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The 4th ANNUAL QUEER BLACK CINEMA FESTIVAL RETURNS TO BROOKLYN 10/21-23!

October 6, 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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Civil & Women’s Rights Hero Dorothy Height Dies

April 21, 2010
Dorothy Height X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM
Article by Maria Garcia
Women’s rights and civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height, who was a central figure in gaining parity in voting rights, employment opportunities, and later, AIDS programs, died Tuesday. She was 98.

Height, marched, demonstrated, and strategized for equality with the men who were very well known for their contributions to the Civil Rights movement: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young. The New York Times says that among this “Big Six,” as they were known, she was “an unheralded seventh.”

According to reporter Karen Ocamb, Height also supported LGBT rights. In 1996 she lobbied Congress with then-Human Rights Campaign head Elizabeth Birch to get the first vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Just three decades earlier, Height was present at President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Equal Pay Act, a landmark employment policy for women.

The  National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s executive director, Rea Carey, and deputy executive director, Darlene Nipper, relayed their sadness in a press release on Tuesday.

“A huge part of Dorothy Height’s legacy will be the grace with which she directed her power for the good of all people,” Nipper said. “As an African-American woman in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, I am so honored to have met her, witnessed her leadership and benefited from her extraordinary sacrifices.”

Said Sharon J. Lettman, executive director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition: “She took that quantum leap into eternity and we will be grateful to her forever. Instead of enumerating the 20 honorary degrees she received, including those from Princeton and Harvard, and her outstanding list of accomplishments that encompass and champion the history of progress in the 20th century until her final moment, we will pause to acknowledge the legend who wanted to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom.”

originally posted on Advocate.com

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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Missed the QBC Party with a cause Fundraiser? Check out the photo’s!

March 10, 2010

QBC PARTY WITH A CAUSE FUNDRAISER!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OVER 200 plus pictures….

Thank you to all who supported QBC. Special thanks to Blondell and her assistant. CLICK HERE if you would like to donate to the 3rd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2010.

QBC Film Fest. pays tribute to LGBT youth of color hate crimes victims w/ performances by the Lavender Light Gospel Choir 10/17/09

October 11, 2009

As a space that is intended to give voice to the queer black community, this year the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival will also being shedding light on issues directly effecting the Queer communities of color. On Saturday, October 17th 3:005:00pm film festival will be having a tribute rally to remember queer youth of color who have been killed as a result of hate crimes throughout the country, as well as to shed light on the impact of hate-based violence in our community. The rally will take place in the center of Harlem at Maysles Cinema (Malcolm X Blvd/ Lenox Ave. between 127th & 128th Street – Harlem, NY) and will include queer youth of color organizations in the New York area, tribute performances, speakers, multimedia presentation and a march around the Block in remembrance of the Fallen Angels. Following the Tribute is a Queer Youth of Color Screening of Christopher Street by Dwight O’Neal & Steven Emmanuel.

Directions: Take the 2 or 3 to 125th street. Walk two short blocks on Malcolm X to 127th street (across from Syliva’s Restaurant)

QUEER BLACK CINEMA PRESENTS THE 2ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES…”

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 www.queerblackcinema.org | info@queerblackcinema.org

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For more information or to schedule an interview/write up please contact QBC Press at the above address.

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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: http://www.queerblackcinema.org

2nd ANNUAL QUEER BLACK CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO HARLEM

July 15, 2009

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July 7, 2009 IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY (July 5, 2009) – Queer Black Cinema, New York’s first and only Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) monthly films series & annual film festival in partnership with Maysles Cinema house is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film & Music Festival. The four-day multi-media event will celebrate and award the best independent music and films by and about the LGBTQ/straight people of African descent experience. The festival is set to take place October 15 –18th 2009 at the newly opened Maysles Cinema House in Harlem, New York and at the Brecht Forum in Chelsea, New York.

Queer Black Cinema first launched in 2006 as New York’s first and only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema, an ongoing platform dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about the Black LGBTQ experience in a non- stereotypical way. Two years later in 2008, founder Angel L. Brown expanded the brand by launching QBC Int’l Film & Music Festival. The mission is to screen the best films from around the world that creates dialogue-addressing homophobia, alarming health issues, family and overall in-depth storytelling about the Black LGBTQ experience. The Festival also includes workshops and various musical performances.

WHY HARLEM?

Just three years ago in 2006, Angel L. Brown was asked to curate a small section of Black LGBTQ theme films at Imagenation Film Festival in Harlem, New York.  The start of 2009, Queer Black Cinema returned to Harlem with an eight week series, “THE BLACK SEASON: Shifting focus to women of color on the L Word” at the popular intimate restaurant, Billie’s Black.  Most recently, Queer Black Cinema Co-sponsored Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective at Maysles Cinema House.  Angel L. Brown was then invited to bring the 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film & Music Festival 2009 to Harlem at Maysles Cinema House.

“It has always been my dream to produce a film festival highlighting the Black LGBTQ experience in the heart of Harlem. You have some of the most famous Black gay artist that came out of the Harlem Renaissance period and beyond. I aim to continue their legacy by breaking down barriers and creating a safe space for constrictive progressive dialogue through films, music and history”, states Angel L. Brown, QBC Int’l Film & Music Festival founder.

The festival is expected to draw double the numbers from last year over all festival attendance within and beyond the LGBT community.  New to the festival are in/outdoor Film & Book Market, special tribute benefit celebration and workshops.  The festival will return with films from around the world, talk backs, QBC Acoustic Soul Music Media Mixer with live performances, a multi-media out door performance tribute to LGBT youth of color, music concert with some of the most emerging and establish international artist of color ending with an award ceremony on the last day.

Call for films and multi-media submissions are now open until August 15th. Artist of African descent from around the world are asked to submit their best work.  Submission forms are available for download at www.Festival.queerblackcinema.org. Films without submission forms will not considered.

Music artist must have a single or complete CD available to the public with a link to a video performance online in order to qualify for the festival. For complete rules and qualifications, download submission form at www.Festival.queerblackcinema.org.

The showcase will take place October 15 – 18 at Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Boulevard / Lenox Avenue (between 127th and 128th Streets). All inquires including sponsorship opportunities, e-mail info@queerblackcinema.org or via phone 646.209.6497.  For international inquires via skype at QueerBlackCinema.

About Maysles Cinema

The Maysles Cinema, a new non-profit theater in Harlem, is dedicated to the exhibition of documentary film and video. The cinema extends the Maysles Brothers’ principle that the lives of ordinary people not only deserve, but demand, our attention. We aim to foster a democratic viewing experience by selecting and presenting movies in collaboration with independent filmmakers, programmers, critics, local film clubs and organizations.

We work hard to solicit material and programs from amateur video-graphers, “hood” documentarians, street vendors, video store-owners, neighbors and citizen-activists. In addition to presenting the masterworks of the documentary tradition, overlooked or under-distributed gems and new releases, we build a space for meaningful social exchange. We offer a forum for the discussion of questions of social, racial, and economic justice and explore liminal areas of knowledge.

About Queer Black Cinema®

Queer Black Cinema® (QBC) is New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international music and 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.

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Out Fusion 3/6-7/ GLBT Expo 3/21-22 – follow the Q!

February 28, 2009

glbt09logo Join Queer Black Cinema at the 16th Annual ORGINAL GLBT Expo from March 21 to 22nd.  Stop by and visit our table. Free give aways EVERY hour!

Hey, do you would to go to the expo for FREE ? Come by the Black Season, QBC’s weekly L word series this Sunday March 1st to receive discount tickets. Come by the Black season final party and enter a chance to win FREE tickets to the expo and other great prizes.  The Black season is free to attend. You must RSVP at info@queerblackcinema.org.  The event takes place March 1 and the 8th at 271 West 119th Street between St. Nicholas and Frederick Douglass, Harlem NY at  Billie’s Black Restaurant. Join the Black Season network for exclusive photo’s, videos and more at www.theblackseason.ning.com you may also go to www.queerblackcinema.org

Who wants to see great people of color LGBT theme films? Me too! Check Angel L. Brown, founder and director of Queer Black Cinema a the Out Fusion Film Festival curated by Cheryl Dunye in Los Angeles March 6 and 7th.  Come hear her speak on a panel or just stop by QBC table.  Want to volunteer? E-mail info@queerblackcinema.org for more information.

Maurice Jamal newest film, “Friends And Lovers” set to Close QBC Int’l Film & Music Festival

October 20, 2008

QBC Film & Music Festival Press Release

Ski Trip 2

The Cast of Friends and Lovers: Ski Trip 2

(New York, NY) http://www.queerblackcinema.org- Maurice Jamal, successful director of “The Ski Trip” and “Dirty Laundry,” partners up with the Queer Black Cinema® International Film & Music Festival to close the groundbreaking festival with his new dramatic series “Friends And Lovers: The Ski Trip 2.” The award-winning producer, writer and director has made significant strides in the entertainment industry. In 2005, Jamal’s “The Ski Trip” was the first Black gay feature-length film to air on commercial television on the LOGO channel- one of the MTV Networks. Most recently, “Dirty Laundry” was nominated for a NAACP 2008 Image Award- a superb honor that marks the very first time this historic civil rights organization recognized a film with a Black LGBTQ character as the protagonist. Jamal complements his repertoire with the premiere of “Friends and Lovers” at Queer Black Cinema®, New York’s first and only LGBT Film & Music festival dedicated to US and international Black LGBTQ films. The Queer Black Cinema® International Film & Music Festival runs from October 30th to November 2nd 2008 at the Brecht Forum.

Jamal describes his new TV series “Friends and Lovers” as part comedy, part soap opera, but drama at its best. click here to read more

QBC Int'l Film & Music Festival 2008 Banner

QBC Int'l Film & Music Festival 2008 Banner

On another note, QBC festival website is up! It’s not done yet but hey, Angel is making progress so bare with us ! At least you can purchase your special event tickets. Get them now while you can! Angel (QBC Festival founder/curator) sends her love and states, “Thanks for the patience everyone. I hope you enjoy the website and spread the word! QBC is only as big as you make us! Celebrate yourself!”

Individual screenings will be available later today as well as festival passes below the average festival price, so stay tune! Below is another press release of the the Opening Film Night Gala. You can also purchase tickets for this screening as well at www.festival.queerblackcinema.org/events. Stay connected!

Director of Still Black , Korty Ryan Ziegler

Director of Still Black , Korty Ryan Ziegler

QUEER BLACK CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL PUTS A SPECIAL FOCUS ON TRANSGENDER FILMS OF COLOR

(New York, NY) Queer Black Cinema International Film and Music Festival will kick off Thursday, October 30th in New York with a night of live acoustic soul music performances by LGBT & LGBT friendly artists. Festival goers will have a great opportunity to mix and mingle with filmmakers and industry professionals over smooth music and delicious chocolate treats. The festival will continue Friday, October 31st with the New York and Opening Gala film of Kortney Ryan Ziegler’s “Still Black: A Portrait of Transmen.” The film is a one-of-a-kind documentary that explores the everyday triumphs and tribulations of Black transmen. “Still Black” is co-produced by Awilda Rodriguez Lora featuring Kylar Broadus, Carl Madgett, Louis Mitchell, Nicholas Rashad, Jay Welch and Ethan Young. QBC Int’l Film and Music Festival will take place October 30 – November 2nd at the Brecht Forum 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets), New York, NY 10014. For more information on volunteering, sponsorship and/or tickets go to http://www.queerblackcinema.org.

“Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen” is a neo-noir documentary that explores the lives of six Black transgender men living in the US. Through the personal stories of their lives as artists, students, husbands, fathers, lawyers, and teachers, the film offers viewers a complex and multi-faceted image of race, sexuality, and trans-identity.

Trans theme films are becoming more visible with the new wave of film festivals that are trans centered. However, people of color trans them films are still few far and beyond to exist, particularly films with people of color subjects made by People of Color filmmakers. Ziegler and co-producer Awilda Rodriguez Lora, have taken on the challenges to use this film as a catalyst heighten the visibility and uniqueness of Black transmen- a group deeded obscure compared to the dominant images of transwomen.click here to read more