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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

presents

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.

QBC BREAKING NEWS: Pioneer Filmmaker, Cheryl Dunye returns to her film roots!

January 12, 2010

Cheryl Dunye at the African Diaspora Film Festival '08

Check a brief interview and raw footage of  Cheryl Dunye speaking on the early 90’s when the queer people of color movement in (experimental) cinema was born: http://www.vimeo.com/8687438

1.11.21|New York|QBCNYC.org| Queer Black Cinema’s Fades of Black Womyn 2008 honoree Pioneer lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye return with her fourth featured film, The OWLS.  THE OWLS is an experimental thriller about four older-wiser-lesbians who accidentally kill a young lesbian and try to get away with it. The film is off to a great start. It was just officially selected for inclusion in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Festival 2010. OWLS was also awarded finishing funds from FRAMELINE.

“THE OWLS does a rare thing: representing lesbian life post baby-dykedom and with no sugar-coating. The film follows four women in long-term relationships trying to make sense of the weight of alcoholism, infidelity, infertility, aging, and murder. “Cheryl Dunye (source THE OWLS facebook group)

Some of The OWLS cast includes:  Skyler Cooper (Butch Mystique – Dir. Debra Wilson, Don’t Go – Amber Sharpe), Guinevere Turner (Go Fish- Dir. Rose Troche, Watermelon Woman – Dir. Cheryl Dunye, Don’t Go – Dir. Amber Sharpe), Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole.  According to The OWLS facebook page, it looks like the crew is predominantly professional women and trans filmmakers which is always great especially when women directors only make up less than 6% including co-directors. However, this does not include indie directors (for the most part.) Where does that leave indie women, queer and women of color filmmakers?

Cheryl Dunye, director of The OWLS  returns to her roots by bringing back the traditions of old school filmmaking. As I write this, I remember a  conversation, Cheryl and I had earlier last year. On our way to a panel discussion in Los Angeles, I manage to capture Cheryl talking about  the queer people of color in cinema movement during the early 90’s.  The time when indie artist were supported and greatly valued.  Cheryl pretty much uses the same method of filmmaking – a collective of artist to make her 4th featured film.  “THE OWLS is being made by a small group of film makers from the glory days of new queer cinema, that have formed a film collective, by the name of Parliament Film Collective, and that have all committed to work for basically free. The Parliament Film Collective re-explores the possibility for enjoying the collective/lesbian creative processes and queer community, and making art together outside the mainstream.

Can we go back to old school values of community and commitment given what (and who) we’ve done and learned? THE OWLS will gracefully (if sometimes gruesomely) mix the stories of its thriller characters with those of its behind-the-scene makers to create an end product that complicates easy images of contemporary lesbian identity, cross-generational interaction, and queer media.” Cheryl Dunye (source THE OWLS facebook group)

For more information on Cheryl and The OWL project go to: The OWL 2009 on facebook | OWLS Parliament

Additional footage: One on One with QBC: Cheryl Dunye

About Fades of Black Womyn

ABOUT
Queer Black Cinema presents: Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase, an annual womyn’s month event that pays tribute to Lesbian and Bisexual womyn of African Descent who are establish and pioneers in the media industry. The showcase is a one day event screening film works of the honoree along with trailers and shorts from emerging Lesbian and Bisexual womyn of African Descent filmmakers. The film showcase is followed by an award ceremony then Q&A discussion with the honoree hosted by One on One with QBC, part of QBC TV Network.

MISSION
Fades of Black Womyn Film Showcase (FOBW) mission is to pay tribute to pioneer lesbian and bisexual professional filmmakers of African decent in the media industry who have paved the way for emerging filmmakers. The mission is to not only to acknowledge the honoree but also bring together a group of underrepresented women and their stories to network and build a stronger support system in a challenging field for all women, specifically women of color in celebration of Womyn’s Month.

Fades of Black Womyn is Queer Black Cinema.org project and is fiscally sponsored by 501c3 non-profit organization, MIX experimental Film Festival. We continued our programs thanks to Astrea Lesbian Foundation, Gay Men of African Descent, Women Make Movies, online advance ticket sells to QBC events, and supporters like you!

Help make Fades of Black Womyn Film Awards/Showcase 2010 happen – DONATE TODAY or become a sponsor!

THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS PRESENTS CLASSIC FILM, TONGUES UNTIED DIR. MARLON RIGGS 7/16

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