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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 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

Media: press@queerblackcinema.org

www.qbcfilmfest.org

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.
Please click here to RSVP

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

Contact: info(AT)qbcfilmfest(dot)org

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>

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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)
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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

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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

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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.