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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.


Today’s the day! MISSISSIPPI DAMNED NEW YORK PREMIERE@Newfest 6/9 at 7:15 PM

June 9, 2009
Queer Black Cinema Newfest FilmPICK

Queer Black Cinema Newfest FilmPICK

directed by Tina Mabry | Produced by Morgan Stiff
Narrative Feature Co-presented by Queer Black Cinema


Tina Mabry (Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Brooklyn’s Bridge to Jordan) returns with an intensely personal story about redemption and family. Set in Mississippi between 1986 and 1998, Mississippi Damned chronicles the lives of three kids burdened by the family’s legacy. Kari and Sammy dream of using their talents, piano and basketball, to escape from their small town, while Leigh daydreams and running away to Memphis with her girlfriend. Standing in their way is a seemingly never-ending cycle of addictions, sexual abuse, and violence that has plagued their family for generations.


April 8, 2009
Tina Mabry (Writer/Director) Morgan Stiff (Producer/Editor)

Tina Mabry (Writer/Director) Morgan Stiff (Producer/Editor)

Congratulations goes out to power partners Tina Mabry and Morgan Stuff.  Mississippi Damned, Tina’s directorial debut narrative feature wins  jury award for Best American Independent Feature Film at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

In 2006, Queer Black Cinema had the opportunity to screen both Tina short film, Brooklyn Bridge to Jordan featuring Jossie Thacker and Morgan Stiff film, Walk in the Light that followed members of Unity Fellowship Church in Los Angeles at the premiere of QBC Film Series. You can see both films online at or purchase at Now we are please to support their first feature Narrative.

Mississippi Damned is set in 1986 and 1998, Mississippi Damned is based on the true story of three

Cast and crew of Mississippi Damned @ Slamdance

Cast and crew of Mississippi Damned @ Slamdance

impoverished kids from a run-down rural community who must navigate their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction and violence. Kari (played by Kylee Russell/Tessa Thompson) is a talented pianist, but she is hiding a dark secret from her family. Kari’s aunt acts as her surrogate mother but she has her own troubles with her husband. Independently struggling to escape their circumstances, each character must decide whether to confront and conquer what has plagued their family for generations or to succumb to that same crippling fate and be forever damned in Mississippi. In Mabry’s carefully observed drama, they are torn between chasing dreams and caring for family members, and sometimes just having a good time gambling away the electric bill money or numbing the pain with alcohol. Resonating with raw emotion, this is a must-see story that has the courage to stand up and champion those who have the courage to be different or free. — Eugene Haynes/Nicole Ross

Congratulations goes out to the talented cast and crew as well including, one of QBC biggest supporters,  Debra Wilson. She is one of the co-producers of the award winning film, Mississippi Damned.  Debra is currently in production with another great project. You can purchase her latest completed work Jumping the Broom: A New Convenant at

Mississippi Damned is currently making it’s festival rounds. Be sure to visit for screening dates.  With Tina writing skills and Morgan’s editing skills, I’m sure the duo will get picked up if they haven’t already. I look forward to hopefully screening it at Queer Black Cinema International Film and Music Festival 2009. Stand by for updates and continue to support QBC so we can bring you thought provoking work such as Tina and Morgans work. Support the I WANT MY QBC campaign by clicking here!