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JULY 7, 2009

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2nd ANNUAL QUEER BLACK CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO HARLEM New
York,
NY
(July
5,
2009)
–
Queer
Black
Cinema,
New
York’s
first
and
only
Black
Lesbian,
Gay,
Bisexual,
 Transgender
and
Queer
(LGBTQ)
monthly
films
series
&
annual
film
festival
in
partnership
with
Maysles
 Cinema
 house
 is
 proud
 to
 announce
 the
 2nd
 Annual
 Queer
 Black
 Cinema
 International
 Film
 &
 Music
 Festival.
The
four‐day
multi‐media
event
will
celebrate
and
award
the
best
independent
music
and
films
 by
and
about
 the
LGBTQ/straight
people
of
African
descent
experience.
The
festival
is
set
to
take
place
 October
 15
 –18th
 2009
 at
 the
 newly
 opened
 Maysles
 Cinema
 House
 in
 Harlem,
 New
 York
 and
 at
 the
 Brecht
Forum.


 
 Queer
 Black
 Cinema
 first
 launched
 in
 2006
 as
 New
 York’s
 first
 and
 only
 Black
 LGBTQ
 monthly
 micro‐ cinema,
an
ongoing
platform
dedicated
to
showcasing
independent
narrative
and
documentary
works
by
 and
 about
 the
 Black
 LGBTQ
 experience
 in
 a
 non‐
 stereotypical
 way.
 Two
 years
 later
 in
 2008,
 founder
 Angel
L.
Brown
expanded
the
brand
by
launching
QBC
Int’l
Film
&
Music
Festival.
The
mission
is
to
screen
 the
 best
 films
 from
 around
 the
 world
 that
 creates
 dialogue‐addressing
 homophobia,
 alarming
 health
 issues,
 family
 and
 overall
 in‐depth
 storytelling
 about
 the
 Black
 LGBTQ
 experience.
 The
 Festival
 also
 includes
workshops
and
various
musical
performances.
 
 WHY
HARLEM?

 Just
three
years
ago
in
2006,
Angel
L.
Brown
was
asked
to
curate
a
small
section
of
Black
LGBTQ
theme
 films
 at
 Imagenation
 Film
 Festival
 in
 Harlem,
 New
 York.
 
 The
 start
 of
 2009,
 Queer
 Black
 Cinema
 returned
to
Harlem
with
an
eight
week
series,
“THE
BLACK
SEASON:
Shifting
focus
to
women
of
color
 on
 the
 L
 Word”
 at
 the
 popular
 intimate
 restaurant,
 Billie’s
 Black.
 
 Most
 recently,
 Queer
 Black
 Cinema
 Co‐sponsored
Homo
Harlem:
A
Film
Retrospective
at
Maysles
Cinema
House.

Angel
L.
Brown
was
then
 invited
 to
 bring
 the
 2nd
 Annual
 Queer
 Black
 Cinema
 International
 Film
 &
 Music
 Festival
 2009
 to
 Harlem
at
Maysles
Cinema
House.

 
 “It
has
always
been
my
dream
to
produce
a
film
festival
highlighting
the
Black
LGBTQ
experience
in
the
 heart
 of
 Harlem.
 You
 have
 some
 of
 the
 most
 famous
 Black
 gay
 artist
 that
 came
 out
 of
 the
 Harlem
 Renaissance
period
and
beyond.
I
aim
to
continue
their
legacy
by
breaking
down
barriers
and
creating
a
 safe
space
for
constrictive
progressive
dialogue
through
films,
music
and
history”,
states
Angel
L.
Brown,
 QBC
Int’l
Film
&
Music
Festival
founder.
 
 The
festival
is
expected
to
draw
double
the
numbers
from
last
year
over
all
festival
attendance
within
and
 beyond
 the
 LGBT
 community.
 
 New
 to
 the
 festival
 are
 in/outdoor
 Film
 &
 Book
 Market,
 special
 tribute
 benefit
celebration
and
workshops.

The
festival
will
return
with
films
from
around
the
world,
talk
backs,
 QBC
 Acoustic
 Soul
 Music
 Media
 Mixer
 with
 live
 performances,
 a
 multi‐media
 out
 door
 performance
 tribute
to
LGBT
youth
of
color,
music
concert
with
some
of
the
most
emerging
and
establish
international
 artist
of
color
ending
with
an
award
ceremony
on
the
last
day.

 
 Call
 for
 films
 and
 multi­media
 submissions
 are
 now
 open
 until
 August
 15th.
 Artist
 of
 African
 descent
from
around
the
world
are
asked
to
submit
their
best
work.

Submission
forms
are
available
for
 download
at
www.Festival.queerblackcinema.org.
Films
without
submission
forms
will
not
considered.

 
 Music
artist
must
have
a
single
or
complete
CD
available
to
the
public
with
a
link
to
a
video
performance
 online
 in
 order
 to
 qualify
 for
 the
 festival.
 For
 complete
 rules
 and
 qualifications,
 download
 submission
 form
at
www.Festival.queerblackcinema.org.
 
 The
 showcase
 will
 take
 place
 October
 15
 –
 18
 at
 Maysles
 Cinema
 343
 Malcolm
 X
 Boulevard
 /
 Lenox
 Avenue
 (between
 127th
 and
 128th
 Streets).
 All
 inquires
 including
 sponsorship
 opportunities,
 e‐mail
 info@queerblackcinema.org
 or
 via
 phone
 646.209.6497.
 
 For
 international
 inquires
 via
 skype
 at
 QueerBlackCinema.

 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 others "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 uses MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival, a 501 C3 Not-For-Profit Organization as their fiscal sponsor. ###


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