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October 6, 2011


For Immediate Release: October 4, 2011

Contact: info(AT)qbcfilmfest(dot)org




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

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,  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.


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: | |  | | 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!


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


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

CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS ONLINE: $10 or call212-281-9240 ext. 19 or 20



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.


July 15, 2009



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.


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 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

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 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.


QBC film series presents The Best of QBC Int’l Film & Music Festival ’08 with TRUTH HALL

May 6, 2009

Check out TRUTH HALL the Best Feature of QBC Int’l Film & Music Festival ’08!

Date: Friday, May 22, 2009

Time: Doors open at 7:15 PM – 9 PM

Location: Queer Black Cinema@ The LGBT Center

208 West 13th Street Manhattan, NY