2021 Festival Lineup

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Saturday, November 6th

A Love Letter to Brian, Leslie & Michelle

The result of human beings coming together, diverse in age, sexuality, race, and gender, talking with their bodies, minds, and souls, about Black lives. This is a film, a play, an experience, a concert dance, a work of art, a self-reflection, a protest.

Saturday, November 6th

All Boys Aren't Blue

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Sunday, November 7th

BUCK

Young Lynn opens the film with his mother nagging him to take his depression meds. He heads out expecting to have some fun with Richard his white lover. When he arrives to his boat he discovers that Richard’s invited a group of black men to join him.

Sunday, November 7th

Gemmel & Tim

Friends reminisce on the lives and deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, two black gay men who died at the hands of West Hollywood politico Ed Buck. A post-screening discussion will follow.

Saturday, November 6th

Never Fall In Love With A Straight Girl

Kari, a masculine-presenting lesbian, and Shakerra, her bisexual ex-girlfriend, are moving out of their increasingly expensive townhome in gentrified NW, Washington D.C. With Shakerra being ready to move out and move on, Kari has a limited time to tell Shakerra her true feelings.

Saturday, November 6th

Perception

A simple touch isn't so simple when enacted by the wrong hands. If intention makes the difference between desirable and offensive contact, perhaps Devin's perception of Ty's actions is a little skewed, and his judgement is beyond cloudy.

Saturday, November 6th

Sydney

Sydney talks about her life as a black, queer activist.

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Saturday, November 6th

A New Day in Mississippi

A short film chronicling the journey of the recent fight to remove the confederate flag that has represented the state of MS. The film highlights the support of AIDS Healthcare Foundation and other community leaders in the ultimate victory of removing the flag in 2020.

Sunday, November 7th

Being Black in Porn

Being Black in Porn. The film highlights four gay men of color and their experiences in the adult film world. Through intimate conversations, the actors reveal the racism (being pigeonholed in servant or thug roles), stereotyping (expectations of Black actors to always have BBC and bottom), and inequity (being paid less than their fellow white actors) they’re subjected to in the industry that many other actors shy away from addressing. A post-screening discussion will follow.

Sunday, November 7th

Fierceness Served! ENIKALLEY Coffeehouse

The early 1980s in Washington DC was a time of phenomenal creative and political ferment. Within this setting, a Black LGBT renaissance emerged. At the center of this groundswell was the ENIKAlley Coffeehouse.

Saturday, November 6th

Kiia

Kiia speaks about the herb life, growing up in the South, and the importance of comfortable chairs.

Saturday, November 6th

Oracle

Michael DeBow is a single father to a young queer teen, but when his son disappears, he seeks the help of a psychic to locate his missing son.

Saturday, November 6th

Pure

On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.

Saturday, November 6th

Taffy

A young photographer hears the story of an older man.

Saturday, November 6th

Acrimonious

A non-acrimonious, but sudden divorce wrenches Emeka out of a decade-long hiatus living the “middle-class” dream, landing him back in the childhood council house he hoped he’d left behind. It’s that Eliza Doolittle conundrum—once you've sort of become a "lady," is it ever really possible to fit into the flower market again?

Saturday, November 6th

Black Sheep

In this LGBT series, we follow the lives of three teenagers trying to find their way in this big bad world. These little lost sheep aren't so innocent; their clothing a distraction from their bite.

Saturday, November 6th

Flames

Two childhood friends: Ahmad, a streetwise, college-bound scholar on the precipice of a new, bright future, and Sadik, a rehabilitated hooligan grappling with his identity, find themselves alone together before Ahmad’s graduation party in the woods. Soon, unresolved issues and old resentments ignite a forbidden blaze between them that must be doused if Ahmad is to have any chance of escaping the past.

Sunday, November 7th

Mama Gloria

Meet Mama Gloria. Chicago’s Black transgender icon Gloria Allen, now in her 70s, blazed a trail for trans people like few others before her. Emerging from Chicago’s South Side drag ball culture in the 1960s, Gloria overcame traumatic violence to become a proud leader in her community.

Saturday, November 6th

Outside The Aquarium

"Outside the Aquarium" is the new exhibition of protagonist Jonas. In his paintings he portrays his experiences as a black immigrant and part of the LGBT Community expressing his fears, loneliness and dreams for the future.

Sunday, November 7th

Smoke, Lilies & Jade

Alex, a young Harlem Renaissance artist and writer, plays around at love and life until he meets Beauty, appropriately named, who makes no bones about his same-sex desires. Troubled and confused, Alex wavers on the brink of passion until a challenge posed by his girlfriend forces his hand.

Saturday, November 6th

With Wonder

Born out of Director Sharon Lewis’ own muted struggle with not fitting into neat racial/Queer/Christian boxes, With Wonder takes an intimate look at the journey of members of the Queer, Christian community of color and their attempts to answer the question: Can you be both Christian and Queer?