Queer Black Cinema Announce 1st Annual QBC Film & Music Festival Awards

Queer Black Cinema®
c/o Our Stories Productions, LLC
PO Box 975
New York, NY 10113
(347) 789-1070

November 10, 2008                                IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KIN4LIFE@ QBC Film & Music Festival '08

KIN4LIFE@ QBC Film & Music Festival


(New York, NY)—The 1st Annual Queer Black Cinema Film & Music Festival announced the awards for best feature, documentary, short film and music video categories along with festival highest honor awards; The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award and The Isaac Julien Experiential Award.  The four-day festival was held October 30- November 2 in New York City. The festival wrapped up on November 2 with a Closing Film Gala with award winning filmmaker, Maurice Jamal new film/TV Show, “Friends and Lovers.” The closing gala was followed by a reception including a toast with festival celebrity guest Maurice Jamal.  QBC Film & Music Festival is the only New York Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Film and Music festival dedicated to bringing you the best of Black LGBTQ theme films made by filmmakers of African Descent.

The 1st Annual Queer Black Cinema Film and Music Festival are awarded to:
The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award
Directed by Dee Rees Produced by Nekisha Cooper
Plaque donated by Materials For The Arts

The Isaac Julien Experimental Award
Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen
Directed by Kortney Ryan Ziegler Produced by Awilda Rodriguez  Lora
Plaques donated by The Materials For The Arts

Best Narrative
Truth Hall
Directed by Jade Jenise Dixon

Best Documentary
U People
Directed by Hanifah Walidah and Olive Demetrius

Honorable Mention
Ebony Chunky Love: Bitch Can’t Get A Date!
Directed by Keith Price and L. Tristan Renteria

Best Web/TV Show
Friends & Lovers
Directed by Maurice Jamal

Best Narrative Short
Directed by Ignacio Rivera

Best Documentary  Short
Scene But Not Heard
Directed by Cyrille Phipps

Best soundtrack in a film
Truth Hall Directed by Jade Jenise Dixon
Featured Artist: Chaka Khan | Lina | Trenyce

Best Music Video
Make up Girl featuring KIN
Directed by Dorian G. Stone

“Congratulations goes out to all the filmmakers of the first Annual Queer Black Cinema Film & Music Festival,” said Angel L. Brown, founder and curator of Queer Black Cinema. “ Since 2006, Queer Black Cinema has be screening socially conscious films about the LGBTQ people of African Descent experience by LGBTQ filmmakers of African Descent from around the world. It was a long time coming and honor to produce the the Annual Film and Music Festival aside from the monthly film series we do throughout the year.”

The four day festival included not only great films from across the board but music acts as well.  KIN For life was in the house, representing Mount Vernon, NY  along with Steph the Sapphic Songstress. Tyran Gem blessed the Thursday nigh “Acoustic Soul Social Mixer”  along with Saleema and her guitar all the way from New Jersey. However, according to a  festival attendee, “Monica McIntyre was amazing. Who knew you could rock a cello and sing with such grace with a mix of  hip-hop/R&B and a little reggae flavor. It was truly hot.” states Jennifer.

Highlights of the long awaited New York Black LGBTQ Film Festival – Queer Black Cinema Film & Music Festival included a Opening night  screening of Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen, directed by Kortney Ryan Ziegler, produced by Awilda Rodriguez Lora. The film follows the lives of six Black transgender men living in the United States. Through the intimate 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. Short film, They directed by Ignacio Rivera, a self portrait of Rivera’s life journey through fluid and loose gender expression was screened along with Still Black. After the Q&A followed a reception including a toast of congratulations to filmmakers and QBC with an encore performance by cellist and singer Monica McIntyre.  Monica McIntyre also run the Black Women of Arts Festival in Philadelphia.

Dreamed Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Project directed by Charles Brack was the festival centerpiece with a special performance by Lavender Light Gospel Choir under Artistic director Ray Gordon.    The screening was a Tribute to the many LGBTQ youth of Color around the world who died due to a homophic hate crime. The performance also included a multimedia montage of the many fallen youth. “I wanted to use this opportunity to not only do my part in making the youth lives more visible to the community but also remember and celebrate their lives in a joyous way. I want the world to know our LGBTQ youth of color life is valuable and worthy of being acknowledge when something good or target happens to them.  It is up to the people to report and expose these stories of hate crimes.  We must make the stories more visible to the mass media; most of all hold key people in office from, Chief of  police, local council people  to  our government  accountable for action of change and strong enforcement to all who feel they can just hurt or take the life of an LGBTQ youth of color life. ”

Other special highlights included Centerpiece Truth Hall directed by Jade Jenise Dixon winner of Best Feature Film and Pariah directed by Dee Rees and produced by Nekisha Cooper, honoree of the Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award.

Queer Black Cinema Film & Music Festival is redefining how film festivals can be used as a great tool to enlighten, educate and entertain at the same time being socially conscious about major issues concerning the Black community.  The first annual QBC film and music festival is over but the beginning of many great socially concious events to come to New York.

About Queer Black Cinema®

Queer Black Cinema , New York’s first and Only Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer monthly micro-cinema series and annual film festival. We are a not-for-profit volunteer-run organization who mission is dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about U.S. and international Black LGBTQ filmmakers. We screen and promote all people of color artist by screening their 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.

About Queer Black Cinema Film & Music Festival

Queer Black Cinema International Film & Music 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 consist of not only ground-breaking films but also panel discussions with filmmakers, industry professionals and community leaders followed by a music concert from some of the hottest emerging and establish leading musicians.


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