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QBC Film Fest CLOSING FILM: LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR 10/23 (4 PM) [video]

October 23, 2011
(Leave it on the floor official trailer)

October 23, 2011



WHAT: 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.
WHEN: Sunday, October 23, at 4 pm
WHERE: Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus (Spike Lee Room 122) 1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201
Award ceremony to follow!
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R.I.P. Octavia Saint Laurent

May 21, 2009

Queer Black Cinema is sadden to announce the passing of Legendary Octavia Saint Laurent. In 1990, Jennie Livingston showcase Octavia in her most famous documentary on voguing to date,”Paris Is Burning.” In 2003, Wolfgang Busch did a follow up documentary, “How Do I look” featuring Octavia, Willie Ninja and many other great Ballroom Legends before their passing. In 2007, Queer Black Cinema screened ,”How Do I Look” as a tribute to all  the Ballroom Legends after the passing of Willi Nina and also raised funds to give to Willie Ninja’s  mom.  Queer Black Cinema sends our deepest condolence and love to the family, friends and children of Octavia Saint Laurent. Her Legacy will live on through the arts.

Below is an article by NY Times

Octavia Saint LaurentBy Horacio Silva (NEW YORK TIMES -online)

The world is a decidedly less chic place this week with the passing on Monday of the legendary transgendered beauty Octavia Saint Laurent, who won hearts and an honorary place in the pantheon of the fabulous with her star turn in Jennie Livingston’s 1990 voguing documentary, “Paris Is Burning.” Octavia, who later changed her name to Heavenly Angel Octavia Saint Laurent Manolo Blahnik before settling on the more recession-friendly Octavia Saint Laurent Mizrahi, will be remembered not only for her encyclopedic knowledge of feminine allure — her deconstruction of the many of the looks of Paulina Porizkova in “Paris Is Burning” should be required viewing for every drag artiste in training heels — but also for having lived a glamorous life worthy of tens across the board. (READ MORE)