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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!


The Best of QBC Int’l Film Fest 2010 Returns to Brooklyn (Wed.12/15)

December 3, 2010

Selected shorts images from the SHORT CUTS SHOWCASE

New York, NY (INSIDE THE Q! – December 2, 2010) Queer Black Cinema returns to it’s roots screening, “The Best Of  QBC Int’l Film Festival 2010 showcase.”  The screening will take place Wednesday, October 15, 2010 at the South Oxford Space 138 S. Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY.  Selected shorts from the SHORT CUTS SHOWCASE includes: the fastest hit series on the net and award winning series, “Anacostia”,  this year’s winner of The Isaac Julien Experiential Award, “Transcendental” and the hysterical witty short,  “Finding Juliet.” The showcase was  screened this past October at the 3rd Annual QBC International Film Festival is set to highlight the evening along bonus film, “TH3M.” Tickets are $10 online (includes raffle) /$13 at the door. For film description and more information go to

Nearly 5 years ago, founder/Producer Angel L. Brown- Ross launched Queer Black Cinema, NY’s Only Black LGBT theme monthly micro cinema (renamed Queer Black Cinema Institute) at the Audre Lorde Center (Brooklyn location.)  The day the series premiered, the room was filled with every LGBT Network from Logo to Q Network and a crowed of anxious audience members eagerly wanted to see the long awaited series begin it’s first showcase. Angel was scared and nervous the series wouldn’t go over so well. “I reached out to many people in the community to help, most didn’t want to get involved so early on but some did and I am thankful for all who took a risked and supported my vision from day one” – Angel L. Brown-Ross. Although the series is not taking place at the Audre Lorde Center, it is taking place at the community supported, South Oxford Space just across from the original venue it started at.

The evening with be filled with complimentary wine in celebration of  a new era for QBC, lot’s of picture taking for a special QBC Anniversary project , socializing and of course films you all will love and enjoy. Advance ticket holders will receive a complimentary raffle ticket. Raffle prizes includes: “Finding Juliet” DVD courtesy of Qwest Films and a QBC Int’l Film Festival Limited Edition Festival bag. Additional raffle tickets will be sold at the event. All funds raised goes toward the QBC 5 Anniversary year long programming. Donations are also accepted at


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)

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


Check out INSIDE THE Qtv promo of Drama Queenz premiering at QBC 4/23

April 22, 2009

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Check out the new hit series, Drama Queenz produced by Novo Novus Productions Thursday, April 23, 2009. Queer Black Cinema once again have found a gem.  Queer Black Cinema will premiere episodes of the series along with exclusive footage. QBC ReelTALK discussion will follow the screening moderated by Aaron Ingram, Executive Director of ActNOW Foundation/ANF Film Series.  Tickets are available online for purchase at for only $8. Online orders also have an opportunity to win a FREE copy of DIRTY LAUNDRY directed by Maurice Jamal. Lastly, all audience members will receive coupons to the newly release feature film, FINDING ME directed by Roger Omeus, Jr. Read more about Drama Series !

From Jamaica to Russell Simmons, Def Jam Poets on Broadway to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Staceyann Chin- Writer/ Artist and now Author of, “THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE” is set to appear on the INSIDE THE Q show

April 9, 2009
Staceyann Chin and Oprah Winfrey

Staceyann Chin and Oprah Winfrey

Note from the desk of Executive Producer, Angel L. Brown:

I remember reaching out to Staceyann Chin via e-mail to participate in a documentary I was producing many years ago. Without any hesitation, Staceyann was down for the cause. Unfortunately, the project was put on the shelf along with the scheduling of her interview.

Years later with now a organization in place, Staceyann still remembered me and is still down for the cause to support what I do. From Russell Simmons, Def Poetry Jam on Broadway and HBO to appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Staceyann Chin takes time to talk with Queer Black Cinema. I am proud to announce Staceyann Chin will be the first to be featured on INSIDE THE Q, Queer Black Cinema entertainment news and happening new TV show. Staceyann will give insight on her new book, The Other Side of Paradise.

“Staceyann Chin, acclaimed and iconic performance artist, now brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a brave, lyrical, and fiercely candid memoir about growing up in Jamaica. She plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, and finding the man she believes to be her father and ultimately her voice. Hers is an unforgettable story told with grace, humor, and courage. “-

INSIDE THE Q tv show is scheduled to premiere May 2009. We wish Staceyann all the best and hope her book will be apart of Oprah’s Book Club. Stay in the know by subscribing to INSIDE THE Q blog or QBC monthly e-newsletter In the meantime, you can pre-order order The Other Side of Paradise on the following sites:, Barnes & For a complete list go to


Contact: Meredith Wahl

p. 212.632.4948

The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin

The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin

By Staceyann Chin

“A deeply personal, beautifully written memoir that takes us down a young woman’s road to discovery with all its struggles and heartbreak and ultimate joy. The Other Side of Paradise is a salve and a guidebook for all of our hearts.”
-Tim Robbins

“Set in a Jamaica far from the tourist brochures, The Other Side of Paradise is Chin’s rich and nuanced story of family and abandonment, love and brutality, and a child’s struggle to survive and find a home that will accept her. This is A Portrait of the Artist written for our age. I love this book-and I am completely hamstrung by the feelings it evokes.”
-Walter Mosley

“Staceyann’s courage, sensitivity and bravery are exposed on these vulnerable pages. Captured is the fire, passion and light I experience when she performs. Liberating, beautiful and life-affirming, The Other Side of Paradise is simply incredible.”
-Russell Simmons, author of Do You!

“[Chin] shows me a culture I knew far too little about – the everyday life of young people in Jamaica and the threat of violence looming over anyone who might be too independent or queer or outrageous. How wonderful that this outrageous, talented, determined woman has given us her story.”
-Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina and Cavedweller

To say that celebrated poet, performer and political activist Staceyann Chin is a force to be reckoned with would be putting it mildly. An opinionated figure, she is beloved the world over and recognized perhaps most famously for her appearance on both Broadway and HBO for Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. Her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Jane and on 60 Minutes. She was also a guest on Oprah to discuss homosexuality in other cultures.

THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE (Scribner; April 14, 2009) is Staceyann Chin’s long awaited chance to tell her story in writing. Born in Jamaica on Christmas day, 1972, Chin’s arrival into the world was unexpected, as nobody even knew her mother was pregnant to begin with. In the absence of a mother or father to look after her, Chin’s grandmother becomes her and her brother, Delano’s, primary caretaker and biggest advocate.

Despite having their fair share of difficult times, this makeshift but loving family struggled together and Chin felt safe with her grandmother and brother at her side. But when the family’s financial needs forced them to move into a shared household, Chin learned the hard way to repress her vivacious personality in order to blend with her environment. Eventually, events conspired to permanently separate the three. The result is a tale of loss and family, or change and survival.

Later, as Chin came of age in a succession of homes-some dysfunctional, some welcoming and some merely adequate, she developed an unbreakable sense of self. Having always been a lively and spirited child, Chin grew into a bright, headstrong young woman, clearly on the verge of carving out a bigger existence for herself. While her life has had many twists and turns, including a confrontation with the man she believes to be her father and her dangerous coming out in college, she has remained courageous in the face of adversity. Told with grace, humor and courage, THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE is an unforgettable story of triumph against the odds.

About the Author
Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe to one woman shows Off Broadway to poetry workshops in Denmark and London to co writer and performer in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of “things she has done” to her grandmother’s hard working history and the pain of her mother’s absence.

By Staceyann Chin
Scribner; April 14, 2009
288 pages, $24.00

Scribner is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., part of the CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic and multi-media formats. Its divisions include the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at


April 7, 2009


Queer Black Cinema®

c/o Our Stories Productions, LLC

PO Box 975

New York, NY 10113

APRIL 2009


The cast of Drama Queenz

The cast of Drama Queenz

New York, New York ( – Queer Black Cinema will premiere Drama Queenz, a new Black Gay comedy web-series about three friends and roommates dealing with life, love, and auditioning in New York City. The series stars Dane Joseph (national tour of Aida), Kristen-Alexzander Griffith (national tours of Rent), and Troy Valjean Rucker (national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar). The premiere will take place Thursday, April 23 from 7 PM – 9 PM at 208 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011 (between 7th & 8th Ave). The cast and crew will be in attendance and will participate in a live exclusive taping of QBC ReelTALK, an open discussion and Q&A session after the screening of the series. Tickets are available online for $8 and $10 at the door ( Doors open 7:15 PM sharp including photo opt, reception with cash bar followed by the screening at 8 PM. For more information and to view the trailers of this event go to

The Drama Queenz is a ten-minute web-series that focuses on gay actors living in Queen, NY looking to make it big on Broadway. The series follows Jeremiah (Joseph), a dreamer with ridiculously poor audition luck, Davis (Griffith), a perfectionist whose hard work produces uneven results, and Preston (Rucker), a realist whose inhibitions stir-up delightful “drama” for all to enjoy.

“I am very excited to support Drama Queenz. The show brings me back to my college years. I remember going out for parts in plays and dealing with the drama around it [laughter]. It is refreshing to finally see a well-produced web-series about a particular aspect of Black folks. Dane and his production company should be applauded for their great efforts in producing a high quality professional show for all to love, laugh, relate and enjoy” states Angel L. Brown, founder and curator of Queer Black Cinema.

Drama Queenz is produced by NovoNovus Productions. The company is committed to defying the traditional hindrances, which restrain creativity; thinking outside the box in order to fully realizes quality.

By creating dynamic works through various mediums and re-envisioning classic ones, Novo Novus hopes to inflict a positive change in society, becoming a catalyst for new thought in a world ripe with endless possibilities.

The Queer Black Cinema premiere of Drama Queenz will take place Thursday, April 23, 2009

(7 – 10 PM) at 208 West 13th Street between 7th & 8th Avenue. Ticket are available online for $8 ( and $10 at the door. RSVP on Queer Black Cinema Facebook group.

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 other “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 is fiscally sponsored by MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival, a 501 C3 Not-For-Profit Organization.


Check out clips of the Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase ’09

March 28, 2009

4th Annual Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase 2009


Check out INSIDE THE Q TV host Eric J. Parker bringing you inside the Q at the 4th Annual  Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase March 26, 2009.

Standby for more clips and complete review of the 4th Annual  Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase 2009 honoring Campbell x hosted by DJ Debbie.

See the last two episodes of the L word @ The Black Season 3/1/09

March 1, 2009

TBS creator Angel and audience members

The Black Season: Shifting focus to women of color on the L word weekly series is coming to a close March 8th with a boom! Since January 18, 2008, Queer Black Cinema has been doing a weekly series highlighting the women of color on the L word. Each week there would be musical performances, women shorts and or fun trivia games about the women of color on the L word in front and behind the lens followed by a new the L word episode. Audience members  had an chance to win prizes each week by testing their knowledge and learning about women like Rose Troche, long time contribute writers of the L word; Angela Robinson one of many director and co-executive producer; Pam Grier, a classic actress of the Black exploitation film movement. She plays Kit Pointer on the L word; Jennifer Beals famous for a role in the classic film,”Flash Dance”. Jennifer plays Bette Poiter on the L word and new comer Rose Rollins who plays the beautiful, fine looking Tasha .

We are now down to the last two episodes of the groundbreaking hit series and then it’s a wrap! Be sure to stop by this Sunday March 1st for a night of independent short films from the QBC Film Series Collective followed by TBS Trivia proceeded the L word at 9 PM. Get there early because the short is starting on time and you don’t want to miss out! We are also revealing ways to get discount tickets to this years GLBT Expo at the Javist Center as well as tickets to the Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase.

On March 8th, bring your dancing shoes because we are throwing a season finale party! Showtime starts at 7 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Final Sunday, March 8th Party!

SAVE THE DATE: Final Sunday, March 8th Party!

with a photo montage of all the pictures taken at the Black Season, short film and our lovely trivia games followed by the L word two hour season finale episode. We are raffling off two tickets to Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase, Tickets to the GLBT Expo, classic L word T-shirts and many various prizes. The event is going down at 271 West 119th Street, Billie’s Black Restaurant. As promise, the event is still FREE! Be sure to RSVP: subject: TBS Visit the BLACK season at:

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