Maloi

SOCIETY directed by Vincent Maloi

The groundbreaking mini-series boldly portrayed the first depiction of a lesbian relationship on south African television, and has been recut into a feature version for theatrical viewing.  Billed the South African Sex and the City, Society is an ensemble drama about a group of diverse black women living, loving and thriving in Johannesburg.  An unexpected reunion prompted by a sad occurrence challenges the facade of these professional women and risks their relationships and happiness.  Co-sponsored by QUEER BLACK CINEMA.org
Monday, June 8, 2009 8 PM at Newfest
SVA Theater between 8th & 9th Ave.
Click here for tickets: http://filmguide.newfest.org/tixSYS/2009/filmguide/films/1085

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DJ BAKER host of DA DO DIRTY SHOW TELLS IT ALL…

June 3, 2009

Left to Right: Angel L. Brown (Founder - Queer Black Cinema), DJ BAKER (host of Da Do Dirty Show), Alston Ho (ChillFest) at the NY Screening of Jumpin the Broom by Debra Wilson and discussion on Gay Marriage with in the Black communiry

Check out DJ Baker on the Rainbow Collective Show. DJ have always been a supporter of Queer Black Cinema’s mission. I’m sure many of you heard our commercials about our monthly screenings on his show. You also can hear a very intriguing, fun, and another side to Angel (that’s me..lol) you haven’t heard before on DA DO DIRTY SHOW hosted by DJ Baker.

You can hear DJ show Monday – Friday 5 PM – 7 PM on http://www.QNation.fm BUT FIRST! Check out a recent interview he did on the Rainbow Collective show http://vimeo.com/4954858

Then check out the
http://www.dadoo-dirtyshow.com/

If you want to hear me when I was on his show, you have to find it on his site…lol

Trust me, it will be worth the search. Be sure to leave a comment.

PS: Who’s going to the Roberta Munroe Workshop???
IT”S THIS FRIDAY AT 11AM!!!
http://www.newfest.org

ALSO…
Queer Black Cinema Newfest FEATURE FILM PICKS:

SOCIETY (June 8th)
http://www.newfest.org

MISSISSIPPI DAMPED (June 9th)
http://www.newfest.org

Let’s go……

Roberta Munroe is Back in New York for another workshop on “HOW NOT TO MAKE A SHORT FILM.”

June 1, 2009

Roberta Munroe is Back in New York giving another intriguing workshop on “HOW NOT TO MAKE A SHORT FILM.”

Short Film Seminar with Roberta Munroe
workshop
(90 mins)

Roberta Munroe arrives at NewFest to speak about her craft, both in filmmaking and programming, in an insightful and entertaining lecture that is a must-see event for all filmmakers, students, curators and cinephiles.

Topics covered will range from script development to distribution and funding to how to avoid the 100 most overused film cliches. Roberta knows not only how to help you make a great film but can also show you “How NOT to Make a Rotten, Unwatchable, Unprogrammable Short Film.”

Learn why making short films is good for your career, why you shouldn’t care if your film gets into Sundance, and how to avoid the costly pitfalls filmmakers often encounter. Join us as Munroe dispels the mystery of making short films versus features, guides us through the madness of production for both narrative and documentary, from funding and casting to festival and distribution strategies and reveals insider secrets to help get your film out there!

An articulate and informed speaker, Roberta is considered the go-to expert with a keen insider’s take on the production and business of short filmmaking. In a media world that is increasingly dominated by the short film format, including online and mobile content, Roberta’s knowledge and rock solid advice are more valuable than ever for short-form media makers everywhere.

Roberta Munroe is a former Sundance Programmer and author of “How Not to Make a Short Film: Secrets from a Sundance Programmer.” Copies will be available at this event.

Click here for details information
http://filmguide.newfest.org/tixSYS/2009/filmguide/films/1120

I’m going, ARE YOU? See ya there!!

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oh, by the way. How many people got there tickets to the New York premiere of MISSISSIPPI DAMNED?
This must see film is Queer Black Cinema Newfest pick!

The film is by AWARD WINNING FILMMAKERS –
Tina Mabry – writer/director
Morgan Stiff – Produced and edited
Debra Wilson – Co-produced
The tickets are selling fast people, don’t wait.
Click here to purchase cheap tickets and view the trailer
http://filmguide.newfest.org/tixSYS/2009/filmguide/films/1093

Feel free to share this people! Let’s gooooo
Tina and Morgan will be in the house so let’s show them some love!!

R.I.P. Octavia Saint Laurent

May 21, 2009

Queer Black Cinema is sadden to announce the passing of Legendary Octavia Saint Laurent. In 1990, Jennie Livingston showcase Octavia in her most famous documentary on voguing to date,”Paris Is Burning.” In 2003, Wolfgang Busch did a follow up documentary, “How Do I look” featuring Octavia, Willie Ninja and many other great Ballroom Legends before their passing. In 2007, Queer Black Cinema screened ,”How Do I Look” as a tribute to all  the Ballroom Legends after the passing of Willi Nina and also raised funds to give to Willie Ninja’s  mom.  Queer Black Cinema sends our deepest condolence and love to the family, friends and children of Octavia Saint Laurent. Her Legacy will live on through the arts.

Below is an article by NY Times

Octavia Saint LaurentBy Horacio Silva (NEW YORK TIMES -online)

The world is a decidedly less chic place this week with the passing on Monday of the legendary transgendered beauty Octavia Saint Laurent, who won hearts and an honorary place in the pantheon of the fabulous with her star turn in Jennie Livingston’s 1990 voguing documentary, “Paris Is Burning.” Octavia, who later changed her name to Heavenly Angel Octavia Saint Laurent Manolo Blahnik before settling on the more recession-friendly Octavia Saint Laurent Mizrahi, will be remembered not only for her encyclopedic knowledge of feminine allure — her deconstruction of the many of the looks of Paulina Porizkova in “Paris Is Burning” should be required viewing for every drag artiste in training heels — but also for having lived a glamorous life worthy of tens across the board. (READ MORE)


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