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

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