[2011 OFFICIALLY SELECTED FILMS]
**All Films and panels will take place at 1 University Plaza LIU - Brooklyn Campus (Spike Lee Screening Room)
ONLINE Box office is now CLOSED. You must purchase your ticket(s) at the venue.
ALL TICKETS ARE NOW $10 per showtime - CASH ONLY (please have exact change)
Friday, October 21, 2011 - Opening Night (7PM)
7 PM OPENING FILM: Classic film, PUNKS directed by Patrik-Ian Polk, returns to the big screen for the first time since it's debut in 2001! Bring your friends and experience the laughter, crying and good old fashion courtship all over again. Watch Seth Gilliam (Marcus) and Rockmund Dunbar (Darby), two great actors at the start of their acting career! The film screens along side exclusive clips from Patrik new film, THE SKINNY. A special welcome presented by Patrik-Ian Polk! He will be in attendance!
"PUNKS is a lively romantic comedy about four gay black friends living in contemporary LA. Hill. At the heart of the story is Marcus (Seth Gilliam of OZ), a successful photographer who is too shy to approach the men he finds attractive. He is stuck longingly snapping their photos from a distance. When the handsome, friendly Darby (Rockmund Dunbar) moves in across the street, Marcus is disappointed to find out he is straight, and he has trouble getting over his attraction. Writer-director Patrick-Ian Polk obviously knows his milieu, and loves these characters. The frank conversations of the four friends are exuberantly raunchy at times, but they are also funny and true-to-life, and in the end, the film's tale of friendship and romance is touching."
THE SKINNY, the new feature film from writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk, tells the story of five Brown University classmates reuniting in the Big Apple for a weekend of sin and fun.
SATURDAY, October 22, 2011 - WORKSHOPS (1PM) click for more details
SATURDAY, October 22, 2011 - MEET THE FILMMAKERS/NETWORK (3 PM - FREE) click for more details
[The Shadow Behind The Rainbow]
SATURDAY, October 22, 2011 -REEL SHORT SHOWCASE (4PM)
4 PM REEL SHORTS SHOWCASE | SEVEN outstanding shorts by emerging and establish filmmakers. From historical to self healing short films, this is by far the best enlightening film showcase to date screened at QBC film festival. Q&A with directors to follow...
Full description in Booklet. Hard copy available at venue
Bones – directed by Be Steadwell
A love story in the context of the middle passage.
Shadow Behind The Rainbow – directed by JesShawna Wholey, Cyncere White, Moriah Thomas
A historical depiction of the black queer movement from the perspective of black queer women.
T’Ain’t Nobody Bizness – directed by Robert Philipson | Voice over by Jewelle Gomez
What do Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Gladys Bentley, and Ethel Waters have in common? Yes, they were among the biggest blues performers of their day. But underneath the lavish costumes and behind the raunchy lyrics were Sapphic desires, revealed through interviews with cultural historians, vintage photos, footage, and recordings, all narrated by writer and activist, Jewelle Gomez.
Self-Inflicted Freedom – directed by Tiye Yayu Elisa Square-LeVias
After 20 years on the police force, Oficer Tina Jackson encounters a case that shakes her to her core. As the situation reaches an explosion ending, who will remain standing?
Say My Name – directed by Kofi Agyemang
Slow – directed by Darius Clark Monroe
Two men meet for the first time with unexpected discoveries.
* Punch Me – directed by Robert X. Golphine (Also screens with Finding Me: Truth – Sat. Oct. 22(8PM)
A young man must face his true identity, or else risk losing his dying father and boyfriend.
SATURDAY, October 22, 2011 -RASHAWN'S DESIRE (6PM)
6 PM - SPECIAL SCREENING FIRST LOOK PRESENTATION - "Rashawn's Desire"
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.”
Q&A with Filmmaker Terik King and special guest
[Finding Me: Truth]
SATURDAY, October 22, 2011 - CENTERPIECE FILM (8PM)
8 PM CENTERPIECE DVD RELEASE SCREENING - "Finding Me: Truth" | GETTING YOUR FILM DISTRIBUTED Q&A
Newly release on DVD, Finding Me: Truth directed by Roger Omeus is this year Centerpiece film. Following the screening will be a Q&A with Kelly Burkhardt /TLA Releasing about “Getting Your Film Distributed.” If you are a filmmaker from ANY genre and/or gay or straight themed film, I highly suggest you attend this informative Q&A. Get great tips directly from distributor, TLA Releasing. DVD's of the film will be available for purchase at the venue.
[Leave It On The Floor]
SUNDAY, October 23, 2011 - Closing Film (4 PM)
4:00 PM CLOSING FILM | Leave it on the floor
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.