Maurice Jamal newest film, “Friends And Lovers” set to Close QBC Int’l Film & Music Festival

QBC Film & Music Festival Press Release

Ski Trip 2

The Cast of Friends and Lovers: Ski Trip 2

(New York, NY) http://www.queerblackcinema.org- Maurice Jamal, successful director of “The Ski Trip” and “Dirty Laundry,” partners up with the Queer Black Cinema® International Film & Music Festival to close the groundbreaking festival with his new dramatic series “Friends And Lovers: The Ski Trip 2.” The award-winning producer, writer and director has made significant strides in the entertainment industry. In 2005, Jamal’s “The Ski Trip” was the first Black gay feature-length film to air on commercial television on the LOGO channel- one of the MTV Networks. Most recently, “Dirty Laundry” was nominated for a NAACP 2008 Image Award- a superb honor that marks the very first time this historic civil rights organization recognized a film with a Black LGBTQ character as the protagonist. Jamal complements his repertoire with the premiere of “Friends and Lovers” at Queer Black Cinema®, New York’s first and only LGBT Film & Music festival dedicated to US and international Black LGBTQ films. The Queer Black Cinema® International Film & Music Festival runs from October 30th to November 2nd 2008 at the Brecht Forum.

Jamal describes his new TV series “Friends and Lovers” as part comedy, part soap opera, but drama at its best. click here to read more

QBC Int'l Film & Music Festival 2008 Banner

QBC Int'l Film & Music Festival 2008 Banner

On another note, QBC festival website is up! It’s not done yet but hey, Angel is making progress so bare with us ! At least you can purchase your special event tickets. Get them now while you can! Angel (QBC Festival founder/curator) sends her love and states, “Thanks for the patience everyone. I hope you enjoy the website and spread the word! QBC is only as big as you make us! Celebrate yourself!”

Individual screenings will be available later today as well as festival passes below the average festival price, so stay tune! Below is another press release of the the Opening Film Night Gala. You can also purchase tickets for this screening as well at www.festival.queerblackcinema.org/events. Stay connected!

Director of Still Black , Korty Ryan Ziegler

Director of Still Black , Korty Ryan Ziegler

QUEER BLACK CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL PUTS A SPECIAL FOCUS ON TRANSGENDER FILMS OF COLOR

(New York, NY) Queer Black Cinema International Film and Music Festival will kick off Thursday, October 30th in New York with a night of live acoustic soul music performances by LGBT & LGBT friendly artists. Festival goers will have a great opportunity to mix and mingle with filmmakers and industry professionals over smooth music and delicious chocolate treats. The festival will continue Friday, October 31st with the New York and Opening Gala film of Kortney Ryan Ziegler’s “Still Black: A Portrait of Transmen.” The film is a one-of-a-kind documentary that explores the everyday triumphs and tribulations of Black transmen. “Still Black” is co-produced by Awilda Rodriguez Lora featuring Kylar Broadus, Carl Madgett, Louis Mitchell, Nicholas Rashad, Jay Welch and Ethan Young. QBC Int’l Film and Music Festival will take place October 30 – November 2nd at the Brecht Forum 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets), New York, NY 10014. For more information on volunteering, sponsorship and/or tickets go to http://www.queerblackcinema.org.

“Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen” is a neo-noir documentary that explores the lives of six Black transgender men living in the US. Through the personal stories of their lives as artists, students, husbands, fathers, lawyers, and teachers, the film offers viewers a complex and multi-faceted image of race, sexuality, and trans-identity.

Trans theme films are becoming more visible with the new wave of film festivals that are trans centered. However, people of color trans them films are still few far and beyond to exist, particularly films with people of color subjects made by People of Color filmmakers. Ziegler and co-producer Awilda Rodriguez Lora, have taken on the challenges to use this film as a catalyst heighten the visibility and uniqueness of Black transmen- a group deeded obscure compared to the dominant images of transwomen.click here to read more

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