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September 19, 2009
Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2009

Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2009

New York, NY, September 15th, 2009 – October is not only coming out month for gays and lesbians but also the 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival presented by Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD). The festival will be held at The National Black Theatre 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way:: Fifth Avenue (Btwn 125th & 126th St) Harlem, NY 10035 and Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd. / Lenox Ave. (betwn 127th & 128th St.) The four-day festival consist of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders followed by a Gala in honor of Stonewall Activist, Singer and Legendary Male Illusionist, Storme De Laverie. The Gala includes performance by Paris from the classic NYC Ballroom film, Storme De Laverie by Jennie Livingston, Freddy Wright, Melvin as Billie Holiday and introducing Stefon Royce as Storme in “The Jewel within the Box Revue: Harlem Style” directed by Angel L. Brown.  Storme De Laverie will be in attendance. Portions of Gala tickets sells will go towards an organization to be announced that serve women (both gay and straight) and their children victims of  domestic violence.

Since 2006, Queer Black Cinema gives establish and upcoming talent(s) both filmmaker and musicians a plateau to have their craft displayed to the public and this year is no different. Festival favorite R&B recording artist, Tyran Gem will be in attendance as well as Debra Wilson, Co-producer of award winning films: Mississippi Damned (Opening Film), classic film, “Jumping The Broom: A New Covenant” and “Butch Mystique”.  Out Music Executive Director and award winning singer, Deepa Soul will be in attendee as well.   You can currently see Deepa Soul music video in rotation on Logo online Pop Lab. Other guest includes Zulema Griffin (Project Runway Season 2) presenting her fashion to film line live action multimedia piece, “Revelations” and a sneak peek at new Documentary, “Ink Bleach” a film about Black designers followed by centerpiece film, “Family” by Faith Trimel.

This year’s festivities will be filled with some new additions including The Black LGBT Film and Book Market: NYC in conjunction with Our Stories Productions, The E. Lynn Harris Living The Dream Literary Award giving to an emerging published author, and Tribute/Remembrance to LGBT Youth of Color featuring community guest speakers. With special performances by The Lavender Light Gospel Choir, spoken word artist/playwright, Nykieria and a host of others.  The festival will be summed up with Brunch with Queer Black Writers Panel discussion with special invited guest, closing film followed by an Award Ceremony at Maysles Cinema.

Gay Men of African Descent organization will also be providing free and private HIV/AIDS testing Saturday, October 17 starting at 2 PM. All youth who get tested will receive free entrance to the special youth shorts screening happening at Maysles Cinema. GMAD HIV/AIDS Awareness Public Service Announcement Campaign will be screened before every screening. “There are over 300 seats per screening that will be filled between both theaters, I wanted to take this opportunity to enlighten people on HIV/AIDS and that the fight is far from being over particularly within the Black community. The movement continues…”, states Angel L. Brown, Festival producer/programmer. Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival began October 15 – 18, 2009 at The National Black Theatre 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way:: Fifth Avenue (Btwn 125th & 126th St) Harlem, NY 10035 and Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd. / Lenox Ave. (betwn 127th & 128th St.). For more information go to |


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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:


April 8, 2009
Tina Mabry (Writer/Director) Morgan Stiff (Producer/Editor)

Tina Mabry (Writer/Director) Morgan Stiff (Producer/Editor)

Congratulations goes out to power partners Tina Mabry and Morgan Stuff.  Mississippi Damned, Tina’s directorial debut narrative feature wins  jury award for Best American Independent Feature Film at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

In 2006, Queer Black Cinema had the opportunity to screen both Tina short film, Brooklyn Bridge to Jordan featuring Jossie Thacker and Morgan Stiff film, Walk in the Light that followed members of Unity Fellowship Church in Los Angeles at the premiere of QBC Film Series. You can see both films online at or purchase at Now we are please to support their first feature Narrative.

Mississippi Damned is set in 1986 and 1998, Mississippi Damned is based on the true story of three

Cast and crew of Mississippi Damned @ Slamdance

Cast and crew of Mississippi Damned @ Slamdance

impoverished kids from a run-down rural community who must navigate their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction and violence. Kari (played by Kylee Russell/Tessa Thompson) is a talented pianist, but she is hiding a dark secret from her family. Kari’s aunt acts as her surrogate mother but she has her own troubles with her husband. Independently struggling to escape their circumstances, each character must decide whether to confront and conquer what has plagued their family for generations or to succumb to that same crippling fate and be forever damned in Mississippi. In Mabry’s carefully observed drama, they are torn between chasing dreams and caring for family members, and sometimes just having a good time gambling away the electric bill money or numbing the pain with alcohol. Resonating with raw emotion, this is a must-see story that has the courage to stand up and champion those who have the courage to be different or free. — Eugene Haynes/Nicole Ross

Congratulations goes out to the talented cast and crew as well including, one of QBC biggest supporters,  Debra Wilson. She is one of the co-producers of the award winning film, Mississippi Damned.  Debra is currently in production with another great project. You can purchase her latest completed work Jumping the Broom: A New Convenant at

Mississippi Damned is currently making it’s festival rounds. Be sure to visit for screening dates.  With Tina writing skills and Morgan’s editing skills, I’m sure the duo will get picked up if they haven’t already. I look forward to hopefully screening it at Queer Black Cinema International Film and Music Festival 2009. Stand by for updates and continue to support QBC so we can bring you thought provoking work such as Tina and Morgans work. Support the I WANT MY QBC campaign by clicking here!

It’s a wrap! – Queer Black Cinema Last Screening of the Year Follow-up

December 23, 2008
Angel L.Brown, DJ Baker(Da Doo Dirty Radio Show), Alston(

LtoR: Angel L.Brown, DJ Baker(Da Doo Dirty Radio Show), Alston(

OK, So I didn’t finish the QBC December Newsletter. It’s coming! Please be patient. I promise you, it will be worth the wait. Why? Cause I said so…lol. Just kidding (inside joke) Anyways, I’m working hard to make this final newsletter of the year hot! OK, so you ask why hot, it’s just a newsletter. You are right, however, I have a secret. I can’t tell you right now. Be easy, in time you will know why it took so long to put out the final issue.  In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the last screening of the year. Enjoy reading the blog and be merry by making a donation to the

Donate To QBC Now!

Donate To QBC Now!

I WANT MY QBC! Campaign. You can also write a check for $100 or more  to our fiscal sponsor, MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival memo: Queer Black Cinema donation.  Be sure to mail the donation to :

Queer Black Cinema

P.O Box 975

New York, NY 10113

We also take matching funds. So if you work for a company that wishes to support Queer Black Cinema, reach out to us. The way matching funds works is you make a donation and your job will match it was the same number.  Special shout out to Raphael, QBC newest member. Raphael actually gave a donation and his job matched it.  Because of Raphael’s generous donation, we were able to pay for administrative expensive (ie.   the center’s room rental, phone and Internet bill for one more month). Thanks Raphael! We look forward to working with you in the new year!


Volunteer w/ the Q!

If you are in college and want to become an intern, please reach out to us.  Learn the behinds operations of a not- for-profit film festival organization.  In the meantime, check out the volunteer/intern and QBC TV page.

On Thursday, October 18th Queer Black Cinema had their last screening of the month.  The film was Jumpin’ The Broom: A New Covenant directed by award winning filmmaker, Debra Wilson.  The screening was followed by QBC Reel TALK Q&A discussion with special invited guest, Kenyon Farrow and DJ Baker .Although QBC did not take place at their regular time or room at the LGBT Center, the outcome was  pleasing and well attended.  Organizations who were in attendance were Donna Redd, founder of Sistahs in Search of Truth, Alliance &

QBC Last Screening of the Year!

QBC Last Screening of the Year!

Harmony (SiSTAH); Naomi Brussel from the Out FM Collective (WBAI-NY 99.5 FM); Jim Hubbard, founder of Mix Queer Experimental Film Festival and ACT UP Oral History Project; Antwan from Gay Black Men News, Alston Ho from and many QBC new and returning audience members.

Congratulations to Debra Storm for winning the signed DVD raffle of Jumpin’ The Broom: A New Covenant. Click here to purchase your copy of the film! QBC aim to support  filmmaker by purchasing and raffling off a DVD of their film or CD  at every screening. We will implement this new goal in the new year. We can’t however bring great opportunities like this to our events without your continued support so again, support the I WANT MY QBC! Campaign. Donate so we can continue QBC programming.

Happy Holidays!

From the QBC Team!


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and hear Out FM Radio Interview with director Debra Wilson and Kenyon Farrow.

Stand by for QBC ReelTALK online video discussion

Queer Black Cinema Last Screening of the Year! 12/18/08

December 15, 2008


Hey Everyone!

As you can see we have been on hiatus for about a month but we are BACK! We have lot’s of news and great opportunities for you to win a few items for the holiday season. No need to look elsewhere do your shopping here! Standby for news and updates tonight and for the QBC newsletter tomorrow. In the meantime, join Queer Black Cinema for the last screening of the year this Thursday, December 18 from 6 PM – 8 PM as we screen Jumpin’ The Broom: A New Covenant directed by Debra Wilson and co-produced by Jasmyne Cannick. Check out the video and flyer below. Purchase your tickets online and you will automatically enter a raffle to win a signed copy of Jumpin’ The Broom by director Debra Wilson. Wouldn’t that be a great gift?  You can also purchase the film directly from the filmmaker, stand by for the newsletter with details. After the screening we are going to have QBC ReelTALK Q&A with special invited guest, Kenyon Farrow and DJ Baker from Da Do Dirty Show. Special thanks to Debra Wilson, Kenyon Farrow, Dj Baker, and Out for your wonderful support! Be sure to click on their links and show them some love!