Posts Tagged ‘queer black cinema’


July 6, 2011

THE GARDEN PARTY BENEFIT Featuring Jazz/R&B/Soul Singer and Live Band RAJDULARI


Contact: Toni Smith

Tel: 646.389.9790

Email: info[at]





Creatively helping New York’s longest standing Black LGBT film festival provide a platform for gay and straight filmmaker of African descent to showcase images about the Black LGBT experience.

New York, NY – Queer Black Cinema Institute (QBCI) will hold a Garden Party Benefit on Saturday, July 16, 2011, to raise funds for its fourth Annual QBC Film Festival in Brooklyn.  The Garden party is Co-hosted by Reginald L. Barnes, former winner of NBC’s, “Weakest Link” and host of viral comedy/news show, “Pop Media” along with Davone “Bosslady” Madison, TLC’s, “Say Yes To The Dress” first African-American out lesbian on the show. She is also CEO of Dollhouse Enterprise. Musical performances for the evening include Apollo winner, Moses Harper, Michael Jackson Male Illusionist; Abby Dobson, R&B sensation; Blanco, the silent celebrity R&B/Hip-Hop singer and Buttaflysoul, Def-Jam Spoken Word Artist, playwright and singer. Special Guest feature, phenomenal Jazz/R&B Soul singer and band RAJDULARI. Upcoming independent movie trailers will also be screened throughout the evening. A pre-reception for supporters of the event will take place at 6 PM. Tickets are on sale now at for $40 advance and $50 at the door. Group discount tickets are also available by emailing

The Garden Party Benefit is the first of QBCI founder, Angel L. Brown outreach to the community for financial assistance. She aims to raise funds for the festival and continue the mission of supporting independent filmmakers of color. “ I was saddened when I received the phone call, earlier this year that I will not a recipient for one of my major grants to maintain QBCI. However, I was hopeful, the five year old organization would not end due to the lack of funds.”  As the call ended, Angel recalls a burst of energy coming over her, focusing on how she was going to seek funding. She was also thankful the foundation funded QBCI for the past three years. “They were one of the first funders to believe in my organization back in 2006/2007 and awarded QBCI with its first grant. I will never forget their generosity. As I move to the next phase of QBCI, I am confident the Annual Film festival will continue. I am hopeful I can bring some of year-round programming as well. I hope the community will see the importance of the festival by attending the benefit or donating.”

Featured Jazz/R&B vocalist, Rajdulari Barnes of RAJDULARI states, “Queer Black Cinema provide a necessary view into our community. We are thrilled to be lending our music and support to such a worthy organization. For me, growing up, there were no femme lesbians in mainstream media, this is why, I personally do all I can to support Queer Black Cinema. It represents me.” Davone “Bosslady” Madison, CEO/Founder of Dollhouse Enterprises Inc. states, “this benefit is especially important to me because it is a “need” in our community to showcase the work of black, queer filmmakers. Without this festival, some of us will not see “our” faces on the big screen.” Dollhouse Enterprise is a unique and exclusive group designed for professional and like-minded women with alternative lifestyles hosting distinguish safe space events throughout the city.

Industry Media Professional is expected to be in attendance including festival curators local politicians and community leaders. Long-time supporters, straight allies of QBC/advisors, Moikgantsi Kgama and Gregory Gates, Executives of Imagenation will be donating equipment.  They will also be in attendance.

The Benefit will take place at the historical beautiful mansion, the Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture – 53 Prospect Park West 2nd Street Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Guest will enjoy a delicious assortment of complimentary tasty, sweet treats and specially blended cocktails.


Donated items will be auctioned off, and a sneak peak of the upcoming “QBC Celebrates 5 Years” – Multi-media/Photo Exhibition will be displayed.  QBCI Founder/Artistic Director will announce the latest news of the state of QBCI.

The night ends with music by legendary DJ MK, spinning classic house, old school R&B blended with new school R&B and hip-hop.  Tickets are on sale now at for $40 advance and $50 at the door. Group discount tickets are also available by emailing tickets[at]

This event media sponsor includes Dollhouse Media Group and, the only 24/7 Urban LGBT Radio Station online.


If you’d like more information about QBC / THE GARDEN PARTY BENEFIT, or to schedule an interview, please call 646.389.9790 or e-mail info[at]

CALL FOR FILMS to this year QBC film fest is currently open to both gay and straight filmmaker to submit. The deadline for submissions is July 3o, 2011. Go to to download the form.

QBCI is fiscally sponsored by GMAD, a 501c-3 not-for-profit. Donations can be made out to GMAD with QBC in the memo section of the check. Please mail it to QBC Film Fest P.O Box 1251 LIC, NY 11101. Donations are also accepted on line at

QBC Film Fest, is an entity of QBCI created by Angel L. Brown-Ross 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 a prestigious Award ceremony, honoring officially selected film makers. This year festival takes place October 14 -16, 2011 at the Helen Mills Theater.


May 18, 2011



The Award-Winning CHILDREN OF GOD Opens at New York City’s 
Quad Cinema on May 20th – Don’t Miss It!!

34 West 13th Street, New York, New York 10011 (Btwn 7th & 8th Ave)

Join Queer Black Cinema 

Saturday, May 21 ( 1PM Times lot)


Against a backdrop of scare-mongering and hate, the film, directed by Kareem J. Mortimer, introduces Jonny (Johnny Ferro), a creatively-blocked art student struggling with an obsessive-compulsive disorder that sees him cringe away from any human touch; Romeo (Stephen Tyrone Williams) a young man struggling with his obligations towards his family and his band; and the devoutly religious Lena Mackey (Margaret Laurena Kemp) an anti-gay activist whose hypocritical preacher husband has just given her a sexually-transmitted disease. On the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, these three people’s paths collide, with life-changing results.

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In honor OF QUEER BLACK CINEMA ‘s 5th Anniversary, we are giving away a few tickets!

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Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival, created by Angel L. Brown-Ross 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 ground-breaking films. The festival also includes industry base panel discussions and workshops, great networking social events and parties, closing with a prestigious Award ceremony, honoring officially selected film makers.

The mission of the festival is to provide a platform for both gay and straight filmmakers of African Descent to present their work about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. We aim to provide solid networking opportunities connecting major resource organizations, major industry professionals with the indie artist. We aim to enlighten, educate and entertain our audience with socially conscious films while providing an open forum for the community both gay and straight to discuss various issues dealing with the Black community and beyond in a safe environment.

QBC Int’l Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema Institute(formerly QBC Film Series, 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 created by Angel L. Brown-Ross now under the umbrella of Queer Black Cinema Institute: QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE: The Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention/ awareness and Fades Of Black Women Film Showcase; honoring Black Lesbians Women Filmmakers. For more info on the project including volunteering, interning or donating log on to: | |  | | facebook (new)

This project is fiscally operated under  MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, 501 c3 non-profit organization with financial support from Astraea Lesbian Foundation, Gay Men of African Descent, 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.

New Black Film Magazine Launching June 3

May 27, 2010


New Black Film Magazine Launching June 3

CineMatiQ Magazine



c/o Our Stories Productions, LLC

PO Box 975

New York, NY 10113

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

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 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 (

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.


Civil & Women’s Rights Hero Dorothy Height Dies

April 21, 2010
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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.”

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

March 10, 2010


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)


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.



July 15, 2009
Tongues Untied
<i>Tongues Untied</i>Part of the series Queer/Art/Film. Presented by artist/director Thomas Allen Harris.

“Marlon Riggs made his groundbreaking film, Tongues Untied, motivated by a singular imperative: “to shatter the nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference.” While politicians denounced it as ‘pornographic art’ and PBS stations refused to air it, Tongues Untied showed us the power of film-video-art as a tool for piercing the barricades between culture and politics, using a sharply honed black queer aesthetic as uncompromising as it is beautiful. Twenty years later it still serves up bitter sweet insights into the tortured psyche of modern culture.”
—Thomas Allen Harris

Director: Marlon Riggs. 55 min. 1989. 16mm.

Thomas Allen Harris is the founder and President of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family and spirituality. Chimpanzee’s innovative and award-winning films have received critical acclaim at international film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty and Cape Town and have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, ARTE, as well as CBC, Swedish broadcasting Network and New Zealand Television. In addition Mr. Harris’ videos and installations have been featured at prestigious museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Biennial, Corcoran Gallery, Reina Sophia and London Institute of the Arts. Mr. Harris is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including a United States Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, as well as CPB/PBS and Sundance Directors Fellowships. A graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Harris lectures widely on the use of media as a tool for social change. CLICK HERE for details information

Date & Time: Thu, Jul 16, 2009, 7:00pm
Location: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street Directions
Venue: 92YTribeca Screening Room
Code: T-MM5FJ40-01
Price: $12.00

Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective presented by Maysles Cinema

June 18, 2009

Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective
Friday, June 19th-Saturday, June 27th
Curated by Michael Henry Adams

Co-Sponsored by Queer Black Cinema
, Men of All Colors Together, and Harlem One Stop
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of The Stonewall Rebellion and the subsequent Gay rights movement we celebrate the cinematic representation of Gay life and culture in Black America’s fabled homeland with Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective.

Photo artist and documentary filmmaker Lisa DuBois is exhibiting fine art photographs
“Timeless Harlem” and “Transgender in the nineties” in our lower lounge throughout Homo-Harlem.
All photographs are for sale.

$10 Suggested Donation For All Screenings

June 19
6:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective
Opening Night at the Museum of the City of New York
(1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St)

6:00 Cocktails

7:00 Discussion: Kirk Shannon-Butts, Michael Henry Adams

7:30 Screening

Blueprint (Short Preview, 7 mins.)
Kirk Shannon-Butts, 2008
Harlem shot and set, Blueprint is the story of Keith and Nathan – two New York City college freshmen trying to make a connection.

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Robert Levi,1999, 90 min.
Today, historians and scholars agree that Billy Strayhorn remains one of the most under-recognized American composers in history. Born in 1915, Strayhorn chose to live openly as a gay black man. It was perhaps this decision—and his lifelong devotion to Ellington—which contributed to his near anonymity as a major American composer. While Ellington is arguably the most influential and celebrated jazz composer of the 20th century, Strayhorn is unrecognized. Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life poses answers to the question of who was Billy Strayhorn, and why is he still relatively unknown?

*9:30pm Dinner at Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too

June 20
2:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective
(Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Ave. between 127th & 128th Street,
June 20th-27th)

Co – Curated by Angel L. Brown

The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde

Jennifer Abod, 2002, 59 min.
This powerful documentary is a moving tribute to legendary black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde (1934-1992). One of the most celebrated icons of feminism’s second wave, Lorde inspired several generations of activists with her riveting poetry, serving as a catalyst for change and uniting the communities of which she was a part: black arts and black liberation, women’s liberation and lesbian and gay liberation.

Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde
Ada Griffin and Michelle Parkerson, 1995, 60 min.
From Lorde’s childhood roots in Harlem to her battle with breast cancer, this moving film explores a life and a body of work and makes connections between the civil rights movement, the women’s movement and the struggle for lesbian and gay rights.

Greetings from Africa

Cheryl Dunye, 1994, 8 min.
In this highly entertaining short, Cheryl Dunye uses her dry wit to ruminate on lesbian dating ’90s style. Cheryl (playing herself) is searching for someone to date. Unfortunately, most of her friends are still stuck in those long-term “relationships from the ’80s”. Just when she thinks all is lost, she meets L, a beautiful, mysterious and captivating woman. Cheryl gets caught up in the chase and L leads her in and out of hot water.

Q&A with Mildred “DRED” Gerestant, Activist, performer and healer

Audre Lorde

June 21
2:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

Prepare for Saints: The Making of a Modern Opera

Steven Watson, 1999, 27 mins.
A chronicle of the making of the Modernist 1934 Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, (which included an all-black cast from Harlem church choirs and nightclubs.) Q&A with Director Steve Watson.

Portrait of Jason
Shirley Clarke, 1967, 105 min.
Interview with Jason Holliday aka Aaron Payne, house boy, would be cabaret performer, and self proclaimed hustler giving one man’s gin-soaked pill-popped, view of what it was like to be black and gay in 1960’s America.

Q&A with Director Steve Watson

Portrait of Jason

June 22
7:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

C0- Curator Angel L. Brown

Storme: Lady of the Jewel Box

Dir. Michelle Parkerson, 1987, 21 min.
“It ain’t easy…being green” is the favorite expression of Storme DeLarverie, a woman whose life flouted prescriptions of gender and race. During the 1950’s and 60’s she toured the black theatre circuit as a mistress of ceremonies and the sole male impersonator of the legendary Jewel Box Revue, America’s first integrated female impersonation show and forerunner of La Cage aux Folles. Storme herself emerges as a remarkable woman, who came up during hard times but always “kept a touch of class.” Storme was also a witness to the Stonewall Rebellion 40 years ago and is a founding member of the Stonewall Veterans Association.

Stonewall Panel TBA

June 23
7:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

Brother to Brother
Rodney Evans, 2004, 87 min.
Winner of numerous awards including the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize and the Gordon Parks Screenwriting Award, Brother to Brother follows the emotional and psychological journey of a young black gay artist as he discovers the hidden legacies of the gay and lesbian subcultures within the Harlem Renaissance.
(with a short clip of an interview with Bruce Nugent on Gay life in the 20s.)

Q&A with Tom Wirth, Literary Executor for Bruce Nugent

Brother to Brother

June 24
7:00 pm
Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

Brother Outsider, The Life of Bayard Rustin
Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer, 2002, 83 min.
This meditation on the parallels between racism and homophobia illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called the “unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. Daring to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 50s and 60s, Brother Outsider reveals the price that Rustin paid for his openness, chronicling both the triumphs and setback of his remarkable 60-year career.

Dirs. Bennett Singer and Nancy Kates
Walter Naegle, Rustin’s partner until his passing in 1987 at 75
Ernest Green, The Little Rock Nine
Adam Green, Historian, Author of “Selling the Race: Culture, Community, and Black Chicago, 1940-1955”
Moderator: Michael Henry Adams

Brother Outsider, The life of Bayard Rustin

June 25
5:30 pm

7:30 pm

9:30 pm

Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

5:30 pm Walking Tour

7:30 pm

How Do I Look (Preview, 5 min.)
Wolfgang Busch, 2007
A brief preview of a follow up of sorts to Paris is Burning.

Couture Shock (Preview, 5 min.)
Lisa DuBois, work-in-progress
Couture Shock is an honest expose on the complications and secrets in the lives of transgendered individuals.

Paris is Burning

Jennie Livingston, 1990, 78 min.
Many consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable document of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.

9:30 pm Afterparty at Billy’s Black*

*Complete package (walking tour, screening and after party) cost is $50.00
60 person limit on tickets so get them while you can!
Tickets for the screening only can be purchased at the Maysles Cinema the night of.

Paris is Burning

June 26
5:30 pm

7:30 pm

9:30 pm

Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

5:30 pm Walking Tour

7:30 pm
Looking For Langston
Isaac Julien, 1988, 45 min.
A black and white, fantasy-like recreation of high-society gay men during the Harlem Renaissance, with archival footage and photographs intercut with a story. The text is rarely explicit, but the freedom of gay Black men in the 1920s in Harlem is suggested and celebrated visually.

James Baldwin: Witness

Angie Corcetti, 2003, 60 min.
A minister’s son from Harlem, James Baldwin moved to Greenwich Village and began writing essays for left-wing journals. With the success of his first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and dozens of non-fiction works, Baldwin became an international voice on American Black life in the 1950s and 60s. A look at this Black American Gay icon’s life.

9:30pm Dinner at Miss Maude’s Spoonbread Too*

*Complete package (walking tour, screening and dinner at Chez Lucien) cost is $50.00

Looking for Langston

James Baldwin: Witness

June 27
11:30 am

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

5:00 pm

Homo Harlem: A Film Retrospective

11:30 am Brunch at Chez Lucien*

1:00 pm
Walking Tour

3:00 pm
M&M SMITH: For Posterity’s Sake
Heather Lyons, 1996, 57 min
Morgan and Marvin Smith, twin brothers and prolific African American artists, boldly moved from Kentucky to New York in 1933 to pursue artistic careers. By 1937 they had opened a photo studio next door to Harlem’s renowned Apollo Theatre. Thus began 50-year-long careers as still and motion picture photographers, painters and sound recordists. This story is richly visualized through the Smiths’ photos, films and paintings and poignantly told by Morgan and Marvin Smith and friends such as Eartha Kitt.

Clip of Short Conversation with Marvin Smith (20 mins.)

Kirk Shannon-Butts, 2008 73 min.
Harlem shot and set, Blueprint is the story of Keith and Nathan, two New York City college freshmen trying to make a connection.

*Complete package (walking tour, screening and brunch at Chez Lucien) cost is $45.00. Contact-