Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective presented by Maysles Cinema

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

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