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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

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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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New Black Film Magazine Launching June 3

May 27, 2010

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

New Black Film Magazine Launching June 3

CineMatiQ Magazine

Contact:

CINEMATIQ MAGAZINE

c/o Our Stories Productions, LLC

PO Box 975

New York, NY 10113

press@cinematiqmag.com

www.cineMatiqmag.com

www.facebook.com/cineMatiq

Our Stories Productions. LLC  presents CINEMATIQ, a new  quarterly publication created to bring readers a unique and distinct perspective on All Black images in cinema and beyond. CINEMATIQ Magazine will be the platform to highlight Black images in cinema. The publication will include how to article, articles on pre-production to distribution, interviews with both independent and mainstream filmmakers with a strong resource component.  The sample issue of CINEMATIQ Magazine will be available for review  free as a download online June 3, 2010 at http://www.cineMatiqmag.com.

New York, New York May 25, 2010–CINEMATIQ Magazine is the brainchild of the Founder/Executive Producer of Queer Black Cinema International Festival Angel L. Brown. In 2006, after seeing the lack of representation in various film series/festivals throughout New York City, Angel created Queer Black Cinema, a monthly micro-cinema screening Black LGBT themed films.

Two years later Angel single-handedly launched Queer Black Cinema International Festival, a four day Annual event screening the Best Black LGBT theme films from around the world. Submissions were open to both gay and straight filmmakers to submit stories of the Black LGBT experience. QBC Int’l Festival past line up includes QBC Int’l Festival past line up includes, Opening film, Mississippi Damned directed by Tina Mabry (Winner of Urban World Film Festival/ABFF),  Truth Hall directed by Jade Jenise Dixon  winner of 2008 QBC Int’l Festival for Best Feature which most recently aired on BET and Finding Me directed by Roger Omeus Jr picked up by TLA Releasing, one of the longest standing LGBT distribution companies in the US.

 

“Creating CineMatiq Magazine was a natural step for me. I had the idea in my head since the launch of QBC micro-cinema in 2006. It was a matter of time and experience learning the film business and becoming a leading resource/consultant of Black  cinema. Launching CineMatiq was another way for me to give back to the community creating a platform in print, archiving film critique for people to discussion and debate for generations long after I leave this earth.” – Angel L. Brown

CINEMATIQ will be a quarterly publication available in print exclusively at http://www.cinematiqmag.com. It will feature indie and mainstream filmmakers on the cover. Content will include everything from film reviews to equipment suggestions and production advice columns.

Brown has traveled the world shooting and producing projects from London to South & East Africa and has been featured in several printed magazines including GO Magazine popular issue “100 Women We Love”, NYANSAPO, TimeOut NYC and many others.

About Our Stories Productions (www.ospfilms.com)

Our Stories Productions,LLC is an independent multi-media production company officially established in 2005. Our Stories Productions is dedicated to producing stories in search of truth and spirituality reflecting on and preserving people of African Diaspora history. We aim to enlighten and re-introducing experiences of the African Diaspora from a distinct, unconventional thought-provoking storytelling perspective, aiming to breakdown generations of silence, isms and stereotypes. http://www.ospfilms.com

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BREAKING NEWS: Black Gay Artist debuts #1 on MTV!

March 10, 2010

CLICK ON PICTURE FOR THE "LOVE" VIDEO!

Less than a week, Nhojj’s song “LOVE” went from # 7 to #1 on the www.MTVmusic.com music chart. The song is also featured in the award winning film,” Blue Print” directed by Kirk Shannon-Butts. Kirk directed the music video and featured clips from his movie,” Blue Print.”  QBC’s  “QBC Musiq with a Q” Web/TV series has been following Nhojj for quit a few years. This year is proven to be a great success for Nhojj time and time again. Nhojj made history three times over; he became the first Black gay male artist to win at Out Music Awards.  To heighten the momentum, Billboard.com and BET’s Centric TV wrote about the historical moment on their websites. All of Nhojj’s hard work is finally paying off at least in the eyes of the mainstream media. The LGBT community as a whole has always supported Nhojj. For more information about Nhojj, go to http://www.Nhojj.com.

Below is a QBC vintage clip of Nhojj performing at QBC VISIONS 2008 recorded by Steph via mobile phone.

Also, check out “FINDING ME” directed by Roger S. Omeus Jr . Nhojj music is not only featured in the film but he is in the film playing himself. INSIDE THE Q TV (a part of QBC TV Network) got a chance to catch up with Nhojj at the New York premiere of “Finding Me.”  Check out the video below.“Finding Me” is available on www.TLAvideo.com. Be sure to mention QBC code: : FINDING” for a discount (if still available)! Look out for the sequel,“Finding Me TRUTH”  featuring comer R&B sensation, Eric Joppy. Be sure to look out for Eric (QBC Musiq with a Q will!) He recently performed at QBC Party with a Cause Fundraiser.

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, March 19, 2010 QBC Film Series presents: Butch Mystique directed by Debra A. Wilson details at www.QBCNYC.org

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About Queer Black Cinema®

Queer Black Cinema® (QBC) is New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international film festival 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 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.  Queer Black Cinema uses MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival, a 501 C3 Not-For-Profit Organization as their fiscal sponsor.

or more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: qbcfilmseries@yahoogroups.com | http://www.queerblackcinema.org

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Nhojj- First Black Male to win an OutMusic Award

January 3, 2010

(Interview with Nhojj at the Finding Me premiere 2009)

January 3, 2010 (New York, NY) The new year ends and begins right for Nhojj, a Soul/Jazz/R&B/Gospel/Activist  singer first Black male to win an OutMusic Award from the Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Recording Artists and Performers. His song “Love” was named OUTstanding R&B/Soul Song of the Year.  Nhojj is one of the few artist (gay or straight) that is keeping “real music” alive with a socially conscious message behind it – “Peace & Love.”

Nhojj has performed at past QBC events since the launch in 2006.  We are proud to know and support his work. We wish him continued success in 2010 and years to come. You can see view video of Nhojj at Musiq with A Q! a new show a part of QBC TV Network. You can also purchase Nhojj’s music at www.Nhojj.com.

Originally posted on Billboard.com:

Nhojj Wins R&B/Soul Song of the Year and Makes OUTMusic Award history

(Billboard Publicity Wire) December 23, 2009 — Indie recording artist Nhojj made OUTMusic Awards history when his ballad “Love” was voted 2009 Outstanding R&B/Soul Song of the Year by The Alliance of LGBT Recording Artists & Performers. This marks the first time an African American male has won an OMA. The Logo sponsored event was held December 8, 2009, at the legendary Webster Hall in New York City. It is the biggest night in LGBT entertainment, and the only gala ceremony of its kind in the world.

Nhojj at the OUTMusic Awards 2009
Nhojj at the OUTMusic Awards 2009

Nhojj is also the first artist to win the OUTStanding R&B/Soul song of the year. OUTMusic added this and other categories to the ceremony this year to more fully reflect the music of the LGBT community. After his win, the singer/songwriter took the stage performing “Love” before an audience including OMA Lifetime Achievement recipient Kevin Aviance, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, LOGO personalities DeMarco Majors and Julie Goldman among many other notables in the LGBT community. The ceremony was hosted by Noah’s Arc star Rodney Chester and GLAAD Media Award winner Kate Clinton.

“Love” features keyboardist Carl Evans (Stevie Wonder, Barry White); David Stark on Guitar (Rick James & Teena Marie); Tommy Aros on percussion (Luis Miguel); and is mastered by by Robert Honablue, whose Gold and Platinum credits include Santana, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, and Miles Davis.

Director Kirk Shannon-Butts featured “Love” in his highly acclaimed Indie film “Blueprint,” which screened at 2008 Cannes International Film Festival, and also directed the music video “Love.” Unlike many current R&B music videos, it is the sensitive reflection of two male college students who feel a mutual attraction toward each other. “I believe love is for everyone… homosexual and heterosexual” Nhojj says, “One day soon our world will acknowledge this simple truth.”

In 2004, Nhojj’s sophomore CD “Someday Peace Love & Freedom” was nominated for OUTStanding New Male Recording. Songs on that album covered issues ranging from homelessness to homophobia. Nhojj chose “Fighting for Love,” an original composition about a warrior fighting against ignorance and hatred, to perform at a special OMA Nominee showcase held at Fez in NYC that year.

Nhojj grew up in Guyana and Trinidad, where he performed for the Presidents of both countries. He began singing in church at the age of 5, but didn’t embark on a career in music until after graduating from NYU with a BA in Economics. Earlier this year he returned to his Caribbean roots and performed “Love” at the 2009 Barbados Music Awards.

To date Nhojj has released six CDs and an unplugged live DVD by Emmy nominated director Bill Cote. He has performed at Lincoln Center, and toured the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to his recording and performance schedule, Nhojj regularly donates his gift of music to people living with HIV/AIDS. He performs in hospitals, hospices, residential facilities and treatment centers throughout New York City , as part of the Lifebeat “Hearts and Voices” program.

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